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Hong Kong in autumn

chibi | Sep 23, 200201:41 AM

Happy Mid-autumn Festival to all,

I'll be stopping in Hong Kong for a few days next month and was hoping someone could give me some hints.

I'll be staying in Causeway Bay, an area with which I'm not too familiar (except for the shopping... THAT I have no trouble with). Anyway, since I only have a few days, I want to get as much good jook (rice congee) as possible for breakfasts. Anyone know any good jook/noodle joints around there? I went once to Chee Kee on Russell Street across from Times Square and thought it was pretty good, particularly the hong bak (literally, "red-white", silken tofu topped with sweetened red bean soup). Delicious.

Please please tell me that it will be Shanghai hairy crab season at the end of October. I haven't had one in years. If the crabs are around, where's a good place to go for Shanghai food nowadays? I used to go to Great Shanghai, but the last time I went about a year ago it was kind of disappointing. Anyone been to Lao Ching Heen at the Century Hotel or Shanghai Garden in Hutchison House?

With all the discussion about chiu chow braised goose on the SF and Boston boards, I'm just going to have to get some. Has anyone heard about this place: Chan Kan Kee Lou E, a braised goose specialist at 11 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan? I used to go to Lippo Chiu Chow in Admiralty or the place in basement of the Connaught Center.

Heck, since I've started asking about non-Cantonese restaurants, anybody have any thoughts on the following places?

Hangzhou Hunan Garden, 9 Lan Fong Road Causeway Bay (Dong Po pork - yeah!)

Hunan Garden - The Forum, Exchange Place. I heard from a friend that their steamed pigeon in bamboo cups and ham with steamed buns are good.

Quanjude - a new branch of the famous peking duck restaurant in Beijing. I went once to the original branch in Beijing and thought the duck was pretty lousy (compared, say, to Spring Deer or Peking Restaurant in Jordan). I read in the NYTimes though that this branch is fancier and that the duck is good.

Finally, someone told me that there is a very good place for Szechuan dan-dan noodles in the food court in Whampoa Gardens. Supposedly one of Chow Yun-fat's favorites.

So many choices, so few meals.

Many thanks in advance for your thoughts/comments.

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