Hong Kong City BBQ (Tamarac FL)
||5301 N. State Road 7,|
Tamarac, FL 33319
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Winter Volume: 2010 Issue: 17(4) page: 26 and 28
This review appeared in the article titled: On Menus in Other Parts of the World along with ones from Argentina and Africa. They call their food 'NY Chinatown Cuisine' because their dim sum chef was a chef at the Silver Palace restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown. Their other main chef is also from Manhattan, so this eatery has great Chinese culinary professionals. Service here is professional, too, simple and correct, and far from sloppy. The separate dim sum menu is served daily until 4:00 pm, but do not despair because everything on it can be had after that. Order them late in the day and each one will delete your wallet an extra half buck.
We walk in, turn eyes right, and see beautiful barbecued meats hanging there. They glisten, want our attention, and set the stage for dishes to follow. As they whet our appetite, we begin with the Triple BBQ Platter; it is loaded with tasty and terrific meats.
The dim sum we order follows. We adore the Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce even though it is a mite shy on black beans but loaded with a good amount of hot pepper. They are yummy; so is the Fried Stuffed Eggplant. Its panko bread crust is crispy on the outside, succulent and savory within. Steamed Chicken Mushroom Bun is another beauty that should not be missed. Actually, every dim sum item we ordered is made just before we get it and made magnificently.
Main courses are delightful and delicious, too. About two dozen are photographed on their take-out menu; it is hard to choose among them. The in-house menu lists many more, all without photographs. It needs a make-over. Typed and too plain to tempt folks less familiar with great Chinese dishes, we ask the manager about that and he agrees and says he plans to do just that in the very near future.
Many wonderful casseroles are on this menu, all prepared in heavy steel dishes. The Chicken and Frogs Leg is absolutely wonderful, the Curry Chinese Beef and Tendon absolutely fantastic. Two others we get include BBQ Ribs and Shrimp with Snow Peas and Mushrooms. These are huge and heavenly; the dozen mushrooms thick and juicy, the snow peas bright and beautiful.
Noodles dishes are divine, too. Fried Noodle with Shredded Pork is a mountain topped with many bean sprouts, their tails removed and mixed with a pile of sliced mushrooms and slivered scallions. Yum yum it is, as is every dish we dine on at Hong Kong City.
Before we got here, we went to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Florida's Delray Beach. This fine museum, on Saturdays, offers Sado. That is they have a green tea ceremony that calms and teaches. The gardens are gorgeous and they, too, calm before Hong Kong City's exciting culinary experience. Both should be on your agenda when visiting southern Florida.