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Cantonese in Hong Kong [split from Outer Boroughs board]

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  • lwong Apr 12, 2006 01:45 PM

Not having been to Guangzhou , China, and tasted the food there, although we have eaten at Cantonese restaurants in Beijing, we cannot vouch for how similar the food in Guangzhou is to Flushing Cantonese restaurants, but the Cantonese restaurants we tried in Beijing were quite similar to the ones in NYC in terms of the general style of Cantonese cooking (not very spicy, fresh and natural flavors, few seasonings, minimal saucing, and a style of almost undercooking the food).

In a previous posting, link below, to the Outerboros Forum, for someone who had asked about good Flushing restaurants, we had provided information about recently attending a satisfactory luncheon banquet at the Flushing Cantonese restaurant East Lake and also provided some pictures of the dishes at the luncheon. The dishes at this banquet were all standard dishes found at most NYC Chinese Cantonese restaurants. Although we did not mention it in our previous posting, note that the dish “noodles with lobster and scallops” is prepared in the shape of the famous Taoist symbol of Yin and Yang.

If you click on the original thread by Sirina Tsai, there will be many recommendations in the thread for Flushing restaurants, many of them Cantonese. We are sure that if you perform a search of Chowhound, there will be many more posts with recommendations of good Cantonese Chinese restaurants in NYC.

Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    Peter Cherches

    Having been to both Guangzhou & Hong Kong, my experience is that the best Cantonese restaurants in N.Y. are in the same ballpark style-wise.

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    1. re: Peter Cherches

      Having grown up in HK and lived in NY for the past 16 years. I can safely say that the cantonese food in NY is a good facsimile of the cantonese there in HK - although the food in HK is much much better - I am satisfied with the cantonese here

      Having tried the szechuan food in NY - I can only say that you guys are missing out on some of the best chinese food out there here in NY. The szechuan chain that everyone raves about here in NY is only just passable and resembles cantonese food with some red chili garlic sauce added to them.

      I go back to HK at least twice a year - and when I get off the plane - I usually head to the Szechuan restaurant in Pacific Place on HK side - THAT FOOD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD - if you ever get a chance to go to HK - you have to try some of the best szechuan food out there. I am hungering for the food as we speak - unfortunately will only be heading to HK in October.

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        Peter Cherches

        Tripper, is the Sichuan chain you're referring to Grand Sichuan or Wu Liang Ye, and have you tried both?

        1. re: Peter Cherches

          Tried both and Spicy & Tasty in Flushing. Even King 5 noodles (2 branches in Queens, Flushing & Elmhurst) which is a mix of Shanghainese and Szechuan is passable but not great)

          It is just a different taste here in NY than in HK - the food in HK is just so much more pungent and fresh tasting - it is hard to explain - if you try it you would know and hopefully agree with me.

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            Peter Cherches

            I wouldn't be surprised. The 2 times I was in Hong Kong, though, I didn't try any Sichuan restaurants.

        2. re: Tripper

          Our family will be in Hong Kong for the first time in June 2006. What other restaurants would you recommend in Hong Kong, besides the Szechuan restaurant in Pacific Place. Is the “Pacific Place” a hotel? Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have.

          1. re: lwong

            Pacific Place is a mall - if you take the MTR (that's what they call the subway in HK) it is at the Admiralty stop/Station - you cannot miss it - there will be signs in the station directing you towards Pacific Place - this is the website (http://www.pacificplace.com.hk/homepa...).

            Try Ding Tai Fung (for shanghainese soup dumplings) this rest. is located on the Kowloon Peninsula in a area called Whampoa Gardens - there are just too many great restaurants there and I am sure the webmasters might not want me to go on about HK food on the outer boro section - do some research on HK restaurants - you will find plenty of restaurants to try in HK. Have fun.

            1. re: Tripper

              Check out the Int'l Board... one post in December recommended a Sichuan place called Da Ping Huo, and a quick check on Google found several laudatory reviews. Link below.

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. re: Brian S

                Thanks for the Hong Kong link, Brian S. We will check out the international board for other recommendations.

                When you are back in NYC, you might have an interest in the Elmhurst East Buffet. The other day we went to the Elmhurst East Buffet for dinner (on a Saturday night) and we received fairly good value at $26 plus tax and a mandatory 15% tip. As part of the buffet, a hot pot was also included, hence we pretty much ate fresh seafood for most of the night. The buffet included fresh shucked oysters, clams, and reasonably fresh sushi, plus a thin slice of porterhouse steak cooked to order, faux Peking duck, all kinds of raw seafood, meats, and vegetables for the hotpot, a salad bar, and there was the option to order a whole lobster cooked to order for an extra $5 for each diner. There were other options for an extra fee also (a small sign next to the hotpot area), but we do not quite remember the exact details now. The deserts were the typical fruits and other sweets at Chinese buffets, but this time there were also little chocolate cup fruit tarts that were better than we expected. If you stay away from the steam table foods and basically select the fresh items for the hotpot and the cook to order items (many other items not mentioned), you cannot go wrong for the one flat price. Drinks are extra also. This buffet is only good if you have a hearty appetite and enjoy seafood simply cooked (boiling in hotpot), otherwise it is best to go to a restaurant and pay Ala Carte.

          2. re: Tripper

            Have you tried Spicy & Tasty for Sichuan food? See link below to a post about it... not by me, I wish I had been at the meal it describes.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. re: Brian S

              Yes we have.
              I mentioned before that we usually opt for Sechuan or Hunan.
              Spicy & Tasty was pretty good.
              Thanks