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New Hong Kong Wok -- 2nd visit (Sacto Area)

Bryan Harrell | Sep 2, 200408:28 PM

My daughter and I ate dinner at New Hong Kong Wok last night. Thanks to Peter's recommendation, we ordered the Won Ton Soup, which was superb. What was really striking about this soup was the broth -- you could taste hints of organ meats, good spices used vary sparingly, and a rich taste without a lot of fat. The won ton were really TOO big! Beautiful siu mai sized balls of minced pork, wrapped up with a couple of small shrimp, in the thin skins. There was so much meat in each one, there was very little "tail" on the won ton. But despite the size, the meat was superb with a good, springy texture.

We also ordered the Xiao Long Bao, which are not on the menu, but listed on a paper sign on the wall (in Chinese only). It's $5 for 8, quite a low price, but these were slightly disappointing. First of all, the whole point of XLB is the soup inside the dumpling, but these were deflated -- no rich, gelatinous soup like in the better versions. Also, the twisted parts of the top were dry and pasty -- perhaps these were frozen? Still, the beautiful pork meatballs inside were superb, and similar to the huge balls inside those won tons, but not flanked by the shrimp.

I was on a roll for the pan-fried noodles Hong Kong style (Jin-mien), so we ordered the house version, which came with both pork and various kinds of seafood. I would have preferred either meat or seafood, and having both didn't work so well because they share a gravy. Still, the noodles were done very nicely (I wish they would use a thicker noodle) and the dish was quite yummy for $5.50.

Total for two with tax and tip was just under $19. My daughter had planned to order an ovaltine for dessert, but was too full!

Despite my little quibbles, this is a great place. If you are interested in real Chinese food, you must try it.

New Hong Kong Wok
5819 Freeport Blvd

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