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Dec 5, 2006 02:40 PM

Full Kee Question

I'm going to the Full Kee at Baileys for the first time and wondered at the size of servings, are noodle soups like shrimp dumpling and casseroles like Oyster Casseroles one person meals or meant to be share by two....average appetites...thanks

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  1. I usually share the soups (either with two or three people) as part of a bigger meal.....but have been known to eat a bowl by myself for my whole lunch if eating alone.

    The casseroles are generally bigger than one would want for one person...but you can always take the leftovers home with you.

    1. The soups are big, but deceptively so. It's usually a single serving when we dine out, each of us getting our own soup. As for the winter casseroles, we can put away one of those without any difficulty, but we're very serious eaters. The leftovers are fine to take home, though.

      The lamb with bean curd casserole is just wonderful, by the way, especially on a cold day like today.

      I wish we were going there right now :::: sigh ::::::


      1. I often go there and have just a noodle soup for lunch. It's about right for me. Since I have a part time shrimp allergy, I'm probably missing out on some of the better ones (the dumplings in the soups have chopped shrimp) but there's a good sandwich's worth of pork in the roast port noodle soup.

        Pretty cheap lunch, too, and that's a specialty of mine. <G>

        1. Shrimp dumpling soup can be had two ways. One with noodles, one without noodles (which gives you more dumplings). The former will probably fill you up more due to the carbs. If either is not enough, you can always supplement with a quarter of roast duck, which I usually do. Also, I avoid consuming any of the soup b/c it usually has too much msg.

          Casseroles are better with a bowl of rice, as you can both eat the ingredients and use the sauce over your rice. If you're by yourself, one casserole is more than enough, but since I like to take stuff to go, I usually order an appetizer with it (ie. jelly fish) which leaves plenty to go, rather than an embarrasingly small amount for a doggie bag.

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          1. re: Chownut

            >>One with noodles, one without noodles (which gives you more dumplings)<<

            Good noodles=more dumplings. I usually prefer the Hong Kong-style wontons over the shrimp dumplings (the dumplings seem have bit of mushroom in them). And I love the broth....usually quite peppery to my taste.

            1. re: Jim Zurer

              Yes, and they are shaped differently also, and sometimes have bamboo shoots and water chestnut bits.

              1. re: Chownut

                And there are 10 slightly smaller wontons to the bowl as opposed to 8 shrimp dumplings......

              2. re: Jim Zurer

                I tried to ask about the Hong Kong style dumplings but there was a language problem. I thought "Do they have shrimp in them?" was pretty clear, and all I got for an answer was "Hong Kong style." So I tried them, and sure enough - shrimp. I took a chance and ate them anyway and didn't get all itchy that time. Good, too. But I don't want to make a habit of it.

                Given the reports of mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts, maybe they're whatever they make that day, and the day I ordered them, it was shrimp.

                1. re: MikeR

                  Sorry for the confusion but both the shrimp dumplings and the Hong Kong-style wontons are filled with delicious, fresh, firm, tasty shrimp. The dumplings have the added ingredients; the wontons are all shrimp in a light, tender pasta wrapper.

                  1. re: Jim Zurer

                    Thanks for the clarification. I guess I'll stick with the roast pork when I'm feeling like a bowl of Full Kee soup. I've tried the soup with duck and chicken and found both of them to be too fatty and chewy without enough flavor to be worth the effort.

                    1. re: MikeR

                      Ahh, but get the duck on the side, not on top of the soup where the flavor gets diluted. If you get a dumpling/duck noodle soup combo, you'll get less duck and less dumplings. Order the dumpling noodle soup dish, and a quarter duck on the side. It's fabulous.

                      In general, I don't get cantonese roast duck in this area from anywhere else but Mark's Duck House. They have the best duck. Others are tasteless. Then again, I was in NYC last weekend and got great duck also, but $4 cheaper than Mark's.

            2. You can certainly eat almost all the dishes there as a meal for one, but it's much more fun to share -- and more in keeping with how the Chinese would eat their meal (family style).

              My husband, son and I usually share the shrimp dumplings with noodles or congee (rice soup), an entree (lobster with ginger and scallions or crispy fried pork chops are a couple of our favorites), and a vegetable dish (spinach or Chinese watercress stir fried with garlic).

              There are so many great dishes there, that we often wish we had more people with us so we can share more items at one meal. If you are going to share a soup dish, they'll readily provide you with extra bowls and soup spoons.

              Hope you enjoy it!