What's not-to-miss at Hong Kong Flower Lounge? [Millbrae]
Four friends and I are meeting up at HKFL for dim sum on Sunday and would really appreciate your advice on our must-haves.
Thanks so much!
re: Dave MP
Whew, just got back from a deeelicisous lunch at HKFL.
Unfortunately we were only five people at one of those big tables that probably seat 9-10 pretty comfortably. That was not the bad part. We squished ourselves together on one side of the table so we could talk and laugh easier, but when we did we put most of us away from the cart traffic (mistake). The guy closest to the carts did a great job, but he's the lightest eater and the shyest of our group, so there was little info exchanged with the cart pushers.
So that means I'll have to go back to suss out whether they still have those wontons. (I couldn't find them on the menu.)
I'm no dim sum expert, but here's the report:
Steamed bbq pork bun. As usual I found this sweeter than I care for, but I enjoyed the inside to outside ratio. Sometimes they're much too sweet and way too bready for me. This wasn't.
Some smaller dumpling served in a kind of mini-cupcake tin. Shrimp and pork and juicy! I wonder if this is a kind of xlb? (I've only read about xlb, but they sure seemed soupy to me.) Super hot, robust flavor in both the meat and the broth.
The most shrimp I've ever seen stuffed in har gaw. Challenging to eat delicately, but worth overcoming (or failing) the challenge.
Roasted duck. The flavor was good, but the skin was not as crispy as I like and the pieces I got were mostly bone and fat. Could be the luck of the draw.
Steamed scallop & shrimp dumpling. My favorite. The scallops sort of disappeared, but there was a lot of flavor action going on inside the very thin (and open at the top) wrapper. Not sure what all was in there, but the cilantro was a welcome note of freshness.
Rice noodle rolls with shrimp. I especially like the slightly sweet sauce these wiggly morsels are served with. And, although eating them in one bite wasn't exactly delicate, it was possible and delicious.
Green onion pancake. Very good, though a bit greasier than it seemed it needed to be.
Deep fried shrimp dumpling. The crispiness was a nice textural contrast and the shrimp was tasty, but the bottom half was almost soggy. This, despite the fact we'd ordered from the table rather than wait for a cart to go by.
All in all, it was a terrific meal and a wonderful time. When we realized we weren't getting the cart action we wanted, we ordered most of our dishes from the menu. We'll be back.
Btw, I don't know if I missed it in other reports, but they have valet parking for $3. (We didn't know about it until after we parked, but we ended up close enough at about a block and a half away.)