New Asian BBQ Tan Tung Ky
Five Spice Beef Shank
Pan Fried Noodle with Beef in Black Bean Sauce
Deep Fried Crispy Pork Intestine
Salt & Pepper Crispy Tofu
Porridge with Chicken and Preserved Egg
Stewed Chicken in Ginger Wine Clay Pot
Salted Fish & Chinese Sausage Fried Rice
Roasted Pork Belly with Crispy Skin and Hoisin
Roasted Duck with Sweet & Sour Sauce
BBQ Pork with Honey Sauce
White Mushrooms with Mango in Syrup
Although many rightfully gravitate to Las Vegas Boulevard for all it offers, some argue that Sin City’s most prized possession is its 4ish miles of West Spring Mountain Road entailing Chinatown, and on Saturday evening as a group of nine New Asian BBQ Tan Tung Ky added evidence in support of that claim.
Now a fixture of the stripmall between Lindell and Decatur since June of 2018, and per banners inside the “#10 Chinese Restaurant in America” according to A Bite of America, it is after securing parking in a busy private lot that guests find themselves in a foyer flanked by Pig, Duck and kitchen, the dining area from here expanding right across two sizable rooms.
A sister Restaurant of Asian BBQ & Noodle on Jones, the longtime favorite more than quadrupling its offerings inside a fancier space at 5150 Spring Mountain, it is seated at tables clad in white cloths that diners are invited to explore sixteen pages of items, and for those in the know a two-sided laminate is also available featuring more traditional dishes such as Congee.
Not an easy menu to navigate, though well-translated to English with plenty of pictures steering guests towards house favorites, it is while deciding that complimentary Tea and Water are poured, both refreshed frequently without reminder and first evidence of customer service that far outpaces other nearby eateries.
Eventually choosing ten items, a pre-tip total of approximately $20 per adult seeing everyone well-sated ninety minutes later, it was as items were readied that a steady stream of plates were presented, “House Soup” offered free-of-charge a fairly benign beginning before continuing with chilled Five Spice Beef Shank that eats something like Headcheese slicked in Sugar and Soy.
Visibly the only predominantly Caucasian table at New Asian BBQ on this particular evening, but certainly not sticking to “safe” choices, follow-up plates included both Preserved Egg Porridge and cubes of gently fried Tofu, each big in portion but not in price while Pan Fried Noodles with Beef in Black Bean Sauce offered easily enough to feed two hungry adults for $13.
Continuing with rarely seen Pork Intestine, the expected funkiness unhidden but mellowed by frying, more big flavors followed with Chicken stewed in Ginger Wine with Black Fungus and Fried Rice bolstered by dried Fish and Pork, the former a very developed flavor quite different from anything experienced prior thanks to an aromatic linger and a slight bitterness mid-palate.
Saving signatures carried over from Asian BBQ & Noodle until the end, both Pork and Duck offered in several styles including tableside carving at half the price one will find on The Strip, only Vegetarians or those eschewing Swine for religious purposes should pass up Roasted Pork Belly with shattering Skin, though the Char Siu is also succulent and enough to share for about $9 a pound.
Happy enough with the Duck, though some bits were a bit overcooked and tough, it was in the affirmative that “Do you want House Dessert” was answered, a final parting gift of White Mushrooms with Mango in Syrup far better than it sounds, with the Fungus nearly crystal-clear and texturally like gelatin.
FOUR STARS: Owned by the folks behind Asian BBQ & Noodle on Jones, New Asian BBQ Tan Tung Ky fills a sizable space with extensive options, great service and little extras that outpace much of the nearby competition without an increase in price.
RECOMMENDED: Five Spice Beef Shank, Pan Fried Noodle with Beef in Black Bean Sauce, Porridge with Chicken and Preserved Egg, Stewed Chicken in Ginger Wine Clay Pot, Salted Fish & Chinese Sausage Fried Rice, Roasted Pork Belly with Crispy Skin and Hoisin.
AVOID: Salt & Pepper Crispy Tofu was a little bland and some pieces of Duck were better than others.
TIP: Open from 10am until Midnight daily, Dim Sum from 10am-3pm and Dinner Menu available all day.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.