Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tsui Hang Village 翠亨邨 - (Hong Kong)

 Tsui Hang Village is steeped in history.  It might not be as old school as the oldest Hong Kong restaurants but their legacy stretches back for a couple of decades.  Many years ago this was sitting in a 1st floor space opposite at the Mira Hotel,  a place I have visited so many times when young and their dishes were always very well balanced and executed…  Nowadays they opened up shop just on the opposite side in Mira shopping mall.  To me I am actually surprised that the quality was still being maintained so well after all these decades under the radar of modern foodies.      



Charsiu Pork -
This was more on the savoury side than expected.   Very tender and marbled.   
Very high standards,  although I like mine a little more charry and the marinade sauce a little more pronounced.  But no doubt this is right up there with the best in town.   ~  8/10




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAComes with Oyster Sauce and Honeyed Beans -
Just like the old days.  Not many shops do this in Hong Kong nowadays,  and this restaurant proves that it is maintaining it’s standards all these years.   I have been visiting this restaurant for like 30 odd years and it remains the same!




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMilk and Yunnan Ham Toasts,  Carp Fish Cakes and Fermented Clams sauce -  鍋貼牛奶併均安魚餅
This is said to be a signature dish now at Tsui Hang Village,  but it must be quite recent because this wasn’t on the menu before.  Borrowing from the Shunde province concept,  I was pleasantly surprised when the carp fish came as fish cakes and not fish ball shaped – as this is more accurately portraying the real version in China’s Shunde which I get to visit once in a while for work.  Done very well here and even the sauce was fishy-umami packed in the right way and not toned down.  ~  9/10




Duo Lemon Sauce Chicken - 西檸煎軟雞
This shop was super famous for their Lemon Chicken back in the days,  it probably spawned the whole ‘lemon chicken’ movement in the world when it comes to Chinese-Cantonese food!
  The sauce is made from both a Chinese lemon sauce as well as a normal Western lemon sauce and with lemon zests.   The older version in this restaurant had a different batter from my memory and was served more flatter like a pancake.   But this modern version had the sauce served separately but surprisingly still tasted very similar!    The best lemon chicken in the world if you ask me,  this is so sophisticated with the complexity in the sauce and everyone else just couldn’t copy from their proprietary formula   ~  10/10




Two Sides Fried Noodles with Shredded Pork & Bean Sprouts - 銀芽肉絲兩麵黃炒麵  $138
This dish is Chiu Chow style in inspiration,  although in HK there has been a large misinterpretation of this dish because the original version was only fried on 1 side!  Nevertheless this carried a more Cantonese sauce and execution,  the noodles were so flakily crispy and very eggy.   This is probably one of the best noodles dishes I have eaten locally as I can’t recall a more unique and better version.  It’s like they reinvented this dish all over again…  ~  12/10




Almond Tea and Egg Whites – $38
This was smooth and not too sweetened like most versions.  There wasn’t much egg whites and there could be more almonds taste,  but in reality this was balanced very well and already one of the better versions in town.  ~  8/10





This visit back to the good old Tsui Hang Village was rather random and impromptu - 
But the food was still really impressive and as I mentioned above,  the food standard has been maintained throughout all these years and they have even improved on the micro scale.   Definitely one of the most impressive Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong and carrying the traditional taste still.  If you want to taste the real old Hong Kong style food,  this is highly recommended for you.  It’s one of the very rare restaurants in town which has retained the traditional recipes and more.  I was actually quite moved by my revisit of this nostalgic experience …




Price:   $360 per Person
Ease of Access:  4/5
Food:  ♕♕♕♕♕

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sun 11:30am to 23:30pm

Address: 尖沙咀彌敦道132號美麗華商場5樓
5/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Ph: 2376 2882

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