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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lunch at New Kam Fong


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I'm sure many of us have the day off, so let's get a gang together and go invade somewhere.

I'll have my kids (10, 12) with me, but they're at home with just about any dining experience.

So, who's in, and where shall we go? I'm starting in MoCo, but willing to drive for good company and food!

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Will Hollywood East be open? Katie (daughter) and I are definitly in

I'm sure many of us have the day off, so let's get a gang together and go invade somewhere.

I'll have my kids (10, 12) with me, but they're at home with just about any dining experience.

So, who's in, and where shall we go? I'm starting in MoCo, but willing to drive for good company and food!

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Joe's Noodles? Honey Pig?

My instinct is to avoid anything smacking of restaurant week, especially given what will surely be a fluid roll call until the last minute.

Mrs. B and myself should be considered definite maybes.

Joe's Noodle House might be tough unless we can get a reservation. Maybe Hong Kong Palace in 7 corners?
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Honey Pig is a favorite but there is little real advantage in going with a group of more than 8 or so. It is loud and socializing can be hard with a larger group. That being said, it is superb and a good choice in any case.

Not a problem. I'm fairly certain that there aren't eight people on DR that have any desire at all to socialize with me. My wife will probably race for an out-of-earshot seat.

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Not a problem. I'm fairly certain that there aren't eight people on DR that have any desire at all to socialize with me. My wife will probably race for an out-of-earshot seat.

Ian will be happy to sit next to you.

How is Honey Pig for kids? I've never taken my two to a Korean restaurant.

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I've not taken my kids to Honey Pig yet, but we've been to Lighthouse Tofu for soon doo boo and BBQ, and the late (and not lamented) Sam Woo. They love it, especially when the servers aren't on the ball and they get to play with the meat themselves!

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Woould be up for New Kam Fong as they ahve lots of innard dishes and unusual stuff that are best shared in alarge group to minimize the risk. SP would be fine {there is still much on the menu that I have not tried}, but HP and NF are too far for us as we are working that night.

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Well, I go to New Fortune and Sichuan Pavilion regularly, so in the interest of expanding my horizons, I will leave the choice up to:

Honey Pig

New Kam Fong

Anyone planning on attending who has a preference, speak up. Looks like our headcount is in the ballpark of 20 at the moment (and we have enough kids for a separate kid table, w00t!)

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Driving might be, but parking in Wheaton sure isn't! :angry:

It's looking like I might be in for anything as well.

There is a huge outdoor metered lot at the intersection of Fern (the street with Nava Thai etc. ) and Price (the street with Royal Mile Pub, Suporn, etc.). Never full at lunch time on weekdays. It's a block away from the restaurant. Just one block up Elkins to New Kam Fong.

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I spent the day waiting for someone to do Something with this. The men of this board have disappointed me.

Depending on what time you go, I'm in with a preference for HP, although at this point we would need two or three tables.

We were waiting for you to comment, HV, so we could say something appropriately sexist.

I don't have a huge time preference, though I have to be on the road by 2:15 to get the boy to a dentist appointment.

How big is New Kam Fong - can they handle a crowd of 20+? Will Honey Pig take a reservation for a crowd that large?

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New Kam Fong has 4 tables that can hold 10 each. There is another metered lot behind the shopping strip that has Wong Gee and the Auto Parts store next to Woomi {Is there any surprise that I give directions via the use of restaurants? If you want to go to Poggibonsi from Castellina in Chianti, go North past the Pizza place until you get to Gelateria Antica Delizie and take the hard left down the hill past IL Pestello.... but I digress)....

If the vote goes here, I can make the reservation. MMMMM Motzu and fried intestines! 3 kinds of roast duck! Casseroles and big roast oysters!

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You guys have inspired me, I've been meaning to try Honey Pig, so I'm going to meet a friend (+kids) there for lunch Monday-if there are any Rockwellians in the place, grab a table near us & say, "Hi" (&give me tips on tabletop grilling). Now, the only question is what to feed my daughter, who has decided to turn vegetarian at age 10, before we leave...so far, it hasn't been a problem, & she'll have fun talking w/ her friends, that she doesn't get to see as often as before (we've moved across town from each other).

I'd join you guys at NKF, but I'm lazy, & don't like to travel too far. So, I plan to hit Honey Pig for the first time, I'm looking forward to it (I'm dying try the chul pan)...

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OK, that seems to be enough votes in one direction.

Folks, feel free to keep RSVPs coming. Looks like 17 adults and 7 kids so far. Book it, Dean-o! Maybe get 3 10-tops, and we'll assume we can get 6 more people by Monday? We can always cancel a table on Sunday if need be.

Monday, January 18th, 12noon, New Kam Fong in Wheaton

DanielK +3

GennaroE

Scott Johnston +1

Heather +2

Waitman & Mrs. B

deangold & Kay

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TheMatt

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hm212 +2

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I know that I can't come and thus, have no say, but I was looking through the menu and the following sounded really good:

Boneless Pig Feet (17 - appetizer)

Frog legs with yellow chives (16 - chef specialty)

Any of the z-fu noodles (14-16 under noodles). Rare to see them - I think they look like orzo, but am not sure.

Casserole!

Have fun all!! Don't forget to keep a running tally.

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Yes but they have some additional daily specials..... a superb mushroom and snow pea leaf dish is especially good. The only real disappointment we have had there is the 2 lobster special. Everything else ranges from good to excellent. I will make sure they have the Pipa duck {Or byba as I think they have it on their menu} which is a really nice change of pace from the typical roast duck.

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At Daniel's bhest, I arranged for some order ahead items.....

Oyster casserole

Byba duck

Some other kind of casserole- {salted fish, chicken and eggplant are possible ingredients but I lost track}

clam soup casserole

mystery meats

live eel {although I think it won't be alive once it is on our table} with roast pig and garlic sauce {she said this is very expensive, I think it will come out to about $4 a person for the two we ordered).

BBQ meats including at least two kinds of pig

For the rest, we are on our own but "egg and green leap" is high on my wish list (1000 year and fresh egg on greens boiled in broth).

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Dean, we should only get 2 each of the special orders anyway; my guess is most of the kids won't go to heavily for those, and one of the tables is going to be all kids.

FYI, the current headcount is 18 adults and 7 kids. So as long as we can get 9 at those 8-tops...

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When I told them at lunch we would only be 24, our usual waitress tol dus about antoher special dish.... somethig with something that souded like "baloney with mushy greens" and I ordered it simply on her enthusiasm. Kay, with her literal mind, asked: Abalone with mustard greens. We have cut down the special orders to enough for 18 adults. The tables hold up to 10 each so we can take a few last minute folk. THe place was hopping today and the food very good. We decided to QC the sesame balls in honor of Katie and Rebecca and they were superb. Simply the best fried brown orbs in Wheaton surpassing even the intrinsic wonderfulness of Max's felafel! The little Sesasame Ball inhalers will be pleased. After out lunch, I feared it was going to be a thin mint moment.

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