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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hong Kong Dinner: Lin Heung Kui

 Lin Heung Kui
2-3F 46-50 Des Voeux Road West
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Authentic. Traditional. Locals only. The only round-eye in the building was me!

We come into this bustling family-style restaurant and things get interesting right off the bat. We are joined by relatives who are Hong Kong natives, and they begin to bathe our chopsticks, cups, bowls, and spoons in boiling water and tea. I learn quickly that this is common practice in mid-range restaurants to sterilize utensils, just in case. At first sight, I think the wait staff might find this insulting, but I have come to realize it really is a normal thing to do, and maybe I shouldn’t think too hard about why

Let’s fast forward. A few Tsing Tao’s down and the chickpea and chestnut stuffed duck arrives with Chinese vegetable. That is by far the most amazing dish of the night. The duck literally falls apart in shreds, no knife needed! 

Other dishes included squid and celery, spare ribs, fish stomach soup, fish and eggplant, chicken, and jellyfish. None of it was bad. The fish stomach soup was a new one for me but the broth was tasty with chunks of shrimp and tofu. 
Spare Ribs

Squid and Celery

Fish and Eggplant

Fish Stomach Soup

Chicken and Jellyfish

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