I live about 4 blocks from House of Tang in Beaufort, and have eaten pretty much every item on their menu since 1988. Unlike the last reviewer, I have never found any employee there to be anything but very friendly, possibly some of the most cheerful
people I've ever had take an order. They usually have one of their rather shy teenage girls taking your order, and I have never seen a time where they weren't all smiles. I can't imagine how you would have to behave in order to make one of them rude or hostile towards you. None of the employees that I know of even speak English well enough to be verbally hostile anyway. If there's a man taking your order it is one of the cooks which means they are short handed and probably a bit harried. Never had one be rude though, by any means.
Yes, sometimes there's a young'un or two in the small dining area, but I've never seen them be unruly or screaming, Grandma is usually with them, or another adult. The employees are just about the only people that ever use the McDonald's-like dining
area anyway, I could probably count the number of actual customers I've seen eat in the place on my fingers. Everybody gets their food to go, and this is what I would recommend. For pretty surroundings and scenery, fancy dining and a price to match,
head to Bay Street 10 minutes away.
It's true that it's an old place, and the bathroom and building in general is pretty run down. The food is quite safe though, if it weren't both I and the rest of my family would likely be dead by now because we've eaten their food scores, if not hundreds of times. They always receive an "A" sanitation rating despite the old equipment and buiding and I've never heard of anyone being sick from eating there. The air conditioning being out is an anomaly, it's normally very comfortable inside. What can you say, stuff breaks sometimes and you have to wait for a repairman.
The kitchen equipment and utensils are discolored with age and constant use, but they are clean. Some of the woks and pans are probably the same ones they cooked my food in back when Clinton was president. But you can drive by there at midnight sometimes and they are still in there cleaning and washing. What might appear to be "trash" in the kitchen are actually containers of ingredients, they commonly only have two cooks working and yet - glancing at their menu - they offer at least 205 different appetizers, soups, entrees, full meals and platters; and people are constantly coming in. They hardly have the time to put everything away until closing, and it wouldn't make any sense to do so because they'd likely be taking it right back out again. So yeah, the small home-size kitchen can look like a madhouse catering to a commercial level of customers. My kitchen looks like a bomb went off in it just cooking a single meal for 7 or 8 people, and theirs is no bigger. It isn't like they leave garbage or rotting things laying all over the place, it's stuff that they have just used that day or are still using.
It isn't meant to be a 4 star restaurant, it's just a shabby-looking little informal family-run place primarily for take out, like you can find all over the country and even in Hong Kong and Macau. A glance at the outside of the place should tell one that. The food is tasty, with good quality ingredients at a very good price, their portions are huge and it is very popular in the local area. So much so they have a "House of Tang II" on Lady's Island. I highly recommend their hot and sour soup (I could just about live off this stuff it's so good), Szechuan and Hunan dishes, "Happy Family", and sweet doughnuts that are
hot and freshly made. Their Pu-Pu Platter is excellent for entertaining. They also make homemade lemonade from fresh lemons that is delicious and refreshing, well worth trying if you like lemonade. The quality and quantity of food provided for the price asked is one of the best values in Beaufort. I can make three meals out of one of their dinners and some soup. And the food is prepared very quickly.
Apparently if they are not too busy and you are staying closeby they will deliver, though they aren't set up for delivery and have no actual delivery people. They will pull one of the cooks out of the kitchen to bring you your food. I've never tried this myself though. You can call ahead and your food will be ready when you get there.
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