Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Time out: Hong Kong Inn is everyone’s favorite

Hong Kong Inn 712

THE HONG KONG INN in Placerville is the Readers' Choice award winner for three years running and offers some unique and delicious entrées. Democrat file photo by Pat Dollins

Restaurant: Hong Kong Inn

Address: 2851 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville

Phone: 530-622-8888

Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.

Did you know that there are more Chinese restaurants located right here in the good old U.S. of A. than the number of Burger King’s, McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza, Wendy’s and Pizza Hut combined?

Does this mean that Chinese food is now more American than American food? I myself never thought about it even once, before I stumbled upon the above culinary factoid.

The point is — Chinese restaurants are everywhere.

However, really good Chinese restaurants are kind of rare; which is why when you find one that suits you, which has served consistent quality dishes in a reasonably comfortable dining area for a reasonable price and is blessed with quick and friendly service, well — you tend to come back.

I myself am very loyal when it comes to Chinese restaurants.

This job has taken me and my palate to many an Asian dining establishment around these parts, and none of them has been worthy enough to get me to change from my usual haunt. That isn’t to say that ‘my usual haunt’ is upscale or offers anything you couldn’t get at another El Dorado County Chinese restaurant.

I mean, let’s be honest here. One doesn’t go to a Chinese restaurant for the atmosphere or the furnishings, right? The semi-authentic Han paper art hanging from fishing wire and reproductions of Tang Dynasty paintings are nice but they’re not the reasons I open my wallet time and time again.

It is the food. Yes, the food.

I mentioned earlier that I hadn’t found a Chinese restaurant worthy of getting me to switch but I may have to rescind that.

The Hong Kong Inn, located at 2851 Ray Layer Drive in Placerville, is really, really good.

So good, as a matter of fact, that I may even suggest to the long-suffering Mrs. Camembert that we give the old stand-by a rest for a while and get our take out here.

You faithful readers blessed with eagle eyes and/or the Internet will have no doubt noticed that the address of the Hong Kong Inn is within skipping distance of the Mountain Democrat, and you’d be right. This is convenient only because it’s good. If it was sub par it would be decidedly inconvenient.

At any rate, the menu at The Hong Kong Inn offers no huge surprises but that’s how most of us like it.

In fact, the Mountain Democrat readers also agree — voting the Hong Kong Inn a Readers’ Choice winner for the last three years.

Actually, I lie about no surprises. A few of the “Hong Kong Specialties,” which I have yet to try, sound absolutely fantastic.

A sample: Seven Star Around The Moon (for two), is roast pork, steak and scallops, with crisp, tossed fried vegetables decorated with fried shrimp and topped with a juicy, lightly fried chicken breast. I’ll be trying that one next.

Hong Kong Inn is located at 2851 Ray Lawyer Drive and the phone number is 530-622-8888. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.

Earle Camembert

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