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Dec 27, 2006 10:04 PM

Still mourning Chinatown's Hong Min

Hong Min was our favorite gem in Chinatown until it burned down a couple of years ago and never reopened. Help us get over our grief at its loss. We enjoy Emperor's Choice and Moon Palace and would love to hear about restaurants other people seek out.

Who has the best seafood? The best dum sum? The most authentic Chinese dishes (and what are they?)? What are the hidden gems in the little mall? What shouldn't we miss?

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  1. I liked Hong Min, too.

    I've found the seafood at Triple Crown Seafood (on 26th Place?) to be very good. People say that Phoenix has the best dim sum. I'm not an expert on dim sum (though I do love dumplings!) and I thought it was pretty good.

    I'm curious to see what others post on this topic.

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    1. re: cipsi

      Triple Crown
      211 W 22nd pl
      Chicago, IL 60616

      (312) 791-0788

    2. Hong Minh was the best. When I first moved here, I had a friend recommend it. Then I had OTHER friends recommend it.

      Now, I like the fish in spicy black bean sauce at Lao Sezchuan. It's on the west end of the mall.

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      1. re: rubinow

        Where did you hear this? I don't believe they will ever re-open- how do I crave that lemon chicken.

      2. Rumor has it that Hong Min will return to Chicago's Chinatown soon...Triple Crown is good and is located on 22nd Place.


        1. If you're craving Hong Min, there is still one open in Palos, on 111th Street in Roberts Road. I was surprised to hear that it burned down though in chinatown!

          I forget the name of the one restaurant that I've been to, but it's right on the main strip of chinatown, on the east side of the street. In order to get there, you have to walk up this really long staircase to the second floor.

          The only other place I've been to is on cermak, and right where that main strip is. There's a restaurant on the north-west corner of the intersection. I forget the name of it, but it was on the second floor. I would NOT recommend going there.

          1. Long time Chinatown native. For our authentic meals, we prefer House Of Fortune on the south end of Wentworth. If you have a large party, get a prixfixe dinner with the Peking Duck service, lobsters & enough food for lunch tomorrow. Great lunch deals too with xiao long baos (steamed dumplings) that rival Moon Palace. For a smaller intimate dinner, try just ordering a steamed lobster with a Hong Kong steak (T-Bone that is pan fried) - oyster sauce on the side. Might not be Prime & aged, but I would put it up against a Morton's style steak any day! (strange but true for a Chinatown restaurant)

            Dim Sum in Chicago is still kinda sub-par to other major Chinatowns. Phoenix does offer the largest array of dimsum, but expensive and LONG lines on weekends.

            Inside Chinatown Square, just posted a small blurb on a new restaurant that opened up KS Seafood under the stinky tofu thread. Tried it for first time this weekend, & pretty impressed so far.