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“There Will Never Be Another Hop Sing Laundromat In Philadelphia Ever.”

A couple years ago, I spent a bunch of time hanging out with from Hop Sing Laundromat with the idea of writing a profile on him for Philly mag. It went well — or anyway, as well as such a thing could possibly go — and I heard a lot of stories and I took a lot of notes and I wrote what I think is a pretty decent origin story for Lê and his bar. It was probably more true than it was false which, when dealing with Lê, is about the best you can ever hope for.

But as it turned out, during all that time he never told me what has become my favorite story about the early days of Hop Sing. The one that probably speaks more than any other to his mind and his way of doing business. I heard it for the first time last week, during the 5th anniversary party he threw, while he stood on the bar, roaring and laughing and thanking the crowd of press and friends and regulars.

It was about the shower he had built in the back room.

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Drink This Now: The Yin & Yang from Hop Sing Laundromat

Yin & Yang | Photo by Robert Neroni

Yin & Yang | Photo by Robert Neroni

Last week I visited Hop Sing Laundromat for happy hour where North Korea’s biggest fanboy, poured me a cocktail he had been working on. He wasn’t certain if the drink was better up and garnished with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry or served over a big ice cube with a an orange peel.

So Lê poured me half-measures of the drink up and on the rock and asked for my opinion. The difference in flavor between the two was striking. The breadth of flavor was made all the more striking since this was a two ingredient cocktail of Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon and Averna Amaro.

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Hop Sing Laundromat Is Not Closing


There are some rumors floating around out there in the restaurant world that , the most recognizable face behind Hop Sing Laundromat (and occasional spokesman for the North Korean government), is closing down his Chinatown bar and moving on.

We can say with confidence that this is not true.

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