Saturday, February 11, 2012

Snake Soup @ 蛇王良 (Hong Kong) –♕♕♕♕ 1/2

  This Snake Soup shop is well known in the local food scene,  but to poorer diners like us,  it is famous for its 5 Snakes Soup.   Yet to the upper-level and better off neighbourhood regulars who get their maids to drive their Mercs to pick up their take-away orders,  it is their much more expensive Medicinal soups or Birds Nest items which they often book for hours or days in advance and easily costing upwards of a few hundred dollars!     The general walking-in customers meanwhile usually order their $50 set meals that includes a Snake soup and a bowl of Rice or a small plate of Braised Lamb! 




A hardcore Snake and Chinese Medicinal shop.
Not many snake shops out there take things as seriously as they do here…




This is what distinguishes between them and other places..
The pre-order menu plastered on the wall,  include double-boiled medicinal soups costing hundreds of dollars.  These aiming at the upper end clientele.




Crisps and Dried Lemon Grass -
These are for eating with the thick snake soup.  *There’s no chrysanthemum here,
which also works well in snake soups.



‘Thick’ Five Snakes Soup,   Set Meal –  HKD $54
The soup base is quite medicinal,  and a little spicy in the Winter version.  Since the owner is well acquainted with Chinese Medicine,  he alters the soup base formula according to the different seasons to make it more suitable for your body.    The snakes and pork strands are a little thicker than the finely julienned shops,  like the Tim’s Kitchen version.  But that version has little snakes or medicinal taste,  though the presentation is finer there.   ~   9/10



There’s usually Snake, Pork and a bit of Chicken, Fungus.  And this one is quite herbal and medicinal, even peppery in the Winter version.



Large Glutinous Rice with Preserved Meats -  Part of the Set Meal for $54
The glutinous rice is ‘steamed’ not ‘fried’.  The texture is fine although the 3 types of different preserved meats didn’t impart that much flavour.   Not bad only.   but I prefer the drier and more fragrant version at  蛇王二 than here.   Although the Snake Soup is better here.  ~  6/10




Price:  HKD $51 to $800
Ease of Access:   4/5
Food:  ♕♕♕♕1/2 – ♕♕♕♕♕

Opening Hours -
Mon to Sun  12:00pm - 00:30am

Address:  北角電氣道298號地下A舖
Shop A, G/F, 298 Electric Road, North Point
Ph: 2578 8135

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