Hong Kong City BBQ- 5301 N State Road 7, Tamarac http://www.hkcitybbq.com/
My First Visit- Dim Sum Lunch
I felt like I was the last person on the planet to know about this place and, thanks to my foodie friend Maiko who made the suggestion, I can now inform the last few souls who’ve not been lucky enough to make it here. If you enjoy Chinese food and are ready to experience some new tastes and flavors you must try Hong Kong City BBQ. You’ll find this ordinary looking restaurant in a small shopping center in Tamarac, but there’s nothing ordinary about the food. The owners say they make genuine NY Chinatown, Hong Kong style cuisine and the place does have that look and feel, from the hanging duck & ribs in the front to the extensive menus. With this being my first trip, I came for one thing…Dim Sum lunch. Not many restaurants in the area do as many Dim Sum dishes (I counted over 40) as you’ll find here. First timers like myself are handed a card with color pictures of all the selections. Dim Sum is an individual portion of bite size savouries, which can consist of all types and parts of meat, fish and poultry. It’s like “Chinese Tapas.” The prices are very reasonable and you can expect to order 6-8 dishes for lunch. Yes…I shared…Really!!! Here are a few suggestions from my first adventure. The Crispy Shrimp balls…they were so good we ordered a second portion. They come three to a serving and were crispy as the named implies, with a soft center of minced shrimp, which is wrapped in a thin wonton skin, and then perfectly fried in vegetable oil. Some other dishes we liked were the Pork Siu Mai, the Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, and the Shanghai Dumpling. New for me was the Steamed Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce and the Beef Tripe with Ginger and Scallions. I won’t get any awards from Andrew Zimmern for that last dish, but it’s one I’ve always wanted to try. Next time Chicken Feet with Special Sauce!!! Additional pictures of this meal can be found at http://on.fb.me/tM8vB0.
Christina Wan’s – 664 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, http://www.christinawans.com/
I eat at Christina’s frequently, as those of you who follow my travels on Twitter and Facebook can attest to. However, I have made my way through many of the local Chinese restaurants from the older style Cantonese ones to the newer corporate incarnations. Fort Lauderdale it seems, has them all. I experienced Christina’s soon after moving here seven years ago. There is a Christina Wan and she and her family have been in the restaurant business since 1966 beginning with a restaurant in Miami. On the face of it, Christina’s appears to be just nice neighborhood restaurant…and it is if you order your standard fare of: wonton soup, egg rolls, egg foo young and etc. But it’s when you depart from the expected and try some of Christina’s, and now my, favorites and you’ll see why folks from Miami and Hollywood take the drive to eat here. Try the Colossal Ginger Shrimp served with bok choy or the Sizzling House Wor Ba (I know you’ve had this before, but its wonderful here.) If Christina has live Lobster on hand ask her to prepare Ginger Lobster…whole Lobster in the shell chopped and cooked with Ginger and vegetables. A treat you won’t forget. The Szechwan Chicken, Singapore Rice Noodle with Curry and the Pepper Scallops with its dark peppery sauce should also not be missed. A large part of the energy of this place is Christina and her family. All can be seen greeting customers, taking orders and making frequent runs to the kitchen. Christina is always on hand to guide you through the menu options especially if you’re in an adventurous eating mood.
And finally, I’d like to tell you about the famous Christina Wan almond cookie. Those who know about this thin, delicate cookie with a sliver of almond on the top, seek it out on each visit. The recipe is a closely guarded secret known only to Christina and sources say she bakes them herself. Should you find yourself at Christina Wan’s, mention that you read this in alanEATS and one or two of these tasty treats may find their way to your table.
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