Durham >Food & Dining > Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant
3003 Guess Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.033552 -78.929407
The most authentic Chinese you can get in the Triangle. – In Short
At lunchtime the wait staff, swiftly push carts full of circular bamboo baskets of dim sum around to each table. In an instant, one must decide whether to sample the dumpling or not. It's all part of the charm at this restaurant, a renovated house, with its minimal decor, serves genuine Chinese food, specializing in Szechuan, Canton, Peking, Hunan cuisine and Hong Kong-style dim sum.
Best Dim Sum in the Triangle – As a person who grew up in Hong Kong, I have been to Hong Kong Restaurant every opportunity I get as an undergraduate here at Duk. The dim sum is probably the best in the Triangle and I highly recommend it. Their dinner options are also very good, although be sure to try out the "authentic" menu versus the pseudo chinese food i.e. general tsou's chicken, chow mein, broccoli beef options created just for americans. For dim sum, be adventurous and try the Chicken's Feet which is braised in a slightly spicy red bean sauce. My favourite! other options include shrimp dumpling (that's a must!) and carrot cake.
Decent food, terrible service – Food was pretty good for Triangle Chinese. Service was incredibly bad; some of the worst in recent memory. We went for the Dim Sum on Sunday at lunch. After a moderate wait we sat down. Then the waiting really began. Just very slow to bring things out. If customers didn't eat the dim sum they brought out, instead of bringing new selections out, they just rolled the carts to corner and waiting until people were hungry enough to eat items they didn't initally want. To add insult to injury, the waitresses were noticeably exasperated and let you know it if you asked them questions about the food items. After that they would roll right past if you didn't raise your hand and get their attention. The food was pretty good but the service was so bad that my family and in-laws have no intention to return.
Yummy Dim Sum – In my opinion, this is the best place to get dim sum here in the triangle. I grew up eating home made chinese food and dim sum in NYC's Chinatown and this place is about as close as you can get to the real thing. my favorite are the BBQ pork, taro cake, shrimp crepe, "har gow" (shrimp dumpling), siu mai (pork dumpling), sticky rice... the list goes on. Get jasmine green tea to go with your dim sum!
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