I've been wanting to try King Fung Garden for quite some time, and finally stopped by today, and I must say, it was a truly great experience. I think King Fung is the very epitome of Chowishness--a complete hole in the wall, but welcoming, friendly, inexpensive, and tasty. The owner and her son were very friendly, telling me about the dishes and the type of cuisine they served and how the business was family run for the last quarter of a century, passing from an uncle to them. Everyone who came in to pick up or to eat in seemed to know the owner and her son well enough to ask about family, joke around, and to generally feel right at home.
After I ordered, the son came by and even offered me a slice of scallion pancake from his own lunch...scallion pancake like I've never had. Light, crispy, slightly chewy, but not greasy and dense like I've had at other places. The Shanghai noodle soup that I ordered was excellent--thick, chewy noodles (hand-made at the restaurant), cabbage, and marinated pork in a very tasty broth literally overflowing the bowl. Too often I find the broth served with noodle soups so bland I need to load up with chili oil or other flavorings, but this was unnecessary here.
These folks definitely know a thing or two about hospitality and great food. I've always been a fan of the Hong Kong Eatery when craving a bowl of noodle soup, but lately I felt that HKE's getting too busy for its own good...a long wait to be seated at peak times, people packed in like sardines, a wait staff that's so busy they seem impatient to get you in and out, and rumors of less-than-ethical practices at the butcher counter. I think I've found a new favorite.