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Favorite Chinese Restaurant in Millbrae?

Melanie Wong | Nov 17, 200002:36 AM     15

In my short time on these boards, there's been little mention of the Chinese restaurants in Millbrae other than Wonki's recent post on Fook Yuen. This small city 10 minutes south of SFO probably boasts the highest per capita of fine Chinese dining spots in the Bay Area. Which do you think is best?

Personally, I'd be hard-pressed to pick one as the best. But if frequency is an indication of which is my favorite, I'd have to vote for Kwong's Seafood on El Camino Real just south of Millbrae Ave. Doesn't seem to be on the local critics' radar screen, yet my Hong Kong tailor had discovered it during visits to his daughters stateside and thought it was more consistent than HK Flower Lounge in turning out the perfect steamed fish.

Part of the reason I've been there so often over the other choices in Millbrae is that Kwong's is open from 11am to near midnight, pretty late hours for this sleepy 'burb. During 6 months of commuting to Minnesota on a weekly basis, this was a frequent first stop after a late night arrival at SFO. Another is that it's less expensive (with more basic decor) than the others. Most important though, the kitchen's really good. Favorites are the Peking spare ribs, pea shoots with garlic, salt & pepper fried oysters (lots of garlic and fresh jalapeños), clams with black bean sauce, ma po tofu, lobster with garlic and scallions (if the market price is right) and house special chow mein (fat noodles with squid, shrimp, scallop, char siu, chicken and choy sum, and no bean sprouts). Haven't had as much luck with the daily specials which have turned out to be expensive and not as well conceived. Dinner for two rarely runs over $25, including tax & tip.

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