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Shiao Lan Kung
Posted by KBR on 08/10/2014
Went here on a Friday evening after it was suggested by a friend. The place is small and the smaller tables are a bit cramped. But the food and service was excellent and the food came quickly. We had a party of three and they had NO problem allowing us to pay separately. I hope to be back soon. Salt baked dishes are very good. Chow Fun was great and not too salty. Hot Sour Soup very tasty and fresh.
Posted by Tim on 02/22/2014
Served the best salt baked soft shell crab and dry sauteed chicken with black bean sauce. Outstanding food in philly, definately be back.
Posted by Daniel Brous on 02/13/2014
I went there for dinner after work. They served the best mash beef egg drop soup followed by salt baked squid and shrimp, snow pea leaves with garlic and the best dry sauteed chicken with black bean sauce. You cant go wrong with this place and cant beat the value and service.
Posted by Jennifer on 07/12/2010
This is my family's favorite rest. in Chinatown. We have reccommend it to our other family members and it has become their fav. as well. I reccomend the fish maw soup, soft shell crab, salt baked squid, sweet and sour chicken and clams with black bean sauce. The only thing I never like is the wait time, and the small overcrowded tables and room, but if quality food is most important, this is the place to go.
Posted by njsid on 10/03/2009
had yong chow rice best ever lobster cantinese great but high pice will go back
Posted by Philly MD on 05/08/2009
As a Chinese American from NYC, I have sampled Chinese food in some of America's best Chinatowns (NYC, Flushing, Brooklyn, San Francisco), and yet I've always had a special place in my heart for Shiao Lan Kung. Their Jiao Yan You Yu (Salt-baked squid) is simply the best. Anywhere. (That includes China and Taiwan, though I have yet to try Hong Kong). Like nowhere else, it is prepared to perfection - lightly crispy and not too salty. Do NOT however take this out... it needs to be eaten right after its prepared or it gets soggy. Try it! You won't be sorry!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/27/2009
I've never reviewed anything online before but the post preceding this has inspired me to give it a whirl... In order to avoid any future 'subpar' experiences at what is, arguably, the best Chinese in the city, I suggest the following: 1. expect to be cramped - the place is small and the food is delicious so it gets crowded... I have, on multiple ocassions, happily dined with complete strangers just to have a place to sit. If large parties get rowdy and make it uncomfortable, that's just people being inconsiderate, which I'm sure we can agree is not the restaurants fault. 2. don't put so much stock in your server when you're looking for good food. Some of the best grub in the city is served by some very unsavory people -- as a server, I understand the power of good quality service but I also accept the fact that in certain places, I'm there for the food, not the guy serving it to me -- this is one of those places. 3. Don't be surprised if your food comes quickly when you order the usual suspects. No offense, but dumplings, wonton soup and walnut shrimp are not the most difficult or time consuming dishes and are, by most all restaurants that serve them, prepared in advance and brought to temperature for service when ordered. Next time, try one of their salt-baked seafood selections or maybe even the double happiness. I don't want to tell you what to eat or ridicule your taste for certain dishes but I must insist that you explore some of the more complex offerings before writing them off over sugary walnut shrimp. My apologies if I've offended you at all, as this rebutle is not meant with malicious intent towards you so much as in aggressive defense of a cherished eatery... To the general public or anyone who has read this entire thing: Bottom line -- The food here is delicious. You should try it.