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Hong Kong restaurant reviews

Chiu Tang brings Chiu Chow cuisine to Central

Classic Chiu Chow dishes including the signature marinated goose liver and the pan-fried egg batter with baby oysters are the highlights of a great menu

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 February, 2017, 8:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2017, 5:42pm

We were sad to hear about the closure of Island Tang in the Galleria – it was the first of the “Tang” restaurants (which also includes China Tang in Central and Harbour City), and was our favourite.

Taking its place is a branch of Chiu Tang (the original of which is in Wan Chai), and as its name suggests, the cuisine is Chiu Chow.

We ordered classic Chiu Chow dishes. The combination marinated meat platter (HK$238) showcased nice, fatty pig’s intestines, pork belly, crunchy pig ears, goose slices and tender pieces of bean curd in a light but well-flavoured sauce.

Even better was the signature marinated goose liver (HK$88 per piece). The liver – fat, soft and moist – was really delicious.

Pan-fried egg batter with baby oysters (HK$158) was a good version, with crisp edges and eggy and starchy at the centre. The omelette had plenty of oysters, and was well-seasoned so it didn’t need any of the fish sauce served on the side.

Sauteed sliced beef with kale in satay sauce (HK$228) was excellent. The meat was tender, the kale was perfectly cooked, and the sauce was light and not too peanutty.

Also excellent was the crispy Chiu Chow noodles with yellow chives (HK$168). Served with the traditional accompaniments of sugar and dark vinegar, the noodles – slightly oily, as expected – were an intriguing combination of sweet and savoury.

Simmered sua tao baby cabbage with fish balls, beef balls and pork paté (HK$198) was a light but warming dish for a cool evening.

The only dish we didn’t finish was the braised chicken with eel’s maw (HK$298). The flavours were fine, but it wasn’t as interesting as the other dishes.

Our waiter was helpful, and paced the meal well, so not everything was served at once.

Chiu Tang, 2/F The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central, tel: 2526 8798. About HK$500 without drinks or the service charge.