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Posted by Spatter on 04/28/2007
A friend and I went to this restaurant seeking a Vietnamese specialty--Bo La Lot (ground meat wrapped in betel leaf). Unfortunately, this was not what was served. Instead what was served was Bo rau que (meat wrapped in basil). Which wasn't what I was looking for and the meatballs weren't that great. We started with shrimp and pork spring rolls. Hands down the best spring roll I have tried--tasty filling of perfectly minced pork and filets of shrimp with vermicelli,lettuce, fresh basil, and other herbs served with a tasty dipping sauce. Highly rec. My friend had a Chinese chicken dish, which I cannot recollect the name. She really enjoyed it. There was an enormous portion given (just like the spring rolls). Boneless pieces of (dark meat) chicken in a savory sauce with piles of celery, carrots, bamboo, and water chestnuts. I had the condensed milk hot ovaltine. A bit disappointed. I was expecting a richer, more decadent ovaltine. But I think the ovaltine my mom made when I was a kid was richer than what I had at Hing Kee. Actually the ovaltine tasted like ovaltine & water. The waitress was really kind. I brought in a name of a vietnamese dish I wanted to try and when she couldn't figure it out, she asked multiple other employees for their help. That was really kind of her. Definitely above and beyond your typical server. Everyone was very polite!