By David Sutton
G/F 243 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 2877 2827
Grub: Mainly northeastern Chinese style, but with dishes from other regions.
Vibe: This is an attractive little noodle and dumpling shop hidden along Jaffe Road between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. The interior is red and black with heavy wooden tables and benches. Traditional ornaments and wooden menu blocks decorate the walls, and even the cheap-looking light shades somehow add to its authenticity.
Who to take: Family or friends, especially if they're tourists.
What's hot: Despite its name, this restaurant has a large and varied menu in which dumplings only take up the first page. The dumplings are hand-made with fillings that include pork with vegetables, pork with shrimp or lamb with spring onions. There are also a couple of vegetarian options - try the mixed vegetable, which includes cabbage, carrot and water chestnut. The dumplings are firm and the skin thick so they don't collapse when you pick them up.
There are a few interesting stewed dishes, such as chicken with wild mushrooms and beef with potato, but these are dwarfed by the number of pan- and stir-fried options available.
The pan-fried lamb with peppers and onions is worth a mention. Tender shredded lamb is served still sizzling and garnished with coriander and dried chillies. There's plenty for two, or even three people.
There is also a wide range of vegetable and vegetarian options.
The noodle section includes five or six lo mein choices; the northeast style includes tomato, cucumber, mushroom, prawn and pork along with a hint of Sichuan pepper.
There are not many dessert options, but save some space for the yummy apple fritters, amazing concoctions which are almost like hot toffee apples. There are also banana and sweet potato versions.
What's not: Bring your own tissues as there are no napkins.
Cost: Most dumpling and noodle dishes are from HK$30 to HK$38. Stir-fried dishes start at HK$38, while stewed dishes start at HK$58. Most people should be able to eat well for less than HK$100.