We had Christmas eve dinner with good family friends and some guests from the USA at Xiao Nan Guo Premier.
We had lunch there a couple of days before and knew that our host would enjoy the food and specially the ambiance and view. So our reservation at Intercon’s Harbourside was canceled and we had Christmas eve dinner at Xiao Nan Guo Premier.
The view from our function room was spectacular at night.
The ‘adults and guests’ table had this special set menu which I heard was overwhelming. We could literally hear them groaning from being too full.
I sat at the kids table where we ordered ala carte. I loved the free candied walnuts. They were crunchy and had a slight burnt caramel flavor.
The cold drunken chicken was really well executed. The flavors were intense without having a strong alcohol taste.
drunken chicken in shaoxing wine HK$88
I didn’t care for the vegetarian rolls made with beancurd skin. They looked nice though.
vegetarian rolls HK$58
I didn’t try the jellyfish but the others said it was soft and mushy.
marinated jellyfish HK$98
We ordered our favorite Angus beef.
wok-fried prime Angus beef w/ wild mushrooms HK$148
The other table had one plate each of really jumbo prawn & scallop while our entire table of 10 kids and adults shared 2 plates. There was nothing special with the prawn or scallop other than it was cooked perfectly tender. I did love eating the giant prawn head. It was so meaty, sweet and succulent. I ate 4 heads! I had to ask for some heads from the other table. Yum!!!
stewed jumbo prawn w/ hokkaido scallop HK$148/per plate
The beef was spicy and delicious! It was perfect when stuffed in the crisp bread pockets.
wok-fried prime angus beef w/ xo sauce &
crispy pockets HK$128
braised chicken in spring onion soy sauce $238
The baby abalone reminded me of tender squid. The black pepper sauce gave the bland shellfish a nice kick. We all loved the spongy cubes and asked the waiter what those were. They’re mushrooms meticulously cut into cubes. Amazing detail!
wok-fried baby abalone w/ mushrooms in
black pepper sauce HK$188
Thin slices of salty Chinese ham were simmered in a honey based sauce and placed inside plain siopao buns. This was one of our favorite Shanghai dishes done well.
honey glazed Chinese ham HK$168
I was so full at this point but when I found out that the black mass on the plate was actually hairy crabs I had to try it. Hairy crabs are a Shanghai delicacy and are very expensive since they only come from the Yancheng lake. The most prized part of the crab is the roe from the female crab.
I didn’t enjoy it that much since there was very little meat and I didn’t have the patience to pound the crab shells and pick out the meat.
scallion sesame cakes HK$38 for 2 pcs.
spicy pork dumplings HK$48 for 6 pcs.
xiao long bao HK$36 for 3 pcs.
I loved, loved this milk pudding. It was a cross between taho or tofu fa and panna cotta. The texture was delicate and the almond flavor was distinct and fragrant.
chilled almond silken milk pudding HK$38
double boiled pear, mandarin peel, osmanthus honey HK$48
organic eight treasures sticky rice HK$68
As usual we all overate. Not everything was good but what was important was spending Christmas eve with family and good friends.
Xiao Nan Guo Premier 小南國壹號
10/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
telephone: +852 2527 8899