Li Ka Fo

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Chinatown

If you’re lost and starving in Chinatown of a lunchtime, choosing from among the serried ranks of neon signs offering Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai or all three at the same time can feel like a minefield. No longer – head to Li Ka Fo.

A few ducks hang in the window to attract the hordes, and there’s a warm welcome when you go inside and find your way to a table between Chinese families eating their way through gargantuan plates of food. It’s all very reassuring. The menu, with its dozens of dishes, begins with the more leftfield chef’s specials: pork intestines sautéed with cabbage, duck’s tongues with ginger, stew of pig’s feet and scallops. We were less adventurous, starting with lovely steamed pork buns, then crunchy sautéed noodles with caramelised pork and a thick sauce spiked with garlic, and caramelised pork with sweet and sour sauce and simple white rice. Everything was delicious, full of flavour but not too greasy and served in huge portions (what you don’t finish you can get packaged up to take away).

Venue name: Li Ka Fo
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Address: 39 avenue de Choisy
13e
Paris

Opening hours: Daily noon-midnight
Transport: Métro : Maison Blanche, Porte de Choisy, Porte d'Italie ou Tolbiac

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Jayne

My husband and I ordered the chef special steam chicken, garlic prawns, scallop omelette (it's actually steamed egg with scallop) and the crab and vermicelli soup. It was by far the most awful Chinese meal we have had. Being Chinese and growing up with these food, the only reason why we would have Chinese in Paris was because I was ill and wanted some comfort food. Unfortunately we both left the reataurant feeling more ill. The food was drowned with sesame oil and salt/soya sauce. We didn't expect very much from the restaurant but we were certainly left sicken and very much disappointed.