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Hing Kee Chinatown report - September 2011

beetlebug | Sep 6, 201112:05 PM

I was visiting relatives and friends in the Chicago land area, this past weekend. My friend had been raving about this hand pulled noodle place so we decided to meet there for lunch. Overall, this place was ok.

The good: The xiao long bao (soup dumplings) were excellent. Moist and thin skins with plenty of soup. These dumplings are almost as good as dumplings I've had elsewhere in the country. Also very good were the hand pulled noodles. Toothsome and fresh, these noodles were wonderful.

The not so good: Unfortunately, the noodles were served in a rather insipid broth. Weak and very little flavor. It needed to be simmered with some more bones for a longer period of time. The broth really didn't some close to doing the noodles any kind of justice. I ordered the pork and snow cabbage noodle soup. The snow cabbage was the bad, cheap kind. The kind that is mostly stalk and a dark green v. the fresh green kind. The kind that's overly salted and needed to be rinsed, but wasn't.

It's too bad since the noodles and soup dumplings were both quite good.

After, we went to a bubble tea place. I didn't get the name but it's directly across the plaza from Hing Kee. The bubble tea place also served food. The watermelon bubble tea was excellent. Fresh watermelon that was sweet and flavorful enough to hold the boba. The mango and cantalope ones were also delicious. What was great was that they used fresh fruit v. powdered or canned stuff.

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