When Mikayla and I decided to go to Rehoboth Beach for Memorial Day weekend, we really didn’t know what to expect. Whenever we told people our plan to visit Delaware, they incredulously asked, “But why?” to which we replied, because we know nothing about it except that it’s on the to-do list and it has a beach. And so off we went. No one told us that Rehoboth Beach is a gay hot-spot or that people go there to party or that there isn’t very good food. Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Beverly Beach, all of which we visited and are fairly close to one another on the coast, reminded me a lot of Myrtle Beach, but better. I say better because it wasn’t as commercial, trashy or run-down, and had more personality. It even won over Myrtle Beach in terms of food, but not by a large margin.
One of our best meals in Rehoboth was at Confucius Chinese Cuisine. Coming from and living in places that truly understand Asian food – New York and Hawaii – this was not as good as what I am used to, but it was still good. We began with pork and cilantro dumplings, wrapped super thin and served with a dipping sauce. These were tasty, but Mikayla thought they might have been purchased elsewhere, frozen.
The star of the meal was the chicken and egg fried rice, which was delicious and satisfying, fatty without being heavy. I liked that the chicken was sliced into manageable bite-sized pieces and that it was simple, with few ingredients. I could have eaten the entire plate myself.
Lastly, we shared the Peking duck, which baffled us upon arrival. Usually served with steamed Chinese pancakes or buns, this version came with tortillas! We were very surprised, but we smeared the sauce on the tortillas, filled them with duck and scallions, and dug in. The thin, crispy skin was satisfying and well-seasoned. The sauce was rich and sweet, and together with the scallions the flavors made me want to keep eating. The tortillas, however, were just so incongruous that we couldn’t really get over it. The meal would have been greatly improved with warm, soft buns, but overall, we were still happy when we were done.
Confucius Chinese Cuisine
Location: 57 Wilmington Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Phone: (302) 227-3848