Before heading off to the airport to catch my flight, I had one last eating spree at Element's "Lei Garden". This well known restaurant brand, especially the Wan Chai Branch, has been one of my favourite Cantonese food go-to places for years. However, with so many new eateries sprouting up recently and all yearning to be tried, I have not eaten at a single LG for over 3 years! Time for a re-assessment!
Our relatively big party allowed me to order and sample a great variety of dishes including some previously untried ones. Here are some of what we ordered:
- Iceberg Crispy Roasted 3 Layer Pork Belly
- Har Gow
- Steamed Eggplants with Japanese dressing
- Steamed Scallions and Dried Shrimp Cheung-Fun Rice Roll
- Shredded vegetable pancake
- Turnips Turnover
- Red Bean layered Jello Dessert
- Molten Egg-Custard Bun
- Steamed B-B-Q Pork Cheung-Fun Rice Roll
- Xiao Lung Bao
- Water Cress Dumpling in supreme broth
- Shanghainese Style Rice Congee ( Pao Fan ) in Lobster Bisque.
All the traditional dishes like Har Gow, Cheung Fun....etc were as good as I remembered them to be. The Crispy Pork Belly, perfectly prepared and presented, IMO, is still one of the best in town. The XLB and the Water-Cress dumplings were enjoyable, thanks to the complex tasting broth.
The most standout dish that invited a 'groan' when tasted, has to be incredible Lobster Bisque Rice Congee. On top of the delicious soup, the addition of the crunchy rice-crackling to enhance the textural interplay was a great move!
At the end of the meal, another satisfying customer with a full belly ready to take the elevator down to Kowloon station for the airport bound train!
CHOW!! Hong Kong!!