A Traditional and Novel Chinese Cuisine Experience
Situated in the basement of Newton Hotel in North Point, the Hong Kong Old Restaurant (yes that’s the actual name of the place) offers traditional Shanghai dishes that’s very different from the usual Chinese food that we see in the Philippines. We were very fortunate to be invited for a free lunch there courtesy of Uncle Ang, the same cool dude who treated us to Lei Garden! It turned out to be one of the most unforgettable meals of our trip!
Getting to Hong Kong Old restaurant was quite easy. It’s literally a 5 minute walk from the Fortress Hill MTR station. Just cross the street and you should find the Newton Hotel there. Take the stairs to the basement and you’ll find the Hong Kong Old Restaurant. There are a lot of tables and several rooms throughout the floor. They have a very nice selection of wine displayed at the reception but they’re all kinda pricey. Anyway, we were promptly seated in a nice round table since we made reservations.
Our lunch started with one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had in my life. Unfortunately I have no idea what this appetizer set is called! All I know is that the cold cut blocks are made of pork and they taste unbelievably good! Taking a bite of this cool and salty piece of heaven once will make you detest how cold cuts are made locally here in the Philippines. Not just the same, huhuhu.
After that we were treated to several rounds of different dishes that I personally just experienced for the first time. First up we have the baby shrimps with egg white. Our gracious host, Uncle Ang, demonstrated how to eat it. We put a portion on our bowl and mixed some vinegar. The different flavors just burst in our mouth and this dish was the quickest to disappear on the table. Testament to how everyone loved it!
Next we were served with my favorite dish for the day: scallion pancakes with sesame seeds. Uncle Ang called it “Chinese Pizza”, hehe. This dish was very refreshing from your usual western “pizza”. This looks like boring bread but eating it is an experience in itself! The crisp exterior of the pancake contrasted with the soft and tasty inside makes for a savory delight with each bite.
We then had a barrage of dim sum ranging from the usual Pork Siomai to the more juicy Xiao Long Bao. As usual I ended up burning my tongue, haha! Our host demonstrated how to eat it properly. He explained it pretty well:
Bite the nipple. Suck the liquid. Eat meat.
Yes, Uncle Ang rocks. Big time!
We were then served some sort of a do-it-yourself sweet shawarma. As you can see in the photo below ground pork and herbs are served on circular shaped bread pancakes. To eat it you pour the sauce and then roll it up. Gobble it up after like there’s no tomorrow. 😀
Again I wasn’t able to take down notes on what it was called but it was super, super, super good. Just save the photo of this on your phone and show it to the waitress!
Other dishes that we tried included their fried rice and more dumpling variants. To finish off the meal we had their famous dessert — Souffle Balls with Red Bean Filling. This is another must-try should you find yourselves in this restaurant!
Over-all we had a splendid time eating at the Old Hong Kong Restaurant. The dishes weren’t your usual Chinese food that you find in Manila and it gave us a deeper appreciation for the Chinese cuisine and culture.
Thank you again to our gracious and super cool host who treated us here for lunch — Uncle Ang! Next time you’re in the Philippines my wife and I will cook and serve you 1.5-inch prime rib steaks!
See our other posts about our recent Hong Kong trip below:
Snake Soup at Se Yong Wee
Mad Rush for the Tram and the Freezing Wind at the Peak in Hong Kong
Boneless Pork and Roast Duck in Plum Sauce at Lei Garden
Hong Kong 2014: The Best AirBNB Experience Yet