While different from the homestyle flavor of our first entree, the Mu Shu Shrimp was just as enjoyable. I liked that Gen Hoe’s pancakes were slightly thicker, more tortilla-like; it held the stir fry together well.
For dessert, my guest and I split sesame balls: fried, airy, sesame-coated spheres with red bean paste and a sweet white filling in the middle. Without giving away my identity, I can confirm I’ve traveled to China, and was absolutely delighted to have red bean paste in the dessert. The sesame balls were perhaps the highlight of the night – but I would definitely recommend any of the dishes we ordered (and devoured).
While I know eating in at restaurants isn’t going to be routine for me for a time, there was something peaceful about dining at a restaurant. Being in Gen Hoe – where regulars came in and asked for a specific waiter, the food was hot and we could enjoy the atmosphere – was the highlight of my weekend. And our waiter was right: We were certainly very full upon leaving.
• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Kane County Chronicle. The Mystery Diner visits a restaurant and then reports on the experience. If the Mystery Diner cannot recommend the establishment, we will not publish a review.
IF YOU GO
Gen Hoe Restaurant
WHERE: 537 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva