I’ve been looking forward to eating authentic Cantonese cuisine for a while now, so a week before my departure, I made it a point to reserve tables at about four major restaurants.
It’s been six years since my last visit to Hong Kong and four and a half years since Shanghai, making me realize it’s been a long time since I’ve had authentic Chinese food.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and various circumstances, it’s been four and a half years since I’ve traveled abroad.
Eager to make the most of every meal, I skipped check-in and went straight from the airport to Hong Kong station, dragging my suitcase along. My first meal was at the two-star Michelin Ying Jee Club, located near the station.
The serving manners were typical of HK style 🙂 , and the restaurant’s ambiance, location, and the view of the IFC walkway were perfect.
I regret not being able to try the tasting menu and order more of their signature dim sum due to being full, but the quality of the dim sum alone was more than sufficient for the first meal of the trip.
- Crab Meat Dumpling with Shrimp and Scallop in Bouillon 雪場蟹海皇灌湯餃
- Fungus Dumplings with Nori 海苔雜菜餃
These two dishes were the most impressive. For the first, I was initially confused about why it was labeled as ‘Bouillon’ instead of ‘broth’ or ‘soup.’ I wondered if it was influenced by British menu labeling or if it would be a French-style soup. Fortunately, it turned out to be a typical, semi-transparent bouillon, similar to a light beef broth, rich in meat flavor and well-paired with seafood.
The second dish, despite using ordinary ingredients, stood out due to the deep aroma of the heated seaweed (Nori) inside the dim sum.
The rest of the menu was typical Dimsum fare, nothing special to comment on, but here are the photos.
I didn’t get to try the signature dishes, so I’ll reserve judgment, but considering that this place has maintained its two Michelin stars since 2021, the attention to detail must be sufficient. Personally, I don’t always trust Michelin ratings as my tastes often differ, but they certainly reduce the chance of a dining disappointment. Next time, I definitely want to try the tasting menu.