Thursday, September 1

Man Wah Restaurant, Hong Kong

Author's note: Last two posts on Hong Kong. Happy 1st of September!

Perched on the 25th floor of Mandarin Oriental, I wanted to have dim sum at Man Wah as many have proclaimed it to be a Michelin-less restaurant that deserves at least a Michelin. I was hoping an underdog mentality would somehow work its magic into the food and service.

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There were a couple of set lunch options but we went ala carte. The dim sum at Man Wah is modern and elegant, with a finesse that resonates with neither Luk Yu or Lin Hueng.

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Our sort-of amuse bouche - kung pao tofu. Crispy and slightly spicy.

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Next up, a plate of mixed roast meats – suckling pig, roast goose and char siew. Heart-clogging awesomeness.

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Barbequed pork buns

These barbecued pork bun look like they are shrouded in mystery, aren’t they? Heh heh. I tore apart the fluffy clouds-like casing to find a stew-y filling that would scale the Impatient and Gluttonous.

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Roast goose puff brushed with yanmin sauce

No idea what “yanmin sauce” is but these cute goose puffs were buttery with deep caramelised flavour; in other words, I will have seconds of that.

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Chicken, glutinous rice

Not your usual sticky, leaf-wrapped steamed parcel. Man Wah added its spin on the glutinous rice by pan-frying with egg white and stuffing it with chicken and salted egg.

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Freakin' ______

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Tiger prawn, bamboo shoot dumpling

I am always in the mood for fantastic har gow.

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Cheong fun with char siew and pickled vegetables.

Oh my gaw-, they use proper char siew chunks instead of scraps for their cheong fun. I could never settle for the norm ever again.

I stupidly didn’t take any pictures of our desserts (almond cream and egg white, and double boiled pear with chun bei and tangerine tea) because I thought they looked really plain. Well, they looked plain but were might mighty tasty!

I have always shied away from the taste of almonds (though I love almond nuts) but tried some anyway as soon as kw’s mum said almond cream is good for our skin. What a sucker. Warm, comforting but assertive. It was heavenly.

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At the end of the meal, our serve presented us with a couple of petit four - steamed yellow bean cake and red bean cashew cookie (mmm binge worthy).

At the end of the meal, my mum, who has dined at 3-Michelin star Lung King Heen, remarked she prefers Man Wah. Oh! Before I forget, while the food was exquisite and faultless, the kitchen service was quite painfully slow. I guess that meant more time for us to rest before we commenced an afternoon of shopping.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Yum. It's making me hungry!

oysterdiaries said...

The roast meats, char siew baos, and cheong fun look awe.so.me.