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Posted by ally's dad on 06/25/2009
Just went back to Hop Kee. Last time I was there having the eponymous Pan Fried Flounder, the waiter, now beginning to remember me, said that the next time I came to have the Chilian Sea Bass Pan Fried; made the same waywith soy, ginger and chili it is far more plentiful and $2 less in price. Truly amazing. A lunch of this and Chinese broccoli enough for two, easily. Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad P.S. Egg Roll still the best!
Posted by ally's dad on 05/20/2009
During college and law school, I used to go with friends to Hong Fat and Hop Kee in Chinatown. Beef Chow Fun, Sweet and Pungent Shrimp and Fried Rice - $6 plus tip. That was living. With everyone's tastes expanding, the classic old Canrtonese restaurants are no longer in favor - we're all looking for "more authentic - dim sum, the cooking of Shanghai, Hunan, etc. All of these places always had "the more authentic," the problem was we didn't know about it - it was predominantly for the local clientle. I was finished in court early today, had to pick up some dumplings for the weekend, and strolled, early, into Hop Kee. It was just me and the staff. I was welcomed politely, seated and asked for the "Pan Fried Founder" - a whole fish, salt crust, chilies and a little soy pan fried. Along with this, a dish of large clams and black bean sauce. POETRY! The food was not good, it was perfect. Prices could not have been better for this quality. Can't wait to go back with a large group!. Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad P.S. OK, the truth; it all wasn't so authentic - couldn't resist the egg roll - the best in town!
Posted by Victor on 05/05/2009
I have been going to Hop Kee since the early 70s. When I was a kid, I used to love it. Now, as an adult with a different palate, it doesn't do the trick. My tolerance for greasy, oily food has diminished, making it difficult to enjoy much of Hop Kee's English-language menu offerings. I also noticed that prices have risen significantly, and portion sizes have shrunk. In the old days, a waiter arrived with a steaming dish heaped high with food. Now, the plates are petite in comparison. The walk down memory lane was nice, but I think I will go elsewhere for Chinese in future.
Posted by Jester on 03/06/2009
The place is simply the best. You have to know what to order, but do not be afraid to ask the person next to you what they got. Usually, that is how I find my new favorite dish. Snails Peking Pork Pan-Fried Flounder
Posted by LiteLady on 09/19/2008
We stopped here yesterday for take-out, after coming here on many occasions, as we felt Hop Kee's food was a cut above other Chinese Food restaurants. What a surprise when I found the food prices have gone up too much and the quality of the food has gone down. It was not as tasty, their duck which we always would order, was not as tender and tastiful, the sauce that was used had a weird consistency, as well. Obviously they are cutting back on quality, and/or maybe they have changed their chefs. Sorry to say this loyal customer has decided not to go back and give them a second chance.
Posted by on authenticity on 06/28/2008
Lemon chicken and dumplings for dinner is not authentic chinese or cantonese fare. If you want to know what the hype's about at Hop kee, get the fried flounder or steamed flounder, the peking pork chops, fried oysters, tofu and conch, and hollow heart vegetables. These are the authentic dishes. If you're non-Chinese they will make the food caucasian chinese style for you. If you want to know authentic cantonese style cuisine ask for Chinese style. If you prefer to eat American food believing you're being cosmopolitan stick with what they automatically give you.
Posted by Dragonmode on 06/18/2008
Being a born and raised Manhattanite, let alone growing up hanging in Chinatown for 20 years, I have to say my latest & sober experience at this place was a shocker. From overpriced food IMO to the worst dumplings and lemon chicken I've ever had anywhere, I agree with Joshy and I will not deviate from my usual joints in Chinatown again. Perhaps i just have to stagger into this place drunk again to see what others do. And by the way, you hardly see Chinese people here mostly Filipinos if anything =P