BOSTON/CHINATOWN- Erwin and Doris Mei are proud to announce the opening of China King in Boston’s famed Chinatown. Located at the bustling corner of Oxford and Beach Streets, and just footsteps from the Chinatown Gate, China King will serve the dishes that made Chef/Owner Erwin Mei ChinatownÂ’s best-known chef for over a decade, including MeiÂ’s signature Peking Duck with homemade pancakes, presented in 3 courses: skin, stir-fry and soup.
China King marks a return to Chinatown for the MeiÂ’s who owned and operated King Fung Garden from 1995-2008. The tiny restaurant attracted an enthusiastic cult following for its uncompromisingly authentic food and friendly service. Patrons included Lidia Bastianich, Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson, Julia Child and virtually every top Boston chefÂ–including Ken Oringer, Chris Schlesinger, Barbara Lynch, Daniel Bruce, Evan Deluty, Michael Schlow and Jasper White.
The MeiÂ’s left Chinatown in 2008 to open King Fung Garden II, a take-out restaurant in Brookline, but the old neighborhood remained close to their hearts. When the opportunity arose to open China King, at the former Rainbow Cafe location, they jumped at it. The two will continue to own and operate King Fung Garden II.
China King will serve all the dishes Erwin Mei popularized at King Fung Garden, including: Peking Ravioli, Steamed Pork Buns, Scallion Pie, Shanghai Chow Mein, Rice Cake with Pork and Pickled Cabbage, Sweet Pickled Jellyfish, Spicy Salt and Pepper Fried Squid, Pork with Pickled Mustard Greens and Hon Sue Lamb. The Tomato and Pork Soup is MeiÂ’s recreation of the tomato soup served at the legendary CarlÂ’s PagodaÂ–the first time this soup has been served in Chinatown since CarlÂ’s closed its doors two decades ago. Additionally, China King will offer an assortment of bubble teas and tapioca drinks.
Taking over and completely renovating the old Rainbow Café, China King is a new build out and decorated in Chinese red and blond wood veneer wainscoting with Chinese lanterns hung around the room and oversized windows that overlook a bustling Chinatown. It seats 24. China King is located at 60 Beach Street and is open daily, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. For reservations call 617-542-1763. (Peking Duck requires one-day notice)