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Hong Kong trip report

pusherman | | Dec 30, 2007 02:56 PM

Hi All-

Just back from a trip to SE Asia including 5 days in HK, since I made great use of Chowhound recommendations, I thought I'd post my notes on where we ate in HK. These are probably all old news to the HK locals and regulars lurking around here, but maybe of use to others traveling to HK.

Just a note, although my wife and I are fairly adventurous eaters, neither of us speaks or reads any variant of Chinese; also, I don't eat seafood at all (I know, such a waste in HK...), so that somewhat limited our choices. Anyway, to the restaurants!

Lao Shanghai (Shanghainese, Wan Chai: basement of the Century Hotel, roughly Lockhard / Stewart)-
recommended by my TimeOut guide. OK mid-range Shanghainese in a somewhat dated hotel basement. This was our first meal after our loooooong flight, so I don't remember it well, but I think it was pretty good.

Yellow Door (Sichuanese, SoHo-ish, on a side street off Cochrane nearly under the mid-levels escalator)-
A little hard to find, it's on an upper floor of an office building, but you can see the sign from the escelator if you look for it. We made a point to find this place because it was highly recommended on this site. We're glad we did! We had a great a la carte lunch, maybe the best meal we had in HK! Great Sichuanese food, really spicy, highly recommend the eggplant w/pork. We went back for a multicourse set menu meal, the courses were hit or miss but mostly good. Prices were fair. For some reason, not crowded at all.

Wu Kong (Shanghainese, TST: on Peking Rd just west of Nathan)-
Another Shanghainese place in a basement, this one a little fancier than Lao Shanghai. Saw a rec on chowhound, and ended up here one day when we couldn't find Yanyun. Crowded and pretty good, maybe a little overpriced compared to other places in TST.

Felix ("Fusion", TST: top floor of the Penninsula)-
This place was a HUGE disappointment. Planned a "special occasion" meal here, had heard the decor and food were great. Thought the decor was sort of minimized Cheesecake Factory, although admittedly the views were great. The food was vastly overpriced, especially the drinks. Also, nothing we had was better than fair. Just your basic tired fusion hotel food. We had better food for less than a quarter the price at the Sichuanese places elsewhere in HK. And the coffee, despite costing like $5 / cup, was shameful!

Delicious Kitchen (??Chinese, Causeway Bay: Cleveland between Kingston & Gloucester
Another Chowhound rec, otherwise a little out of the way. I would have to characterize it as Chinese "diner" faire - simple, good, cheap, great place for lunch while you're shopping your way through CB.

Yung Kee (Cantonese, Central: Wellington right of D'Aguilar)-
everyone kept telling us to go here, that it is the prototypical Cantonese place, and furthermore, that we had to get the duck or goose. So we did, and it was OK. The place is huge, has a vast menu, and is always crazy crowded. You are served by a cast of thousands connected via radio. I thought the food was OK, but nothing special. I have a hard time getting excited about duck, maybe I still haven't had a great example.

Yanyun (Sichuanese, TST, inside the Miramar shopping center on Nathan)-
another Chowhound rec, this places is really, really hard to find, tucked away on an upper floor of the mazelike Miramar center. But, I thought the food was great! Had some killer MaPoTofu and Dan Dan noodles, yum. Inexpensive for a nice place.

Higashi-Yama (Japanese, CauseBay/Wanchai, Morrison Hill at roughly Russell)-
we needed a break from "Chinese," this was a pretty good Japanese place. Lots of what I think of as "Japanese comfort food" -- curry rice, udon dishes, etc. Well priced, nice place, but not very busy.

Zen (Cantonese, Admiralty, in the Pacific Place Mall)-
where you go if you get hungry in the mall, flashy "new" Cantonese cuisine, pretty good, especially if you stick to the apps and "dim sum" small plates.

We also ate at inumerable little curbside stands and hot pot places -- all of which were good, all cheap, and of course, none of which I have a clue as to the name.

Anyway, it was a great trip, we can't wait to go back!