Another place from one of the many Makansutra dinners that I enjoy is Cafe de Hong Kong. So I was really happy it got featured on The New Paper a couple of weeks back. Though there are now the crowds to content with especially for dinner... but that's nothing a simple reservation phone call can't fix.
For a crackling starter, order the Fried Fish Skin ($10). Crispy deliciousness!
The Nan Yu Roasted Crispy Chicken ($17 for 1/2 bird) was tender and had a tasty skin. I felt that the meat itself had a very gentle flavour though most at the table found it too gentle and felt it could do with either a sauce or salt dip. A squeeze of lime too, perhaps?
If you think vegetable dishes are bland and boring, try the Stir Fried You Mak Cai with Dace Fish ($10). This dish combines the strong salty flavours of dace fish with the slight bitterness of the vegetable. Very good with rice!
Here's the Fragrant Fish Roe Fried Rice ($10). The portion is good for two people or could be shared among four with supplement of plain rice or another noodle dish. The fried rice is fragrant and "song" (meaning the rice grains are separated instead of clumpy). I also like the added texture and flavour that the tobikko adds.
The Braised Lamb Brisket in Claypot ($20) is a popular favourite here. And I can see why. The pieces of lamb braised with nam yu (fermented beancurd) are tender, flavourful and without any overbearing pungency.
A good tip I have learnt is to request for some lime leaves. Dip the lamb into the nam yu sauce and sprinkle a few thin strips of lime leaf. This adds another dimension to the dish and also helps to enhance it.
Yum. Yum. Yum.
Cafe de Hong Kong
586 Balestier Road
Tel: 6255 3865
Chew On This:
The many art pieces that line up against the walls are actually done by Francis' (the boss) son. Being able to do this at a tender age, he has talent no? My art work (if I can even call it that) during childhood would have been ideal to repel ghosts!