Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Old Hong Kong Legend -Tantalising Canto Indulgence

Some guests are coming to town and hubby is wondering where to bring them. The first restaurant that came to my mind was Old Hong Kong Legend.

We were there about two months ago for dinner and I have been wanting to make a return - now there's a good reason to do so (we try not to go back to a restaurant too soon as there are so many we haven't tried!).

It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was surprisingly quiet (so was the shopping mall actually). We are usually hesitant about eating in any restaurant that doesn't have much customers but on that day, I made the decision to give it a try - simply because it was part of the Old Hong Kong group.

Some years back, I interviewed the owner Victoria for a Singapore Women's Weekly article on parenting. At that time, she only has one cafe, the Old Hong Kong Tea House at Katong Village. She impressed me as an articulate, fiesty woman - characteristic of many Hong Kong women I suppose, and since then, I have been watching how she expanded her business from one to currently four restaurants. I would certainly love to interview her again some day to learn about her entrepreneurial journey.

Anyway, back to the dinner. We ordered seven dishes, including desserts; every item except one of the desserts, impressed us with their taste and presentation.

Chinese Yam Paste with Blueberry Sauce
The finely pureed Chinese yam combined with watermelon and topped with blueberry sauce gave this cold dish a delicate, refreshing taste which wasn't too sweet. I thought it might be suitable as a dessert. The dish is also a pretty sight to behold. 

Deep Fried Fish Skin Served with Superior Soup
Ths is probably my favourite dish of the night – the fish skin was very crispy; tasted like fish keropok and when you dip it into the soup you can even hear a soft crackling sound!

Diced Beef with Homemade Sauce

The diced beef, served in three soup spoons, was tender and juicy. The beef was topped with few slices of fried garlic (looked like almond) and gave it that added fragrance.

Baked Rack of Lamb with Black Pepper Sauce
The lamb turned out a bit tough but was tasty nonetheless. Surprisingly, one of the best lamb rack I had eaten was from Jumbo (Dempsey outlet) the seafood restaurant. I still crave for it occasionally.

Chilled Avocado Cream with Ice Cream
The avocado cream was yummy and being not too sweet, it went well with vanilla ice cream. The dessert was served with dry ice and Kenan was so excited when he saw the smoke from the dry ice.

Mashed Pumpkin Cream with Little Dumplings
Didn't enjoy this dessert - it's presentation pale in comparison to the rest of the items we had earlier and there were just two small tiny dumplings with no fillings inside. Being a dessert lover, I was disappointed with this one.

Overall, we were pleased with our dining experience. We could tell that menu has been thoughfully prepared and many of the traditional Cantonese dishes are infused with a modern twist. Eating at Old Hong Kong Legend has been as much a feast for the taste buds as for the eyes. Even our little boy enjoyed himself!

Old Hong Kong Legend
#02-18 Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
Tel: 63977023


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