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Food fiesta in far east

Hong Kong’s reputation as a culinary paradise is well-earned. Its food culture is quite intriguing and if you are ticking of the things to eat before you die, then Chinese food in Hong Kong is a must tick! Read on to figure out why so?

india Updated: Nov 03, 2009 18:36 IST
Rupali Dean

Hong Kong’s reputation as a culinary paradise is well-earned. Its food culture is quite intriguing and if you are ticking of the things to eat before you die, then Chinese food in Hong Kong is a must tick! Read on to figure out why so?

Yum Cha Breakfast
After a quick walk on the local dried sea-food market [where we even found dried lizards!], we went to Luk Yu Tea House on Stanley Street for the most authentic Cantonese experience. Some cute elderly women staff here walk carrying a tray around the necks with the most perfect yum cha meal.

The extensive menu has something for everyone. While the daily offerings of dimsum, especially the Chinese sausages and fish dumplings, and deep fried chestnut and duck meat pie are not be missed, the sweet and sour wanton is a tasty morsel and the barbecued pork bun makes one reach for more. The prawn dumplings are a staple to any yum cha meal, and these were probably the best dish of the day. The portions are usually served 4 pieces to a plate, so you can share if you wish to.

Besides the dimsums, items listed on the checklist menu where one places one’s order, are several fragrant teas to wash it down. My ‘bo la’ (a fermented black tea) complimented the food extremely well. The tea house is raucous most of the time as it is well patronised. Surprisingly, inexpensive for the good quality food.

Lunch with the Dragon
Our lunch was at Lung King Heen [translates into View of the Dragon] at the four Seasons, the only Chinese restaurant in the world to have been awarded a Michelin star [the classic rating to exceptional restaurants].

A must try here is the Peking duck, a crisp succulent experience of the highest order. Served with chef’s own secret bean sauce, the slices of the duck skin melt in the mouth tender. The wide range of dimsums here has won hordes of followers who swear by their fine quality and exquisite flavours. The plethora of seafood dishes are not your typical mass-produced fare either. These are more like the crème de la crème of gourmet seafood.

Abalone is fresh, instead if the traditional dried or canned variety and cooked to perfection. Other dishes too represent the wide spectrum of regional Chinese cuisine.

Chinese vegetarian food for long has had a reputation of being too oil laden, simply because many dishes are fried, but here the chef has created an art out of vegetarian fare without succombing to the oiliness. To top this off, a beautiful panoramic view of the city is bound to make dining here an experience of a lifetime.

Wild in Lan Kwai Fong
A cup of tea and an egg custard later on the Ding Ding tram route, we went pub-hopping on Lan Kwai Fong, most popular street after the sun sets, full of watering holes. And there were some brilliant pubs like The Keg, Stormies, The cavern etc.

Luckily it was Halloween that night and we had great fun being a part of the massive street party. Large groups of people dressed up in outrageous costumes, were out on the streets. There were sexy nurses wearing ghastly costumes, Chinese ghosts, draculas, monsters and prisoners...just about all scariest figures you could think of. There were also interesting Halloween dishes in restaurants, and great music and lots more. It was arguably the best experience we’ve ever had!