Hong Kong Market Columbia MO
Where: 3510 Interstate 70 Drive SE, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65201
When: Weekdays and Sun., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Tues.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $1—24, under $10 for most items
Call: (573) 443-3535
Connect: on Facebook here.
There’s a new cure for your Chinese food cravings. ABC Chinese Cuisine opened in December, and business is booming. Located next door to Hong Kong Market on Interstate 70 Drive SE, ABC (American Born Chinese) offers an extensive menu of standards like orange chicken and lo mein, as well as more adventurous options (spicy fish heads, stewed pork stomach, fried quail and more). General Manager Joe Wong says the restaurant seeks to be the most authentic Chinese restaurant in town.
To that end, ABC is bringing dim sum to Columbia. Dim sum involves small plates and allows customers to try a little of everything — consider it the Chinese version of tapas and brush up with this guide. The food usually involves a lot of fried and steamed choices, and lots savory dumplings and filled buns. Wong’s menu, while a work in progress, currently includes dumplings, siu mai, sha cha beef ribs, char siu bao, stuffed lotus leaf wraps, rice crepes, egg tarts and more. If you don’t know what those are, I suggest you go try them. Your world — or taste buds, at least — will never be the same.
While dim sum is traditionally transported throughout the restaurant on carts, ABC makes each of their delicious options to order. Dim sum is served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wong is still adjusting the menu. Dim sum has been hard to do in Columbia because people are largely unfamiliar with it, so the acceptance rate is fairly low. If you want a faster experience at ABC during their soft opening, Wong suggests visiting on a weekday, for now. If dim sum doesn’t suit you, there’s a lunch combo available daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including soup, side and entree.
The Wong family previously owned a Chinese restaurant in Fulton, but have since sold it to a family member. They owned Hong Kong Market until about two years ago, when they sold it and began dreaming up a new concept. Wong says the recent influx of international students inspired the new restaurant. These international students didn’t have anywhere to go for authentic favorites, he says. He must have been right about filling that niche, since demand is keeping their kitchen busier than anticipated, even without advertising the new restaurant. With Hong Kong Market next door, many lovers of Chinese cuisine have already discovered Columbia’s newest eatery.
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