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Hong Kong Palace, Seven Corners Center - New Owners Go from Cantonese to Szechuan

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19 hours ago, JimCo said:

Was there two weeks ago, and they were serving some of the best food I've ever had there. Whoever was manning the fryer was firing on all cylinders. The cumin fish was crisp and numbing. The fried chicken with stuffed sesame peppers (I never remember the name) was also excellently fried. 

I read somewhere recently that David Hagedorn didn't like this restaurant. 

My take on Hong Kong Palace is that it's not a good restaurant top-to-bottom; it merely has some good dishes (the cumin fish and fried chicken being two of them). That's why two different, credible diners can go, and come away with different impressions.

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FWIW, I'm also a big fan, and I think they have great breadth.  Yes, the cumin fish is the their best. But I've had great shredded potato, mapo tofu, cold garlic cucumber, eggplant with garlic sauce, etc.  

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Went to HKP last night with some friends to talk and finalize some plans for an upcoming trip to China with them.  We had a nice meal of bok choy and mushrooms, which were very standard, but tasty.  Cold chengdu noodles (will need to learn the characters for this as I would eat this all the time in Chengdu), had a nice bite to the noodle and I liked the sauce.  Our friend makes this home at all the time, I will have to request her version when we go for dinner sometime, simple, but good.  Fish in pepper broth (I believe their new menu has things worded and sectioned differently than online), which had a nice, but certainly not overwhelming spice to it and was good paired with the bok choy.  Chicken with dried chili peppers was crispy and had nice spice and fried rice with shrimp and pork, which we probably didn't need, but it was a good fried rice with nice flavor to it.  It was a nice variety of foods, a nice amount of vegetable to meat ratio, which is always harder when it is just Hubby and I alone. Anyway, we have had a really nice run of eating out at nice restaurants, and eating out with friends this year so far, and this is one of their favorite places, so it was fun to go with them.

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In appreciation for my favorite dish in this area. 

Their Chengdu Kung Pao Chicken continues to be the best version I’ve ever had. I stopped in for lunch today. They have a Kung Pao Chicken lunch special with rice and an egg roll. I asked if I could have the special with the Chengdu Kung Pao Chicken. They said no. I didn’t even care. The real “special” is the Chengdu version and this confirmed it.

I’m always here with groups and order multiple dishes, so it was great to just focus on one outstanding dish. Outside of the traditional chicken, peanuts, and peppers, they also include sliced ginger and garlic. These take it to the next level. I’m usually a stickler for using chopsticks, but I was wearing a tie so I used a fork for safety. This also made the dish better as I could get all the flavors at once rather than one at a time. These folks take my favorite Chinese dish and make it my favorite-ist. 

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