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My HK plan: please advise


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My HK plan: please advise

medgirl | | May 18, 2009 01:17 AM

This is a follow-up to my last post. We have 3 nights in HK. I've calculated that we can do 13 meals, including 3 breakfasts/dimsum. The first meal will be a late dinner after a long flight from London with a toddler, so may have to do with something covenient near our hotel, which is the Salisbury YMCA in Kowloon: would Spring Deer be a reasonable choice (peking duck)?

I do not speak any Cantonese/Mandarin, cannot read Pinyin. I have 6 months to try and pick some up but the intonations in Cantonese scare me. I don't want to ask for chicken and end up with a prostitute! So please let me know if any of my choices are a complete no-no without the requisite Chinese language skills. Please let me know if I need to make reservations at any of these places, would rather not, as we are new to the city and will be negotiating the streets with a toddler in stroller. I've made a list of places I would like to try, please help me tailor my chow itenerary if I have not chosen correctly. Please let me know if any of the places I chose is really expensive, because I might have to ditch that.

Dimsum: With a toddler in tow, sometimes it is pretty late in the morning before we can get our act together. So perhaps late morning dim sum would be nice instead of breakfast. I've picked the following

Lock Cha Tea Shop in Admiralty for vegetarian dimsum

Star of Canton in Causeway Bay

Luk Yu (mixed reviews, should I avoid?)

Lin Heung: the experience here sounds fairly stressful. maybe I should avoid it?

Please recommend some more places you think would be suitable !


Chung’s Cuisine, Causeway Bay

Yat Lok, New Territories. Recommended for roast goose (apparently better than Yeung Kee) and roast suckling pig.

Leaving out Yeung Kee as have read quite a few negative reviews.


Mak’s Noodles: are both branches equally good?

Tsui Wah Restaurant, Wellington Street, Central: Wonton noodles and Hainan chicken Rice

Lamcombe Seafood Restaurant, 47 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island.

Any recommendations for Lantau? Didn't see anything that caught my eye.

Char siu:

Looks like a toss-up between these 3: Joy Hing, Lung Moon and Fu Sing. Looking through the threads, seems that Joy Hing's char siu sauce is really good, whereas Lung Moon is the only place to roast their meat over charcoal and Fu Sing has the best quality pork. I am more of a lean pork girl needing a small amount of fatty pork to keep some moisture in and lubricate the rice. I would love to do all 3 places, as I am a total char siu fanatic, but my hubby will get a bit annoyed if I turn our little trip to HK into a char siu fest. So please recommend which one I should go to if I only have one choice. Apart from the char siu, any other things we should definitely order at these places? I will hit all 3 for char siu if I can!

The last dinner will have to be at the airport, terminal 1. It's a choice between Maxim's, Hang Heung's Kitchen, Taiwan Beef Noodle and Ah Yee Leng Tong. Have read some stuff about all except Hang Heung's Kitchen. Any recs would be appreciated.

Also, Chiu Chow cuisine remains a mystery. I am not a fan of food served at room temp/cold, which I am told a lot of Chiu Chow dishes are served as. Any advice on Chiu Chow, or is it too much to tackle both Cantonese and Chiu Chow on a 3 day visit?

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