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¿big wong obit?


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¿big wong obit?

piney | May 27, 2003 09:43 PM

from sublime (fast food restaurant) to subsumed, this could be the story of the big wong.

trying to interpret the cryptic note left of the door of the big wong on mott street, it is hard to determine if it is out of business or not. I passed by the big wong tonight (tues), and there was a hand-written sign taped to the locked door that said “…moved to 72 bayard street… hsin wong…”.

i liked big wong as a “fast food” restaurant. compared to any us chain’s burger or, say, a japanese chain’s beef bowl, big wong had many inexpensive “over rice” dishes that were so much better for the same price and delivered with the same speed. also, its congee was as good or better than congee village. thus, if i had only 15 minutes to eat, I could count on the big wong to serve a good, quick meal.

i headed south on mott ½ a block and, then, east on bayard for a few storefronts to hsin wong. in the over rice dishes, there was a notable presence of an absence from the big wong’s menu, namely, beef with scallion and ginger, one of my favorite “fast food” dishes in manhattan.

i asked the person behind the counter who was taking my order if hsin wong served the beef with ginger and scallion dish, since it is not on its menu. he looked at the menu, could not find the dish listed either, and shrugged his shoulders “no problem”. the version produced tonight was serviceable but lacked a taste brightness that big wong’s had (note: this is not a good statistical sample, one try). the congee with boiled chicken was ok but…. anyway, the service is quick and maybe another dish at hsin wong will become a favorite “fast food” in manhattan. then, again, maybe fu wong on bowery will attract more attention.

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