My daughter insisted on Real Chinese yesterday, so we paid another visit to the New Hong Kong Wok on Freeport.
This time we decided on only ordering things posted in Chinese only. This means ordering from either the signs on the wall, or items 6 though 16 on the menu, which are mysteriously without English explanations, unlike the rest of the menu.
Generally, their English is good and understandable, with the occasionaly chuckle (like "Jerry fish," which made me wonder if this was for Deadheads or children with disabilities).
Since my daughter wasn't into the Abalone-Fish-Chicken jook for $5.50, I had to go into the menu and order our favorite, Shredded Pork Pan Fried Noodle ($4.25) which came with English explanation.
Off the Chinese-only menu we had three GREAT dishes that were astonishingly inexpensive. #6 is said to be a Korean-style tofu, and it turned out to be a large block of very soft tofu, very lightly coated with cornstarch? and spices, deep fried, and cut into nine little blocks and served with a thick sweet soy-based dipping sauce; $3.25.
#10 was fried chow fun in XO sauce (made from dried scallop and spices, etc) which was savory, chewy and very filling; $3.75.
#13 was my daughter's choice, said to be salt-and-pepper chicken wings, but they turned out to be six very FAT chicken wings, deep fried and served with finely minced Jalapeno peppers, salt and other spices. YOW! they were spicy, too much for my daughter, who peeled the crispy skin off them and just ate the meat inside, which was succulent and tender. I scarfed the spicy, crispy skins. A bargain at $3.00 (can you believe it?).
Our bill with tax and tip was just under $20, and we took home enough food for one more meal.
New Hong Kong Wok rocks!
5019 Freeport, Sacramento
Open from 11 to 11 every day.