Archive for January, 2012

New Year Dinner at Joy Luck Palace 醉香居開年飯

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

This year the FoodLovers had Chinese New Year Dinner with old friends and families at Joy Luck Palace 醉香居 in Cupertino.

The restaurant was full. According to our experience, the only rational choice was to take their festival set menu. Ordering à la carte would guarantee slow service and subpar food quality during this busy season. To celebrate the New Year, the manu was red and names of the dishes were all four-character idioms related to good luck, wealth and health. If you couldn’t figure out what kind of food was that, they had more descriptive dish names in smaller characters.

The food was decent and company was great to celebrate the festival. What more can you ask for?

Joy Luck Palace 醉香居
10911 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Tel: +1-408-255-6988


抵食夾大件嘅社團菜 – South Sea Seafood Village 南海漁村

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

It’s time again for our annual Chinese New Year luncheon of SFX alumni in the Bay area. This year, our chief negotiator, Simon Lee,  went to work and got us a great deal at South Sea Seafood Village 南海漁村海鮮茶寮 in Millbrae. It’s no mean feat to feed a group of hungry men and women within our tight budget but Simon did it. He managed to squeeze the bill down to US$18 per person – all in. That included food, service, tax, etc. We also got our exclusive private room on the 2nd floor. The food was decent too.

The following video clip shows our happy faces and all the dishes we had. One of our alumni provided the background music.

South Sea Seafood Village 南海漁村海鮮茶寮
195 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
Tel: +1-650-692-0688

Big Fat Fish – Royal Dragon 鉅龍

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I had heard of this restaurant in Shamshuipo famous for Giant Grouper (龍躉) and always wanted to try it. Janet was very nice to invite me and 阿細 to have dinner there during my short stay in Hong Kong this time.

Not having seen a giant grouper before, I was amazed to see these big creatures in the aquarium at the front of the restaurant. They had to be at least three to four feet long. According to the lady who was feeding them, each of these fish weighted about 50lb. Obviously, we would not see the whole fish served at the table. She also told me that they usually would split each fish into smaller portions (份) at a sister restaurant before sending them to this site.

Janet and 阿細 arrived shortly after I started drinking Buddha Fruit Tea (羅漢果茶) to clear my throat. Janet had called ahead to order a few of the dishes that needed more time to prepare.

First came the Conch Soup with Giant Grouper Skin (濃燉海中寶). I could only find a few small pieces of fish skin; the rest probably had melted into the soup. I couldn’t taste the fish skin either; the soup was delicious with pleasant flavor of conch though. I had a couple of bowls of the soup and quite a few pieces of conch which was crunchy.

Dalian Scallop was good but not special. The Braised Giant Grouper Fin (古法燜龍躉翅) was what we came here for and was worth the trip. There was not much meat but the fin and bone tasted so good I couldn’t help sucking everything out of the bone. A must-have at this restaurant.

Even though there was so much food on the table, Janet added a couple more dishes one of which was the Deep Fried Giant Grouper Liver with Spiced Salt (椒鹽龍躉肝). It was so crispy and not oily at all. Next time I will probably order this one up front as appetizer; I bet it will go well with a beer or two. The Crispy Chicken with Soy Sauce and Sesame (醬油脆皮芝麻雞) was another winner especially for sesame-lovers like me. Needless to say, the chicken meat was tender too.

The Giant Grouper Throat and Wild Mushroom in Hot Stone Pot (石鍋野菌龍躉扣) was another dish that Janet had added – I was glad she did. The fish throat (魚扣) was crunchy but 爽. I would have a few more pieces had I not been full at that time.

I recommend this restaurant to anyone who knows how to get around in Shamshuipo. It is only a few minutes from the Prince Edward MTR station.

Royal Dragon Seafood Cuisine 鉅龍酒家
62-64 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong 香港九龍荔枝角道62-64號地下
Tel: +852-2397-3999