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Hua Ji Has the Most Excellent Pork Chops – NYC

August 17, 2011 | 8 Comments

pork chop @ hua ji

There’s many places to get Taiwanese pork chop over rice in New York. If you recall, there’s even a place called Excellent Pork Chop House on Doyers. Well, forget that place (at least for pork chops) because Hua Ji Pork Chop Fast Food is the MOST EXCELLENT pork chop house.

What makes the pork chop “most excellent?” The pork chops at Hua Ji are extra crunchy without being dried out. That’s the problem with most places. The pork chop might be crunchy, but it’ll also taste like greasy, compressed cardboard. You might as well eat a chicken breast. Sure the pork chops at Hua Ji are greasy too (they are after all par-fried and then deep fried again in a fryolator after you place your order), but when you take a bite, the pork chops are crunchy and juicy. Well-seasoned too, with a good amount of five-spice and salt.

You can order a singular pork chop with nothing else, but to make it more of a meal, I always order pork chop over rice ($5; pictured above), which will then come with cabbage and the very important pork sauce. I love the stuff, the more the better. If you’ve never had it, it’s a tasty brown sauce made of ground pork and pickled mustard greens. Unfortunately, Hua Ji sometimes skimps on the pickled greens, one day you’ll get a lot and on another practically none, but even still, the food is never short of fabulous.

pork chop @ hua ji

Black pepper pork chop over rice ($5) is good too, but I prefer the regular pork chop over rice. I find the pepper sauce a little too acidic in a “ketchupy” way. The pork chop itself though is always most excellent.

Hua Ji Pork Chop Fast Food
7 Allen Street (b/n Division & Canal St; map)
New York, NY 10002
212-219-9876

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8 Comments

  • someguy at 4:10 pm on August 17, 2011

    Ok, must try, hmm East Broadway F train is the closest subway?

  • Danny at 4:37 pm on August 17, 2011

    you and nick keep talking about this place. guess i gotta go try it for lunch one of these days!

  • bionicgrrrl at 4:43 pm on August 17, 2011

    @someguy – Get off East Broadway or from 2nd Ave stop take the M15 on Allen, or take B/D to Grand and walk or take M15. The bus stops right in front of Hua Ji.

    @Danny – OMG, YOU HAVE TO! Leaves the other places in the dust. Seriously, no joke.

  • Nicholas at 10:57 am on August 19, 2011

    Aw yeah, $5 of awesomeness.

    I’m surprised they put ketchup on your black pepper pork chop… they’ve never done that for me. Also, they let you get more pickled greens if you ask.

  • bionicgrrrl at 3:59 pm on August 19, 2011

    @Nicholas – No no, that wasn’t ketchup, that’s Sriracha I squirted on top. I just thought the black pepper sauce tasted “ketchupy.” More pickled greens, yeah, I’m all about that!

  • someguy at 1:37 pm on August 30, 2011

    Went there today for lunch. The pork chop was really good, not dry. It had the minced meat and cabbage, but lacked the brown sauce. I need the brown sauce! It came with free soup which was a plus. The egg was okay, but did not have a tea taste to it. I prob go somewhere else since it is a little far for me during my lunch hour.

  • LUNCH at 4:49 pm on September 1, 2011

    Nice! We haven’t tried that one yet. And it’s true – the pork chops at “Excellent Pork Chop House” is just so-so. However the chicken leg over rice is indeed excellent if you haven’t tried.

  • bionicgrrrl at 12:15 pm on September 2, 2011

    @LUNCH – OMG, if you haven’t been, YOU MUST GO!!!!!

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