You may have thought Hong Kong Garden had gone away, now that it is no longer near Kroger at Bridge Pointe on Hartley Bridge Road. Rather, you can now find it on the other end of Hartley Bridge Road, near Houston Road.
While there is nothing particularly spectacular about Hong King Garden, there’s nothing to complain about, either. The prices are reasonable, the servings are very large, and the quality is consistent with most other Chinese restaurants in our area.
Four of us ordered a full dinner (half portions are available, at about two-thirds the price), plus their largest appetizer plate, plus an order of 12 Chinese doughnuts and drinks, and we still only spent about $50.
Everything comes in to-go containers, even if you’re staying in; the restaurant is clean but there is not much ambience, so you might as well take it home if you live nearby. When I was a child, we always ordered the Pu Pu platter, which is $10.25 here. It comes with two barbecue spare ribs, two spring rolls, four pork wontons, two fried chicken wings, two giant beef teriyaki sticks and some fried shrimp. The spring rolls, spare ribs and beef teriyaki were the standouts. The fried shrimp was too bready and the pork wontons did not have a good flavor.
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We tried the General Tso’s chicken with broccoli and the cashew chicken for two of our entrees. The General Tso’s for $9.75 was surprisingly mild considering it is listed as hot and spicy, though you can ask for it to be spicier. The cashew chicken had cubes of sweet carrots and the amount of sauce was appropriate for the huge amount of other ingredients and rice. We ordered the large cashew chicken for $8.95, but a smaller portion is only $5.95.
The house fried rice and chicken fried rice were both good, at $7.85 and $6.85 respectively for the large size, $5.45 and $4.45 for the small. The house fried rice is loaded with vegetables, beef, shrimp, chicken and pork. The chicken fried rice was all dark meat, as were our chicken entrees.
While all of your favorites and all the usual items are on the menu, there are a few items that were new to me and might be worth a try. They have a roast pork lo mein (and chow mein), a fried fish special, and a “home style” bean cake, as well as several diet dishes.
Our Chinese doughnuts were our favorite item, fluffy and covered in sugar for $3.95 a dozen. Everything else was sufficiently appetizing and Hong Kong Garden provides a great alternative to the mostly non-ethnic offerings in this area.
Order a bunch of small portions, a Pu Pu platter, and an order of doughnuts to go and have yourself a Chinese feast.
Hong Kong Garden
Address: 3045 Hartley Bridge Road, Suite E, Macon
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 91
Price range: lunch $5.45-$5.95; dinner $5.95-$12.75
Rating: 2.5 stars