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Hong Kong: Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant, Wanchai

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klyeoh May 19, 2009 01:24 AM

Dinner at Fu Sing last Friday was fantabulous!! Had a bunch of mind-blowing traditional Cantonese dishes, but 3 dishes which particularly stood out in my mind were:

- Braised sharks-fin, served gently simmering in a claypot, with sides of gently parboiled bean-sprouts & yellow chives: nothing fancy here, just a very, very well-executed dish which your grandmother will cook (okay, if that’s the case, your grandmother’s also worth 3-Michelin stars);
- Pomelo skin with shrimp roe sauce. OMIGOD, this is like the best dish I’ve ever had in decades!!! For one, I simply can’t imagine that I’ll go ga-ga over what was basically thick citrus fruit peel. Fu Sing’s chef showed that you don’t need molecular gastronomy to conjure up real kitchen magic. The texture, the taste – it was pure pleasure on my palate!
- Noodles blanketed with a thick rich crabmeat & crab roe sauce. This is a yet another unforgettable dish, where everything just simply came together to form the perfect dish.

Fu Sing does not offer cutting-edge modern-Canto dishes a la Bo Innovation. It doesn’t offer swanky props & exciting views of HK Harbour like Lung King Heen. But it does execute traditional HK-style Cantonese dishes faultlessly & perfectly and, sometimes, that’s exactly what one would look for.

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Fu Sing
353 Lockhart Road Hong Kong

 
 
 
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  1. Charles Yu May 19, 2009 05:22 AM

    Thanks klyeoh! The food looks awesome!!
    Whats the weight of the sharks fin you ordered?
    The amount of crab meat and roe covering the noodles were most impressive! Hate to imagine the 'cholesterol' level though! Ha!
    Trust you walked back to your hotel after the meal! Ha! Ha!

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      klyeoh May 19, 2009 07:20 AM

      Weight of sharksfin? I don't know - dined with ex-colleagues & they did the ordering. Yes, the crabmeat/roe was extremely generous - the flavour/taste was indescribably delicious!

      We drove to Felix @ Peninsula for after-dinner drinks, love the Ning Sling. Felix hasn't changed much since the 90s - the decor, the uniforms of wait-staff (fanny pouch is now black instead of gold). Miss the original Felix chef, Brian Nagao's food though.

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        Charles Yu May 19, 2009 08:00 PM

        Love Felix's Men's washroom! Ha!
        How long has it been since you last dined at Gaddis? I was expecting Michelin to give it a star?!

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          klyeoh May 19, 2009 08:59 PM

          Ah, THAT Philippe Starck-designed washroom at Felix. I remembered ogling at the flat tabernacle-like wash-area with twisted metal taps & hand-dryers, and bold, glass-fronting men's urinals when I visited Felix back when it first opened back in the 90s. These days, there's been so many copycats & the original Felix feels a wee bit dated.

          Gaddi's - haven't been back there since 1995. It celebrated its 55th anniversary just last year.

           
           
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            Charles Yu May 20, 2009 04:02 PM

            Wow! My God! I wasn't expecting photos of Felix's washroom! Cool! What other 'psychedelic' stuff do you have in your vast library?! I can reciprocate with a shot of Tokyo's Mid -town Ritz Carlton's high tech washroom?! Ha! The reason?! I bought a couple of gorgeous pastries from the hotel pastry shop, couldn't find a place to gobble them down, so ended up eating them inside the washroom instead! At least the place is Spic and Span!! Ha!

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              klyeoh May 20, 2009 08:11 PM

              Charles, you ate your pastries in a washroom?!

              Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't have any other photos of unusual restaurant loos. I took the ones at Felix coz they're Starck-designed and were trendsetters in their day. I've come across some radical designs in New York (the toilet cubicle walls are clear glass, which fog up when you lock the door), Shenzhen (where the men's urinal is a giant glass wall with a waterfall, looking out to a bamboo forest), and D'Sens in Dusit Thani Bangkok (where the urinals are also clear glass walls atop the hotel tower, so you have a panoramic view of Lumpini Park whilst you do your business).

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                Charles Yu May 20, 2009 08:37 PM

                Yup! Can wash my sticky hands afterwards too! Ha! Only in Japan!

    2. skylineR33 May 19, 2009 06:43 PM

      Thanks for the review. Make me want to go back to have the Pomelo skin with shrimp roe sauce, had a good one at Superstar Central on my last trip. Agree absolutely on what you are saying, and sometimes it is just not easy to execute faultlessly & perfectly.

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        klyeoh May 20, 2009 08:13 PM

        BTW, we had Sunday dim sum lunch at Superstar's Harbour City outlet in Tsimshatsui - but standards were very disappointing.

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          skylineR33 May 20, 2009 08:37 PM

          Right, Superstar are not all good, I also had a underwelmed dim sum lunch at the Kowloon Bay branch.

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