Summary of some of the meals my wife and I recently ate in Hong Kong over Chinese New Year. Other threads will follow on Penang, Koh Samui and Bangkok.
We used Chowhound (of course) and Open Rice (a great resource for Hong Kong) for making selections.
Venue: Mak Kan Kee
Address: 51 Parkes Street
Total Bill: HK$ 56
I *love* wantan mee. Whether it's Singapore, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur, dry or in soup, I can't get enough of the stuff. And it's something I can't get at home, so I need to get my fix any time I'm somewhere it's available. And it's very available in Hong Kong :)
When I was last in Hong Kong in 2011, we visitied Mak's Noodles on Wellington Street, the Michelin starred wantan mee eatery. And at the time I though wantan mee couldn't get any better than that. This time round we visited Mak Kan Kee on Parkes Street... wow.
Now, admittedly it was 2 years ago I tried Mak's noodles, but I was seriously impressed by Mak Kan Kee - without question the best wantan mee I've ever eaten!
I went for the variety in soup. There were 3 large dumplings nestled inside the bowl, all stuffed full of large prawn pieces - and they had the most amazing, fresh prawn flavour. The noodles had the perfect bite to them, and the soup was perfectly balanced, not too strongly flavoured. The portion was a little on the small side, but it would have been fine if I'd ordered some greens on the side.
The wife have minced pork in hoisin sauce on top of noodles. Not a dish I'd seen before, and the minced pork and sauce was served cold on top of hot noodles. Rather odd, but it certainly was tasty.
But it's all about the wantan mee. Next time I'm in Hong Kong, I'll be making a bee line for Mak Kan Kee :)
Venue: Good Hope Noodle
Address: 146 Sai Yeung Choi Street
Total Bill: HK$ 90
I'd been planning on going to 傷心酸辣粉 on Dundas Street for Sichuan, but it was closed for CNY. No problem, I had a backup, Seam Eett Taiwan Noodles on nearby Tung Choi Street. But it was also closed :/
So we wondered around for a bit and found a busy little place, Good Hope Noodle on Sai Yeung Choi Street.
I had the dry variety of wantan mee, served with soup on the side. The noodles didn't have enough bit to them, and the soup was far too strong for my liking, taking on a fishy flavour. The 3 wantans were too small and hadn't been sealed properly, so the inside was a bit watery and they lacked flavour. Don't come here for wantan mee :)
The wife went for minced pork with 'special sauce' (hoisin) sauce again. Just as at Mak Kan Kee, the mince was served cold on hot noodles; I guess that's normal then :) I'd say this dish was on par with the same dish at Mak Kan Kee.
Bill was HK$ 90 for 2 'large' portions (which I'd say were more 'medium'), which included free tea (though the tea was somewhat lukewarm).
Venue: Tai Hing
Address: Lok Fu Plaza, 198 Junction Road
Total Bill: HK$ 90
Many things were not available on the menu, presumably because of CNY.
I went for soy chicken with rice, while the wife went for roast pork with rice.
Both dishes took forever too arrive, and were almost cold when they eventually did. Both also didn't have nearly enough sauce to go with the rice.
The soy chicken didn't look quite like the picture in the menu; there certainly wasn't much meat on my plate, and what there was was rather dry.
While rather cold, the roast pork was pretty good, with not too much fat on it (contentious, I know :) Again, not quite the portion advertised in the picture menu.
Overall, rather dissapointing. I know it was CNY, and it was busy and all, but I don't think I'd be in a hurry to try it again.
Venue: Romankan Yokohama
Address: iSQUARE mall
Total Bill: HK$ 230
We headed to iSQUARE for dinner, expecting everything in a mall would be open over CNY. Wrong :) Japanese was about the only option, which isn't a bad thing.
We both went for the pork fillet tonkatsu sets, which were served with a small dish of cabbage pickle, miso soup and rice.
After ordering, the waitress supplied us with sesame seeds, tontaksu sauce and a mortar and pestle, so we could grind up some sesame seeds to add to the sauce. A bit of fun which is quirky the first time, but I guess it would get old for regulars ;)
The pork was served on little racks to ensure it didn't get greasy sitting on your plate (nice touch). The pork was truely excellent - perfectly crisp on the outside, and perfectly soft and porky on the inside. Really cooked to perfection.
The cabbage pickle was just OK, and the miso soup just wasn't right; it had an odd taste to it that I've never had with miso soup anything before. It just didn't taste right.
I'd certainly come back for the tonkatsu though.
Venue: Pak Loh Chiu Chow
Total Bill: HK$ 400
I forgot to take notes on this place at the time, so I can't remembder exactly what we had, but I can give an overview. We ordered a few dim sum items, none of which were very good. Service was really slow, and we ended up leaving without one of the items we had ordered. Rather expensive too. I won't be going back.