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Jan 2, 2013 02:02 AM

Sun Wong, delicious Cantonese in Bay Ridge

Hi, everyone. I played Noon Mass at St. Ephrem's on Fort Hamilton Parkway on Christmas day (I'm a flutist). On the way there from the Ft. Hamilton stop on the N train, I spotted a Chinese restaurant that had barbecued meats hanging in its window, and figured it would be a likely place to have a decent lunch. So after Mass, I walked into the place, and boy was that a good move! All the tables were taken, with a few people waiting to get seats, yet I had to wait no more than 10 minutes for a table. I ordered their Pi-Pa Roast Duck ($6.50). When I had my first bite of it, my reaction was "This is better than New York Noodletown!" The skin was perfectly crispy, the duck was tasty, moist, and well-cooked, and the sauce had a delicious complexity I was unable to identify. Toward the bottom, the duck was perhaps a bit oversalted, but I do believe that, if not better than Noodletown, the duck at Sun Wong is certainly on the same level, though different in taste.

Later, I decided to order a vegetable, identified on the menu as "String Bean w. Garlic Sauce" ($9.50), but actually consisting of long beans, in a moderately spicy, red, garlic sauce with just a touch of sweetness and definitely none of the sugary taste that can plague "garlic sauce" dishes in Manhattan. This dish was also excellent, and came in a heaping bowlful, so that I took quite a bit home and ate it later as takeout.

The clientele were all Chinese except for me and the table to my left, which consisted of a father and his two young daughters, who were celebrating "Jewish Christmas" with lots of dishes.

If this restaurant were in my neighborhood, I would probably go 3 times a week. If it's in yours, you're lucky! And if you have a reason to be in the area, do consider it for lunch or dinner. I think you will be glad you did.

Son Wong Chinese Restaurant
6619 Fort Hamilton Parkway
(718) 833-8373/8372
Open 8:30 AM-10:30 PM Sun-Thurs, 8:30 AM-11:00 PM Fri/Sat
Free delivery, min $8.

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  1. Captivating review and info, happy new year

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    1. re: AubWah

      Thank you. Happy New Year to you, too, and I hope you have a chance to go to this restaurant.

    2. interesting they have pi pa duck, i wrote a little bit about it in my review of New Kim Tuong

      will keep this place in my mind if im ever that way

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      1. re: Lau

        Thanks. It was good to read that review again. I should try that place for the lobak cake.

        1. re: Pan

          yah its a very difficult dish to find in the US and well i mean generally outside of singapore / malaysia, so definitely worth trying and its pretty tasty

          1. re: Lau

            My last few visits to the neighborhood - albeit over a month ago - this place was shuttered in the middle of the day. That was for a few weeks, or visits - I take my kid to the playground right there - running.

            Have you been more recently?

            1. re: Polecat

              it looked like it was open when we were on the block last Saturday noontime - but we did not cross the street to check it out.There used to be a restaurant of a different name offering "Malaysian" cooking in that spot

              1. re: jen kalb

                hmmm i havent been in a little while, but i havent been looking to see if its open recently...let me check next time i walk by

              2. re: Polecat

                It was gutted and I thought it might be done, but it's open again.

          2. re: Lau

            @ I read your report, very interesting. Isnt the "carrot cake" the same as what others call turnip cake and made with the daikon radish? The dish as you describe it looks really good.

            1. re: jen kalb

              sort of, the turnip cake you normally see in chinatown is cantonese style turnip cake called lo bat go (luo bo gao in mandarin) which just means turnip cake in chinese. it's minced into a cake with some chinese ham, fried and then served with oyster sauce

              however, the teochew (chiu chow / chao zhou) people have their own version of it which they call chai tow kway (cai tou guo). It is also a radish cake but it is stir-fried with eggs and preserved radish and a dash of fish sauce. The version in singapore is cut into much smaller pieces though (it's awesome). This is similar to that version except not cut into small pieces

              There is also a black version which uses a dark sweet soy sauce.

              im not sure how they came up with the name carrot cake, but thats what its called singapore

              here's what it looks like in singapore:

          3. Appreciate this tip. The pi pa duck is very tasty, with soy and a touch of five-spice (though I don't have much frame of reference on this dish). Roast meats are front and center and definitely seem to be a specialty.

            Interesting to see a mini-Chinatown emerging in this stretch of Dyker Heights. Even the CVS has Chinese signage. Seems Sunset Park's Chinatown is pushing south.

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            1. This place has been really panned on Yelp, whereas they love Great Wall, though the last review of Great Wall was in 2013:



              Any of you been to either place recently? Has Sun Wong gone drastically downhill?

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              1. re: Pan

                Answering my own question: This restaurant has been replaced by New Lucky Chinese Restaurant, which looks pretty much the same to me, with poultry hanging up in the window. It had "Grand Opening" signs up. I didn't go, though; instead, I had a late lunch/early dinner with my girlfriend and her mother at Szechuan Gourmet 56 in Manhattan, and it was very good.