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Posted by Chinese in Manhattan on 02/06/2011
I am Chinese and i specialize in finding the Best Roast Duck. The best roast duck is here @ HOP KEE!! Why is it the best? ALL other chinese restaurants deep fry the duck to get crispy skin thats why they are so oily. At Hop Kee the duck is not oily at all, the skin is very crispy and fat rendered. The meat is soft and sweet. Me and My family went there on Chinese New Year: * Half Roast Duck * Salt and Pepper Calamari (other chinese restaurants make it with fried garlic instead of salt and pepper which is not very authentic at all) * Fried Flounder - whole flounder deep fried and the best part is the crispy edge thats the way to eat it * Stir fried Conch with Scallop and vegetables - comes with a side of Shrimp Paste * Shrimp with candied Walnut * Cantonese Style Lobster or any seafood is the best This is a very authentic Cantonese seafood place which is hard to find now in Chinatown or even in Flushing. Dont come to this restaurant to get Chicken and Broccoli - forget it thats not chinese food.
Posted by Steve on 12/28/2010
Based on my own experience and the other reviews, it seems this is one of those places you really need to know what to order. We ordered hot & sour soup, steamed dumplings, a house special fried chicken dish, and a house special duck dish. The hot & sour soup was the best dish of the four - the best I've ever had - with a unique sweetness to it, perhaps a little too sweet, but I couldn't stop eating it. The dumplings would have been good but they were served undercooked and room temperature with a drizzle of bland brown sauce, rather than sauce to dip in. Disappointing. The chicken dish was excellent, mostly because the chicken and vegetables were extremely fresh. I think the bird was killed an hour before we ordered. Good stuff. The duck dish was by far the low light. Between the three of us we barely touched it. It was simultaneously greasy, gamey, and bland - just overall yucky ducky. We tried going a little outside the box and paid the price. The cost was very reasonable, though not quite "cheap," especially considering we didn't eat one of the dishes. I've been to Wo Hop (which is practically next door) many times and it's a little cheaper but the good dishes weren't as excellent as Hop Kee's were, and they too are inconsistent. All in all, do some research, find out what's good, and I think you'll be pleased with Hop Kee. I look forward to coming back and ordering a little more carefully.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2010
This Chinese food was flavorless! There were several clues: 1. Full of non-Asian diners, 2. No scent of Chinese food in the air, 3. Should have listened to the reviews. If you don't have a discerning palate, then your won't mind that the food sucks, but I have high standards! I was sooo disappointed that this place exists in NYC! I have higher expectations for this wonderful city! Please don't go here and eat really bad Chinese food!!! Also, the waiter chased me outside and said he wanted a bigger tip.... No shame! Not worth the money or calories!
Posted by Lisa on 08/03/2010
My family has been coming to Hop Kee for almost 30 years. We tried another place on Mott Street once(just to try something new) and we were really disappointed. Whenever my parents come in from NJ, we ALWAYS visit Hop Kee. You can't beat the value and the food is excellent. Don't be thrown off by the not-so-beautiful decor....it's completely worth the trip to China Town!
Posted by SmcD on 06/28/2010
Went here on the strong recommendation of a friend. Exceptionally disappointed. Food exceedingly bland. Dishes more reminiscent of a suburban slap-soy-on-everything than anything one would find in China. This was even after asking in Chinese what the best dishes were. Would not return or recommend anyone dine here. The waiters, however were friendly.
Posted by True Cantonese on 05/15/2010
Ok for all those who prefer true Cantonese food definitely come to Hop Kee. I don't mean your egg rolls, wonton ton soup, and pork fried rice ... if you're looking for those Americanized plates you can go anywhere for that. Hop Kee makes this wonderful Peking Pork Chops, salt & hot pepper flash fried calamari, and a crab dish to die for! And those are just a few amongst many tasty dishes. The best part is the low prices. Gone there with so many friends and the bill came out to mere pittance for the amount of food we ate. The downside is the wait since they do not take reservations and you're standing there watching the delictable food pass you to the tables. But once you're seated be prepared to sample truly a delicious Cantonese meal!
Posted by PhoBeau on 02/22/2010
Excellent food. You must go here when visiting Chinatown. You won't be disappointed. Try the pan fried flounder, snails or crabs. You will love it!