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Nov 14, 2006 10:53 PM

Mmm, noodle soup at Hong Kong Eatery

As a solar-powered chowhound, I hate this 4PM sunset business. So what better way to cheer up a down-chowhound by going downtown? Seeking a bowl of comforting Hong Kong style noodle soup, I headed to Chinatown. The only cure for the blues tonight would be at Hong Kong Eatery.

Had my favorite, the noodle soup with my choice of three items. I chose the barbecue pork, roast duck and the chinese-style dumplings. Five minutes later a large steaming bowl arrived, brimming with goodies. So full, that at first it's tough to penetrate through with the flat porcelain soup soon.

My soup contained several large slabs of mahogany roast pork, nicely proportioned in meat, bone, fat and a delicate crispy skin. Had a nice sweetness, but it wasn't overpowering.

The duck was not as plentiful as the pork, but was flavorful although slightly tough. Be prepared to wrestle with some tiny bones.

The real treat, however, are those succulent shrimp dumplings. The wrappers are just thin enough to almost be translucent, har gau style. Each is chock full of whole shrimpy goodness, and biting into them provides the perfect balance of nice, slurpy, shrimpy, springy texture and resistance.

The flavorless yellow noodles are thin like wavy vermicelli, and provide some filling starch. Broth was not bad, not spectacular. I prefer it a bit more flavorful, but it can be fixed. Just ask for some Sichuan chili oil - you'll get a saucer with a glob of the deep red oil. Drizzle a heavy dollops into your soup and enjoy.

Mmmmm... the day wasn't so bad after all.

Hong Kong Eatery
71 Harrison

PS: The soups are cheap ($7-ish) but be sure to bring cash, no credit cards accepted.

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  1. My husband has loved those soups for decades. He will travel miles and miles for them. They also do a mean take-out roast pork, allegedly (I'm vegetarian). That's truly a terrific place! Second to theirs are the dumplings in the Chestnut Hill mall's Bernard's, surprisingly.

    1. I am a huge fan of those shrimp dumplings in their soup! I also love their rice plates...I usually get a combo of roast chicken, pork and duck...yummy!