Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
Chinese food is one of those cuisines that I often crave, but, with so many restaurants in Chinatown, one never knows where to find authentic Chinese cuisine, far from the tourist traps. Well, I might have found the perfect spot: Bite of Hong Kong. What makes it different: it's seafood for sure, from fish to crab (the day I went, they had this huge Alaskan crab that was the size of beast you see in horror movies, results of nuclear experiments). Ok, I might exaggerate a bit, but still: it was a nice size.
Opened in 2015, it featured an interesting menu made of classic as well as original dishes crafted by Head Chef Fei who immigrated from Hong Kong.
This is quite a big place, with plenty of small rooms, including the VIP room in the back.
We definitely had a feast there and I can tell you that the walk we had after that was more than welcome. Here is what we had:
Vegetarian dumplings: the kind I like, with a thin shell and a tasty stuffing.
Egg drop soup, deliciously gelatinous.
Spring rolls: Classic, delightfully crispy and slightly greasy, as expected.
Duck tongues Hong Kong Style. Ok, this was the first time I had duck tongue and I admit that I did not really liked it. It was a bit rubbery and had what I guess was bones on one end...it was deep fried and so the first fried dish I ever had that I did not like! Apparently, the duck tongue with soy sauce is juicier: not sure I'll try that though...
For the entrées, we started off with chicken pan fried noodles, a dish I discovered many years ago in Hong Kong. This was very good, the noodles being deliciously crispy and smothered by lots of sauce.
Fish maws and dried squid in XO sauce: I admit that I had no idea what fish maws was and learned that it is the air bladder that regulates water and oxygen flow so the fish can ascend or descend in the water. It is considered a luxurious ingredient. It was pretty interesting, a bit rubbery and quite chewy. The best part of the dish was for sure the squid that was nicely grilled and not rubbery at all.
We also got a vegetarian dish: egg tofu with assorted mushrooms. Pretty good, with lots of mushrooms for sure and a very tasty tofu that was soaked in a thick sauce.
Last was the fried Dungeness crab, one of their specialty. First, it looked spectacular and I could not wait to try it. It was not too complicated to eat as it was already broken apart. The crab was dipped in a batter before being fried in a wok. I could not resist sucking the legs that had that delicious fried batter around, before breaking the shell to get to the perfectly cooked crab meat. It was a bit messy, but worth it and, do not worry: they give you some wet towels so you do not walk around with a piece of crab in the corner of your mouth.
With my meal, I got a Tsing Tao beer, probably the most famous Chinese beer. Light, but good.
We had a great lunch at Bite of Hong Kong: the food was exquisite and I loved the fact that they offer a wide array of dishes, from classic to original. I rarely go for seafood in Chinese places and this made me change my mind!
Enjoy (I did)!
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