Deep Fried Duck with Taro from Hong Kong Asian Diner: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Lauren Saria
This Cantonese dish is a knock out at Asian Hong Kong Diner in Tempe.
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

68. Deep Fried Duck with Taro from Hong Kong Asian Diner

See Also: 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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For more than a decade Hong Kong Asian Diner has been chugging away in a strip mall, serving solid Cantonese eats in a no-frills, family-friendly environment. The last time we stopped in we were saddened to hear that business has been steadily slowing down for the family-owned and operated dining spot owned by husband and wife, Bai and Choi Kuang, who came to the states from the Guangdong Province in southeast China.

We're keeping our fingers crossed that things pick up for the restaurant because we don't know what we'd do without the Deep Fried Duck with Taro. It's a simple but extremely satisfying meal that we've never enjoyed as much as at this spot.

The dish features moist duck wrapped in a blanket of mashed taro root. The whole thing then gets deep-fried to provide flavor and crunch. We absolutely adore the nuttiness lent by the mashed taro that also gives an extra layer of flavor to the boneless duck. With a dash of the accompanying sweet and sour sauce we can hardly stop ourselves from finishing the whole plate in one sitting.

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Location Info

Hong Kong Asian Diner

9880 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Chow Bella

Barb Walters Harris So glad to hear you enjoyed it! And thanks for reading!

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

we've lived near this restaurant for years and never ordered from it until a few weeks ago. It was so good. thanks for introducing us to a new dish. Our daughter is a taro/ube nut so she'll love this.

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