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GREAT EASTERN CHINESE RESTAURANT 323

December 14, 1991|By Sherrie Ruhl

GREAT EASTERN CHINESE RESTAURANT 323 Park Ave., Baltimore. Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call (410) 685-2868. Great Eastern's spicy pork lo mein is the only reason I ever finished renovating my Ridgely's Delight row house. Every weekend I would promise my neighbor, Art, a large order of pork lo mein ($5.50) and shrimp toast ($3.50) if he would just help me put up another panel of Sheetrock. It worked.

This nifty little carryout also delivers downtown.

I love Great Eastern's won ton soup ($2.20 for a large container), with its delicate fresh ginger flavor. Skip the egg rolls ($1.20 each) -- they are too full of cabbage for my taste.

Great Eastern has its share of "starred" or hot and spicy dishes, for example, kung pao chicken with peanuts ($6.95). Don't let the hot-and-spicy description scare you, though. I felt the dishes were comparatively mild.

The shrimp fried rice ($5.50) is very flavorful with lots of shrimp and vegetables.

The Buddha delight ($4.25) is a hit with vegetarians and is one of the restaurant's luncheon specials. These specials include an entree with rice and a choice of soups: won ton, egg drop or hot and sour.

For something different, try creaky chicken ($8.95). Sliced white meat is stir-fried until very dry and then sauted with ginger and hot pepper sauce.

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