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
Open 8:30 AM-10:30 PM Sun-Thurs, 8:30 AM-11:00 PM Fri/Sat
Free delivery, min $8.
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.
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: