When we were in Hong Kong recently over the New Year holidays, hubby's client L and J, both of whom are based there took us out for a sumptuous dim sum lunch at Super Star Seafood Restaurant.
It is a very popular restaurant, and since we didnt get a chance to have a meal there when we were in HK a few months earlier, this time we went early to queue and make sure we get a table. Yes, in Hong Kong it is very common to find people queuing up at popular restaurants. At Super Star, one is alloted a code based on the total pax and then assigned to the right table accordingly. There is an electronic monitor at the front counter to show the code and sequence.
Super Star is located at the top floor ie Level 6 of the Grand Century Plaza, which is the tower adjacent to the Royal Plaza Hotel, smack in the centre of Kowloon. It is flanked by Nathan Road, Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok MRT Station and Bute Street, so there is plenty of action all around. The famous Langham Place is also just minutes away.
Ever since the SARS outbreak, food hygiene standards in HK has improved considerably; most fine dining restaurants now provide two pairs of chopsticks for each diner - the black one is for taking the food from the shared dish and the white one is to eat the food. No cross contamination or friendly sharing of germs.
Needless to say, we had a feast for lunch. L and J ordered a mixture of familiar items as well as some unique dishes that we don't find in Malaysia.
They served us these snacks of fried whitebait and peanuts before the meal - so addictive. i couldn't stop munching.
Here's a roundup of the delicious dishes that we had:-
Spicy Szechuan Style Steamed Chicken
A cold dish, very appetizing - a combination of spicy, savoury and tangy flavours.
Salt and pepper deep fried fish with vinegar dip
Steamed Beancurd Skin with Filling in Superior Long Stock
This was so good! I love how the soup oozes out each time i bite into the beancurd skin roll. Total yums!
A big bowl of yee fu seafood noodle soup with prawns and mushrooms - for the kid. He chomped down half the bowl.
My son was quite enamoured by these cute little guys, so Aunty L ordered a serving for him. Unfortunately they looked nicer than they taste. I thought they had sweet fliings, but turned out they had some tiny pieces of minced meat encased in a thick and rather dry floury pau batter. My son took two bites and announced "Not nice". Oops.
A mix platter of Siu Mai and Har Kow - big juicy prawns and roe.
Fried glutinous rice with chinese sausages, egg and - full of wok hei. Very fragrant and flavourful. I am not a big fan of glutinus rice, but this was yummy.
This was my favourite - Stewed Piglet Trotters with Hard Boiled Egg. The trotters were melt in the mouth tender, minimal fat and the flesh was sweet and soft. The gravy was absolutely delicious; i might just have asked for a bowl of steam rice if i wasnt already so full.
Braised Goose Wings - also pretty delicious, but i just couldnt do it justice by this point.
Total damage: HK$ 621. That translated to around RM300. Yes, eating out in HK is generally expensive, especially in upper scale restaurants. The same food might cost just around/under RM200 in a similar category of restaurant in Malaysia, but i doubt you'd get the same quality of food. So in that sense, it is money well worth spent. You do get what you pay for at Super Star (except maybe the lions :P)