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Sun Wong, delicious Cantonese in Bay Ridge

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Pan Jan 2, 2013 02:02 AM

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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    AubWah Jan 2, 2013 03:18 PM

    Captivating review and info, happy new year

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      Pan Jan 3, 2013 01:52 AM

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

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      Lau Jan 13, 2013 10:05 AM

      interesting they have pi pa duck, i wrote a little bit about it in my review of New Kim Tuong
      https://www.lauhound.com/2011/02/new-...

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

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        Pan Jan 13, 2013 11:55 AM

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

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          Lau Jan 13, 2013 12:35 PM

          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

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            Polecat Jan 13, 2013 12:43 PM

            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?
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              jen kalb Jan 13, 2013 01:41 PM

              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

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                Lau Jan 13, 2013 04:25 PM

                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

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                squid kun Jan 13, 2013 06:38 PM

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

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                  Lau Jan 13, 2013 06:40 PM

                  so it is open?

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            jen kalb Jan 13, 2013 12:43 PM

            @ 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.

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              Lau Jan 13, 2013 04:31 PM

              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:
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cha...

          3. squid kun Jan 13, 2013 06:48 PM

            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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              Pan Jan 13, 2013 07:26 PM

              Glad you enjoyed the place.

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