Dave Mohr recently took a $130-per-week pay cut in his job at Wonder Bread, but that didn’t stop him from taking his 12-year-old daughter, Skyler Brooks, to lunch at the New Hong Kong in Eldridge, Iowa, after a doctor’s appointment.
“We had to refinance some things, but there’s still some favorites that we kept such as working in time to go out and eat and spend time with the family,” Mohr said.
The family is a big one, with children ages 3, 4, 10 and 12. When all four of them and the parents go out to eat at New Hong Kong, Mohr gets four plates from the buffet and the two younger children eat off their parents’ plates. The family can usually eat a meal for $25-$30.
“It just has great taste with a good atmosphere and good people,” Mohr said. “And the price is pretty reasonable, especially compared to what you get in the city.”
The New Hong Kong is operated by the husband-and-wife team of Bonnie Li and Calvin Wu. The couple is from Hong Kong and all of their relatives who live in the United States are in the restaurant business.
“My family, we don’t speak good English, so we can only do restaurants,” Li said.
Wu, whose English is not as strong as Li’s, does all the cooking, which Li admits she doesn’t know how to do, so she takes care of the business side of the restaurant and attends to customers.
While Wu’s English first name is one he took upon moving to the United States, Li’s is a nickname that stuck when an English teacher gave it to her while she studied the language in school. The name is on her passport and other official documents.
Li also speaks the Cantonese and Mandarin dialects. In China, she said, there are not enough jobs to go around and applicants in Hong Kong often are turned away because they don’t speak the right language.
“But here, if you work hard, they will hire you,” she added.
$10 OR LESS
What: New Hong Kong
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
Where: 209 N. 2nd St., Eldridge, Iowa
Specialties: Hunan and Szechwan food
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