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9th trip to Hong Kong - Need something special and different

Hi Freinds,

I'm making my 9th trip to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks (I'm an engineer at a baby products company near Boston, USA and will be staying at Marco Polo Gateway) and looking for something I may have missed. Not something fancy and expensive as I have had most of those meals, just some recommendations of must-eats. I usually stick to small places with little english and bbq meats in the windows or outisde places in Mon Kok and Temple Street. What am I missing?

Vendros love top take me out to the fancy places, but I would loive to say "How about here" and surprise them as well? I'll be up in Guangzhou for a few days maybe and always eat like a king up there, but eating in HK always leaves me wanting the more authentic stuff and not the stuff just to impress your vendors.

not sure if this makes any sense, but best dumplings? best homemade noodles? best hot pot? Best goose or duck? Best street food...Best fresh seafood...

Thanks for any and all help

Mark Adamowicz

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  1. A couple of places with 'wow' Chinese dishes that imbedded in my mind include a place with no English name - ' Heung Kong Shui Yuet' ( Cantonese pronounciation ) situated on the east side of Nathan road between Austin Road and Hillwood Road. Their 'fried ho-fun aka rice noodle with frog legs and black bean sauce' is simply awesome! Never knew black bean sauce can taste THAT good! Another great place, own by the famed HK food critic ' Choi Lan ' is ' Cho Choi Koon ' at the corner of Tak Hing Street (SE corner of Jordan Road and Nathan road). Its next to a Malaysian restaurant. Their 'Stirred fry mixed pig's innards with scallions and ginger' is one of the most delicious dish I have ever tasted. The pig's liver was simply out of this world! After having eaten great food in numerous Michelin stars restaurants all over Europe, Japan and America, that speaks a lot!!! BTW, both restaurants are in the Jordan disrict of Kowloon. Happy chowing!

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      i remember reading this post back last august. I never did figure out the first place you were talking about.

      Do you by any chance know the address or the chinese characters for the name?
      i'm trying to deduct on openrice, and nothing seems to match.... except some fancy 300+ place, but the name seems really off. I'd like to try those frogs legs before i leave in 9 days.

      1. re: kairo

        I was in HK in March. Made a special trip there to find it 'CLOSED'!! What a pity! Sigh......:(

    2. http:///www.winglaiyuen.com.hk/ They say the Wong Tai Sin location is the better of the two, but I did go to the Whampoa location and it is very decent. Try their dan dan noodles, limit one per person per visit. I used to eat at the old Diamond Hill location in the 80s as a kid. While you are there, get a side of the steamed pork leg bacon with sichuan chili oil (yunan bacon). It's damn good. Or find 3 buddies and get the Sa Wor won ton chicken soup (minimum 4 in your party to order one).

      If you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations, this blogger took him on many eating trips, who is a local food and gourmand in his own right (of local stuff that's simple and not tablecloth fancy high end). Tons of listings to choose from off the beaten path.

      http://chaxiubao.typepad.com/chaxiuba...

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      1. re: K K

        I'm a long-standing fan of Josh Tse's blog (but definitely not of Bourdain) myself, and concur that it's worth spending the time digging into. "CXB" really knows the HK food scene from bottom to top.

      2. have you been to the private kitchens yet? it is a very HK thing, dont think you get that anywhere else - basically privately owned restaurants, quite often literally set up in a flat. you can bring your own wine etc - some no corkage, but some do charge - check before you go. One of the best is Da Ping Hou

        http://www.foodtourist.com/FTGuide/Co...

        It is sichuan food, very good, very spicy. Very reasonable for something like 13-15 small courses. And at the end the chef comes out and sings chinese opera - 2 sittings 7.30 and 9. Enjoy!

        1. Thanks for all of the recommendations. I appreciate it very much.

          I've seen every episode of every Anthony Bourdain show/series, so the HK show was great to watch. Never did figure out where to get those homemade noodles though.

          Thanks agian and the private dinner idea sounds awesome. May have to get a vendor to look into that.

          Mark

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          1. re: markadamowicz

            Where to get the homemade noodles from the Bore-dain episode? At Mr Ping's noodle stall:
            Ping Kee, 2/F Tai Po district market, Heung Sze Wui St, Tai Po, Tel 2658-4567

            Tai Po is a long way to go to noodle stall. If you're staying at the Gateway, here are a few not-fancy but tasty options within a couple minutes walking distance.

            Din Tai Fung, excellent dumplings (especially the crab xiu long bau) and other simple fare in a very well-run branch of a famous Taiwanese restaurant. Come very early, or line up. 3/f Silvercord, across the street from your hotel.

            In the basement of Silvercord Mall, there's a good Asian food court.

            Just up Canton road in the China Ferry Terminal building (aka China HK City) there's a weird little food court called 'Gourmet Express'. The good thing is it has a branch of Mak's Noodle, arguably the most famous (and tiny) wonton in HK. I prefer their brisket noodles. There's also a a good Thai-style chicken rice place there.

            Down Haiphong Rd in the Temporary Market (ask your hotel for directions, it's close but not obvious) there's the most famous beef ball noodle stall in HK, called Tak Fat. No air-con, no English sign, but it's the place with the orange bowls.

            For HK-style BBQ, Guangdong BBQ (43 Hankow Rd) is famous, close by, and their meat is excellent. But they can be staggeringly rude to westerners, and to anyone else, for that matter. A better and closer bet is Hing Fat, 8 Ashley Rd, which has a very extensive menu.

            1. re: HKDave

              Din Tai Fung is an over-priced chain (39 branches at last count) that can be found anywhere in Asia (as well as Los Angeles and Sydney), so it's not exactly an experience that speaks "Hong Kong."

              I haven't worked in HK since 1997, so I am not in touch with what represents the best in local products these days, but if the OP wants to eat xiaolong bao I would suggest Wu Kong; the cuisine may be Shanghainese, but it's been around long enough to have become a Hong Kong institution.

              http://www.wukong.com.hk/

              1. re: Xiao Yang

                ...hello agian, heading back soon - any new places I should be keeping an eye out for?

                1. re: markadamowicz

                  During Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation Hong Kong show, he visited a Chinese B-B-Q place in Tai Po, New Territories for roast goose and suckling pig. Well, at the other end of the street is one of HK's best place ( Kwun Kee ) for ' Braised beef Brisket and Tendons'. However, if you are really adventurous, they also offer ' cow's penis'. Unique enough for you?
                  Next to this 'beef specialty' store is a small outfit that serves one of HK's best Tofu dessert. A nice refreshing bowl for only HK$5.
                  Both places were visited by myself and Singapore Chowhound Fourseasos during our mini-chowmeet a couple of months ago. That was after our lunch at Tai Wai's Fung Lum where we gobbled down a roasted pigeon each as well as some incredibly delicious 'Fried live sea prawns with peppered salt'!
                  Have a nice trip!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    Cow penis - I am up for that. Most of my HK vendors think I am crazy. Most of my mainland China vendors thing I am adventurous....

                    I've had pigeon at the HK Macau restuarant chain (owned by one of Stanley Ho's wives, forget the name, near Guangdong BBQ in TST) the last 5 times I've been over....tasty stuff

                    I had silkworms, water beetles and bee larvae from forest bee's nest in Guangzhou on my last trip....that was some cool stuff.

                    Funny that I still get offers of KFC and McDonald's over there and haven't been one in the US in over 10 years.....

                    1. re: markadamowicz

                      Out of curiosity, you should pay a visit to KFC and McDonald's in HK. They have some 'cool' local specials that are very intersting!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        I am going to pass on that. One time I was in the Shunde area and came back froma meeting and to my horror the conference table was filled with McDonald's.They thought they were doing me a favor.I ate it to be polite and then explained afterwards I would prefer to eat at the canteen for all future in-house lunches!

                      2. re: markadamowicz

                        LOL! I liked the way you said "owned by one of Stanley Ho's wives". There were rumors about that just before the Macau Restaurant was opened back in the late-90s. Then, on its opening day, the big man himself turned up in his RR!

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                        Macau Restaurant
                        25-27 Lock Road, Hong Kong

                        1. re: markadamowicz

                          I didn't know cows had penises. I have however eaten the quaintly-named bull's pizzle in soup, in Taipei - not offensive, just not particularly delicious in my humble opinion.

                    2. re: Xiao Yang

                      Agreed that Din Tai Fung (DTF) is not a true Hong Kong experience, but the branch is a lot better than the ones in LA and Sydney. It's not as good as the original in Taipei, but it's still very good (skin is firm but paper thin, meat is tasty, soup is plentiful) and unbelievably consistent. That said, I've tried the ones in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore as well and they're comparable to the one in Hong Kong, so if you visit those locations, you might want to skip the one in Hong Kong.

                      Wu Kong on the other hand has gone considerably downhill in the past 10 years. The times we've been there the service staff has been incredibly rude, food has come out cold and disappointing, vegetables were extremely oily, and desserts we ordered were clearly not fresh. In fact, the only thing redeeming about this place is the restrooms which are quite nice.

                    3. re: HKDave

                      I better withdraw my recommendation for Hing Fat. I went there tonight and was charged a rather astonishing HK$48 for tea! I'm a local and they've never charged me this before (I live nearby and have eaten there often; this wasn't even my first time there this week), but it turns out they do have this absurd price at the bottom of the menu cards on the table. So unless you want to fight, you have to pay. Yet another good old-fashioned HK rip-off, aimed at tourists, but this time it caught me as well.

                  2. Is Jimmy's Kitchen still open?

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                    1. re: The Shepherd

                      Yes! Both the ones in Central, HK and TST, Kowloon.

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        I went once....to say I went. I'm more of a "eat what is hanging in the window" type of guy myself. I will always turn down offers of Morton's and Ruth's Chris for food that is 1/25th of the price and 25 times better.

                    2. markadamowicz, I guess after numerous trips, you'd be familiar with Cantonese food by now, and may want to delve deeper into sub-regional Cantonese cuisine. For this, try Lok Sau Sun restaurant in Tsimshatsui near Jordan MTR) which specializes in Cantonese food from the "Shun Tak" district. They do a great claypot fish-head dish which is carried sizzling to the table, where you peel off the aluminium foil cover to release an aromatic cloud of deliciousness!

                      If you're not into fish-head (I loved fish-eyes, lips & other gelatinous bits), you can go for the pork-ribs with sweet-sour sauce, which is also very good.

                      Other dishes to try there:

                      - fish balls coated with noodles, served with a clam dip;
                      - various stuffed vegetables: capsicums, lotus root, etc;
                      - steamed catfish with salted black beans.

                      And don't miss those famous Shun Tak desserts like flower-herbal jellies and double-boiled milk puddings.

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                      Lok Sau Sun
                      1-5 Tak Shing Street Hong Kong

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                      1. re: klyeoh

                        Hello klyeoh! Guess what?! I used to live around the corner but I havn't eaten the place! For you to dig this place out, you are truly a 'Foodie Master'!!!

                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          Not really, Charles - it's just that I have a bunch of HK foodie friends who know how much I sometimes liked to chowhound for lesser-known, hidden gems, away from the beaten path. The challenge is to find really authentic places, with their jealous bunch of loyal regular customers, keeping their precious gem of an eating place close to their chest, way from the greedy hordes. Shun Tak is such a place - located in a little alley, but perpetually full - you'll need to book ahead.

                        2. re: klyeoh

                          I like fish head a lot. Lots of flavor hidden in there. I am always the guest of honor over there and end up with it anyway. I appreciate that.

                          I will definitely check Lok Sau Sun out. I usually stay at the Marco Polo, pretty close.

                          1. re: markadamowicz

                            Hi friends,

                            I'm heading over to Hong Kong next Monday. Any last minute suggestions. I realize I spend many nights roaming around Mon Kok and Temple St. night markets....any suggestions around there....how over in Central and (I know, I know) LKF area....

                            Thanks and will report back when I am back....and some dispatches as well during my trip

                            Mark Adamowicz

                            1. re: markadamowicz

                              Try Fu Sing in Wanchai:

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620966

                              The restaurant's located equidistance from either Wanchai or Causeway Bay MTR stations, or else a HKD50 taxi ride from Tsimshatsui.

                              -----
                              Fu Sing
                              353 Lockhart Road Hong Kong

                              1. re: klyeoh

                                I second Fu Sing. Make sure to ask for half fat, half lean bbq pork (char siu)!

                              2. re: markadamowicz

                                For some authentic 'home style wok-hey' Cantonese cooking, try ' Cho Choi Koon' at the SE corner of Nathan Road and Jordan Road on Kowloon side. ( next to a Malaysian restaurant ). Rave reviews including tons from celebrities! The stirred fry pigs liver and innards with ginger and spring onions is to die for! Very reasonable prices too. The aforementioned dish for example costs only HK$48.
                                Have a nice trip!

                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                  I'd forgotten all about the Malaysian Chinese Restaurant on 12 Jordan St till you mentioned it, Charles.

                                  That place itself is worth checking out because it offers very unique HK-style Malaysian-Chinese food, i.e. nothing you taste there can be found in Malaysia itself! The curries are mild, cooked HK-Cantonese style. They also have a shaved ice dessert with red-beans & evaporated milk, a local interpretation of Malaysia's ice-kachang.

                                  The restaurant's got a very retro-70s feel though.

                                  1. re: klyeoh

                                    Just arrived - heading out to Temple Street for some gifts for the kids and may check out Lok Sau Sun or some spicy Crabs al fresco in the market....

                                    1. re: markadamowicz

                                      Or 'Cho Choi Koon' (cnr Nathan & Jordan Rds) which is oft-repeated by Charles Yu ;-)

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620369

                                      1. re: klyeoh

                                        Another Chowhound found this place (without knowing what it was called initially):
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/569768

                                        Placemark:

                                        -----
                                        Tso Choi Koon
                                        10 Jordan Road, Hong Kong , HK

                                        1. re: klyeoh

                                          Inspired by this thread, I went to Tso Choi Koon last week and had Charles Yu's recommended dish: Stir-fried mixed pig's innards...

                                          Wonderful wok-y flavor, light, not-at-all greasy sauce, spring onions with nice seared spots on them, and then this amazing trio of textures: corkscrewy stomach lining (?), earthy pig's liver, delicate tubing of some sort ;-)

                                          Here are a few photos:

                                           
                                           
                                           
                                          1. re: chloehk

                                            Glad you enjoyed it!! Now, you are making me salivate!!! Ha!

                                      2. re: markadamowicz

                                        Or some big live mantis shrimp ?? My favourite.

                                        1. re: markadamowicz

                                          OK, the Malaysian place was closed and the place next to it was not names Cho Choi Moon.....?

                                          Also, I looked for Lok Sau Sun and found two places, no english whatsoveer, so didn;t know which was right. One was a one room restaurant and the other looked a little fancier (I was wearing shorts so didn;t head in). Either one could have been the address "1-5"....any advice....

                                          Ended up eating outside at Temple Street (at Spicy crab0 and had scallops in the shell with black bean sauce and some fried noodles and pork. Alos had some apple/celery/carrot/bitter melon juice, some octupus on a stick and just bought a few branches of what I think is lychee. As always, can't go wrong here with food.

                                          1. re: markadamowicz

                                            The ' Cantonese' restaurant does not have an English name as such! In Cantonese, its pronounced ' Cho Choi Koon'. I just ate there two months ago! It was bustling!

                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                              Right - now I know why I was looking for the wrong name.

                                              Went to Haiphiong Road today and ate in the temporary market. My friend found a cockroackh in his beef brisket soup....he got a new bowl and lunch continued without incident. VERY good. Bugs aside. Goit some vegetable with bean curd as well....a new taste for me.

                                              Here's a few pictures

                                              Mark Adamowicz

                                               
                                               
                                               
                                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                                Hi Charles -- sorry I replied to the wrong point in this thread. But see a few posts above for a visit to Cho Choi Koon inspired by your recommendation!

                                              2. re: markadamowicz

                                                markadamowicz, Lok Sau Sun has this HUGE sign (but in Chinese only, I think) which extends horizontally across Tak Shing St. I nearly snapped a photo of the restaurant front when I passed by it a couple of weeks ago (during a short visit to HK) & post the photo on CH - thought it might help non-Chinese readers. Will do that next time!

                                                BTW, if you take Exit E coming out from Jordan MTR station and walk along Tak Shing St, the restaurant is on the right-side of the street. It's 3 minutes' walk from the station.

                                  2. Heading back over in a week. Any new updates guys?????

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                                    1. re: markadamowicz

                                      Nothing new on the Chinese food front. However, a couple of world class western cuisine restaurant with Michelin star potential have opened up recently. One is 'Cepage' in WanChai, a creation of Singapore's Les Amis group. The other is 'Cafe Gray Delux' inside 'Upper House' the new hotel above Pacific Place in Admiralty. This is the creation of Gray Kunz of ex-Lespinasse and Michelin 1* Cafe Gray, NYC's fame. Both have been receiving rave reviews from foodies.

                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                        Hey Charles, can you point me in the direction for the Cafe Gray reviews? I've been there twice now but both time only for drinks and not for food. The view there is SPECTACULAR. Reviews on Openrice seem positive but not necessarily rave reviews. Want to give the place a go but want to do a little more research beforehand. Thanks!

                                        1. re: big_apple_ken

                                          Reviews and photos provided by foodie friends who posted on facebook.

                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                            Oh no wonder...So what dishes do your foodie friends recommend?

                                            1. re: big_apple_ken

                                              Three stand-out dishes ( a la carte ) were:
                                              - Seared Foie Gras with green lentil salad, sherry vinegar and honey.
                                              - Chilled soup of lemongrass with yogurt lime sorbet
                                              - Passionfruit souffles baked in their own shell
                                              Dishes of the chef tasting menu also looked awesome.

                                        2. re: Charles Yu

                                          Hi Charles,

                                          Thanks for the update, but still looking for the special, hole in the wall, 'best noodles/bbq/dumpling' in hong kong.....I leave the fancy stuff to the guys that travel in suits... :)

                                          1. re: markadamowicz

                                            markadamowicz, on your next trip to HK (12th or 13th trip?), try Lei Yuen Noodle & Congee Restaurant on 539 Lockhart Road. In Causeway Bay, it's situated right behind the Sogo Dept Store: "hole in the wall" - check; "best noodles" - check. I've been going back again & again for more than 20 years. Nice to know that some things never change. Read more here:
                                            http://eatbma.blogspot.com/2008/01/le...

                                      2. Jun Yakitori has amazing yaki-onigiri (grilled yakitori) and other yakitori options (grilled meats and veg on skewers).

                                        It is on Hillwood Road in TST. (Check for it on Openrice.com, which recently launched an English version.)

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                                        1. re: vorspeise

                                          OK, heading back over....staying at the Royal Garden is East TST area....I've been staying off Canton Rd for the last decade and don't know much about East TST for good eats....any help appreciated.....or any new places in Kowloon/TST etc appreciated as well.

                                          Thanks,

                                          Mark Adamowicz

                                          1. re: markadamowicz

                                            Chinese restaurant inside the Grand Stamford Hotel for one.
                                            Also. dim sum at Sun Tung Lok and high end Shanghainese in the Old Hong Kong restaurant, both inside the MIRA hotel.

                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                              Thanks. All sound fancy? True.....I also like the small places that you wouldn't normally know about....

                                              1. re: markadamowicz

                                                Hi Folks,

                                                Heading back over (14th time?). Haven't been in nearly 2 years. What's new I should check out. Quick summary: I like the small, out of the way places. Noodles, BBQ Pork, any place that does one thing and does it well.

                                                Thanks,

                                                Mark

                                                1. re: markadamowicz

                                                  Have you tried eating in the restaurants / cooked food markets on top of the indoor wet markets (aka Municipal Service Buildings)? The ones on Des Voeux Rd (Sheung Wan/Queen St Cooked Food Market) and the Java Road have some good restaurants.

                                                  If you like dai pai dong you can try the ones in Fo Tan, near the bus depot at Shan Mei Street . Chun Chun is popular for roast/BBQ pigeon. It's a bit far to travel from HK island but has a real New Territories/old school HK feel.
                                                  http://thelist.com.hk/city-living/art...

                                                  1. re: vorspeise

                                                    ooh yes! the tai po market is huge and the food market is crazy up there. Especially the fish meatball ho fan noodles. There is a famous stall selling red bean jelly (bbu jaii go) and steamed custard cake (ma lai go).

                                                2. re: markadamowicz

                                                  PS There is a random hole-in-the-wall local bar (well more of a corner street stand/shop) called Biere Von Irene... way out in the New Territories. It is the only place in Hong Kong and Macau to have Rogue beer on tap. it's a very local place. :)

                                          2. Anyone out there still reading?

                                            Thanks in advance,

                                            Mark Adamowicz

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                                            1. re: markadamowicz

                                              Have you tried roasted pigeon at the old tai po road restaurant?
                                              or seafood in sai kung. Shop for your own seafood and get a restaurant to prepare it. very local, very delicious.

                                              Source: born and raised in HK

                                              1. re: MDcooksfor2

                                                I have a craving for roast pigeon now!! Yummy.. might just go to Tai Ping Koon for a quick fix :)

                                                1. re: vorspeise

                                                  No one mention Fung Lum for Roasted pigeons?!! Whilst there, add the ' Fried sea prawns with spiced pepper salt' Best rendition in town!!

                                                  1. re: vorspeise

                                                    You're killing me, vorspeise.

                                                2. re: markadamowicz

                                                  Oh, almost forgot! If you haven't been to Kowloon City yet, you should try to make it there. There are a lot of hole-in-the-wall places selling snacks (some Chiu Chow, Thai, and others). My favorite is the Muslim beef pancake at the Islam Food. (Good for takeout - it's like a large round juicy beef version of panfried gyoza/potstickers) http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr...

                                                  1. re: markadamowicz

                                                    You might also want to check out https://www.facebook.com/HomeDiningHk , it's a new group that offers homestyle dining hosted by local families. (Sorry about the multiple posts; I get too excited when it comes to thinking and sharing about food!)

                                                    1. re: vorspeise

                                                      Heading back in 2 weeks + Macau.......anything new????

                                                      Thanks,

                                                      Mark Adamowicz

                                                      1. re: markadamowicz

                                                        You can give 'Guo Fu Lou' in TST's iSquare a try! Serving some of the best Cantonese food in town. Great view if you can get a window seat!
                                                        http://www.elite-concepts.com/page.as...

                                                  2. OK, heading back over for a week starting on March 1.

                                                    Any new places to check out. I may also be wandering around the Wan Chai area next Saturday. I am not familliar with this area at all. Would be interested in some recommendations.

                                                    Going to head up to see the Bug Buddha next Sunday (March 3) as well. Not sure what the food situation is in that immediate area either.

                                                    Thanks in advance,

                                                    Mark Adamowicz
                                                    Sutton, MA

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                                                    1. re: markadamowicz

                                                      For the Big Buddha, the only eatery maybe worth mentioning is the Buddhist restaurant directly under the statue. All the other food places there are more or less "one time only" establishments.

                                                      You can also go down to the fishing village, some old restaurants there, but cant really tell you about their quality.

                                                      1. re: NilesCable

                                                        Heading back to Hong Kong a week from Friday....what's new?

                                                        Mark Adamowicz

                                                        1. re: markadamowicz

                                                          Seems that Spanish tapas is the in-thing these days. Catalunya (ex-El Bulli via Singapore) is currently the go-to place for such.

                                                          http://www.catalunya.hk/

                                                          1. re: klyeoh

                                                            Catalunya is awesome!!!! Though it's getting difficult to get a reservation....another option for Spanish (no reservations taken though) is Ship 22 in Wanchai. There's usually still seats if you arrive around 6ish, but they only seat you if your whole party is there. Make sure to check out their daily specials!

                                                            1. re: Gummy

                                                              Yes, I've also heard about Jason Atherton's Ship 22. Certainly would like to try that the next time I'm in HK.

                                                    2. Totally agree with klyeoh's recommendation on Tapas.
                                                      Ref: Ship22. I have no problem getting a seat if wait for them to open around noon.
                                                      Here are reviews plus pics of Ship22 by PhilD and myself.
                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875363

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                                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                                        Hi Friends,

                                                        Not sure I am looking for tapas and my colleague literally just returned from 10 days in Barcelona and Madrid! She may have had her full of tapas.

                                                        I've never eaten anywhere in wan chai area and ill be spending most of Saturday roaming around art galleries in Central.

                                                        Thank you always for the help.

                                                        1. re: Charles Yu

                                                          How about anything new and interesting in the wan chai area to check out?

                                                          Mark Adamowicz

                                                          1. re: markadamowicz

                                                            What would you and your colleague look for: some place pretty hip/trendy (e.g. Bo Innovation's fusion-Chinese molecular gastronomy), or gritty and local like Under the Bridge's "typhoon shelter" crabs (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/821445)?

                                                            My fave eatery in all of Wanchai is Fu Sing:
                                                            https://www.lauhound.com/2010/10/fu-s...

                                                            1. re: klyeoh

                                                              Most folks go to Fu Sing for their "char-siu" (Cantonese caramelised, BBQ pork), one of the best in HK. At lunch, many will order its famous "char-siu po lo bao", a baked bun with crumbly-butter crust on top, filled with caramelised pork.

                                                              But I never fail to order these two dishes whenever I'm lunching or dining at Fu Sing:

                                                              - Braised pomelo skin with shrimp sauce (pomelo's a large grapefruit-like citrus fruit with almost inch-thick skin. Preparing and cooking the pomelo skin correctly is a rare art but a *very* traditional HK-Cantonese culinary skill). I personally prefer Fu Sing's version over those I'd had in HK's Michelin-starred/award-winning Cantonese spots like Tim's Kitchen, etc.

                                                              - Crabmeat noodles. This was singularly the *best* noodle dish I'd ever had in my life, irregardless of cuisine. The egg noodles would be served blanketed by a rich, thick, delicious custard-coloured "white sauce" with liberal amounts of fresh crabmeat. The "smallest" portion of the dish here was supposed to be enough to serve 4 persons (so I'm told each time by the waiters) but I always managed to finish *everything* on the plate myself. It's *that* food :-)

                                                               
                                                               
                                                            2. re: markadamowicz

                                                              Guo Fu Lou, inside Empire Hotel, Hennesey Road.

                                                              1. re: markadamowicz

                                                                強記美食 (Keung Kee) - this is a afternoon/evening eatery on 382 Lockhart Road, and has a very small menu. Steamed glutinous rice with soy sauce and Chinese sausage (like a non spicy salty chorizo) is great. Pan fried cheung fun with sauces is another wicked carb choice. They also have pork bone congee, pork rind and turnip (braised). As well as a pretty decent version of a SE Asian themed dessert (Zha Ja 喳咋) which is like a red bean soup. Keung Kee keeps irregular hours and if they feel like it they can close without notice. But it's one of the last neighborhood vibe no frills nitty gritty eateries.

                                                                Quemo is a pretty new Spanish restaurant on the 5th floor of QRE Plaza. One of the head chefs Quim, came from El Quim in Barcelona, and the 2nd chef worked at a Spanish restaurant in Beijing, Migas, and has previously worked for Ferran Adria.

                                                                Jardine de Jade (蘇浙匯) - looks really swank for a Shanghainese and environs regional Chinese restaurant.

                                                                信得過 Trusty Gourmet - 307 Jaffe Road. If you love pork innards, this is a specialist restaurant. "Yellow sand" liver, "butterfly brisket", and even almond pork lung soup (personal size).

                                                                陳勤記鹵鵝飯店 Chan Kan Kee braised/simmered goose - the flagship from Sheung Wan opened up a branch on Jaffe Road (past the spicy crab restaurants). Clean interior with menu in both English and Chinese. Very nice place.

                                                                Under Bridge may be the most well known spicy crab restaurant on Jaffe Road, but there is also 財記辣蟹 Choi Kee. Here's a video in Cantonese showcasing the two restaurants (Choi Kee and Under Bridge)

                                                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wykT-h...

                                                            3. Hi Friends,

                                                              I'm heading back to Hong Kong on March 10.

                                                              Any advice on:

                                                              1. Eating at private kitchens
                                                              2. Yardbird or Ronin?

                                                              Thanks,

                                                              Mark Adamowicz

                                                              4 Replies
                                                              1. re: markadamowicz

                                                                Try the Chairman- it was wonderful- I posted my review here today. Also, Seventh Son- brilliant Cantonese food! Make reservations in advance for both!

                                                                1. re: markadamowicz

                                                                  There is a Chowmeet at Seventh Son on 15th for dinner, if you want to join up it is still possible

                                                                  1. re: NilesCable

                                                                    Thank you, what are the details?

                                                                    Mark Adamowicz

                                                                    1. re: markadamowicz

                                                                      mail me at cable2@aon.at and I will send you the details and menu.