On any given night at King Palace, you’re bound to find large round tables of people gathered around a lazy susan full of Chinese-style barbecue, which can be hard to find in Miami. This is definitely the place to get great char siu and Peking duck, along with crispy pork belly and soy sauce chicken. However, if you’re looking for more than just an endless supply of roast meats, the drunken chicken or jellyfish salad (both served cold) is an ideal way to start the meal. The stir-fried scallops with lily bulbs and sliced lotus root with Cantonese sausage, bacon, and ham are also two excellent things to order alongside your barbecue feast.
Sliced Lotus Root With Preserved Meats
This dish is under the chef’s specials section, which is where all the best stuff here is hiding. The term “preserved meats” actually just means Chinese ham, bacon, and sausage. The crunchy discs of pale pink lotus root, which look like flower cut-outs, and the crisp bits of salty cured pork work so perfectly together.
The shrimp are fried with a light batter that is crispy and almost airy like a meringue shell. Inside, the little crustaceans are plump, juicy, and savory from brining. We’d happily eat those shrimp on their own, but this dish gets even better once it’s tossed with crunchy walnut halves that have been almost pralineed in honey. And then everything gets smothered in a sweet, creamy white sauce.
BBQ Roast Pork & Roast Duck Combo
Of course, “BBQ” is in this place’s name, and it’s one of the best places in Miami for Chinese barbecue. The roast pork and duck combo is an affordable and delicious heap of tender meats. The duck is cooked nicely and the pork is sweet and not too fatty.