Monday, March 28, 2011

Hong Kong diary 2011 part 1 - Island Tang

Although it feels like a lifetime ago, I was in Hong Kong this time last month and it's time to share with CCM readers about the trip.

Our visit was very family-oriented this time around.  There were many gatherings with my sister's family, and most of them were around a dining table :-D

Out of all our meals, the highlight was dinner at Island Tang, a Chinese restaurant in Central.

The decor was a cut above typical Chinese restaurants.

The teapots were charming.

The dinner started with honey glazed barbeque pork, one of the restuarant's signature dishes.

As you can see, it looked a bit different from the barbeque pork from your local Chinese takeaway.

Take a closer look.

It tasted as succulent as it looked, thanks to the highly marbled, almost melt-in-your-mouth meat.  It was probably too rich to have regularly (and I do like the bright red, lean cut cha-chiu), but as a special treat?  Nom nom nom.

Next up was another well known Chinese dish, the Peking duck.  I made the waiter stop so I can take a photo of the whole duck.

I'm not a fan of skin-only Peking duck servings, so I highly approved of the way the dish was served here - with a good sized piece of juicy duck meat.

The pastry was paper-thin, the cucumber and shallots were finely julienned, and the duck was perfectly marinaded.  It was so delicate - not what I expected from a dish that is usually quite heavy.

Other dishes we enjoyed included:

Savoury chicken and cucumber juliennes, jellyfish and spring onions tossed with sesame sauce - the sesame sauce made the dish.  It was like a runny smooth peanut butter with a softer flavour, and it gelled the different ingredients together beautifully.

Baked spare ribs with sweet and sour strawberry sauce - the strawberries added a welcome touch of tartiness to the sauce.  The ribs were a bit too fatty to my liking though.

Overall it was an excellent meal.  My sister picked up the tab (thanks sis!), from my recollection it was not overly expensive (I'm guessing around $A40 - $A50 per person).

I highly recommend Island Tang to any visitor to Hong Kong.  It is a great representation of Chinese cuisine.

Island Tang
Shop 222, The Galleria Plaza
9 Queen's Road
Hong Kong
(852) 2526 8798


  1. Everything looks so AMAZING! I'm hungry now, lol!

  2. Oh - that duck looks fantastic!! I think I need to go now!

  3. Oh gosh, everything here looks so very delicious!

    Although, I have to admit, I am not the biggest fan of Chinese cuisine but that could be because I haven't tried the proper good stuff!

    The restaurant decor is lovely too, warm and inviting. Very nice.

  4. Oh you have me wanting peking duck now.

    Tea pots & decor are very nice, we don't eat peking duck that often, only once a year. But that just looks yum :P

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