I was cruising for Asian food markets on Freeport Blvd in Sacramento the other day, and came across a small but lively restaurant with a sign that would have been right at home on Clement St. or the outer Sunset district in San Francisco. Inside, it was just the same -- at lunch, about 90% of the customers Asian in appearance.
I popped in for a quick plate of chow mein, and of course ordered Hong Kong style with fresh noodles that are pan fried. I was not disappointed; the noodles had that characteristic crispy-plus-chewy texture. The rest of the dish was simple, but chowlicious. Julienned pork, bean sprouts and black mushrooms in a light yet very savory gravy were poured over the top of these fabulous noodles. Only $5.00.
There were also a number of Chinese specialties written on paper banners on the wall. Unfortunately, I could find few of them on the menu, which has English explanations. More unfortunately, one of the specialties was the house version of Xao Long Bao, steamed Shanghai-style soup dumplings.
However, the menu does have sections for appetizers and small plates (Chinese only, but go ahead and try if you are adventurous), shark's fin, seafood, congee (savory rice porridge, and cheap at that), and noodles of virtually any description. The "Hong Kong cred" part is the drinks -- for hot drinks, you can get either Ovaltine or Horlicks, and for cold drinks they offer lychee drink, iced pearl coffee (take THAT, Starbucks), iced ovaltine and more.
Will have to return to check this place out, with at least three other people. Definitely the Real Deal.
New Hong Kong Wok