I was raised on the East Coast where easy access to really good Chinese food was a way of life. Then I moved to Iowa. The only 2 Chinese places where I live are buffet style. They are not really anything to write home about. To get to any major city from where I live is a min. 90 minute drive. Kinda sucky, but these are the things we do for love! I do actually enjoy the small town life I have here, but sometimes I just NEED some good Chinese food! To be honest, this recipe is very time consuming, but so very worth it! I have a super picky fiance and he actually loves this dish so much that he is always willing to help me make it (bum hand, I always need help of some sort). This man does NOT know how to cook without me there to reassure him he wont burn down the house 🙂 but really he does quite well. There is nothing bad about this dish. Also, the leftovers are amazing! I hope you decide to try it. Be sure to let me know!