September 4, 2011

Causeway Bay West Villa Restaurant, Hong Kong…the char siew pau gets FOUR exclamation marks!!!!

Like many other dim sum places, West Villa serves dim sum at lunch. It’s known fot its “Tai Ko char siew” (translated: “Big Brother Char Siew”)- apparently they named their specialty BBQ pork after Jackie Chan because he likes it so much. And true to form, the irresistible BBQ pork bun (Cha Xiu bao) has superb fillings, the slightly sweetened flavour was balanced perfectly and the bun’s texture was great. Best of all, the pork is crispy on the outside whilst moist and juicy on the inside.

The restaurant is large by Hong Kong standards. The décor is bright and the tables spacious. For a late lunch (it was past 1pm when I got there) it was still pretty busy, mainly with locals – always a good sign.

Char siu bao at lots of other places are slushy textured BBQ pork on the inside, but the BBQ pork buns here is all meat.  No slushy fat.  The bread was nice and soft.  I have tasted lots of good ones, but the ones here seals the deal. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…



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