We were visiting our grandkids in Austin and wanted to take them somewhere different for dinner while Mom and Dad had an evening out. Our daughter suggested Hao-Q, also known as Hao Q and the website is haohaofarwest.com
The restaurant is in a simple strip center but the inside is very comfortable and the staff is welcoming. We were there around 7 on a Saturday evening and by 7:30 all tables were full. We get so used to eating Asian food and maybe not paying attention to the dishes we are used to. The steamed dumplings were amazing. So often the dough is thick and maybe a bit tough with a nondescript filling. These had a tasty pork filling that was very tender wrapped inside a very delicate thin dough. They melted in your mouth and were like some I tasted once in San Francisco. It was a perfect example of getting used to ordinary appetizers and being amazed when you taste a simple item that a chef has taken loving care making ($5.95 for 10). The grandkids shared chicken lo main and the one bite of chicken I tried was tender and flavorful. My husband had moo shu pork ($9.50) which he enjoyed a lot. I had the Neptune Platter ($13.00), sizzling shrimp, scallops, squid, mushrooms, onions, chestnuts, snow peas, broccoli and carrots in a light wine sauce. The seafood was perfectly cooked - meaning that some chef had not killed good raw seafood by overlooking it. The entire dish was delicious. Our mains came with fried or white rice and as expected, the portion size was very large...lots of leftovers - but not the dumplings. Two orders were devoured quickly. My son-in-law is very gluten sensitive and many diners do not realize that some sauses include gluten. The kitchen makes special sauces for him each time he visits AND they remember when he comes in that he has a problem with gluten. This has become the family Asian restaurant. There are two others in Austin owned by the same family, but each is managed by a different brother. I can strongly recommend the one on
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