Last August I went to Hong Kong for a week. I was a good girl all week. I didn’t eat out because of my darn diet. All I did was window shop and gaze longingly at chocolates and pastries I can’t eat. It was my last day and I deserved a break, a reward and a prize for being a good girl.
It’s been sort of a tradition in my family to have our last lunch in Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant because it’s our favorite dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong. We always go around 11:30-12:00 noon because the restaurant is always full after that.
Ham sui kok or glutinous meat puff is one of my favorite dim sum dishes and they make it best at Chuk Yuen. The ham sui kok always comes out piping hot with the outside crisp and the inside soft and chewy. The savory pork filling was just enough to contrast the slightly sweet glutinous dough.
ham sui kok
I chose the ox brisket curry from the dim sum paper menu. I thought it was a small dish instead a medium sized casserole came out. I was surprised since it only cost HK$35 and it was good enough for 3-4 people.
ox brisket curry HK$35
I wanted to weep when I first tried it. The beef was extremely tender and buttery. There was also lots of tendon (ugat) that was so soft you barely need to chew it. The sauce was freakin fabulous. Thick, slightly spicy and very rich. All it needed was a big bowl of rice. But it was good with bok choy too since I can’t eat rice. But for rice lovers just the sauce alone will wipe out half a bowl of rice already. It’s that good.
I love anything with bean curd skin and this roll filled with chicken and veggies doesn’t disappoint. The clear broth was tasty and there was golden mushroom under the rolls too.
beancurd skin roll HK$9
I’m sure the filling of this giant dumpling was faux sharks fin since this cost only HK$20. There was also pork and mushroom inside. The was soft yet firm enough to hold it’s shape in the rich broth. If you eat this by yourself I guarantee you’ll be half full already.
sharksfin dumpling soup HK$20
After lunch i made a quick stop at the supermarket for one of my favorite ‘cheat’ snack. I don’t like eating any kind of beans but when broad beans are fried they sure make a yummy snack. The wasabi flavor was bright and not too spicy.
Wizard wasabi flavoured broad beans
Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant
Basement, Hong Kong Pacific centre
28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui