We got back from Macau late evening today and stopped by for dessert again at Hui Lao Shan. Their Yaumatei branch which we had been looking for since day one was hidden in one of the streets which I had forgotten the name but on the way from our hotel to the ferry terminal.
Their desserts are really to die for and yet again, I found myself ordering the same thing! Mango pudding with extra mangoes and ice-cream. Sinful, I tell ya!
After the refreshing dessert, we went back to the hotel and rested a bit. We then decided to go to another popular spot which was always shown on TV – Lan Kwai Fong. This hyped up place was supposed to be the most happening night spot in HK, comparable to our Jalan Telawi 3 in Bangsar.
Lan Kwai Fong
Although it was a weekend, the streets were quite empty. Or, perhaps it was because we were there too early? There wasn’t the usual crowd we see in movies and my secret hope of spotting a hot celebrity was dashed.
Or, was it because people were celebrating mothers’ day and they don’t bring their mothers clubbing at Lan Kwai Fong?
Anyway, the place certainly had failed to impress and from the looks of the bars and clubs, they definitely cater only to tourists who are rich enough to spend on drinks all night. We didn’t spend too much time there and went off searching for dinner instead.
This evening’s dinner was a huge splurge for us, mainly due to the location of the restaurant, its popularity and Mothers’ Day.
I was so tired from all the walking at Macau, I overlooked the set dinner that we ordered costed HKD360 per person instead of for two persons. Imagine paying RM180 for a meal! But, as we soon discovered, the restaurant is one of the most recommended eateries in HK. Yung Kee is even awarded 1 Michelin Star for their food quality. They are famous for their roasted goose, and of course we had that in our menu.
Found their seafood soup tasteless. It is just a broth with corn flour. It was however, full of seafood, including pieces of fish, scallops and crab meat. There was also some egg white stirred in, presumable to make it look nicer. I would have preferred it too be a little bit spicier perhaps, or saltier. How nice if it was a bowl of tom yam soup. But then again, this is HK we are talking about.
I don’t find their fried rice to be any special either. There were just pieces of char siew, long beans and egg, exactly like those you’d find in any cheap, regular Chinese restaurants in Malaysia. I wasn’t too hungry that time and thus, carbo didn’t really appeal to me. I took only a few spoonfuls while the rest was swiped clean by brother.
Their stir fried seafood with XO sauce of the day was scallops. And, instead of just scallops, snow peas and capsicums were added in as well. It wasn’t too bad and the scallops are quite huge, which makes it worth the price. In case you didn’t know, XO sauce wouldn’t make you tipsy. In fact, I don’t even think there is alcohol in the sauce. It is just basically scallop sauce which tasted very much like salty belacan.
And of course, last but not least, it’s mango pudding, their dessert. This wasn’t any great either, especially after the one that we had at Hui Lau Shan. The ones in some restaurants in Malaysia are similar, if not cheaper. Perhaps it is just simply because the quality of Malaysian Chinese food is getting better.
I wouldn’t highly recommend Yung Kee, but their roasted goose is definitely worth a try. Scrutinise their menu and perhaps order just a portion of roasted goose with rice. That should let you enjoy their speciality without much damage. Of course, you need to save those cash for more shopping!
We took the MTR back to Yaumatei station after the heavy dinner, feeling extremely sleepy and tired. On our way to the hotel, we managed to change our HKD into some Renmenbi – Shenzhen was our next stop tomorrow morning.