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Nov 12, 2005 02:15 AM

Hong Kong Dining Recs!!! :)

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My husband and I will be in Hong Kong for couple days. Last time I was there was in 1996 and it's my husband's first visit. I've been telling my hubby that Hong Kong offers mind blowing Chinese cuisine experience! Could you recommend four to five fantastic Chinese restos (including Dim Sum restos) that are not tourist traps? We are more interested in the food quality than the hip/trendy atmosphere. Thank you so much in advance!!! :)

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  1. stay away from chinese restaurants in any hotels, those are definitely tourist traps. west villa in causeway bay is great for dim sum. lei garden in wanchai is good. there're two great restaurants on lockhart road (tell the taxi driver it's near the 'goose neck bridge), one is a seafood restaurant and the other a chiu chow restaurant...don't know the english name though but you'll see locals lining up outside. extremely good. don't forget to try the shanghai hairy crabs if you're visiting before dec. they're in season now and are superb! do go to the vintage hk cafes for the experience. they are all over the place...have fun and enjoy :)

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    1. re: ruby

      Lei Garden while pricey is good for Dim Sum. Maxim is also good for Dim Sum.

      Do you have the addresses of the two restaurants on Lockhart Rd?


      1. re: ChowAlf

        just called and checked, chiu chow place is 405-419 lockhart road, the seafood place is right next door, you'll see all kinds of seafood displayed in the tanks and in plastic buckets on the floor, can't miss it...there're almost always people waiting in front of the restaurant too

        1. re: ruby

          Thanks alot for getting the info.
          What are the noteworthy dishes in both restaurants?


          1. re: ChowAlf

            you're most welcome :)
            at the chiu chow place
            fried pig's blood pudding; cold crab; goose meat; duck with taro; fried oyster pancakes; oyster porridge; crispy fried noodles with sugar and vinegar; just to name a few regional specialties
            seafood place
            they are very famous for the chili crab, beware as it is very hot but i almost ask for a very mild version; razor clams steamed with garlic; deep fried soft bones of chicken; snails steamed with wine; there's a kind of seafood which i don't know the english name for, the direct chinese name is the 'peeing prawns'...just about any kind of seafood really, ultra fresh and tasty

    2. I really strongly disagree with the post below - I have lived in HK for 33 years and some of my favourite cantonese food is at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in TST at the Loong Yuen restaurant - and it is DEFINITELY not a tourist trap - you only see local faces there and not hotel residents (considering most hotel residents to be of European/American persusasion).

      Wan Loong Court in the Kowloon Hotel is good too - but yes there are definitely mind blowing meals to be had outside of Hotels.

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      1. re: Wiley

        What are the noteworthy dishes at Loong Yuen?


        1. re: ChowAlf

          Loong Yuen has wonderful dim sum for lunch (it is not brought out to you in carts - but ordered from a list/menu) But some of the tastiest har gow, siu mai, dumplings, steamed rice rolls, etc.

          During dinner time - they have some of the freshest steamed fish (garnished with hot oil, and spring onions, ginger, etc). The kitchen creates some of the best fried rice out there. The roasted goose, crackling pork, char siu are good. They make some of the finest cantonese food in HK. There are a couple of tasty Szechuan dishes on there menu as well (shrimp/prawn in chili garlic sauce).

          I agree with one of the other posters that Yun Yan in the Miramar has some incredibly tongue tingling szechuan food (great dan dan mein/noodles), crispy orange beef, spring onion cakes, steamed bread.

          MMMMM I can't wait for lunchtime tomorrow I am craving some nice szechuan food talking about it.

          Enjoy HK food during your travels.

          1. re: Wiley

            Hey Wiley-
            Could you give an approximate US dollar estimate of how much we'll spend per person at Loong Yuen? Me and my boyfriend are on a bit of a budget, but that sounds amazing... We've got one night in Hong Kong, and I think it may be just the place for us.

      2. I totally agree with Wiley! In fact the majority of 'Top Notch' fine dining Chinese restaurants are located inside of hotels. Casing point, Intercontinental, Peninsula, Mandarin, Shangri-la, Miramar to name a few. One unique feature usually offers by Hotel restaurants is the 'whole package' ie., Food, wine, Service, Ambience.
        For recommendations, try exploring, floor by floor, the restaurants inside #1 peking Road, TST, Kowloon or Time Square in Causeway Bay over on Hong Kong side.
        Good Luck and Happy Chowing!

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        1. re: Charles

          I agree, there is plenty of good dim sum in the Tsim Sha Tsui hotel area in Kowloon. I travel to HK for work frequently, and we are regularly taken out to the Shang Palace in the Kowloon Shangri La. However my favorite place is the YunYan Szechuan restaurant in the Miramar Shopping Center at 132-134 Nathan Road. I wouldn't call it fancy, but if you like your food spicy...

          1. re: Mary

            Quite good dim sum at Very Good restaurant, in TST on Nathan Road next to Miramar shopping center, downstairs.

        2. I also disagree with with the earlier post about saying places to eat in the big hotels were tourist traps. There are great restaurants inside the Kowloon Shangri-La, Grand Stafford,
          Royal Garden, etc. They are not cheap but they are used by local residents and are reliable.

          1. In asia, most of the best (albeit expensive) are usually in Hotels...

            For Chinese food, Victoria Harbour Seafood Restaurant (One in Citic Centre near admirality, the other is in Sun Hung Kai Centre in Wan Chai) definitely takes the cake for me. Go there for amazing dim sum during lunch, and amazing dishes at night. It is a MUST for me whenever I head back to hk.

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            1. re: s0memale

              I havent been back since the mid90s. Does peninsula still have amazing afternoon tea? Where can you get the BEST fresh morning "you tiu" and "jeen diu"? Anyone have particular rec's for which street stall to hit up for "guy dan jai" and stinky tofu, etc?