Wednesday, 23 January 2013
One of the most fascinating aspects of Hong Kong cuisine is the HK-style Western dishes. It's usually found in small restaurants and coffee houses. This cuisine serves up interesting takes on various kinds of Western food items ranging from toast to macaroni.
My boyfriend and I have passed by a restaurant known as Jin Jin Hong Kong Cafe millions of times, but never had the courage to try it until recently. He's tried it before and said they have delectable HK-style Western dishes, so we gave it a shot.
The restaurant reminded me of those coffee and tea-like restaurants in the TVB Hong Kong series. The restaurant also had a diner-like vibe to it since there were the cushion seats and their menu reminded me of a diner menu too.
The menu at JJHKC was long and it took me a few minutes to decide exactly what I wanted. They have an enormous amount of authentic and savory Cantonese and Western dishes. They also have a sushi section.
After we ordered our food and drinks, we were given complimentary soup. The soup wasn't anything special, just tasted like chicken and was flavorful.
For appetizer, we decided to order scallion pancake. It had a nice shade of golden brown and was crunchy and tasty. It's been a while since we last had scallion pancake.
My boyfriend ordered the Baked Portuguese Seafood over Rice dish. It sure looked amazing and hearty! It was inexpensive, only $7.95. Can you believe it? My boyfriend's dish had a variety of seafood - fish cake, shrimp, crab meat (imitation) , squid, and mussels.
The chef used white rice for this dish. The dish was smothered and covered in melted cheese. Absolutely divine!
I'm not sure about you, but whenever I look at this picture over and over again ... I just salivate. I mean just look how great it looks. I've been on a salmon binge lately, so that's what motivated me to order this dish and also because I love salmon! The dish wasn't too different from my boyfriend's dish, just slightly cheaper, only $6.95.
The salmon was cooked to absolute perfection and had a nice crust to it. The color of the meat was a beautiful shade of salmon pink the way it should be! I really enjoyed this dish because it was absolutely scrumptious. There's not one thing I didn't like about the dish.
Overall, the food and experience at Jin Jin Hong Kong Cafe was great! Our lunch was super cheap. I'm glad I gave this restaurant a shot and I will definitely return here.
Have you tried any Hong Kong-style restaurants or dishes? If so, what did you try?