Like good food, good friends are priceless. And if it weren’t for my good friend Mee Carmelino, I might never have learned about the recently opened HK Food Court in Elmhurst, NY.
HK stands for Hong Kong. HK Food Court. The Chinese name “Xiang Gang Mei-Chi Cheng,” actually translates to “Hong Kong Gourmet Food Court.”
It now occupies the recently closed HK Super Mart that stood for years and years. In fact, the wooden tables that used to display the fruits and vegetables outside the supermarket are still there.
Location Location Location
HK Food Court is located at 82-02 45th Ave., Elmhurst. It’s a few doors down from a Chinese restaurant that I had gone to many many years ago in a lifetime far far away, but more recently with co-workers at the time. That Chinese restaurant is now called China Pearl. I first knew it as High Pearl. The HK Supermarket was a frequent after dinner must stop and shop.
But, I digress. I’m here today to tell you about the HK Food Court. You might as well give it a name of “A Taste of Asia”. For here, in the 30 or so food stalls, you will find food from:
- And more, I am sure, that I am forgetting
When you enter you will first notice how bright and shiny and clean everything is. The stalls are on the outer perimeter, and seating is located in the center. As it has been less than three weeks since it opened, it hasn’t been “discovered” yet. Though I’m sure that’s about to change. For before this you had to go to Flushing to find food courts similar to this, including one owned by the same people, and of course The New World Mall Food Court at the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Ave. Of course, I must also add, that the, umm, stalls in the brand new bathrooms are as equally as clean and sparkling as the Food Court. Let us hope that everything continues to be kept in pristine condition.
No Passport Required
You’ll also be greeted by spices from all parts of Asia emanating from all the stalls that lead you by your nostrils and draw you in deeper into the food court.
Mee Carmelino and I skirted the circumference around the seating area to check out every stall before deciding. So many choices! We had to circle twice, like sharks, before picking out our prey, err, dinner choices. We choose two different stalls. And there were still a few more stalls that were yet to open.
This being a review of the food court, it would not be fair just to write about what we ate. Suffice it to say we enjoyed it, and we will both be back. Perhaps me, with the entire Crew.
I really did enjoy them making the hand-pulled noodles at my stalls. Watch for yourself:
All of the food in all of the stalls is prepared fresh. It would take you a good month just to get a taste of each cuisine.
Rather than write about each stall, just sit right back and enjoy this photo montage of the HK Food Court:
(Hover mouse over the image and click on the Play Button to start the slide show)
Now after you go to the HK Food Court, please post your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.
Humbly submitted for your consideration,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)