October 4, 1999 |
If your dream is to adopt a bundle of joy, the Philadelphia Zoo has bundles ranging from a few pounds to more than five tons. For 20 years, the zoo has invited people to adopt any of its 1,700 residents for donations of as little as $25. To help celebrate that anniversary, on every Monday this month the zoo will be offering Daily News readers the chance to win an adoption of a zoo resident. Today's Adopt-a-Critter contest adoptee is a white Peking duck, originally from China.
March 21, 1999 |
If ever there was a beloved dive, it was the old Sang Kee in Chinatown. Its crispy Peking duck and wonton soup were always more than enough to lure a devoted league of adventurous diners. They saw beyond - yes, even relished - the plain white walls of its dingy 40-seat dining room, as unadorned and anonymous as any other Chinatown storefront. Even owner-chefMichael Chow (Sang Kee means "Michael's Restaurant" in Chinese) recalls with a certain measure of satisfaction how "people used to say it was a hole in the wall.
July 1, 1988 |
Yin Kee Peking Duck Restaurant has opened quietly in Chinatown, but it shouldn't be long before hungry hordes begin clamoring to get in. The food is well prepared, the menu diverse, the prices wonderful and the service excellent. The restaurant is typical duck house in appearance: ducks, chickens and such dangling in the window, people lining up in the vestibule waiting for takeout and a dining area designed strictly for function. At lunch, which generally runs until 3 p.m., Yin Kee offers special combinations that cost from $3.25 to $4.50.
August 10, 1997 |
Joe Poon is up to some new tricks. The wisecracking, veggie-sculpting chef (original owner of Joe Poon's Peking Duck House) has an upscale new restaurant that plays mind games with those who think of our Chinatown's Chinese food as locked into tradition. At the new Joseph Poon, spinach nachos arrive with the wonton soup. Grilled Chinese-spiced cuttlefish gets an Italian dressing of balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. A classic version of Peking duck - the dish that made Poon's earlier restaurant one of the district's most popular eateries - is joined on the menu by duck-embellished sushi rolls, duck salad and even duck polenta.
April 5, 1987 |
The new Hunan House in Cherry Hill is living proof that looks can be deceiving. A blazing neon sign in the front window of this tiny shopping center restaurant emphasizes takeout service, and from busy Route 70, the restaurant looks hardly big enough to hold more than two or three tables. Hunan House is, in fact, a pretty little place serving very good Chinese cuisine for up to 50 diners. Instead of emphasizing its takeout service, the restaurant should really tell you that it is one of the few restaurants that offer free delivery, in this case to any place in Cherry Hill, Haddonfield or Pennsauken.
June 15, 1986 |
As David's Fortune Cookie shows, good Chinese restaurants - long clustered in the Cherry Hill area - are fanning out through South Jersey; indeed, this year-old Medford restaurant can hold its own with the region's best. The menu offers a sensible number of dishes, including several that are seldom found in the region. Best of all, the chef's level of accomplishment is high; even the dozen or so spicy Szechuan and Hunan dishes are somewhat more fiery than many chefs will dare. The restaurant also is one of the few that offers Peking duck ($l9)
May 8, 1987 |
There are a number of Chinese restaurants that employ the word empress in their names. So many that at times it sparks confusion. But there is no confusion when it comes to Trudie Ball's Empress - the name and the place are easy to remember. Empress claims that it is famous for its Peking duck. That's probably true, but it is also famous for its high ceilings, its nonconformist decor and its very reasonably priced, well-prepared dishes. And it is noted for being one of the first popular Chinese restaurants in the city outside of Chinatown.
May 10, 1987 |
It is hard to believe, but the Oriental Inn has been in business more than nine years, a long time by Chinese restaurant standards. Thankfully, the food is still far superior to most other places; indeed, the place remains one of South Jersey's best Chinese restaurants. The relatively large dining room is decorated traditionally with red- flocked wallpaper, giant temple lanterns, Chinese scrolls and panels, a giant landscape painting, even Chinese symbols painted on room dividers.
February 21, 1988 |
With the Chinese New Year celebrations still going on, it seems appropriate to take another look at the Peking Restaurant in Media, one of the region's oldest Chinese restaurants. Open since 1974, a phenomenally long time for a Chinese restaurant, the Granite Run Mall dining place has consistently served above-average food, some of it imaginative, at acceptable prices. For 4686, the Year of the Dragon, owner Margaret Kuo has put together a special holiday dinner that, combined with the regular menu, gives several good dining choices; the one holiday dish sampled was the best part of a recent meal.
September 30, 2010
Albertson's Cooking School, P.O. Box 27, Wynnewood. 610-649-9290 ( www.albertsoncooking school.com). Authentic Vietnamese, with chef David Boyle of Davios, at Madsen Center, 2901 Springfield Rd., Broomall. Oct. 25, 6:30-9 p.m., $45. Atlantic Cape Community College Academy of Culinary Arts, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, 609-343-4829 ( www.atlantic.edu/aca ). Degree programs and continuing-education classes available. Avalon Restaurant , 312 S. High St., West Chester, 610-436-6100 ( www . avalonrestaurant.