August 6, 2022

Stuffed like a pig, again

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I'm catching up with the Tiggers over another meal, and this time we ended up at Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine (御寶軒) in the Crowne Plaza Hong Kong. We were originally meant to be enjoying a roast suckling pig at another restaurant which is relatively new, but we had to switch after finding out that they use peanut oil in the kitchen (as do many Chinese kitchens) and one of us is severely allergic to peanuts. Well... they do a pretty nice stuffed suckling pig here, so I figured we'd still be pretty happy.

Marinated duck's tongue (鹵水鴨舌) - pretty surprised that Bear actually ate - and liked - this. I wonder whose tongue he also liked to play with...

Tofu marinated in master stock (鹵水滑豆腐)

Poached 'choi sum' (白灼菜心)

Pan-fried rice roll with dried shrimp paste (蝦米醬煎腸粉) - not bad. A little more wet than expected but the flavors were good.

Deep fried silver fish with pepper and salt (椒鹽白飯魚) - really, really happy to eat battered and fried whitebait as always.

Steamed prawn dumpling 'ha kau' (笋尖鮮蝦餃) - the wrapper was thin but a little too moist, and kinda got over-steamed.

Steamed crispy rice roll with shrimp (金網脆皮蝦腸) - stuff like this is always gonna be popular... The steamed shrimp paste in the middle is wrapped with a layer of crispy fried dough, all under steamed rice flour rolls. Textural contrast along with plenty of flavors.

Wok-fried vermicelli in Singapore style (星洲炒米粉) - some guy with a gweilo palate ordered this...

Deep-fried cuttlefish with pepper and salt (椒鹽魷魚鬚) - another winner, as expected.

Pan-fried turnip cake (香煎蘿蔔糕) - fairly wet and soft. Turnip flavors were there but there wasn't as much solid (in the form of turnip strips) as expected.

Deep-fried yam puff (蜂巢炸芋角) - pretty decent. At least I didn't taste the baking soda.

Roasted boneless suckling pig with glutinous rice (糯米釀脆皮乳豬) - BABY, THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR... It's been 5 years since I last tried this dish, and today the crackling seemed a little more crispy, and the thick layer of fat underneath the crackling has been removed... or at least thinned out. The glutinous rice stuffing was pretty on point, packed with lots of flavor while the texture was nicely balanced between retaining enough moisture yet having a chewy bite. I was adamant about not sharing my second piece with anyone.

Baked pineapple bun with barbecue pork (菠蘿叉燒包) - Babu seemed interested in this, so we added an order. Not bad la... at least I noticed distinct thin slices of char siu.

A pretty filling lunch, and there were surprised looks when I repeatedly refused to have any dessert. Methinks I need to come back sooner rather than later for more of that stuffed pig.

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