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Thursday
Sep232004

Crystal Jade - 翡翠拉麵小籠包

This is gonna be another Monster Post... this time from 翡翠拉麵小籠包 (Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao) in the Harbour City mall. Surprising how many good places there are to eat inside Harbour City. I also went to this place twice during my stay in Hong Kong. It was just so good Geoff and I had to go back. "La mian" means pulled noodles, and "xiao long bao" is a steamed pork dumpling, also known to some as a soup dumpling. As you might guess, this place specializes in these two items.


ginger and scallion noodles ginger and scallion noodles


soup noodles with fried short ribs soup noodles with fried short ribs


za zeung noodles - noodles with a chinese meat sauce za zeung noodles - noodles with a chinese meat sauce


noodles with beef in chili oil noodles with beef in chili oil I guess I'll talk about the noodles first. Noodles are a serious business in China. My dad's side of the family originates from Shandong province, an area in northeastern China. You may recognize it as the cause of the May 4th movement in 1919, when Chinese students demanded the Chinese government reject the treaty of Versailles because it left Shandong under Japanese control despite Woodrow Wilson's proclamation of national self-determination for everyone. It was also the home of Yuan Shikai, a Qing dynasty military man who switched sides and became the first president of the Republic of China after the fall of the last emperor. Historians often blame him for slowing down China's need for development at the time. See Mom, Dad, I actually do learn stuff at school. History aside now. It also happens that Shandong people know their noodles. Legend has it that my grandfather would reject noodles that were mere hours old, demanding freshly pulled ones instead. Apparently he could really tell the difference. Anyway, it was comforting to be able to see inside the Crystal Jade kitchen where there was a noodle guy pulling fresh noodles full-time. The noodles are simply awesome. I'd have to say the best was the ginger-scallion - simple and delicious. But each one was great (and there were many other variations). The chili one had just a kick of heat. The ribs were crisp and tasty. The freshly pulled noodles are just incredible. Perfect texture and taste... Don't know how else to describe it. Anyway, on to the rest.


xiao long bao - steamed pork dumplings xiao long bao - steamed pork dumplings


baked turnip bun baked turnip bun


scallion scallion "big" pancake


red oil wontons red oil wontons


pan fried pork buns pan fried pork buns


fried red bean cake fried red bean cake The xiao long bao were EXCELLENT. Probably the best I've ever had. Soupy and delicious on the inside, perfectly textured thing wrapping on the outside. I could eat these all day. The turnip bun was also great - flaky and starchy. The scallion pancake was literally called "big" so we had to try it. It was damn filling, but a good twist on the average scallion pancake - much more bready and little grease. The wontons were in the same chili oil as the beef; again, the wontons were excellent just like every form of bun at this place. The pan fried pork buns were crispy on the bottom... they could seriously challenge the ones I had in Beijing. As for the dessert, I'm normally not a big fan of red bean but this thing is one of the better Chinese desserts. Gooey, crispy, delicious. If you're in Hong Kong, go to this place. Harbour City mall.

Tuesday
Sep212004

Wing Yuen

Here is an excellent meal at Wing Yuen, a little noodle/congee shop across the street from the Harbour City shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. We actually went twice during the trip... Chinese breakfast food is something you have to take advantage of while in Hong Kong.


beef congee beef congee


fried fish skin fried fish skin


chinese donut chinese donut


za leung - chinese donut wrapped in rice noodle za leung - chinese donut wrapped in rice noodle Delicious... this is the type of stuff you can't get on this side of the Pacific. Great congee, amazing Chinese donut. The fish skin probably grosses some of you out but it's yummy. Za leung is one of my favorite food items, and you can't seem to find any good ones in North America anymore (or Chinese donut in general). Not to mention it's all dirt cheap...
Sunday
Sep192004

Eastern Palace Chiu Chow Restaurant - 东銮阁潮洲酒家

Sorry about the delays. Still sorta getting settled with the school schedule. Anyway, here is the first of many Hong Kong posts. This is 东銮阁潮洲酒家 (Eastern Palace Chiu Chow Restaurant) in the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. My descriptions suck, since I don't really know/remember what the stuff is... Maybe my dad will be able to comment (in other words correct) me on what everything is.


shark's fin soup shark's fin soup


stir fried fish stir fried fish


egg pancake with salty vegetables egg pancake with salty vegetables


some kinda veggie in clay pot some kinda veggie in clay pot


prawns with egg whites prawns with egg whites


sliced goose sliced goose The shark's fin soup was good (and huge). Lots of shark's fin in it, but the broth wasn't as tasty as the one I had in Beijing. The fish was so-so I thought. I can't remember what that stuff is that it's cooked with. The pancake was good... usually they have oysters but we didn't get it for some reason (I think I may have voted against it). Veggie was blah. The prawns were good but nothing special (my cousin Tim wanted it). The goose was really good, as goose always seems to be. To be honest though there are a lot of more superb meals to come.

Tuesday
Sep142004

Southern Beauty - 俏江南

My last post from Beijing is at a Szechuan place called 俏江南 (Southern Beauty). Thanks again to my Uncle John for taking us out.


spicy pork with veggies spicy pork with veggies


veggies wrapped in sliced pork veggies wrapped in sliced pork


fish in chili oil fish in chili oil


dan dan noodles dan dan noodles


potstickers potstickers The spicy pork thing came out like that, but they served it with all the ingredients mixed together, making it some sliced pork in that chili sauce. This was probably the spiciest dish and very tasty. The pork rolls weren't spicy but very refreshing and delicious. The fish in oil LOOKS the spiciest, but actually wasn't. It was really good, but as usual I'm very lazy when it comes to picking out fish bones. Still very addictive though. Dan dan noodles were awesome. Good noodles, nice spicy/nutty kick. Potstickers were excellent. I've come to conclude you can't find a bad bun (or anything wrapped really) in all of Beijing. Next up is Hong Kong...

Tuesday
Sep072004

Zhang Sheng Ji - 张生记

Time for a Beijing monster update! This is another meal with Mike and his family at 张生记 (Zhang Sheng Ji), a Shanghainese restaurant.


smoked duck smoked duck


some veggie I don't know how to translate some veggie I don't know how to translate


pig ear, flavored pork, roasted duck pig ear, flavored pork, roasted duck


pan fried pork bun pan fried pork bun


duck & ham soup duck & ham soup


beef with green peppers beef with green peppers


plain stir fried baby shrimp plain stir fried baby shrimp


stir fried rice cake (nian gao) stir fried rice cake (nian gao)


red pepper fish head red pepper fish head


stinky STINKY tofu stinky STINKY tofu Excellent meal all around. I dunno what the veggie is called but it was great. The pan fried pork buns were delicious... the best sheng jian bao I think i've had. Crisp on the bottom, good filling. The duck soup is supposedly the signature of the place and was also excellent... Tons of flavor to the broth. The shrimp were awesome. Very light a refreshing. Nian gao was one of the best I've had as well - the texture was perfect; no mushiness at all. Now, to the stinky tofu. I just don't get it. It's so stinky. It doesn't taste particularly good. Why not just eat non-stinky tofu that can be just as good or better? Ah, whatever.

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