Editor’s note: Welcome to our new series. We can’t dine out right now, but we can order in. I’ll share my chronicles of getting to-go meals, curbside takeout or delivery from various Omaha restaurants a few times a week.
How to order
Crystal Jade is on Grubhub, and you can also call for a takeout order at crystaljadeomaha.com or by calling 402-398-1688. Crystal Jade is at 7255 Cedar St.
What we got
Chicken Rendang, Isa Noodle with tofu and mock duck, Kung Pao chicken and fried dumplings.
How long it took
Grubhub tracks a diner’s order from start to finish; all told this order took about 35 minutes from the time we ordered to the time the driver got to our downtown home.
I’ve always loved Crystal Jade for its big menu of vegan Asian offerings, and I got one of my favorites: the Isa noodle (named after Isa Chandra Moskowitz) that has a just-sweet sauce, plenty of vegetables, big triangles of fried tofu and the option to add meaty chunks of “mock” duck. Do the last thing if you’re feeling adventurous, though in my humble opinion, the mock duck really isn’t that different, flavor-wise.
The most Americanized of the dishes we ordered, Kung Pao chicken, was great: super hot, super crispy, just spicy. Tender mushrooms are the highlight of the vegetables.
I wanted to get something I’d never had before, so I went with the Rendang chicken, a Malaysian dish with a focus on flavors of ginger and coconut. Texturally, it pleased me the least, but if you like coconut, try it.
The oversized fried dumplings survived the Grubhub trip surprisingly well; they were the only dish we devoured in just one setting. The rest held well through lunch the next day.