February 22, 2020

Hakkasan, New York City…you’ll die poor but happy

New York’s Chinese food scene is a diverse beast. There’s pork ribs to sweet, stir-fried-whatever-you-can-think-of, Hong Kong Dim Sum, the classic Peking duck and of course the comforting staples including noodles and fried rice (and way, way more) at eateries both high end and super casual.

With its innovative Cantonese cooking, Hakkasan is still the benchmark against which all high-end Chinese restaurants should be judged. Their stylish interior and moody lighting attracts all kinds of beautiful people.

We started with hakka steamed dim sum platter – scallop shumai, har gau, prawn and Chinese chive dumpling, black pepper duck dumpling. The pastry was perfect in give and texture, just elastic enough to encase generous bites of flavour-packed meat and seafood. The stir-fry black pepper beef ribeye with Merlot was equally good, the melting tenderness of top-quality meat turning the clichéd staple into a luxury – Chinese takeaways should weep with shame. We also enjoyed the hot and sour soup with chicken, shiitake and pomelo, spring onion and fried egg rice and the tofu, aubergine and Japanese mushroom claypot with chili and black bean sauce

You’ll die poor but happy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 5, 2012

Restoran Soong Kee Beef Ball Mee, Kuala Lumpur…an intoxicatingly delicious beef noodle meal

This is a nice air-conditioned little shop in Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin located near Chinatown that serves Beef balls.  The dry version is awesome! The springy thin Hakka wantan-mee style noodles topped with tasty trademark finely minced pork crowned with the family’s secret concoction of rich savoury, aromatic mix of  herbs and spices  makes this an intoxicatingly delicious meal. And we haven’t even got to the juicy homemade beef balls yet. 

 And then the pièce de résistance… the Beef Balls – an explosion of beefy, almost buttery flavour, smooth in texture yet springy. Perfect when dipped into their home-made chilli sauce .

Happy days.

This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

August 26, 2010

Lao Huang Hakka Niang Tou Fu, Singapore…Absolutely wonderful mince pork noodles

Hakka style Yong Tau Foo is certainly familiar to all of us but what is so special with this yong tau foo? It serves the same fare but the accompanying minced pork noodles is absolutely wonderful.

What they lack in the ambience of location (this is a hawker centre) they make up by serving great tasting yong tou foo and minced pork noodles.
This is still the true truth because I still say it as it is…

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