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New King: Louis / NoeHill Recommendation of the Month (?)
Just for fun I will occasionally share an Amsterdam restaurant recommendation from the venerable Louis Bryan / oops - I mean "Matte Gray" @ Matte Gray (formerly "Noe Hill")
For the uninitiated, Louis, I mean Matte :D
is a Bay Area writer of world-class essays and journals about his exploits in Amsterdam, along with many other topics.
Louis is also one of the few Americans with the energy, brains and chutzpah to get off his ass and actually learn to speak Dutch (we are not worthy...)
One of my favorite Louis / Matte essays is Dutch in Three Weeks
Provided you are not a mouth-breathing american drug tourist, and if you like good writing, kick back some evening with a bottle of jong jenever (and maybe even a puff or two) and savor some of Uncle Matte's writing ... it will grow on you....
On to the food.....
Favorite Dish: Louis recommends babi pangang, (sometimes "bami ") what I thought was an Indonesian pork dish, but New King is touted as "one of the best Chinese restaurants in Amsterdam, " so go figure..?
Either way, both at New King's website menu and in Ms Verheydens lovely foto it looks delicious!!
I have been fortunate enough to share a meal or two with Louis, and though I have yet to eat at the New King, you can bet that will be my first stop next time I'm in Amsterdam and babi pangang will be my entree of choice. Give it a shot, and let us know what you think.
Geniet van uw maaltijd, alstublieft!
Here is a review of the restaurant:
New King review
PHOTO CREDIT: Tine Verheyden by the amazing Tine Verheyden
© Copyright Tine Verheyden 2003-2004
Ms Verheyden is an excellent and talented photographer. Check her work out here: Tine Verheyden
- Food and Dining
New King: New King
This is a mandarin cousine place and we got there by pure flook. Quite busy and very popular with locals and tourist alike. I noticed that many oriental people was enjoying their dinner here, which to me is always a good sign. We had the Nasi Goreng with duck and two kinds of pork meat at 9.50 euro , the Mihoen a la Singapore (pasta with sea food) at 10.50 and two beers at 2.50 each. The food was absolutely fantastic.
Favorite Dish: Nasi Goreng, lots of meat and realy tasty.
New King: Why eat Chinese food when vacationing in Amsterdam
Why? well, there are two important reasons:
Firstly, New King is located in Chinatown area - which is also 'next' to red light district, so chances are you will be around the neighbourhood anyways;
Secondly the food at New King is so good and authentic it is very similar to the real Chinese food you find in Asia - so in itself is worthy of a vacation 'experience'.
As with most restaurants in Chinatown, the place is small and can be a bit claustrophobic. During dinner hours when it's very busy you might have to share your table with strangers.
Prices are one of the lowest in the whole city - and rice is given for free. An entree cost around Euro 10 so you will probably be down Euro 12 per person.
Favorite Dish: I always like their Sui Kiau (shrimp wonton) noodle soup and the combination of roasted crunchy pork & honey roasted sweet pork.
Alternatively go for the duck fried rice.
Dim Sum: Chinese
We ate at this Chinese restaurant, near the red-light district area, on the first night. They had an eat as much as you can (from the buffet) in an hour offer for 7.50 Euros. Thanks to Sabsi for the recommendation!
New King: Our favourite Chinese restaurant
A great choice and huuuuuuge portions! A main course is around EURO 10-15, starters are EURO 3-10.
Favorite Dish: I had Sweet & Sour Chicken which was rather spicy (be careful with the red chillies!!) but a taste sensation!!
New King: Must visit for chinese food enthusiasts!
'New King' is right opposite the Buddhist temple in Chinatown on Zeedjik.Its definitely the best Chinese we had in Amsterdam.The ambience is great and I preferred it to the much talked about 'Nam Kee' next door.Friendly staff,yummy food and nice place in general.Good for dinner as they only have half the place opened at lunch time.
Favorite Dish: Rice dish with Roast Duck,BBq Pork and Crispy Pork!!i absolutely loved it.Huge portions and great value for money.Must visit.
The Noodle soups are good too.
New King: Opposite the Temple
New King is a traditional Chinese restaurant at Amsterdam's Little China area.
Good for lunch, dinner and in betweens.
Mo-Su: 11.30AM to Midnight
Also take away.
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