Durham >Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant
Unique restaurant, amazing food.
This is one of my top 10 favorite restaurants in Durham, NC. To me, it's most important that a restaurant have (a) unique character or charm and (b) lovingly prepared, amazing food. Hong Kong Chinese has both.
I agree that the service is adequate at best, but one simply shouldn't hold authentic Chinese wait staff up to the usual U.S. standards. Instead, just take it as it is.
This restaurant is a gem, and if anyone doesn't agree, that's fine -- it just means more delicious food for ME! :) I eat at Hong Kong as often as I can!
Good Dim Sum, best in the Triangle Area.
Went for Dim Sum on a Sunday morning. By 11:30, the waiting line was out the door. The crowd moves fast, though, and once seated, we were treated to some tasty dim sum treats.
Excellent shu mai dumplings, rice noodle rolls, shrimp and crab balls. We went with a big group, which is the best way to do things--you get to try a little of everything.
Be careful parking--while we were leaving, the Durham police were ticketing every car on the street.
A Restaurant with horrible service and HAIR. This is the WORST restaurant I have ever been to in my life. First of all, the restaurant is so small but on top of that the service is even worst. They would round their eyes at you and would make you wait a long time before you get what you ask for. So after horrible service and a long wait, the food would come out. Every food item I order were either hard or disgusting and plus there were a piece of hair on top of this dumpling type food. The only thing that was good was the tea and thats about it.
Great Dim Sum.
I moved here about three months ago from Cleveland which, despite its "mistake on the lake" namesake, has some very fine Chinese food - and dim sum on the weekends. Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant is excellent. Their selection of dim sum choices include typical shu mai, har gau, and pork bun dumplings, but also include more unusual (and delicious) braised pork slices, honeycomb tripe with black bean sauce, and stewed beef tendon. Contrary to a previous review, all of the food is served piping hot in generous quantities by extremely pleasant servers. The restaurant is not large, but conceals large numbers of tables throughout the nooks and crannies of the dining rooms. They also understand and speak English with ease, something the folks back in Cleveland never did.
They are very busy Sunday morning, so come immediately when they open at 10:30AM or after 12:00PM. Although the steam cart is present, it is emptied so quickly that most of the servers bring just-cooked dishes directly to the table. If you flag and employee down and tell them what you want, especially if it's not something white people normally eat, they will smile and bring it to you at once. They also serve dim sum during the week from 11:30AM-3:00PM. Visit soon!
Pretty Good. It has an amazing buffet which hosts distinct tasty food. I recommend it for the chinise food enthusiest.
Awesome food, great experience. Love this restaurant's dim sum. The whole process is an adventure in eating - you have to work with the group to decide what items you want. (Differences can - um - anger the minority who want the shrimp ball, etcetera.) The taro is great, the shrimp ball, the sausage something-or-other - very tasty. You never know what your lunch will be. Go early - it gets crowded, and the parking is awful.
THE place for authentic food.
My family comes from New York City, so we KNOW authentic food. After moving to Chapel Hill, we were dissappointed at the lack of Chinese food! We've tried out every single Chinese restaurant in the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, and this is the single place we come to again and again.
While at other restaurants you can chow on "americanized" Chinese (sesame chicken, fried rice, spring rolls), you can have some REAL Chinese at this place! We're talking chicken feet, taro, hombow...
The food is delicious!
The wait staff is so friendly, too! They've come to know us personally when we come in the door :)
An IMPORTANT tip: Don't arrive there after 10:45 or so for bruch/lunch, because it starts to get extremely busy. The restaurant is humbly small (although very pretty), and there get to be 30 or so groups there waiting. We always get there around 10 or 10:20, and this seems to be the ideal time. By the time we're leaving, there's a huge crowd around the door!
Enjoy THE fabulous Chinese restaurant in the area!!
you've got to be kidding me!. After reading so many decent reviews we showed up hoping to enjoy some authentic dim sum. We were duped. We have had dim sum in some of the premier locations around the world (New York, Boston, Hong Kong, Beijing, San Francisco, etc.). We are not as concerned about the service, it was fine, and the environment was ok...but the key to a good restaurant is the food...and they did not score high. The pork shiu mai meat tasted like it was a couple days past its shelf life, worst we've ever had, and the shrimp ball should have been called the corn starch special. There are others raving about how good this place is...you wonder where they're coming from and what they usually eat. It's too bad there are so few dim sum restaurants in the Triangle to compare.
Best Authentic place to have Chinese. Hong Kong is the best Chinese Restaurant in NC, I live here but I spend a lot of time in California too, and one thing I really miss while I'm here is the authentic chinese like in LA's Chinatown (favorites: Full House, ABC). While Hong Kong is not necessarily better than any of LA's it's such a relief knowing I can always go to a place like this. Their food is authentic, warm and comfort food to me. Their pan fried noodles, squid and other dishes are magnificent, and I could go on all day thinking of good things about them. My family and I are regulars there and have sort of gotten to know the whole staff and I love being able to sit among fellow asians because that's where many go because like I said it is authentic! I know that people complain about their so called bad service but it's just something I don't even notice because they are welcoming, and they are busy, so if you want to be greeted quietly and bowed to, like you are some royal american go somewhere to pay greatly for less than awesome food. I hold Hong Kong close to my heart and forever will!
Best Dim Sum in North Carolina! Want Pampering Service? Go to Tiffany's, then.. This is just the best dim sum in the state. It's an authentic Chinese dim sum restaurant, which means that, like in China, or any other real dim sum place, there's lot's of people waiting, and you're not going to get your hand patted. But if you can deal with being treated like just another person at lunch rather than a self-important American, go here. If you can't, go somewhere really expensive and mediocre instead.
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