Hong Kong Pavilion - 1671 El Camino Real, Millbrae.
Its sad to lose a cherished chowhound to the Other Coast; but well relish his reports on the Manhattan board. Eight of us gathered to feast on the set dinner offered Mondays - Fridays only, and due to Melanies largess we enjoyed the matching of food/wine with two interesting Rieslings: Reichsgrof von Kesslstatt Riesling 2001, dry and crisp, Estate Qualtatswein ; and Dr. Burklin-Wolf Forster Riesling Kabinett 1998. 11.5% alcolhol - 5% residual sugar. Thank you, Melanie! Snatches of conversations bounded round the table; out of state speeding tickets - be sure to pay them, Bach on accordion in The Metro, 16 Euro room at Hotel Medici in Paris, bi-coastal romance, white truffle Fringale dinner, hot dogs and Italian beef in Los Gatos, Pipes and Pizza, moms fried chicken. Chowing always with good-hearted vigor.
Roasted spiced peanuts were no challenge to the chopstick adepts.
Roast Squab, meaty with a seasoned tamarind and dried orange peel sauce
A choice of two soups to start: Chicken Velvet Birds Nest in a delicate broth or the rich intense flavors of Fish Swim Bladder 5 Snake soup with strands of fungus, orange peel, ginger and lemongrass and other crunchy tidbits.
Dried Abalone Supreme, plumped with braising in oyster sauce and garnished with tender mustard greens. Imagine! One whole small abalone just for you.
Chiu Chow preserved vegetable (lan cai) minced pork and crisp-fried Green Beans, well-received at the table
XO lean pork slices with Celery and chili pepper flakes, a favorite dish
Garlic and Supreme Soy Sauce Frog, silky and falling from its tiny bones, another favorite
Honey Pepper-Chili Oysters and Broccoli, deeply flavored yumminess, served with hot and crisp edges.
Earth-covered in Gold Baked Shrimp, crunchy goodness, ocean sweet and briny
Claypot of Chicken and Chestnuts, rich and redolent of garlic, much enjoyed
Gai Lan broccoli
Silver and Gold eggs with pork and vegetables - delicate,deserving to be served as an earlier course
DoFuFa, a light sweet ending