In the entirety of a month, all I’ve ‘cooked’ so far are as follows: instant ramen, cereal, salad and pasta. There’s something so unappealing about cooking when you’re given a tiny kitchen, a hot plate with settings such as ‘roast’ and ‘warm milk’ as well as having to start from scratch with usual cupboard essentials. Although I do expect (and plan) to cook on a more regular basis, let me kick off a series whereby I can somewhat justify eating out over making my own meals.
小籠包 (sui long bao/xiao long bao)
Not a traditional HK delicacy, having originated from Shanghai, but delicious nonetheless! So, what are they? ‘Little-basket-buns’ is the literal translation, but to be slightly more descriptive, they’re really just steamed pork dumplings filled with soup. Good chopstick skills come in handy when picking up a dumpling – be careful not to tear the pastry, lest your joy be dashed away in one swift trickle of soup T-T If you’re feeling reckless, you can eat it all in one and be burnt by the scalding soup filling inside, or to be proper, pierce the dumpling, drink the soup and then eat (adding chilli oil/black vinegar/ginger to taste).
- Paradise Dynasty
6/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay
Not gonna lie, but the sheer novelty of the multi-coloured sui long bao was the main only factor leading me to try this place. With eight exciting colours come eight… intriguing flavours: original, ginseng, foie gras, cheese, garlic, black truffle, crab roe and Szechuan. I snagged the Szechuan and garlic, which despite my initial trepidation were so good! The other dishes we ordered (two noodle dishes + 20 original dumplings) also did not disappoint so by the end of the meal, we left satisfied and most importantly not out of pocket (£10pp)!
Unfortunately study beckons, thus here ends my post, but not my food odyssey – more next time!
Oh and these places ain’t so bad either:
- Crystal Jade | La Main Xiao Long Bao
4/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
- The Dining Room
4A/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok