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Hua Rong Restaurant (Elmhurst NY)
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Summer Volume: 2009 Issue: 16(2) page: 24 and 25
Hua Rong Restaurant touts itself as the Best Chinese Restaurant in the Area; and the area is Elmhurst in New York City's borough of Queens. So do several local newspapers and Chinese Restaurant News. They are one of the recent Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA.
On the way in, be impressed, their fish tanks are fanatically clean. Be equally impressed with their extensive Fujianese menu, many dishes bathed in zao, the Fujianese red wine lees that sings out 'savory' in every dish they use it in.
Chicken with Foo Chow Sauce comes piquant with a healthy share of chilies, garlic, and red and green peppers. Gui Hua Ban, a seafood dish, includes lots of shrimp, hot pepper, and more chili peppers; and is topped with spicy salt. The Stewed Eel wins hearts as does the Stewed Duck, both are delicious.
The Sauteed Fish Noodles are prepared with minced fish, wine, oil, and seasonings. They are terrific, as are the Fish Balls with yummy meat inside. These yue wan should not be missed. Enjoy them as we did, in soup, Fujianese style.
There is a separate menu with two or three choices and a soup at special prices. Check them out before ordering, and do take time to peruse the more than fifty soup selections listed with their noodle dishes. Fujianese eat several soups at one meal so surely take advantage of doing likewise. The owner's Mom was making zao cai, the white cat's-ear-shaped noodles for a sweet rice soup; we had some and enjoyed it. You can have soup or any dish from 9:30 in the morning until 2:30 the next morning. People are forever dropping in to eat here or tote their soups and other dishes home. The latter is a clever idea.