It's only $6.95 for the all-you-can-eat buffet, the waitress at Hung Kee Chinese restaurant on St. Emanuel St. in Old Chinatown pointed out. So why pay $4.95 for one order of dumplings?
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Because the rest of the food on the buffet line looked old and tired? Because I was the only customer in the restaurant at three in the afternoon? Because I didn't want to watch her fold napkins?
No, the real reason I got my order of fat, steamed-and-then-fried, thick, crispy-skinned oversize pork-filled dumplings to go was that they are the only thing worth eating at Hung Kee Chinese Restaurant.
If you are a dumpling lover, you probably already know about Hung Kee. If you've never eaten there, try the dumplings. And if you find anything else worth eating on the buffet, please let me know.