The sign out front says Hong Kong Chinese Take-Out. The menus say New Hong Kong Restaurant. If you pay with a check sometimes they ask you to make it out to Hong Kong II. Regardless of what you call it, or what its proper name is, it’s the only place in Monticello to get Chinese food and we’ve been going here for the past 6 years.
Cooking was the last thing on my to-do list this evening and Becky glady accepted my offer of carry-out from the Hong Kong. The place is within walking distance of our house and in minutes I was looking over the menu. The girls asked me what I looking for and I told her I wanted chicken and vegetables in a spicy sauce. Nothing on the combo menu fit the bill so she offered to saute up a batch of what I wanted and make it a combo for me. You’ve gotta love small towns!
The food was supposed to take 10-15 minutes but I was on my way home with our meals earlier than anticipated. In addition to Becky’s combo I got an order of fried cheese wan tons. Most places call these crab rangoons and usually they consists of a thick wanton filled with cream cheese that may have sat next to some crab in the refrigerator.
Hong Kong’s cheese wantons are a completely different animal. The wrappers are thin and they are folded into little balls that resemble tortellini. Inside each of the golden orbs is a dab of cream cheese mixed with crab meat. The 12 that make it home in the wax paper bag are usually gone by the end of the meal and I could eat them all by myself.
As for the spicy chicken with vegetables it had large pieces of carrots, celery, onions and bell peppers in a light spicy sauce. The amount of heat was pretty high and by the end of the meal beads of sweat were sliding down my face. It was delicious.
A quick note about Hong Kong’s interior. It is located in an older shopping center and it shows. The bathroom has also had an “Out of Order” sign plastered to it since the first time I strolled in back in 2005. I’m not sure if it is really out-of-order and have never tried to test the truthfulness of the sign.
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