I’m going to interrupt my blog entries of US restaurants with a series of new restaurants I tried in Hong Kong on my trip last October.
During the Christmas holiday season a lot of Filipinos flock to Hong Kong for a quick vacation. Just 1.5 hours by air from Manila, the weather in Hong Kong is much, much cooler and provides the closest thing to winter atmosphere for us. That’s why I thought that this is a good time to share these restaurants with all of you. You may discover something you would like to try.
We discovered this new Shanghainese restaurant tucked away at the very end of the basement of K11 mall in busy Tsim Sha Tsui.
Whenever we eat at a Shanghainese restaurant we have to try their xiao long bao. These dumplings had chunkier meat unlike the usual finely ground smooth meat filling. It wasn’t bad at all.
steamed minced pork dumplings HK$24
I really liked the soup which was very flavorful from long cooking with a smoked ham bone. The wonton was good too.
pork & vegetable wonton in soup HK$30
If you’ve been reading my blog regularly you’ve seen these baked pastries every time I eat dim sum because they’re my favorite. They’re usually filled with bbq pork. This one was filled with fine crabmeat that was very tasty. It was so, so heavenly. The crust was light and very flaky. I’ve never eaten a crab version before and it’s a new favorite. Of course it’s more expensive than the pork version but it was worth it.
baked crab pastries $49 (not sure)
Rice cakes are a popular Shanghainese dish and it’s takes getting used to. These were al dente and had a nice, firm texture. The rice cakes were bland that’s why the salty wild vegetables and shredded pork went well with it.
fried rice cakes w/ wild vegetables & shredded pork HK$52
The ‘spareribs’ were actually sliced pork chop. It was so ordinary and tasted like something you could cook better at home. The best salt and pepper spareribs in my opinion are the ones from Choi Garden in Greenhills.
fried pork spareribs w/ spicy salt HK$48
The food at Xia Fei wasn’t bad at all. But if you want to eat really, really, really good Shanghainese food then the place to go is Wu Kong, also in TST. They have one of the best xiao long bao in my books.
Xia Fei Shanghainese
Shop 26-27 Basement 2, K11,
18 Hanoi Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui