Tonight the gathering of foodies took place at Shun Tak Fraternal Association (順德聯誼總會). We had heard about this place from a friend and decided to check it out. As one enters, there is a wall of photographs showing prominent members, and we see the familiar likenesses of two of the city's wealthiest tycoons who hail from the region. Somehow I doubt that these guys come here to eat these days...
Interestingly, there was a table next door consisting of a bunch of lady foodies we know. What a funny coincidence! We pre-ordered a bunch of dishes, which were supposed to be their greatest hits:
Pig's lung soup (豬肺湯) - the soup looked green, so we asked the waiter if they added almond cream in it. You should have seen the reaction (both verbal and the look of disdain) from the waiter as he ladled soup into the bowls...and spilling it on the table in the process. Yes, they used almonds...the waiter scoffed at us as if we were a bunch of clueless babies who didn't know our food. The reality is that the use of watercress in the soup overpowered any scent of almonds.
Stir-fried glutinous rice (生炒糯米飯) - kinda wet but not quite to the point of being soggy. They used both kinds of Cantonese sausages, which was interesting. Still think Fook Lam Moon (福臨門) does the best version, but this was not bad.
For dessert there was almond cream (杏仁茶), without egg white tonight. This was much thicker and had lots of fine almond grinds which gave it more texture, but unfortunately stuck to the back of my throat and annoyed me.
2006 Selbach Riesling Kabinett "Fish" - I was bringing a couple of bottles of this home, so I thought I'd crack one open during dinner. Minerals in the nose, with medium acidity balancing out the slightly sweet palate. It's a cheap wine that's very quaffable.
There were a few let-downs tonight, but for the price we paid it was a very decent meal with some real winners. If only the setting were a little nicer and the waiters more customer friendly...but then again, if they count the tycoons as their customers then we're practically nobodies, so why should we expect good service?