Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hsin Wong Restaurant in Chinatown - a good lesson learned

I overheard a friend talking about good roast duck at Hsin Wong Restaurant in Chinatown, so instead of going to my usual Great NY Noodletown for my Roast Pork with Roast Duck over rice, I headed over to Hsin Wong to try theirs.

The restaurant is unpretentious and filled with Asian people (a good sign that its a good local restaurant)... I stepped up to the counter, ordered my to-go food, and waited a few minutes while the butcher chopped up my meat. The butcher accidentally thought I asked for roasted pig (sui YOK) vs roasted duck (sui OP) -- and I had to ask them nicely to change it -- after a few "um, not so friendly comments by the butcher" -- because it was naturally "my fault?" for him not hearing me correctly -- i received my dish... I believe he gave me the "butt of the duck" -- "ah, just wonderful" i thought to myself. let's just say, i think i have to make a revisit to to try the duck ...

so why am i posting this review then? well, moral of the story is, don't mess around with the butcher, or you're going to get the butt-end of the deal. :D What can I say, eating with me is always an adventure!

Before I let you go... here are a few other comments about the dishes:

-- $5.50 for two choices of roast meats over rice (or $4.50 for one choice of roast meats) with a pleasant surprise of a good healthy soup (which, i loved!)
-- also tried the wonton soup (no noodles) - 8 for $4.00... tasty, and there was a good portion of shrimp - you can order this with less soup (aka smaller container) -- easier access to the wontons!
-- on my next trip to Hsin Wong's -- i think you have to sit down and have their Peking Duck... and make sure to annunciate or speak in English while ordering your dishes - for fear that something will get lost in translation... well, until next time!

Hsin Wong Restaurant
72 Bayard St (between Mott and Bowery)
Mon-Fri 9:30 am - 9 pm
Sat-Sun 9:30 am - 10 pm

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