Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Yuen Kee Restaurant (源記燒味粉麵茶餐廳), Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Yuen Kee Restaurant, Tsim Sha Tsui

We were led into this place (18 Granville Road, Shop B, G/F Kiu Yip Building, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel : +852 2721 7881) by our new friend Sheng, who is a urologist in Dublin and had spent his childhood between Hong Kong and Singapore. Him having spent years in Ireland as a doctor and myself being the food tourist, we've come into an agreement that we wouldn't be eating anywhere else that doesn't serve what is generally accepted as local food. Which, while was something that is not entirely unfamiliar, was yet different enough in quite a few ways which we really enjoyed. 

This was one of the numerous tradition char chan teng locations that's scattered around. The point to this particular one were the roast meats, souped beef briskets and wontons. Roast meats in Hong Kong are similar yet different from home. Portions often are more generous, char siew have a really nice soft layer of fat as compared with leaner varieties at home and the roast pork belly in general have a good crispy layer of crackling. Almost everywhere I guess. This lunch pig out also included delectable bowls of tender mixed beef tendons with briskets huddled in a rich broth and fat tasty wontons that had a flavour of dried shrimps in the stuffings.

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