Restaurants & Bars 2

Wan Chai Corner, (and another new placed sighted), Chinatown, London

limster | Oct 11, 200912:57 PM

Wan Chai Corner is a new place on the corner at 3 Gerrard street.

A casserole of braised abalone, sea cucumber, fish lips, duck webs, shiitake mushrooms and mustard greens was fairly well rendered. The skin and tendon on the duck legs and feet had a good gelantinous consistency and were imbued with soy sauce and covey dark spices. Slices of abalone were fine, not rubbery, but had a fairly mild flavour. Sea cucumber seemed undercooked, more of a gelantinous crunch than a more chewy consistency; also lacked flavour as the braising liquid had not penetrated it. More gelatin from fish lips. The mushrooms were light and meshed well with the braising stock, which wasn't super complex, but enough umami, sweetness and saltiness, probably oyster sauce and some sort of stock. The soft stemmy parts of the big mustard greens were buried at the bottom of the casserole to soak up the sauces.

Fairly good stir-fried chinese broccoli/gailan/jie4 lan2, with garlic.

Decent prices, was ~£23-ish for the above with rice and chrysanthemum tea. Not that it was top of the line abalone (or lots of it), but it was a fair deal.

Also noticed a new place where Golden Dynasty used to be on Lisle Street. It's called Kam Tong iirc, and looks like another branch of the similarly named places in Bayswater. Also serves Singapore/Malaysian food (they are connected to Kiasu according to their poster/menu) and dim sum.

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