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Victoria City - 海都海鲜酒家

We didn't leave Harbour City very much during our trip to Hong Kong. There's a lot of places to eat in there... Here is some dim sum from 海都海鲜酒家 (Victoria City Seafood Restaurant).

crispy pork crispy pork

roast roast goose

fried chicken knees fried chicken knees

thousand year egg thousand year egg

steamed shrimp dumplings steamed shrimp dumplings

pan fried rice noodles with xo sauce pan fried rice noodles with xo sauce We ended up eating not just dim sum dishes I guess. The meats were good... crispy pork was the usual. Roasted goose was as always superior to roast duck. We actually cut it pretty close - this was I think our last chance to eat goose because there were again goose importing troubles. Later in the week, there was no goose to be found anywhere. The chicken knees probably scare a lot of people. They're crunchy, cartilage-y, and very tasty (hey, it's fried after all). Even more scary to many people is the thousand year egg. These are preserved duck eggs, and I guess people consider them an acquired taste. I love them. I probably haven't had a good thousand year egg for like a year, so I welcomed these with great pleasure. You can see the gooeyness in the picture... Simply delicious. The shrimp dumplings were of expected HK dim sum quality - big, plump, juicy shrimp, and nicely textured wrapping. Fried rice noodles with XO sauce is one of my favorite dim sum dishes, and this one was great. Soft, silky, and not stuck together.

steamed pork dumplings with crab roe steamed pork dumplings with crab roe

congee with crabmeat and roe congee with crabmeat and roe It was crab season so they had a lot of different crab specials available. We went for the crab roe xiao long bao, which were delicious. They were much more rich than your typical xiao long bao. The roe adds a creamy clog-your-arteries deliciousness. That said, the dumplings themselves weren't quite as well done as at Crystal Jade. The congee was HUGE... They gave us a giant bowl (you know, like when you get soup for a table of 10+ at a Chinese meal) to split among just 4 people (me, Dad, Geoff, Tiff). This was subdivided into 4 also huge bowls (pictured - they're bigger than the picture shows). Congee was great but we were all pretty full and unable to finish even half. Except for my dad.

Reader Comments (5)

mmmm, the fun noodles look damn good. damn good. the thousand year old eggs look good, too. when i was little i used to think they tasted like a sore throat, if thats possible, but i guess im over that.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 10:48AM | Unregistered Commenteremily
What is right place to complain about this restaurant? I had a very bad experience from this restaurant.Thanks.
Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 3:55PM | Unregistered CommenterIu-Choi Chan
Well, I dunno about the "right place," but I suppose you could do it here. Not sure how far it'd get you though...
Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 7:54AM | Unregistered CommenterArthur Che
they seat locals before foreigners. it's not worth going for this horrible service. i've been a couple times but most recently, we waited for over forty minutes only to watch the hostess seat groups she claimed had reservations before us. but there's no way she knew if they had a reservation since her reservations book was outside and these groups were just walking into the restaurant and getting seated inside. We compained again and she just nervously said that they had reservations. and couldn't tell us how much longer. would have probably been forever. the food is good but this is hong kong. the food is good everywhere. it's not worth the pain.
Monday, October 3, 2005 at 11:15PM | Unregistered Commentertsai
Sounds like you had a bad experience. There was nothing notably off about the service when we went, but I've only been once.
Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 3:52AM | Unregistered CommenterArthur Che

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