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Solid Cantonese in Springfield VA

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dpan Oct 29, 2013 04:39 AM

I'm pretty impressed by the food at Golden Hong Kong in Springfield, in the former Canton Cafe next to the Trader Joe in the shopping center off Old Keene Mill Rd, and Commerce Road. It's a step above the food at XO Taste and Taste of Hong Kong. They serve dim sum everyday, and the one time I went on a Saturday afternoon, the food was very good. Had dinner the other night and ordered the sizzling beef, duck blood with chives, black mushroom with bamboo shoots, and a fresh steamed tilapia. The only miss was the bamboo shoots, which came from a can. Everything else was excellent. My favorite was the duck blood and chives. Servings are generous and service good. This is a welcome addition in southern Fairfax County.

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  1. monkeyrotica RE: dpan Oct 29, 2013 07:27 AM

    How does the dim sum compare to Sampan Cafe? I'm willing to trek to Springfield for it, but Seven Corners isn't worth the time/hassle for me.

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      dpan RE: monkeyrotica Oct 29, 2013 07:30 AM

      I've only been to Sampan Cafe once a few years ago. I would say it's better quality wise. We've been going to HK Pearl for dim sum, and this compares favorably, though HKP has a wider selection.

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        Worldwide Diner RE: dpan Oct 29, 2013 08:02 AM

        When do they open on weekends?

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          dpan RE: Worldwide Diner Oct 29, 2013 09:14 AM

          11 am.

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          monkeyrotica RE: dpan Nov 4, 2013 05:28 AM

          I like this place. Sunday dim sum came off without incident. Carts were rolling the standard dishes: shui mai, pork buns, bbq pork, steamed pork, sesame rolls, crepes. etc. Selection is comparable to Sampan Cafe, but I'd say the quality here is better. They've got an a la carte dim sum menu so if you don't see what you want, they'll bring it to you from about two dozen choices. I didn't see any chinese broccoli, so I ordered that and it showed up in 5 minutes. Also, unlike most dim sum places, everything we got was hot; most places, half of what I usually order off the carts ends up being cold. Snappy service without being intrusive. Two adults and two kids left full and happy for $45. Checked out the menu on the way out and they have LOTS of interesting Hong Kong items, including tripe dishes, frogs legs, casseroles, noodle soups, etc. Have I had better in Seven Corners or Wheaton? Yeah, but I'm not willing to risk death at the hands of every grandma in a minivan only to have people in line stare at me while I eat.

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          chowser RE: monkeyrotica Oct 31, 2013 06:23 PM

          It's hit or miss for dim sum. I haven't had anything spectacular but most is pretty good. We still go up to HK Pearl instead. We've done take out a few times from Golden Hong Kong and while it might be unfair to judge because it suffers in the drive, haven't been too impressed with the food and it is pricey. That said, there's nothing decent in that area so it is good to have that at least.

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            monkeyrotica RE: chowser Nov 3, 2013 07:29 AM

            Not dim sum, but the Floating Market and Doo Dee Noodle Soups at Bangkok Noodle House are good and cheap. Far end of the same mall.

            http://m.bangkoknoodlehouse.com/

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              dpan RE: monkeyrotica Nov 3, 2013 08:22 AM

              Bangkok Noodle is a good recommendation. They can turn the heat up on their dishes.

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          KeithW RE: dpan Nov 2, 2013 11:46 AM

          Can anyone confirm that this is truly new ownership & management and not just re-branding? I was a regular at Canton Cafe until I had one really bad experience -- bad enough to leave and never return. Golden Hong Kong has retained the interior, the same or similar furniture, and a menu that is very similar to if not identical to Canton Cafe's. I would love a good Cantonese place in that area, but before I go back is there any way I can get confirmation that this more than just a name change and makeover?

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            chowser RE: KeithW Nov 3, 2013 05:57 PM

            Different owners. New owners are very distant extended family. I don't know the previous owner but knew the original owners before that, also different people.

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              KeithW RE: chowser Nov 6, 2013 05:51 AM

              Thanks for this info, hopefully the management has been replaced also.

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