Ho Hung Kee
Location: Shop 1204-1205, 12/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2577 6060
Grub: Congee and noodles
Vibe: Imagine having all the homey comfort foods that you ate when you were little or when you’re sick, but in a fancy restaurant. That’s Ho Hung Kee in a nutshell – all the foods that you know and love, served in a bright, lively space decorated with a palette of blues and marbled creams.
You might be tempted to play with the crystal beading along the walls, but take it from us: the resulting noise attracts more than a little attention.
Who to take: Your mates or your parents/ grandparents. They’ll enjoy the novelty of eating familiar food in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
What’s hot: Congee lovers will appreciate the flavourful assorted meat congee with fish slices (HK$68) – no soy sauce needed. There is a lot going on, but none of it is particularly overwhelming, and the peanuts serve as a nice textural contrast against the tender meat and rice.
The pork and shrimp in bean curd sheet rolls (HK$45) were good, but not particularly amazing. Having said that, the same shrimp fared much better in the wonton noodles (HK$42). The wontons were cooked perfectly, and still had a little bite to them, while the noodles were springy and chewy. The broth was a little bland, but tasted much better once we added a little chilli sauce.
The stir-fried rice noodles with beef (HK$120) was the priciest dish we ordered, and, although you can definitely find this dish for far cheaper elsewhere, we really, really liked it. The beef was tender and perfectly cooked, with that famous wok hei or “breath of the wok” that most Cantonese dishes need if they’re going to be truly great. The noodles did a great job of soaking up the soy sauce and residual beef flavour, too.
What’s not: The rice noodle rolls filled with barbecue pork (HK$52) sadly didn’t taste as if they had been freshly made, although the meat had a decent smoky flavour. Also, waiting times at Ho Hung Kee can be a little unpredictable – you’ll either be seated right away, or you stuck hanging around the outside for ages.
Cost: Dim sum dishes cost HK$38-HK$92. Mains cost HK$31-HK$448. Desserts are HK$22-HK$55. Drinks are HK$3-HK$26.