My favorite Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, New Big Wong is a close second. I think I like this place more because of setting, it’s got taller ceilings, the service is kinda brash which I like, and the price point comes in at about a $1 or 2 less for a comparable meal. It’s a no-frills kinda place, don’t expect to be treated nicely here, but they do a good job. Service is quick and responsive, just a bit rough around the edges which not all westerners will be used to.
I’ve been here twice in the past two weeks. The first time I got the duck noodle soup and added in shrimp/pork wontons. The second time, I got beef brisket (niu rou) and added in shrimp/pork wontons and vegetables. The base noodle dish (with 1 meat) is around $6.25, adding wontons is $2, adding a meat is $3, adding vegetables is $1. The shrimp in the wontons are intact, they are not minced with the pork. It’s nice that the dishes are modular like this, the portions are healthy when you add on. Compared to Big Wong’s which gives you all in one, but with smaller vegetable portions. The broth at Full Kee is also lighter/not as dark as Big Wong’s.
If you’re sitting in the front portion of the restaurant, you can watch the cook make your meal. He boils the noodles on the spot, cuts the duck or pork off the rack, and adds the broth before the waitor delivers to your table.
509 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001