You will have to travel 6,000 miles to visit to visit Beijing, China. That is “big” China I’m talking about, not “little” China down on State Street in Salt Lake City. There is a little commercial area just south of the intersection of State and 3300 South, where you can go to get some good ole’ fashion Chinese BBQ. I went there, didn’t even need my passport.
Ho Mei has the biggest menu I’ve ever seen anywhere. This is probably the biggest negative mark I can give it. There must have been between 100 and 200 different menu items to choose from, it was almost overwhelming. Some of the menu items, I won’t repeat here, but unless hell freezes over, I’m not trying. Luckily our waitress was a gem of a lady who was super helpful and patient. She helped me navigate through the tome which was the menu, and pointed me to the most popular areas. I went with the BBQ trio as pictured above and called it a day.
Hmm I liked it, but didn’t love it. The flavors were great and prepared superbly, but I wasn’t a fan of the amount of skin that came with each of the meats. You can get a sense by looking at the picture. Taste was great, but I would have been a bit happier with a little less fat.
I went with these rolls as an appetizer. They sure were beautiful to look at, and were juicy and full of flavor. The pork was well done and seasoned just right, but again (there is a pattern), I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture of the wrapping. It was kinda slimy. I would have been happier, just eating the insides of the rolls without eating the wrapping itself.
This plate above was very nice indeed. No fat, well BBQ’d meats. Good rice and veggies. Was the way to go.
I eat at Ho Mei about 3 months ago, and they don’t have an online menu, but this is the soup I ordered. Actually the story here is that I only ordered a cup of soup. There was a mixup with the order, and they didn’t bring it out until I was already done with my entrée and completely full. To “make it up to me” they gave me this papa bear sized cauldron of soup, that occupied 3 1/2 carry out containers. If you are a fan of egg drop soup style flavor, then this will float your boat. Otherwise, I would skip it.
Ho Mei BBQ – Be prepared to be presented with lots of choices. The service here was fantastic. The people who worked there treated me like I was family. As a side note, before my meal, when I made my way to the back of the restaurant to wash my hands in the men’s room, I was presented with an open view of the back of the kitchen where several pigs were hanging upside down in the back. It was a little weird being able to see that going on while walking into the door of the mens room, but it was cool at the same time.