My family has this tradition of going to HK before X’mas every year. And it’s always been a huge excitement for me, planning where to dine each day. As you all know HK is a huge foodie paradise. You can find anything from traditional, hole-in-the wall Chinese food to Michelin-starred dim sum to world-famous celebrity chef-endorsed restaurants from all across the globe.
As much as I enjoy researching on new places to try out, my dad still has this tradition of waking up very early to go grab some Chinese food for breakfast. No matter how packed our dining schedule is, I can guarantee you that my mom and I would always wake up to a steaming bowl of glutinous rice, a huge crispy fried dough, and a Starbucks latte waiting for us in the hotel room. That’s our “traditional” HK breakfast.
Since our flight arrived pretty early in the morning, we could not check in to our room just yet. My dad insisted that the first meal of the trip had to be Chinese food. He picked out a random BBQ pork joint that looked packed. However, it was very fast food-style and I thought the dishes were just so so.
For dinner, I decided to go to Hu Tong. For those who’s been to HK, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Aqua Restaurant Group and the famous Aqua restaurant on One Peking Rd. We thoroughly enjoyed the view of the harbor when we went to Aqua two years ago. So I decided to try out its sister restaurant, Hu Tong, which is in the same building this year. Although I have to admit, I chose it purely because of its decor. There’s something very alluring about the old school Chinese interior, like a scene off of a martial art movie that I just could not resist.
I have to say the decor did not disappoint me one bit. As soon as the elevator door opened, we were greeted by dozens of red lanterns that led us into a high-ceiling dining room over-looking the beautiful harbor. Everything about the dark and sultry ambiance is just breathtaking. Although the taste of the food was not the best that we’ve had. But, like the decor, there’s a theatrical element in the dishes that made the experience fun.
The most impressive dish had to be the fried chicken that’s served in a huge bed of chillies. We could not help but laugh at the sheer ginormity of the basket in front of us. You have to see it for yourself!
I’ll be back with more pictures soon. =)
1 Peking Road
HK 3428 8342