Archive for the ‘dinner’ Category

Miss Saigon has taken over the space of Shun Sushi on Forbes Street across from exit C of the Kennedy Town MTR Station.  Unless you can smell the grease from the constant frying of spring rolls or the hearty soup stock that is constantly boiling away in the back, don’t bother.  Miss Saigon is a case of don’t bother and keep walking.

The King of Pho at Miss Saigon.  It looked right but it lacked the taste of soup that has been boiling away for many hours, no depth in flavor.  My suggestion is to use a pressure cooker if you lack the time commitment to make hearty soup.

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Miss Saigon, King Pho.

I was expecting lemon grass grilled pork, fresh herbs and a meaty spring roll.  I got a deep fried pork cutlet and lettuce with the same deep fried quality of the appetizer plate.  A photo of real lemon grass grilled pork below.

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Miss Saigon, lemon grass grilled pork.  It’s deep fried.

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I was expecting this – real lemon grass grilled pork.

I don’t think I will go back.  20% off for the time being but there’s a 10% service charge.  WTF.  At least hide the cash grab?

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If you are wanting to venture into Kennedy Town for food, check to see if the restaurant is new.  If so, stay away.

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The chicken pot restaurant inside Kennedy Town’s Smithfield Cooked Food centre has a new restaurant – Korean style hot pot.  $268 for an order large enough to feed 2 people.

You are given a choice for soup base and two meat offerings.  The rest is spam and hot dogs.

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Kennedy Town, Smithfield Cooked Food Centre – Korean Hot Pot.

I don’t see the Korean factor in the hot pot.  It may have to do with one of the soup base being Kimchi.  The tomato cheese base is thick and hearty.  It hits the spot and beats the rip off restaurants on Forbes row.

If you have a third person, revert back to the tried and true chicken pot.

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$168 and everyone will love it.

Reasonable Pricing.  Cheap and affordable.  Everything is around the $50 range.

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K Bites is korean take out food with the pricing reflecting the lack of space for large parties.  There are a few tables for those that want to eat-in.  K Bites does provide the 10 plate spread of traditional korean restaurants.  Just cheap korean food to hit the spot but lacking the authentic heartiness of true Northern fare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$55 beers and $299 ribs.  Let’s put it in perspective.  $299 is $40 USD, for one rack of pork ribs or one beef rib.  Fries and Coleslaw are separate add-ons.  You have three options for beer, all of the craft variety but no black beers.  The point of serving beer is to price is low enough for diners to binge drink.  At $55, everyone will order one to try it out and go next door to the 7-11 for the beverage needs.  There’s Tramline and GOV in Kennedy Town for your craft beer needs.

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Ribcage’s pork ribs

Pork ribs were dry but $299.  Open Rice reviews for this restaurant are quite stellar so my stomach was ready.

Fries are cooked in beef fat.  Distinct taste, quick way to a heart attack.

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Ribcage beef ribs

Beef ribs were tender and moist but $299.  Too expensive.

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Ribcage Coleslaw

Food is served take-out style.  Pay first at a sit down restaurant? Am I a thief as soon as I step through the door?  If I pay first, my food will need to be ready on payment yet there’s a noticeable delay in food delivery.  Ribcage charges fine dining pricing.  I left hungry.  I did not need to wear sweatpants afterall.  I had to cut my losses after ordering everything off the menu to take my appetite somewhere else.  I had high hopes for this restaurant but sadly ribs is not something I crave.  Fried Chicken and Mexican Food, yup.  Ribcage – decent food at a exorbitant price, best to start the count down to see how long they can withstand the crushing rents.  I give it 6 months.

Ribcage substitute to put my mind at ease.  Salad from K-town’s best Chicken Pot hawker fare.  $88, yes please.

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gf loves this dish for it’s simplicity and clean taste.

 

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Chicken and Wonton Soup

Half of a chicken, wonton and vegetables in soup.  It’s hearty and healthy.  The closest thing to chicken noodle soup.

got addicted to the chicken and wonton soup so I tried to re-create it at home using a pressure cooker.

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Restaurant is located at the end of Queens Road West inbetween Belcher’s Street and Yat Fu Lane.

It’s tough finding authentic laksa in HK.  The owners and staff at this restaurant speak with the Malay/SGP accent so it is sure to be real.

Supreme Laksa for $89.  It’s spicy with a large coconut infusion.  Tastes similar to the best laksa instant noodles available in the supermarket but this version gets the flavours right over a large period of time.  Zero stomach problems so the food is clean.

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Katong Laksa Prawn Mee’s laksa supreme

 

Dried noodle supreme for $89.  GF found it too salty.  She would have preferred to order the Laksa.

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Decent laksa noodles for $89.  We will be back.  We find Laksa more rewarding than Ramen.  There is another Laksa joint across the street from this place.

Nice restaurant, tons of fanfare and great decor but rather expensive.  The value proposition here is Central dining without the crowds so while the restaurant saves on rent, I still pay Central pricing.

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Mussels were good but portions were smaller than Frites.

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Pasta portion was the size of a small handful.

4 dishes, $700.  The bread is baked fresh every day.  Restaurant has the rotisserie grill to cook their own birds but $500 for a french chicken? no thanks when the local HK purveyor down the street is doing something similar for $200.  If you plan to eat chicken in Kennedy Town, do yourself a favour and walk over to the Kennedy Town Cooked Food Centre down the street.  $200 gets you the best sichuan spiced chicken pot in the Western District and they have since expanded to over 40 tables.  I had to take the guests to chicken pot afterwards and none of us were feeling full after the first round.