May 2, 2010

Pigging out on the pig

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I'm back at Fook Lam Moon (福臨門) with some friends for a casual dinner.  The minute I arrived I knew we'd be in for a rough time, since we were seated next to a table of people from China who were talking loudly and drinking Wuliangye (五糧液) - that awful Chinese white wine.  I caught a whiff of it as soon as the waiter opened the first bottle...

We started with the usual roast suckling pig (大紅片皮乳豬), since all except one of us love it.  I don't know what got into me tonight... maybe it's because I didn't have as many other people to fight with, but I found myself really going for it.  Somehow I just couldn't stop grabbing more pieces of the pig.  I spent more time gnawing on the ribs of the piglet and ended up polishing off two of the legs.  I was in heaven.

The braised tofu with mushrooms (紅燒豆腐) was not bad...a pretty homey dish for a change.

The weather is warm now, so wintermelon soup (冬瓜盅) is once again available.  It's so nice to have it and help cool down the body and balance out all the "heat", especially for someone like me.

I skipped the pan-fried eel (脆鱔) and the pan-fried beef cubes (香煎牛柳粒), but did go for some lemon chicken (香煎檸檬雞).  They chopped up bits of the rind and sprinkled them on top, which was a nice tough.  But I do have to say that the lemon chicken at Yixin (益新美食館) is better.

After some choy sum (菜心), I had some fried rice with conpoy, crab meat and egg white (瑤柱蟹肉蛋白炒飯), which was really nice and light.  In the summer time, it's a good idea to switch to something lighter for the carbs, and this doesn't have a heavy sauce at all.  The lightly-flavored crab meat was paired with sprinkles of conpoy, chopped kale and egg whites, while the rice grains remained individual, dry and chewy.  A good way to finish off the meal.

We moved to 五代同糖 for dessert, and I ordered the taro snowflake ice (芋頭雪花冰).  This is technically not snowflake ice, and the authentic Taiwanese versions are more like crushed ice, and what they serve here is more like ribbons of ice cream.  In any case I didn't think the flavor was that good, and the durian version failed on an earlier visit.  Don't think I'll be making a third visit to this place.

My friend is still looking for a place that serves authentic bubble/boba tea in Hong Kong.  Does anyone have a good suggestion?

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