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Ethnic.City: Hong Kong B.B.Q.

posted on August 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

Rows of minivans fill the parking lot of Atlanta’s Chinatown Square. Two large dragon sculptures flank the main entrance that leads into one of our city’s most exciting eating destinations: a food court that transforms even the most jaded foodie into a manic glutton. Food stalls serving everything from slutty Americanized General Tsos chicken to pig stomach surround a mass of well-worn tables and chairs populated by every manner of diner, who huddle intensely over their dishes of choice. Hong Kong B.B.Q. (5385 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee, 770-451-7277) is, without a doubt, one of the court’s most popular destinations. The Malaysian-owned stall serves nearly 200 different dishes — and that doesn’t even include the specials advertised on a sign to the right of the cashier.

A glistening assortment of roasted and barbecued meats — soy sauce chicken, flats of glazed red pork, and whole mahogany ducks — hang side by side in a large window that offers a sneak peak into the carefully managed madness of Hong Kong’s kitchen. Handpick your meat(s) and watch as the cook, armed with a menacing cleaver, deftly chops them into precise slices on a well-worn cutting board.

Bright yellow noodles or rice act as a foundation for the roasted meats. One of the more soothing options, a bowl of won ton noodle soup, offers a myriad of textures to counteract with the masterfully executed meats. The clear, mildly flavored broth overflows with plump pork won tons with delicate skins, crinkly egg noodles, a grassy pop of green bok choy and slices of intensely red pork or crispy roast duck.

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