Just stumbled across a new chow find down the street from Hong Kong Noodle on University Ave in Dinkytown (University of Minnesota)
Kowloon Restaurant is in a rather dreary strip mall but has the benefit of free parking. Their menu has the usual suspect American "egg roll/egg foo yung/fried rice" plates and cream cheese wontons but also has a couple of authentically Chinese items - most popular among the Chinese students appear to be the various hot pots.
The gem, in my opnion, are the freshly made sesame balls - they are listed as an appetizer and take a while to make but the wait is well worth it. If you've ever had these at the dim sum restaurants, they are the same thing but more sublime - deep fried sticky rice balls coated with sesame seeds with a sweet filling. Coming right out of the fryer, they were better than anything we've had at the dim sum restaurants or at the
Asian food stores where they are sold with a yellow mung been filling and tend to be chewy and rather non descript. These sesame balls rival anything we've had in Asia with a soft but firm to the tooth texture with the right balance of sweetness.
Give it a try - the other entrees aren't as good as those found at Hong Kong Noodles or Shuang Cheng but these sesame balls are worth it. In fact, we ended up getting an extra order to go - and at $3.95 for six, they are a great bargain!
935 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN - (612) 623-3888
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