December 12, 2018

Lunch with brokers: stuffed to the brim

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It's year end, so that means my friendly neighborhood prime brokers are taking turns to treat me to lunch.  I've barely gotten back to Hong Kong after a late night in Macau, and I needed to be sociable and continue binging on food.  I wasn't surprised when they chose Mott 32 as the venue...

I let our hosts do the ordering, and it seemed that they were pretty hungry... because we ended up with a ton of food!

Barbecue pluma Iberico pork, Yellow Mountain honey (蜜汁頂級西班牙黑毛豬叉燒) - this was, of course, what this restaurant is famous for.  It was certainly tender and tasty.

Daily soup

Cold free range chicken, Szechuan peppercorns, chili sauce (口水雞)

Cold free range chicken, coriander, black truffle (黑松露伴走地雞) - a little on the bland side.

South Australian scallop, garoupa, caviar and gold leaf, egg white dumpling (金箔黑魚籽賽螃蟹餃) - those caviar on top were made of vinegar.

Garoupa, chopped chili, pea sprouts dumpling (剁椒海斑豆苗餃) - this was pretty nice.

Crispy triple cooked wagyu beef short rib (醬烤三弄和牛肋骨) - very tender, and a very popular dish.

Signature smoked black cod (煙燻黑鱈魚) - very tender and tasty, indeed.  But the large amount of smoke was injected inside the plastic cloche minutes before serving, so the smokiness was only superficial.

King prawns, black pepper, garlic, soya sauce (蒜香胡椒蝦球煲)

Wok fried giant garoupa fillet, sarcodon, fennel (黑虎掌菌鮮茴香炒龍躉球) 

Wok fried pea sprouts with crab meat (蟹肉炒豆苗) - not sure why we needed the crab meat - along with all that starch - with the veg, but at least it tasted good.

Diced seafood, conpoy soup dumpling (乾蒸瑤柱灌湯餃) - I'm not sure who thought it was a good idea to order up one of these for each of us... as it is usually pretty gigantic.  If I didn't feel stuffed before, I sure did after this dumpling...

Fried rice, diced prawn, Iberico pork, asparagus in Yeung Chow style (揚州炒飯)

Wok fried kale, dried shrimp, minced pork, shrimp paste (馬拉盞蝦乾肉碎芥蘭煲) - pretty heavy-handed in terms of flavors, especially coming at the end of the meal.

The eight of us were absolutely stuffed, but I was very grateful to have this opportunity to catch up.  It's only my third time here, and I was brought here by my prime brokers twice... so clearly this place is popular with the business lunch crowd.  Glad to have had some decent food, but considering the feast I was about to have for dinner, I probably should have cut down on my intake at lunch.

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