out-of-towner Full Kee offal report
I had asked this board for recommendations of offal places near Union Station for an overnight visit from NY. My own research had suggested Full Kee might a great option. It was! On arrival and after checking into my hotel (George, whose Bistro Bis did have a sweetbreads salad on its menu but which I didn't get a chance to sample), I went over to Full Kee and loved it. Even the decor -- which DC Chowhounds had presented as minimal -- didn't seem as dumpy barren as I thought it would be. I ordered beef tripe and pig intestine (and shrimp dumpling soup because everyone on the board seemed to think that was a great speciality of the place). Both offal dishes were terrific and bountiful. The only problem was that I couldn't do the work I had brought with me because all the wait-staff kept coming out to make sure I really wanted offal and then to make sure I liked it!! The dumpling soup was great too but not necessary with all the other stuff I had.
The next day I was in a rush and went there for a quick take-out of pig tripe which was good but not as good as the others. The pig intestine was my favorite.
A great place. Too bad they don't take credit cards.
Everything was in brown sauces, some more soy tasting than others. The intestines were indicated on the menu as having been marinated and they did have a slightly more striking (in a good sense) taste than the beef trip or pork tripe. I suppose I could have ordered rice for any of these but they were all so good as is and all so bountiful that I was quite happy. I should note that I had seen that report on the chowhound offal banquet and that captures a lot of the spirit of Full Kee. But the duck tongue was nowhere to be seen on my menu or specials card and I think they may have eliminated it.