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Sunday, May 30, 2010

New King Mandarin Cuisine, Amsterdam

I was really very pleased with my recent meal in New King chinese restaurant in Amsterdam. It's nicely decorated, and I just had the feeling that I was in a place that valued style over substance. However, I was proved wrong by the food. I chose duck hoi-sin pancakes while himself had the shrimp dumpling soup. The soup was a clear, lightly-flavoured broth with lots of choi, with several large dumplings filled with juicy prawns, flavoured with sesame oil. The duck pancakes did not feature the usual thin paper pastry, but instead came pre-assembled in thick, freshly-fried, slight sweet pancakes. Fantastic start.

I chose the mixed meat plate for my main which featured roast duck, chopped on the bone, along with char siu pork and roasted pork. The char siu was exceptional, with a lovely carmelised texture. His dish of beef with morning glory featured a whole heap of wilted greens and tender meat. 

Two glasses of wine, 3 small beers, 2 starters and 2 mains came to an exceptionally good value total of €50.

New King, Zeedijk 115-117, Amsterdam 1012 AV, The Netherlands. +31 (0)20 625 2180

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