Birthday Dinner in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong.
I apologize in advance as I'm sure my question has already been addressed before on this board but I can't seem to find a suitable thread.
My wife,myself and her family is visiting HK in a couple weeks time and staying at the Royal Pacific in the Tsim Sha Tsui area as we did the same time last year.
We absolutely love HK and wish to try something a little different for my SIL's birthday. I am looking for a moderately priced restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner option for 6 diners serving Chu Chow cuisine in or close to our hotel. We have a very pregnant and a mildly handicapped members in our entourage so someplace close is preferable.
If that cuisine is to difficult in that area any suggestions are very welcomed. As a reference we've done the tourist things already such as Hutong,Peaking garden,Din Tai Fung,Yung Kee,Maxisim's,Crystal Jade. so something different would be an adventure and again, very welcomed.
As we haven't ventured out too late, is there any decent street food venues close to our hotel worth a visit for late night snacks?
Thank you all so much.
For your information, almost all of Hong Kong's really good Chiu Chow restaurants are located in the Sheung Wan or Kowloon City districts ( not unlike most NYC's best Taiwanese or Northern style Chinese all congregate in Queens ).
However, there is a relatively close and good Chiu Chow restaurants within easy reach of your hotel. Its 'Chiu Chow Garden' inside Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, TST.
Another choice is Lippo Chiu Chow inside of Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty ( a short MTR ride ), This place is a bit opulent and have better ambiance for a birthday party. However, it can get expensive if you start ordering the cold flower crab, Chiu Chow style braised sharksfin or Poached Giant Conch slices!!! But, if you stick with the more down-to-earth specialties of Marinated goose and assorted meats, Oyster pancake, Fried Shrimp and Crab meat balls duo, Sauteed Szechuan peppercorn chicken...etc you can minimize the damage to a minimal!!
I would suggest you check out the restaurants at www.openrice.com!
re: Charles Yu
One other question if I may.... While dining at Crystal Jade we saw a large table with what was obviously a birthday celebration and what looked like a large siopao showed up at the table but then it was cut open to reveal perhaps a dozen smaller siopaos inside which was all devoured by the celebrants. Would you have a name of this dish?,Is it traditional and if so,is it savory or sweet or just the restaurant's special offering?
"The Chinese birthday pastry is the sou bao (壽包), lotus-paste-filled buns made of wheat flour which are shaped and colored to resemble peaches. A single large pastry is not often served, rather each guest is served their own."
The practice of having the birthday person lift up the large (hollow) peach bun to reveal a cluster of small sweet-lotus-paste-filled similarly peach-shaped buns underneath became quite common in Singapore a couple of decades back (but not during my childhood).
The practice probably started in HK. I've got photos from a couple of family birthdays in Singapore this year where serving sweet "peach" buns (symbolizing longevity) at the start of a birthday dinner had become de rigeur.
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Back to Chiu Chow food. Pity OP's gathering is for a birthday occasion, otherwise the best tasting, value for money food are often found in 'hole-in-the-wall' places! A 'Cold Flower Crab' in one of these Kowloon City or Hung Hum place can often be had for half the price of an outfit like the Causeway Bay Pak Lok!!
re: Charles Yu
You don't have to be *that* old to be wise, Charles :-D
Interesting how difficult it is to find an out-and-out Chiuchow fine dining spot in HK, whence many Hongkongers, if you get to know them more, will turn out to have Chiuchow roots in one way or another (even Guangzhou folks I know)