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Dragon King Report- Chinatown Square (longish)

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Dragon King Report- Chinatown Square (longish)

Wayne | Sep 13, 2005 02:39 PM

Been meaning to do a post on this place since we stumbled across it. One of the reasons is that everytime I go (usually late Saturday nights @ 10pm after a night out), they look a little empty. Even during the days, they don't seem to be as busy as some of the other places. I think that this is a hound worthy place, since they have some unusual and tasty dishes, from the 4 or 5 times we've been. Prices are reasonable. I don't want it to 'disappear' because it doesn't get 'discovered'. Looking forward to your opinions and recs.

The food is pretty good, but since it is not Cantonese, it is different from what most people are used to. Ordering is the trick. Someone said it is mandarin food ? whatever that is (northern?). It has some good spicy dishes. You can specify heat level (hot, medium, mild). The staff is very friendly and helpful, but limited in English. So look around and point alot (hopefully someone is eating something that looks good to you). They also have pictures on the window, so if you see something interesting there, you can pull the waitstaff person out and point. They have very good dumplings of various types. Wanting to try the lamb next time. Dumplings are not on the menu, so you have to ask. The xia long bao were a little disappointing as they had more meat and less juice than I was expecting. The hot sour soup is really good and a bargin ... the medium will serve 4 easily and is $3.95. Try the house specialty lamb (goat?) stir fried/roasted chops (get it spicy) ... used to be number 509 on menu, but for some reason took it off. Also try the 'boiled fished fillet', a hot dish much like Szechwan boiled beef at Lao Szechwan only with fish. It's number 319 on the menu and called Stir-Fried Fish Fillet in English. The only beer they served was budweiser. They have a lunch menu (we have not yet tried)which looks real reasonable (under 6 bucks), where you can try out their fare (like the stir fried yellow fish (10), amongst other interesting looking items).

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