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Sumptuous Boneless Pork and Roast Duck with Plum Sauce at Lei Garden

By December 7, 2014 December 9th, 2014 3 Comments

Feast Like There’s No Tomorrow

Our adventure in Hong Kong continues and this time we’d like to share with you guys a phenomenal, sumptuous, and mind-blowing meal we had a few days ago at Lei Garden in Fortress Hill. Colin’s super cool uncle treated us to lunch there and it pretty much became one of the major highlights so far of our trip due to how unbelievably delicious the food was!

Oohhhhhh yeahhhhh.

Oohhhhhh yeahhhhh.

Before we get to the dishes, here’s some background about Lei Garden based on what I picked up during our conversation with Colin’s uncle. Lei Garden is one of those Michelin-starred and critically praised restaurants that foodies and families flock to when they’re in Hong Kong. There are several branches throughout the city (check here for a list). They’re known for a variety of dishes ranging from their meaty and juicy dim sum to their main dishes such as their boneless pork and roast duck in plum sauce. A lot of foodie and travel sites recommend that you visit and eat here should you find yourself in Hong Kong.

Eason, Mich, me, Colin's super cool Uncle, Colin, and Kim

Eason, Mich, me, Colin’s super cool Uncle, Colin, and Kim

When we entered we were immediately seated thanks to our prior reservation. The staff was friendly, warm, and accommodating. Even though I couldn’t understand a single word that they said, they made me feel very welcome (lol) with their smiles and joyful demeanor. From what I could tell with how the staff acted, Colin’s uncle is a regular here, hehe.

It only took around 10 minutes of waiting before waves upon waves of dishes were served on our table. We kicked things off with a variety of dim sum which included your usual siomai, hakaw, chicken feet, and several other variants that were just as delicious but were a mystery to me when it came to the ingredients and the names.

Siomai attack!

Siomai attack!

Chinese Sausage in Bun

Chinese Sausage in Bun

Hakaw

Hakaw

Some weird looking but delicious dim sum

Some weird looking but delicious dim sum

Chicken Feet

Chicken Feet

The Main Course: Let’s Get It On!!!

After what felt like an endless stream of dim sum, the waiter plunked down the main dishes: roast duck in plum sauce, boneless pork, and some sort of clam with mushrooms (so divinely delicious but I wasn’t able to catch the exact name). The duck was just heavenly. After taking a bite of the soft meat and crispy skin dipped in the plum sauce, I closed my eyes and imagined myself rolling in a sea of joyous love and delight (lol). Seriously though, the duck was flippin’ great! One of the best I’ve ever had in my life.

This will haunt me in my dreams forever. Too delicious to forget. Huhuhu

This will haunt me in my dreams forever. Too delicious to forget. Huhuhu

The boneless pork was just as good. The sauce was kinda like sweet and sour but the real highlight was the quality of the meat. This was one of the rare instances that I was able to savor pork that literally almost melted in my mouth. Best way to eat this though is by putting it in between the buns that go along with it and then lathering it with the sauce.

Yummeh. Boneless Pork of Love.

Yummeh. Boneless Pork of Love.

So delicious it deserves a close up!

So delicious it deserves a close up!

Another dish that was also superb was the clam meat served on a bed of small mushrooms. I wasn’t able to catch the name but I will most definitely forever remember how awesome it tasted, hehe! We all chowed down on the meat pretty fast and while it was hard to cut, most of us just ate the thing whole and then picked off the mushrooms after.

Don't know what this is called but it was DELICIOUS

Don’t know what this is called but it was DELICIOUS

We were also served fried rice, radish cake, and taro throughout the meal.

Simply put our lunch in Lei Garden was truly one of the highlights so far of our trip. The gastronomic experience was soooooooooo good that we will definitely make it a point to come back should we visit Hong Kong again in the future.

If you want to visit Lei Garden, here are the list of branches with their respective opening and closing times:

IFC Lei Garden Restaurant
Address: Shop No. 3007-11, 3/F., International Finance Centre, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2295 0238
Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Times Square Lei Garden Restaurant
Address: Shop 1003, 10/F Times Square, Causeway Bay
Tel: (852) 2506 3828
Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Wanchai Lei Garden Restaurant
Address: 1/F., CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2892 0333
Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

North Point Lei Garden Restaurant <--- Where we ate Address: Lei Garden Restaurant, North Point, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2806 0008 Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. As for the price, Lei Garden isn't a hole-in-the-wall operation so don't expect it to be dirt cheap. The dim sum dishes ranged from $50 HK to $70 HK while the main dishes are $170 HK and up. For those going here, I suggest you research on what you will order in advance. The staff seem to be very friendly to locals but they have a hard time speaking and understanding english. Just to avoid miscommunication, make a list already of what you wanna get and then order them from the waitress when they get to your table. Best though if you're with a local since that should take care of the very evident language barrier. See Also: Hong Kong 2014: Our Best AirBNB Experience Yet!