Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Maxim's Palace, City Hall, Hong Kong

1 time dim sum in Hong Kong on each visit is definitely not enough..
Hence our visit to Maxim's Palace :p
Maxim's is a huge, chinese restaurant (zau lau), so if you want cozy tea house setting, this is definitely not the place for you. I felt I was attending a large chinese wedding dinner when I was in there actually( and me sitting near the large golden dragon- phoenix carvings with "hei" words does not help).
I was rather intimidated by the large crowd ( mostly locals and a handful of tourists) queuing at the entrance, luckily it was quite fast as they have about 100 tables in the restaurant..
Waiters pushing trolleys and carrying trays of dim sums were everywhere, so getting food the moment we sat was a breeze...

Stuffed aubergine..
Quite yummy. Pan fried aubergine stuffed with fish paste and doused with thick sauce.

Har gau (steamed prawn dumplings)..
Thin, translucent skin wrapping encasing huge, fresh, springy prawns. Good.

The steamed beef balls
Juicy, not over cooked and very well marinated. Had a wonderful spring to it.
Lamb with black pepper sauce..
Extremely tender lamb cooked in slightly sweet black pepper sauce. Delicious actually, the meat was still pinkish on the inside and the black pepper not too overpowering..
Amy was craving for loh mai kai since the first day in Hong Kong..
We had to grant her, her wish. Alas, she was sorely disappointed. Some parts of the rice were uncooked and taste was, well, flat. Skip this.
The fung zhao (steamed chicken feet)
Plump chicken feet cooked in thick sweetish bean sauce. Very flavourful, pretty good. (though a tad oily)
Steamed chicken with mushroom and fish maw
This was scrumptious! The chicken chunks were well marinated, tender and moist; while the mushroom was thick and fragrant; and the fish maw was so, so good as it soaks up all the essence and sauces from the chicken and mushroom. A must order!
Some veggies to balance our meal.. As expected, very fresh and sweet veggies..
The prawn chee cheong fun.. The CCF was too thick and sauce was a tad bland.
I was asking for woo kok (yam puff) since we sat down..
And after waiting, waiting and waiting, one of the waiter finally remembered my request and wah lah.. I'm glad for the wait. Freshly cooked, it's piping hot, the yam was soft and melting and the filling was simply lip smacking. Rather than the dark coloured filling we have in Malaysia, Maxim's version is somewhat creamy; ala alfredo, but very delicious nonetheless.
We thought we'll have some sweets and saw this quaint looking thing..
Ultra mini paus filled with mango flavoured custard and coated with a light mango gelatin. Nothing to shout about though sounding so fancy.
I was surprised to see the waitress carrying trays of keropok (fish/ prawn crackers)
No, that's a sweet snack, nothing like keropok SF said
Yes, it does look different when it was placed on our table. Tasted exactly like mah zai (aka shat kei ma), but way better as the fried flour concoction melts in my mouth almost immediately. What's left was hints of honey/ maltose which lingers, just for a while. Sweet :)
Total bill was HKD510 for 3 persons. A tad cheaper than Luk Yu, though Luk Yu's quality is a notch higher. I guess this is a place for you if you prefer a lot of dim sum variety.City Hall Maxim's Palace is located at 2nd Floor, City Hall Low Block, Hong Kong.

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Anonymous jason said...

Eating in HK really requires plenty of $$!

26 November, 2008  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

yeahlah .... quite pricey eh ...
lin heung cheaper a lot, right? though dunno the comparison of quality.

26 November, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i m jotting all this down..for my turn to try out..ohh fish maw soaked with good stuff..excellent..

no pun tong gao?

26 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

jason: yes, you need to be prepared..hahaha

j2kfm: it is still quite pricey. lin heung's the cheapest of the 3, but think the food quality here is more refined and tastier. shall blog about lin heung soon.

joe: hehehe i believe you'll enjoy the fish maw dim sum :). dont try those that i said average though, dont waste your tummy space.hehe. no la, no more pun tong gao, had to try different stuff for variety..

26 November, 2008  
Anonymous SF said...

Girl, following these HK post of yours, I realised you still have a lot more to write on. And then I am thinking, how in the world did we fit all these in! And these were the ones I was with you, what about those that I wasn't???? :D

26 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

sf: yup, still loads, but not all will be posted la. else, i'll combine some together, like what i did for the desserts :) after you left, we didnt try that much of food la :p

27 November, 2008  
Blogger CUMI & CIKI said...

a chinese restaurant with a name like MAXIMS... so cute!lol.. food looks good.. long time since i visited HK!

27 November, 2008  
Blogger Tummythoz said...

HKD510 is roughly RM255 divided 3.. RM85 per person. Whoa. Somehow when holidaying, don't feel the pinch. Now calculating using your posts, my bruises are showing. Again.

27 November, 2008  
Blogger Precious Pea said...

I so wanna have the beef balls now.

28 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

cumi&ciki: i get confused with the famous bakery there...same name..wondered if its the same owner? go to HK next year! :)

tummythoz: hahaha.. i was well prepared as i got my lesson learnt on my first time to HK. so budgeted quite a lot for food this time round.

pea: oh, you'll enjoy it so!

02 December, 2008  

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