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

Shanghai Tang Cafe [Shanghai]

When I first heard that there was a Shanghai Tang Cafe, I knew I should look into it. But then when I heard they had a Sunday Brunch, I was more intrigued. Yet, when I found out that the all-you-can-eat brunch included drinks – Beer . . . I needed to get there!

Located near Xintiandi, right across the street, the Shanghai Tang Cafe is part of the Shanghai Tang fashion empire. There’s 4 or 5 of the eponymous boutique all over the city. Personally, with me liking the style and brand, the cafe was on my short list of places to try.

Once you walk in, you notice the bright color pillows and accents throughout the dining room. The dark hues of the traditional furniture contrast with the Shanghai Tang trademark colors, of orange, blue-green, and red.

For the Sunday Brunch, we were given a traditional menu to pick and choose the little dim sum plates – sort of like Chinese tapas. I think I picked almost 10 little dishes, before I realized there was only 2 of us. The menu featured Cantonese dishes with Shanghainese ones. Since Shanghai Tang originated from Hong Kong, I wasn’t too surprised by the dim sum offering. Some of the standouts was the fried dumplings – shen jian bao’s, fried shanghai rice cake, and the hot & sour soup. In this Sunday Brunch, the all-you-can-eat menu also includes drinks – such as beer.

I hope to return soon, since I didn’t get a chance to try everything. Since we were a bit pressed for time couple with the slow food, I was a bit disappoint – which was more my fault. Next time, I plan to go with a group of friends, to have beer, as well. Perhaps they might have a TV, so we can enjoy some sports or something as well.

Shanghai Tang Cafe
Level 2 & Level 3, 333 Huang Pi Nan Road, Shanghai, China
+86 21 6377 3333