March 19, 2013

Will work for food

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After a particular long and stressful day, I Love Lubutin sent out a distressed call.  Apparently she was craving for the fried glutinous rice with preserved meats (生炒糯米飯) from Fook Lam Moon (福臨門), and promised to clean the apartment of whoever would deliver it to her - for a whole week!

The bat signal was quickly picked up by Tigger, who decided to organize an impromptu lunch for the very next day.  I was strong-armed into canceling my lunch appointment so that I could join this gathering.  Despite the fact that the requested dish was no longer being served as it is out of season, Tigger felt confident that he could somehow arrange it with the restaurant.

I arrived to find that a whole host of dim sum items had been ordered.  For reasons unknown to be, no one had remembered the golden rule of ordering dim sum here: do it in batches, so that you don't get hit with 10 items within 2 minutes.  For other reasons unknown to me, the restaurant was blasting its air conditioning, threatening to chill any dish that failed to be consumed within seconds of arrival.  Oh well.

Crispy pork belly (脆皮燒腩仔) - not bad.  At least it wasn't cold when it arrived, which was what happened to me not long ago.

Deep-fried frogs' legs (椒鹽田雞腿) - no prizes for guessing who ordered this.  It WAS very yummy, I have to say…

Steamed chicken feet with black bean sauce (豉汁蒸鳳爪) 

Steamed prawn dumplings with bamboo shoots (har gau, 筍尖鮮蝦餃) - yummy, but for some reason I picked up a little more white pepper in the filling than usual.

Leafy amaranth with garlic in superior broth (蒜子上湯浸莧菜) - pretty yummy, but I tried not to have too many cloves of garlic...

Deep fried prawn and chicken spring rolls (雞絲蝦春卷) - my favorite spring rolls in Hong Kong.  Can't go wrong.

Deep-fried salt water dumplings (家鄉咸水角) - one of ILL's favorite - and mine.

Deep fried bean curd skin roll with fresh shrimps (鮮蝦腐皮卷) - very good. Crispy tofu skin and springy, slightly crunchy shrimps.

Steamed rice rolls with beef (爽滑牛肉腸)

Steamed rice rolls with prawns (爽滑鮮蝦腸)

In spite of his efforts, Tigger failed in his quest.  The restaurant would not make him a special order of the glutinous fried rice.  In appreciation of his efforts, ILL still promised to clean three out of the four floors at the Tigger residence.  I'm sure Tigger's domestic helpers are celebrating the prospect of having a week off…with pay!

We had to settle for steamed rice wrapped in lotus leaf (鮮荷葉飯).  I wasn't in the mood, though, so I passed on this.

Well, we might as well have been a swarm of locusts, because the food disappeared from the table as quickly as it came.  Didn't have time for the food to get cold.  And amazingly, I wasn't stuffed!  Hurray!!!

P.S.  As we left the restaurant, I decided to take the two-block trek to Kung Lee (公利真料竹蔗水) for a cup of their very sweet and delicious sugarcane juice.  Slurp!

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