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battle of the 鑊氣 (wok hay)


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battle of the 鑊氣 (wok hay)

aser | Jun 8, 2009 09:37 PM

On my regular late night haunts, I've been to the following of late........

Sun Star
Big Mouth Kee
Fantasy Eatery (Richmond Hill location)

I was really surprised at the quality of the outpost of Fantasy Eatery considering all the negative comments on the board. It was really good bang for the buck like their Midland location, and the flavours are excellent. Let me focus on a particular dish as a comparison, black bean clams (豉椒炒蜆).

Sun Star $8.99
Fantasy Eatery $6.50
Big Mouth Kee $9.95 (I think)

Portion size wise, Fantasy being the cheapest, still had the biggest plate. Flavour wise, both Big Mouth Kee and Fantasy delivered, with the pungent black beans and the tingling burn of the red chili. Sun Star's version was adequate but lacked spice, and was a bit heavy on the corn starch. Of note was the tiny portion offered by Big Mouth Kee.

I did like the quaint HK feel of Sun Star, I went there around 10ish during staff meal time. They were watching the NBA finals and cussing up a storm in Cantonese and talking about their wagers. This might turn off westerners but it reminds me of the neighbourhood dai pai dong of a forlorn youth. I also had honey pepper oysters (good flavour but sadly overcooked) and garlic snow pea tips.

Fantasy RH location actually delivered a better meal than my last visit to the Midland one. Contradictory to all reports on the board but that is exactly what happened with me. I also had tong choi in shrimp paste (蝦醬炒通菜) and pepper salt baby smelt (椒鹽白飯魚). Great value here....

I haven't been to Maple Yip is 6-7 months, and I can't recall the last time I've been to Elegantview. No conclusive feedback from me on those two.

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