A classic old Chinese saying once stated - " For every mountain peak, there's always another that's taller "!
This idiom is well suited in describing the few Cantonese ' wok-hay ' stirred fry, dine-in experiences I had these past few days.......an endeavor which I have decided to carry out to the extreme, before another potential Covid-lockdown, due to the aggressive Delta variant might put a damper to indoor dining!
Whether by chance or pure fluke, every Cantonese meal I had lately, somehow managed to progress in quality, resulting in noticeable improvement in the degree of enjoyment and deliciousness......culminating into tonight's wonderful culinary encounter!
Every dishes arrived piping hot, lovingly prepared, infused with great wok-hay smokiness and most of all splendidly delectable!!
The three of us ordered the following:
- 'Stirred fry Angus beef steak cubes with wild mushrooms, onions
and garlic chips' ( Beef was well seared and caramelized, tender
& juicy. Dish overall has a rich and complex taste profile )
- 'Stirred fry Chinese Kale ( Gai-Lan ) with sliced Cantonese
sun-dried preserved meat and sausages' ( Amazingly generous
portion. Well executed and tasty. Once again, loaded with
attractive wok-hay aroma and flavor. Addition of aromatic cooking wine at the end kicked-up flavor profile to another welcoming level )
- ' Fried and sauteed crispy Yellow Fin Grouper maw with Maggi
sauce ' ( Definitely, the star of the evening! Crispy, moist and
piping hot. Unexpected in both taste ( crispy coating has a slight
hint of attractive sweetness to balance the savory component )
and texture. A welcoming change to the usual slightly
bland, stirred fry/oil poached preparation. )
- ' Stirred fry free range chicken pieces with Shitake mushrooms and
wood-fungus, presented in a cast-iron - Hot-Pot ' ( A skilled wok-hay dish that required
perfect timing.....easily accomplished by the talented Chef Su.
Wonderfully tasty despite slightly under-salted ).
Above dishes came with complimentary soup and dessert of the day.
Overall, the BEST Cantonese wok-hay stirred fry meal to date!! Memorable and enjoyable!....definitely a meal on an elevated level in terms of execution skill! Cannot wait for my next visit!
BTW, though tables were nicely spaced, the restaurant was PACKED by 7.00pm which, with the accompanying noise level, created a slight claustrophobic sensation! This 'packed' phenomenon was a real surprise for an usually quiet Monday night!.....may be testimony of the restaurant's great food offering?....or people just feeling sick and tired staying home and needed an escape!!
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