Thursday, December 15, 2011

chinese: i strongly recommend HE FENG CHINESE RESTAURANT

No.32, Lane 106, Minquan E. Rd., Sec. 3
(02) 2545-3536

MRT: ZhongShan Jr. High

website: mostly Chinese

hours: 11:30 AM - 2PM; 5:30PM - 9PM


Kid friendliness: high chairs and kids dinnerware available. basement seating as well as main floor seating.

Visit reviewed: 12/13/2010 & 4/23/2011

There are a few dishes you must order when you go to He Feng Chinese restaurant from the vast menu.


(1) The Deep fried pork with sweet and sour sauce which comes with housemade dried pineapples and tomatoes and a sweet and sour sauce that will knock your Americanized Chinese food cravings out of your system. You might find yourself spooning an extra pineapple or two onto your plate when no one is touching the lazy susan, or asking for more rice to balance the sweetness. Sometimes the dried pineapples are available for sale to take home.

(2) The Yunnan style Roast Beef is tender and deceptively simple, with chunks of braised beef in the clay pot. But so delicious.

(3) The stewed eggplant with oyster sauce and intestines, fragrant from the basil and complementing contrasting textures of the chewy intestines and softer eggplant

(4) and the Thai style fried shrimp cakes. Yes, it's a Chinese restaurant, but it's a popular dish that's made well here. Everytime I've come, someone has ordered it. This is a huge portion because we had a lot of people that night.

You can order more from the menu if you have more people. There is a ton of fish, pork, beef, seafood, chicken, vegetable, cold dishes, stewed pot and casserole options on the menu.

I wasn't a fan of the house specialty Yunnan style pea jelly with sauce dish which features soft jelly noodles made from peas and is served as a cold appetizer. Every single time I've gone, the waiter has tried to encourage us to order this. Don't do it!

Thought I would love the Yunnan style sesame and red bean layer buns, but the sesame was not sweet enough for me and the red bean had a date-like, orange taste.

I know I'm not alone when it's time to figure out where to have dinner with a big group of people, be it all the relatives or a dinner with a group of friends. He Feng is perfect for big groups because it has two sections and one with large round tables with a lazy susans for family style dining and perfect when you need hearty Chinese food for the relatives. I think one of its biggest tables can seat up to 16-18 people. The menu is large enough that you'll find something to please everyone in your group, and varied enough to order different things each time. But you'll probably find that you want to reorder your favorite dishes again and again. 

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