Although we first stopped by Hing Won for its Chinese-influenced banh mi, we decided—at the behest of several enthusiastic commenters—to give their Roast Pork over Rice ($6.43) a try. One of Ben Fishner's favorites from his Midtown office days, the lunch combo features enough meat, vegetables, and rice to keep you full throughout the day without breaking the bank (as Midtown lunches tend to do).
The star of the show is the satisfyingly salty helping of roast pork. Sporting the standard glaze of hoisin, soy sauce, and red food coloring, the pork slices are moist, but not too fatty, and somewhat texturally similar to slices of lean brisket. Beneath the pork sits a generous tangle of ong choy, a Chinese water spinach that Hing Won sautées with some garlic. Plenty tasty on their own, these greens work particularly well when mixed in with the heap of white rice in the other half of the container. For a cheap, filling Chinese takeout lunch in Midtown, one could do much worse than this plate of pork.
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