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Hong Kong-style restaurant in new Lee Lee market

The new Lee Lee market in Glendale, AZ is open, but the restaurant hasn't opened yet. I was in the market yesterday and was told that it is expected to open around June 1. However, there were menus available, so I nabbed one and have been drooling with anticipation. There will be many items that have not previously been readily available in the Phoenix area. Interesting offerings include congee served from 10 to 3 in combinations from mixed seafood, beef slices, salted pork with preserved duck egg, to pig blood . . . I'll try almost anything, but I may wait awhile to try that last one. The "Chinese Fried Stick" (sort of like a non-sweet churro, as I recall) is also available to eat with the congee.

A random sampling of interesting items from the rest of the menu will include seafood tofu soup, garlic fried chicken, Dong Jiang salt baked chicken, pork rib with bitter melon in black bean sauce, stir fried scallop, squid & broccoli in XO sauce. Under vegetables: "Monk's Special with Bamboo Sock" -- mmm, love that sock! There are clay pots, including eggplant, curry beef, pork belly with preserved mustard green, beef short rib with XO sauce, and the ever popular fish head in clay pot. Chow fun choices include pork ribs in black bean sauce chow fun, beef chow fun with XO sauce, and pepper beef with black bean sauce chow fun. The Chinese barbecue selection offers suckling roast pork (one of our favorite guilty pleasures), BBQ spareribs, three differenty styles of duck -- glazed roast, "Crispy PeiPa," and "Hope Kee Salty" style, not to mention "soy home grown chicken."

There are rice plates at lunchtime, including one with that suckling roast pig, or equally enticing, roast duck -- or then there is the "Yin Yen Legs Rice Plate," on which you apparently get a roast duck leg and a steamed chicken leg. The lunch page also lists several "soup noodles" -- it is unclear whether those are available only at lunch, but there will be shredded duck with wide rice noodle, shrimp wonton noodle soup Hong Kong style . . . Oh my. All this can be ours in only about three weeks.

A little take-out counter is already open, where you can get some pre-made sushi, tea, and a few other items. There are tables in this section for eating in.

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  1. The "Chinese Fried Stick" as you call it is the Chinese version of crullers and is called "yiou-tiao".

    Chinese pig blood isn't that bad; it's usually cubed and served the way chopped livers would be, and resembles in many ways hickory colored tofu, both in taste and texture (maybe a bit grainier).

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      That's not what I call it, it's what the menu calls it. My Chinese friend who introduced me to them in LA called it a Chinese doughnut. We used to get plain jook and eat it with that. I don't see plain jook/congee on this menu but I imagine you could order it that way.

      1. re: neville nosher

        Glendale. Cactus @ 75th Ave

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        Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket
        7575 W Cactus Road, Peoria, AZ 85381

      2. I have little to add to the discussion, but I am curious- how long has the restaurant attached to the original Lee Lee been inoperation?

        You're so lucky to have a market/restaurant like that. I'm in Tucson, and our offerings are so much more limited. Except for a lot of sushi bars (thank the good Lord) and a few good Asian markets, we're sort of bereft of much Asian influence, Japanese in particular.

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        1. re: EWSflash

          I don't believe there is such a restaurant attached to the original Lee Lee. I don't get over on that side of the Valley very often, but last time I was there, there was none. However, there are several Chinese restaurants in the same strip mall -- does anyone know if they are related?

          1. re: EWSflash

            I think the restaurant attached to the Chandler Lee Lee is a Vietnamese place that's been there for a while. The culinary attraction to that shopping center would be the Phoenix Palace Buffet.

          2. That sounds great - thanks for the update! Any eel on the menu?

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            1. re: Rubee

              Not listed at this point. Maybe they will have specials.

            2. Just FYI - in today's Arizona Republic, it mentions that Hope Kee opened Sunday. Hours are 10 am - 9 pm daily.

              If I didn't have plans already, I'd be heading over there tonight, though will definitely check it out later this week. It sounds like it would be a good place to get together for a Chowhound dinner so we can try lots of dishes.

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              Hope Kee
              7575 W Cactus Road, Peoria, AZ 85381

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              1. re: Rubee

                We tried it last Friday for dinner.

                Enjoyed the bbq pork and yu shan eggplant clay pot.

                Can't wait to go back and try some more of their dishes!