Best Bites is a roundup of the excellent dishes we had inside the final week: Those which renewed our love for established venues, caught our consideration at a brand new opening, or freshly impressed upon us the creativity and ability of Hong Kong’s proficient cooks. From informal road snacks to meticulously ready tasting menus, these are the perfect dishes to attempt in Hong Kong, and the plates we’d suggest you make a particular journey for.
The greatest dishes we supped on and savoured this week:
Grand Majestic Sichuan
The dish: Shuizhu Niurou (HK$318)
I knew after I caught “Grass-fed beef tenderloin in a sea of chillies” (props to the copywriter for that mouthwatering description) on the menu, I wouldn’t have the ability to withstand. Is this my second time this month writing about Black Sheep’s glamorous new Sichuan paradise? Yes. Will there be a 3rd? I’m not saying no. Chef Robert Wong acquired me two-thirds of the best way right into a hat trick with this beautiful tackle the standard Sichuan boiled meat dish, with a superbly balanced stage of spice — the sort that permits you to understand it’s there, not take you down in entrance of your pals, or flip you right into a viral can’t-handle-his-spice social media movie star (@GMSMeltdown, nonetheless out there on IG, by the best way). An ideal primary course to prime off my favorite cukes, good dialog and three or 4 bottles of wine. — Nathan Erickson, Editor-in-Chief
Grand Majestic Sichuan, Alexandra House, Shop 301, third Floor, 18 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2151 1299
The dish: Everything Bagel – Hot Smoked Salmon, Scallion Cream Cheese, Capers, Dill Cucumber Salad (HK$95)
There are particular groups you bat for, for causes that, first, teeter on motive and rationale, however find yourself being somewhat arbitrary in any case. Are you an East Coast or West Coast particular person? Team Edward or Team Jacob? If you’ve lived within the neighborhood of the Tri-state space, right here’s one other arbitrary This-Or-That might need been thrown your approach: New York bagel, or Montreal bagel? The right opinion, nevertheless arbitrary, is the previous for all three posed questions — East Coast; Edward; New York — however it’s the final that’s actually necessary at present, class.
Because there actually wasn’t a alternative right here in Hong Kong, when it got here to the bagel style. No Russ & Daughters on the town; no place that will get that density and chew excellent — till Mendel’s. A servant to the majesty of lox till the bitter, bitter finish, there was no different alternative for me however the sizzling smoked salmon every thing bagel (and there are various different wonderful selections; coming again for the All Chicken Matzo Ballin’ Soup (HK$75) quickly). What a homecoming of a chunk. The hot-smoked salmon is sandwiched between scallion cream cheese, a dill-cucumber salad and a garnishing of capers and also you’ll be forgiven for considering the fish will come out sizzling. (Hot smoking is simply one other approach of preserving salmon; it finally ends up pink and flaky versus the cold-smoked parcels you’re used to seeing in PARKnSHOP fridges.) Mazel tov! Everybody say: Thank you, Mendel’s. — Joey Wong, Editor
Mendel’s Delicatessen, 66 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Shun Hing Seafood Restaurant
The dish: Cheesy Lobster Noodles (Market Price; HK$380 once we visited)
When it involves seafood, Hong Kong is a metropolis blessed with alternative. Everyone has a go-to checklist; their must-orders earlier than taking a once-over look of the endlessly lengthy menu. Just a few of my very own favourites: crispy salt and pepper squid, garlicky steamed razor clams over vermicelli and the wonderful creation that little doubt anybody who has grown up consuming at Chinese banquet halls on particular holidays: tacky lobster noodles.
You can all the time single out a superb tacky lobster noodle firstly by its sauce, which is thick and creamy, virtually soupy, and doesn’t truly comprise any actual cheese in any respect — it’s simply yet one more affirmation the magic of Kraft singles. An excellent one is wealthy and buttery, not watered down by inventory, and seeps into every crevice of the recent lobster piece that’s already stir-fried for further flavour, which you religiously suck clear earlier than scooping out a crunchy, meaty chunk. The second, E-fu noodles, a flatter, thicker variation of egg noodles that can be the popular carby base of the dish. Stellar examples might be chewy, al-dente ribbons that maintain their texture even whereas buried beneath a heaping pile steamy “cheese” sauce — precisely what’s on provide at Mui Wo’s Shun Hing Seafood Restaurant. If you’re a CLN fan, you’ve adopted — and wholly understood — every flavour profile I’ve recited right here. If not, attempt it. Or don’t. That simply means extra for me. — Lorria Sahmet, Editor
Shun Hing Seafood Restaurant, Mui Wo Cooked Food Market, Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road, Mui Wo, Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 2984 8449
The dish: Easter-themed Cupcake (HK$32)
I like and hate my birthday. Love, as a result of I get quite a lot of consideration supposedly (I say supposedly as a result of I don’t truly get quite a lot of consideration — I’m simply not a highly regarded particular person), and hate, as a result of I don’t like being reminded that I’m nearing 30 and thus can’t hold avoiding sunscreen. For my birthday this yr, I wished a pleasant, massive cake that I may take fairly pictures with, however on the similar time, I didn’t wish to eat stated cake as a result of — hiya? — I’m on a weight loss program. Yeah, I’m in all probability overcomplicating issues.
So within the title of lowering meals waste, and in addition shedding weight, I advised my associates I didn’t desire a cake. They obliged… type of. On the day, they confirmed up with a Sift cupcake — an Easter-themed one, no much less.
Sift is probably one of many first patisseries that made cupcakes a factor in Hong Kong. Its baked merchandise are all the time reliably on level, whether or not we’re speaking about its signature Red Velvet Cupcake or its luscious Triple Chocolate Cupcake. The specific Easter-themed cupcake my associates acquired for me had a traditional bourbon vanilla base, vanilla buttercream, the cutest bunny ears and just a little coronary heart nostril. Awww. We shared it between three folks and I truly didn’t really feel responsible for consuming one thing aside from broccoli and rooster breast, as a result of the cupcake had a really fluffy chunk that didn’t really feel heavy. In truth, it was simply the fitting stability of spongey and moist and nicely, not-too-sweet — completely catered for my Asian style buds. — Charmaine Ng, Editor
Sift Patisserie, Shop 240-241, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2147 2968
B.O.T.H. by Texas Burger
The dish: Brioche French Toast (HK$118)
This previous weekend, peace and chill is all I would like, peace and chill is all I reside by. Just as I used to be absolutely outfitted to not go exterior in any respect, I got here throughout B.O.T.H. by Texas Burger. Given the title, sure, I in all probability ought to’ve tried their burgers, however hey, the center needs what it needs.
The place is nice, it’s a modern interpretation of cottagecore — earth-tone, woody inside with a tasteful lush of indoor crops and floor-length home windows, portray the scene of a picnic within the countryside of, nicely, not Hong Kong (I have to hop on a aircraft ASAP; I don’t care the place to).
As for the dish itself, pillowy, tender slices of fried brioche bread are topped with maple syrup, chantilly cream and fruits, making for a brunch traditional that’s so easy, but timelessly charming. Thank God for lengthy weekends, I wouldn’t thoughts doing it once more. — Michelle Chan, Editor
The dish: Cheese Pork Dumplings (HK$48)
After shifting to a brand new neighbourhood, the very first thing I do is, in fact, to take a look at the native eats. Dumplings Place was my go-to lunch spot after I used to work within the space. Now that I reside inside strolling distance, you’ll be able to in all probability discover me there shopping for takeout at random instances all through the day. Who doesn’t like dumplings as a mid-afternoon snack?
My favorite flavour is the cheese pork dumpling; sure, cheese could be added to something. While conserving to conventional cooking strategies, the store gives inventive fillings and does a improbable job. The dumpling itself is barely larger than the store-bought type, with a thicker dough, good for individuals who take pleasure in a chewy texture. You can select between a fish maw or spicy soup base, which the menu clearly states in daring letters that neither comprises MSG. With the gloomy climate these few days, I can not wait to return for extra — possibly I’ll attempt the curry potatoes filling subsequent? — Leanne Lam, Social Media Manager