It's been a while since the last time a whole bunch of us got together for a meal, and our organizer figured that this was long overdue - and it's been years since we've seen the kiddies. I was very surprised when our organizer suggested that we meet up at Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine (Hello Kitty中菜軒). Well, given that one of the families lives just across the street from the place, and I myself would be staying only a few blocks away this weekend, it seemed pretty perfect. And we were also bringing three kiddies with us to lunch - although they were all boys, as the only girl was now a teenager and curiously has zero interest in Hello Kitty...
I was the first to arrive and get seated at the long table spread in the private area named 林檎閣. This was my fourth time at the restaurant, and the very first time where I've had a reservation. But I guess with an original party of 12 (we were down to just 10 today) that made things easy.
As I seemed to be the one with the most experience - and most knowledgeable regarding the menu - I was tasked with ordering. Thankfully our organizer has also been to the restaurant, and I was able to discuss it with her. Always helpful to have a second opinion!
One last thing... for some reason the restaurant served this on a plate that had clearly just come out of the fridge. It was chilled! Now, why would you serve a hot dish on a chilled plate?!
Hello Kitty barbecued pork puffs (叉燒酥) - not up to par today. I thought the puff pastry tasted a little off... like the oil or shortening used had gone off.
Hello Kitty steamed turnip cake (Hello Kitty蒸蘿蔔糕) - I've always been curious about this since they introduced it, and this was OK. There were actually strips of radish inside, and surprisingly this had a slight spicy kick on the finish.
This was supposed to come with 8 little steamed buns inside, a mix of lotus seed paste buns and custard buns with egg yolk. But today they only came with lotus seed paste buns...
Hello Kitty custard buns with egg yolk (流沙包) - actually not bad, and probably as good as I remembered.