Six of us showed up today for our next stop, Honey Court Seafood Restaurant. Honey Court is primarily Dim Sum for lunch and, lucky for us, six is the perfect number for Dim Sum since most items come in threes. For those keeping score at home, this is the 53rd MSG150 lunch and the 8th Dim Sum.
Family Style Dishes
- Fried Shrimp & Green Onion Dumpling
- 1 Sweet & Sour Fish
- 2 x Shu Mai
- Shrimp on Green Pepper
- Tofu Wrapped Shrimp
- Scallop and Shrimp Dumpling
- Pan Fried Shrimp & Green Onion Patty
- Spareribs in Black Bean Sauce
- Rice Noodle with Beef
- Shrimp ball with Mushroom
- 2 x Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf
- Chinese Broccoli in Oyster Sauce
- Deep Fried Seaweed Shrimp Roll
- Rolled Rice Noodle with Soy Sauce
Luncher: AdamLunch: Family Style - $10.00
One of the best nights of my life took me through Honey Court, so I'll always have a soft-spot for this Chinatown staple. This monument's reputation is: "Holy f*cking sh*t I'm drunk. Honey Court HO!" So, I wasn't sure what to expect 14 hours before "4th meal" rush.
The Dim Sum cart strolled up, and we loaded up on the Dim Sum standards, and the few variations that Honey Court had. The baseline of Dim Sum dishes seems to be roughly the same at all Dim Sum places... the only real variation is the temperature and the amount of grease contained in said dishes. Honey Court had warm Dim Sum with an extra hint of grease.
The dishes that we hadn't had at other places were good, but tasted right at home in a Pork/Shrimp-tastic Dim Sum rotation. But, in the sea of totally standard Dim Sum tastes the Sweet and Sour Fish was the only dish that really broke away from the school (oh snap! did you see me use that literary device? I likened Dim Sum to both a sea and a school of fish in a single sentence. Suck it Grisham!).
There are several better Dim Sum places in the International District... this is just standard ol' Dim Sum.
Luncher: GearyLunch: Family Style - $10.00
Honey Court was packed when we arrived. We were fortunate to get a table right away. We were the only non-Asian table in the place, a good sign. We were quickly besieged by forks and egg-rolls. Actually, the profiling wasn't as bad as other spots. The carts were plentiful and dishes were hot. We quickly filled up the table with the standards and a few originals.
The Shrimp and Green Onion Dumplings were extra greasy but were piping hot. The Seaweed Roll was new to us and a winner. The Sweet and Sour Fish was void of red syrup and was delicious. The combination of tang and slight sweetness was perfect. The Sticky Rice, a Dim Sum staple, was a standout: lots of flavor, with tasty Chinese sausage, pork, and other goodness mixed in.
Luncher: EmmettLunch: Family Style - $10.00
Seriously, after 53 of these damn restaurants they all seem to look the same. Walking in, this could just easily be China Gate, Sea Garden, Jade Garden, Ocean City. Though I've been to Honey Court before, I don't think I've ever had Dim Sum. I have heard good things. We'll see.
The cart unloaded on us fast and furious. Everything was incredibly hot and fresh. Lots of interesting choices too. The fried fish was sweet and tasty. Pork, Shu Mai, scallop buns were all solid. One of the dishes had cilantro, which lended the dim sum a nice flavor. I was definitely impressed with the quality and freshness of everything. I think this place competes well to Jade Garden.
Luncher: ErinLunch: Family Style - $10.00
Honey Court is one of those long-time ID standards for dim sum. I have been here many times as it is a Kohlenberg family favorite spot. The place seems cleaner and tidier than the last time we were in. I met the group after a quick walk down the hill just as they were sitting down.
We were served by the cart ladies very quickly. Most items were shrimp-based. I tried the sticky rice, which had lots of Chinese sausage and pork. It was served in smaller, more manageable individual packets. There was a sweet & sour fish, cooked perfectly and in a tangy, vinegar-based sauce. This was much different than the other items, and quite delicious. I also tried a shrimp & green onion cake, a stuffed bell pepper, and shumai. These were all quite standard, with not a lot of flavor, but very fresh from the kitchen. I also had a fried seaweed roll. This was a deep fried item, seaweed wrapped around some stuffing (with shrimp of course) and then battered and fried. It was a bit different and very tasty.
Overall, the food was fresh, although I thought there were not a lot of different flavors present in the selections. It was nice to see some different offerings that weren’t chicken feet, and when I tried the non-standard items they were worth the risk. The place seems clean and fresh. This is definitely worth a return trip with the extended Kohlenberg clan.
Where’s the fortune cookie?
Luncher: WayneLunch: Family Style - $10.00
This was a middle-of-the-road dim sum experience. I’ve had better and I’ve had worse. It wouldn’t be my first choice for going out for dim sum, but I wouldn’t mind coming back here either. Fav’s today were Chinese broccoli, Shu Mai dumplings and sticky rice.
Luncher: JaredLunch: Family Style - $10.00
Honey Court Seafood Restaurant PhotosHoney Court Seafood Restaurant
Fried Shrimp and Scallion Dumpling
Sweet & Sour Fish, Pan Fried Shrimp Pattie
Shu Mai, Shrimp on Green Pepper, Tofu wrapped Shrimp
Spareribs w/ Black Bean Sauce
Shrimp & Mushrooms, Rice Noodle w/ Beef, Scallop w/ Shrimp
Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf
Fried Seaweed Roll
Rice Noodle Rolls w/ Soy Sauce