Thursday, August 19, 2010

HK: Hong Kong Old Restaurant - Flavours of Shanghai, Yangzhou and Sichuan

Hong Kong Old Restaurant has a vibrant, welcoming vibe
After the Dragonboat Carnival, we regrouped for dinner at Hong Kong Old Restaurant at Miramar Shopping Centre, just across our hotel. Another wonderful recommendation by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. I liked it the minute I stepped in. It had such a warm, convivial and cheery vibe. There's gotta be some good food here to generate that kind of positive energy!

The "Old" in it refers to old money, according to our HK guide Rosanna. This very traditional restaurant was started by wealthy Shanghainese who migrated to Hong Kong. Not only would it provide them with hometown food, but also a place to discuss business.

I love the pickled vegetables
I always love these pickled vegetables - sweet, tangy and crunchy!

Our set menu for twelve
The HKTB arranged for us this dinner set menu for 12 pax. I can't read half the things here but I'm excited!

Chicken with peanuts
A very savoury chicken dish with peanuts. Very appetising starter. Don't worry, it's not as spicy as it looks!

Cold Pig's Hock and Foot in Wine Sauce
Cold Pig's Hock and Foot in Wine Sauce. I was a little hesitant to try this, even though I love pork trotters when braised. But wow, a tiny nibble led to more. This is delicious, especially the almost crunchy skin. The vinegar, soy and wine made an addictive combination.

Beancurd rolls stuffed with vegetables and mushrooms
Beancurd rolls stuffed with vegetables and mushrooms. Gorgeous savoury flavours with meaty mushrooms. So umami! I wonder if this is the vegetarian goose on the menu.

Smoked egg with walnut
Smoked egg with walnut. Those who love runny yolks will adore this.

Honeyed ham with crispy beancurd sheet wrapped in bread
Honeyed ham with crispy beancurd sheet wrapped in bread. Salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy. Strong pork flavour in the ham.

Stir-fried prawns in chili sauce
Stir-fried prawns in chili sauce. Yes, it's a bit like chili crab sauce and equally enjoyable. Best part is - no need to peel anything! The prawns were large and fresh.

Giant fried scallion pancake
Giant fried scallion pancake! It was soft and fluffy inside but gently crisp on the outside. Our carb dish! These were really huge slices, but I finished it. Oh, perfect with the prawns' chili sauce earlier too.

Nai bai (a type of chinese cabbage) with straw mushrooms in fish broth
Nai bai (a type of chinese cabbage) with straw mushrooms in fish broth. I only ate the mushrooms, but the broth is light and clean-tasting.

Fried yellow jack with sweet and sour sauce
Fried yellow jack with sweet and sour sauce. By the time this came, I was already quite full. The fish was fresh, but the batter proved a bit too floury for me. But it does absorb well the sweet and sour sauce.

Oodles of Deep-fried Ice Cream!
We had a short break thankfully, before dessert arrived. We were ready for this! Deep-fried ice cream like you've never seen it before!

So creamy on the inside! The exterior is made of flour and egg white, so I hear
Pillowy soft batter encasing a firm dollop of rich vanilla ice cream. The batter is made with egg white for the colour, it seems. We were all going ooh and ahh eating this.

It was a great dinner with Tsingtao making us all very happy
We all enjoyed ourselves immensely. The multiple rounds of Tsingtao beer also helped enliven our spirits. When the fruit platter came, we also found out that Aussie Pete is allergic to ....*drumroll*.... WATERMELON! He could not eat any of the fruit. That is so bizarre! Now I really believe you can be allergic to anything.

So ended our third day in Hong Kong (well, after some late-night shopping at Granville). The next day we would meet Margaret Xu Yuan, Hong Kong's only female celebrity chef, at her private kitchen Yin Yang.

Thanks, HKTB, for the dinner and for introducing this place to us.

1 Kimberley Rd
4/F Miramar Shopping Centre
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2722 1812
Open daily 11:00am to 3:00pm (lunch), 5:30pm to 11:00pm (dinner)

There is another branch on Hong Kong island at 218 Electric Road, North Point Newton Hotel, Basement
Tel: +852 2508 1081

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  1. Oh but I do love runny egg yolks! I want some smoked egg with walnuts too! :D

  2. Those eggs are visually stunning! BTW, you're too modest. If you can give an interview in Chinese, you can definitely read that menu. ;)

  3. ehehe I'm allergic to a whole bunch of fruits too, watermelon included.

  4. fried ice cream sounds interesting! they resemble cream puffs haha

  5. The fried scallion pancake and nai bai with straw mushrooms looks so old school! I like :-)
    The runny eggs and walnuts looks unusual. I think i would love it though. Thanks for this recommendation. Think i will try this place come my next trip there...hehe.

  6. Wow! Everything looks so yummy! The deep fired ice cream looks cute as well

  7. LFB: Yes, Kenny, I was actually thinking of you when I looked at those runny yolks. Would have gladly given you my portion!

    Ju: haha thanks but seriously, I never took Chinese in school, so while I can eke out basic conversational Mandarin, I don't really know what the characters look like! But I can read chicken, duck, pig, cow. The important basics! :P

    (^-_-^): oh my god...I can't imagine what that's like!

    Stargirl: yes, but incredibly cloudy soft cream puffs.

    Momo: this place is quite old school and so too the dishes. Hope you get to try it. They have photo menus of signature dishes (very helpful!)

    LJ: Thanks, it was a good dinner recommendation.

  8. All this food looks so delicious. I like cooking and experimenting new dishes very much. I would have liked to be there too. I can't imagine what taste has the fried ice cream.


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