New restaurant in Hong Kong: Chiu Cuisine, Wan Chai - affordable Chiu Chow dishes, and friendly service
Chiu Cuisine offers traditional Chiu Chow dishes at a very reasonable price. Bright and comfortable, it is an ideal place to sample classics such as marinated goose, oyster omelette and ribs in plum sauce
Chiu Cuisine on Hennessy Road in Wan Chai offers a range of signature dishes from Chiu Chow in a bright and comfortable environment, and at prices that won’t set you back much. Of course, you can order expensive dishes.
The restaurant is spacious and cosy, with leather chairs and wooden tables, and was surprisingly quiet when we visited on a public holiday.
The menu is simple but lists everything you would expectat a place specialising in the cuisine of Chiu Chow – a source of heavenly food at the eastern end of China’s Guangdong province.
Marinated goose is one of the must-try Chiu Chow dishes. We ordered a goose set (HK$52) that came with rice noodles and a cup of warm soy milk.
The goose meat was soft and juicy, flavoured with delicious salty brine that also had a touch of sweetness. The garlic dipping sauce added a hint of sourness that balanced the fat in the goose skin. The bean sprouts underneath the goose meat and the noodles were refreshing, and went well with the meat.
The meat portion was modest, but it can be a nice lunch choice supplemented by a dish of boiled vegetables such as choi sum or gai lan (HK$10).
Second up was an equally appetising dish: pork ribs with plum sauce (HK$68). Each rib was thick and substantial andthe meat was tender. The pickled plum sauce was a little too sweet and heavy. It’s a dish best shared with a few others, as we felt the ribs were a little too greasy after eating two or three pieces.
We also ordered an oyster omelette (HK$78) to complete the meal. The omelette had just the right ratio of flour to egg and oyster, so it was slightly chewy but not sticky. The oysters were fresh and substantial, but the exterior of the omelette was slightly overcooked, and the dipping sauce was way too salty.
The waitresses were friendly and happy to introduce the cuisine to us. There’s no service charge.
Chiu Cuisine, CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, tel: 2682 5198. Open: 7.15am-2am
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