It has been way too long (13 months for me)... many of us have missed it dearly; a few had never made its acquaintance. So it was that I became responsible for gathering the troops for a trip across Hong Kong Harbor, to visit the pig. The Kimberley Pig. My friend Susan felt completely justified to refer to it as a proper noun. She loves it that much. So do I.
I had trekked over to the Kimberley Restaurant (君怡閣) earlier in the week to put down a deposit for the pig, as well as pre-ordering a few dishes. I arrived tonight to find that the restaurant had given us a large private room, so we were sure to be comfortable. Our neighbors in the adjoining room seemed to be making themselves comfortable, too... Not sure what they were up to but there were recurring shouts (of joy, no doubt) accompanied by the occasional shove against the partition wall between the rooms...
celebrated her birthday here last year, I also ordered the deep-fried salmon skin since she loved it so much. She used to much on them like crackers, and they were pretty light and yummy. Alas, she ran out of juice after her playdate today, and ended up going home with daddy without dinner...
The water spinach stir-fried in garlic (蒜茸炒通菜) was a wonderful surprise. The restaurant decided to deep-fried some of the garlic, then mix it in with fresh garlic while frying the veggie. The result was stunning, and a real surprise for such a simple dish.
my tasting notes from last year I realized it had been there, too. There were lots of polyphenols present, and bore a strong resemblance to the mangosteen juice that I buy from the supermarket made from the purple rind. Other than that there were notes of minerals and flint, as well as blackcurrants. Still one of the best rosés I've had.
There was so much food we left with lots of containers. It made for a very good supper for someone, and I hope that the left over sponge cake tastes good the next morning!