New Star Seafood Restaurant 新星海鮮酒家 [Mong Kok]

I have to preface that we intended to go to Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists 添好運點心專門店. But after seeing the large crowds and queue’s. . . Mr. J smartly had a back up with New Star Seafood, which was just around the corner.

After about a half-hour wait, we finally got our table. This low ceiling restaurant was packed with tables and people. I don’t think there’s any restaurant in Hong Kong, and perhaps Asia, that uses the dim sum push carts that we see in the US. Personally, I thought some of the allure and interesting facets of dim sum were picking and choosing what you wanted to eat as it rolled on by. With the menu, we hand-wrote the dishes were wanted. Our collective Chinese, though limited, coupled with deductive prowess of picture to number to name, allowed us to order some of our favorite dishes.

Our first order, of business, was the roasted pork. As you can guess, I was drawn to the pork, which can be written in any language – and I’ll figure it out, was my first pick. Thank goodness it arrived first. I couldn’t believe how good the roasted pork was. The skin was crispy, as it should be. Then the pork, marbled, had the right fat to lean meat ratio. This combination of moistness with crispiness was perfect. I think, there and then, that this was the best roast pork that I had ever had. BEST.

Outside of the roast pork, I don’t remember much of anything else. I know we had the steamed sticky rice, the steamed pork dumplings, the steamed shrimp dumplings, the meatballs, and the deep fried dumpling with ground pork. The meatballs, which I mistakenly ordered, looked nasty, but tasted ok. With everything else, I shouldn’t have ordered it regardless. The steamed sticky rice was good. I like it with a little soy sauce and hot sauce to spice it up. The deep fried dumplings with ground pork were Mrs. C’s favorites.

Even with the roast pork, I am not sure I would return to New Star. The service is horrible. The staff is rude to customers, but they don’t care – with a packed house. If I was to return, it would only be to pick up a to-go order for the roast pork. Next time, I will wait for an hour – perhaps two for Tim Ho Wan.

What to Order: Roast Pork

What not to Order: Meat Balls

Rating1 Pigs

Price Range 2 $/¥/NT

LinksOpen Rice

新星海鮮酒家New Star Seafood
旺角廣華街15-33號明威閣地下至2樓G/F-2/F, Mainway Court, 15-33 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok

Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant [Wan Chai]

Good BBQ Pork – Char Siu is not that difficult to find. Siu Mei’s are often hit or miss. If you are polite and ask the right questions, you can more than often get a good cut of the BBQ Pork. But sometimes you just get the ideal slice . . . and that’s when you feel things are just right. At Fu Sing Sharkfin restaurant, I had the best BBQ pork EVER!
Mr. J had found Fu Sing, through his friends, and insisted a visit. Fu Sing is traditional Cantonese Seafood restaurant specializing in shark fin soup. Located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong, this establishment has the elaborate and fancy decor that old school locals would go for special events.
We started off with the Shark fin and Crab soup had a thick broth with the white crab and shark fin meat. This divine soup was prepared and served nearby for effect and presentation. Typically you usually add a little vinegar to enhance the taste. But this soup, as recommended by the staff, didn’t need it. And they were right, it did not need it. The shark fin had a delicate flavor with the creamy texture of the meat.
Next we had the classic and local favorite, braised ox tail. With a thick sweet and savory sauce, the ox tail boasted tender meat, still with some good texture. I am more partial to a an ox tail that is a bit more tender with meat falling off the bone. But regardless, the taste and flavors were still quite good.
The token vegetable dish was the broccoli with garlic. This was actually a really good dish with the abundant diced garlic. The broccoli, which was stir-fried, retained its consistently without the snapness crunch.
The hand packed tofu with Chinese broccoli was a surprisingly yummy dish. We weren’t sure what the brown football shaped mystery item was, till we asked. Then we bit into the slightly savory tofu and realized it was actually pretty tasty.
I had to save the best for last. I know Mr. J specifically asked for a more of a evenly fatty cut of the BBQ pork, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. This large plate of BBQ pork arrived on our table, which made me giddy with excitement. I quickly eyed an end piece with more burnt edges. Then after picking it up and placing into my mouth. . .I heard moans and groans from my other dining partners, indicating supreme acceptance. I, soon, was moaning, about great bite. It was really really good. There was the right amount of fat to bring moistness and proper texture. There was excellent flavor with the honey, soy, and sugar combination. It was just right.
I am not sure if I would return to Fu Sing, since they are a seafood restaurant. But I know if I did, I would probably try to get an order of the BBQ pork to go.
Note: The best BBQ pork I have ever had prior, was in the city of Guangzhou about 10 years ago. They had the BBQ pork deep fried to add another level of texture, which was unbelievable. I am not sure I will ever find this restaurant again.
What to Order: BBQ Pork and Shark Fin Soup
What not to Order:
Rating: 3 Pigs
Price Range 3 $/¥/NT
Links: Open Rice
Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant
1/F, Sunshine Plaza, No. 353 Lockhart Road,, Wan Chai
+852 2893 0881

叉燒飯 – BBQ Pork on Rice in Hong Kong

BBQ Pork on Rice is one of my all time favorite meals EVER. These two pictures are from Hong Kong. One is from the Hong Kong International Airport and the other is from a small place on Hong Kong Island, in an area called Wan Chai.

I forget the namse, but I know where it is. Every time I go back to Hong Kong, no matter how short of a trip, I make a point to have BBQ pork on rice. The restaurant in the Hong Kong International Airport is on the 2nd floor food court. They have great pictures of their dishes. Their BBQ has a fried egg with their pork. So, when you go to Hong Kong, make sure you visit a BBQ pork restaurant and get their BBQ pork. When I am in the states, and when I order the BBQ pork, I always ask them to make sure that it is a little fatty. In addition, their Chicken dishes and Roast Pork dishes are good as well.

BBQ Pork on Rice is comfort food in Hong Kong, like mac’n cheese in the States. You can almost find a Cantonese BBQ restaurant every couple of blocks in Hong Kong. In Los Angeles, you can find plenty of them in Chinatown, Monterey Park, and Alhambra, going by the name Sam Woo BBQ. Though the states have BBQ pork, they rarely have great BBQ pork. I have yet to find a great BBQ pork place that I can frequent. And I’ve tried a lot of places.

The key about GREAT BBQ pork is the fat content. The ideal BBQ is not lean, but with about 50% fat – for flavor and texture. Otherwise, without the fat, the pork meat is a bit tough and doesn’t melt in your mouth. BBQ pork is sweet, yet savory – a great combination. One of my friends hates these types of tummy-filling meals – he thinks its just meat and rice.. . . . I just think he can’t appreciate the simple things in life.

From the Hong Kong International Airport

From a small restaurant in Wan Chai, on Hong Kong Island.

點心Dim Sum – Jade Garden [Central]

One night. . . after stumbling for a few hours in Hong Kong and Macau, we were all heading back to out hotels around 6am. But being that we were on vacation, we decided to stay up for breakfast. Breakfast in Hong Kong means Dim Sum.

A friend told me of a reliable place in Causeway Bay called Jade Garden. Jade Garden is sort of a chain in Hong Kong. It was also open early, too – around 7 or so. As we walked in, we quickly asked for the foreign English menus. Thank goodness, too.

The regular things I ordered, similar to what I usually get in the States, included siu mai, har gaw, char siu bau, cheong fun, lou mai ge, pai gu, fung zao, and lo bak go. My favorites are the char siu bau, lou mai ge, and the lo bak go.

Jade Garden had quality dim sum that you would expect from a dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong. I would fully recommend this place to any of my foreign friends visiting Hong Kong. In addition, dim sum at Jade Garden is reasonable priced and would be around 100-200 HKD for 2 people.

Jade Garden翠園酒家

1 Hysan Ave.
Causeway Bay(銅鑼灣), Hong Kong
tel. 852/2577 9332
open daily from 7:30am to midnight.

A link from open rice

lo bak go, Turnip cake and taro cake (the purple one)

fung zao and char siu bau, Chicken feet and BBQ pork buns

shrimp cheong fun, shrimp in rice noodles

lou mai ge, chinese rice burrito

har gaw, shrimp and pork steamed dumplings