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Niu Kee isn't what it used to be (and it's not a good thing)

pinkatronica Dec 6, 2012 06:40 AM

We went to Niu Kee last night and ordered, the dumpling with peanut sauce, the dragon eggplant and the szechuan beef with tofu flower.

We've had the eggplant dish there before and what we were served last night bore no ressemblance to the former dish. I'm not even sure what they did with it, but it was one hard block of deep fried matter. It was so overly fried that you couldn't even taste the eggplant - it could have been anything.

The dumpling apperizer was not as offensive, but it did not look anything like the picture in the menu. The picture was showing something like big shumais, we received tiny overcooked raviolis with a little bit of stuffing inside. Felt like it has been previously frozen.

As for the beef dish, there was very little meat in. It was surprisingly mild, which was ok for us, but I'm guessing many would be disapointed. The tofu was certainly not "tofu flower"; it was cubes of semi-hard tofu and it didn't taste particularly fresh either. The dish was topped with peanuts. I've never had peanuts in this kind of dish before, so it seemed a bit weird but taste-wise it was fine.

There was also no music of any kind, which made the whole experience pretty weird as our conversation resonated throughout the entire restaurant. I'm afraid this was our last visit to Niu Kee.

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    catroast RE: pinkatronica Dec 6, 2012 07:45 AM

    i had a very pleasant experience a few months ago.

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      pinkatronica RE: catroast Dec 6, 2012 07:58 AM

      So did I! We've been there many times. Last night was a complete disaster though.

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        catroast RE: pinkatronica Dec 6, 2012 08:05 AM

        that really stinks
        they ceertain haven't the fineness of yesteryear

    2. SnackHappy RE: pinkatronica Dec 6, 2012 08:40 AM

      That's too bad. I've been there twice in the last year, and decided I wouldn't go back unless I read some glowing reports. My last dinner there was pretty disappointing.

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        finefoodie55 RE: pinkatronica Dec 6, 2012 12:08 PM

        I had a wonderful Cantonese Lobster with Snow Pea Pod leaves this summer. Nothing had changed.

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          SnackHappy RE: finefoodie55 Dec 6, 2012 01:28 PM

          Cantonese food at Nui Kee? Are you sure you're not thinking of Keung Kee?

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            finefoodie55 RE: SnackHappy Dec 9, 2012 08:50 AM

            !00% right sorry for the mix up

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