Sunday, May 17, 2009

Kam Moon Ting @ Food Forum, Times Square, Causeway Bay Hong Kong

I think we must be spoilt without knowing it when it comes to dining outside in Malaysia.

How often do we in Malaysia or KL have to walk into a restaurant without getting a table? Even if the popularity of the place is equivalent to celebrity or superstar status, a simple call the day before does the trick.

Not in Hong Kong apparently. They only entertain bookings 3 days in advance and if you walk in like we did on a Friday evening, the result?

Wait for 1.5 hours before you are ushered in.

That is the mentality of humans, the longer the queue, the bigger the curiosity is and the impression is that this place is confirmed smacking good.

Well it was pretty darn excellent i must say.


Kam Moon Ting serving modern Chinese cusine with cues from Shanghai to Beijing.

After quickly seated and ordered, my friend apparently is quite a regular and virtually memorised what he wanted to order in the 1.5 hour wait.

Appetisers were spread out to either say thank you for waiting for tease our stomachs and say "sucker, you got to wait". Whatever the intentions were, we digged in.

Their version of giving peanuts; lightly pickled cucumbers and a plate of cold prawns which we happily said thank you and gobbled up.

Their Drunken Chicken was indeed a very drunk one. If the versions i had so far were considered drunk, this was a passed out version. Comparison can also be made between beer and whisky. Tip: Scoop a mouthful of the sauce (or alcohol) with a piece of chicken and put it all in the mouth.

Smoked tea eggs were another delightful item. Expensive at HKD 13 per piece, the money is really paid for the chef's skills in getting the consistency runny egg yolk and imparting the smokey taste on the egg.

After settling the appetisers, the mains followed diligently.

The Dong Po Yuk, was unlike what i was used to (must be our local KL version), this was on the sweet side with the compulsory fat layers. The only complaint was the lack of braising which required lazy fellows to bite more than they should.

The Stir Fried Eel with what appeared to be yellow chives (spotted by my reader) was another dish that you just couldnt stop picking on.

The Creamy Cabbage presumably from Yunnan was abit bland. With the amount we ate over the trip, any form of fiber or vegetable was welcomed anyways.

Slurp in some xiu long bao that was really good. Learnt a tip from my HK friend which was new to me; lift the dumpling "head/tip" with your chopsticks vs carrying it from the body of the dumpling wont cause any spillage.

Pancakes wrapped with what seemed to be sweet (without the sour) pork strips, a simple dish but man it tasted good (then again i am a "sweet" person).

The Sweet and Sour Fish came last. With the addition of prawns among the filleted fish slices, this was your average dish that you can get in Malaysia.

Finished with some noodles, nice texture, not exactly your yellow noodles or your udon, somewhere in between i suppose.

Ohh what a mouthful but definitely worth the wait.

Address and contact details:

Kam Moon Ting 金滿庭

Address: Rm 1002, 10/F, Food Forum,
Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣銅鑼灣勿地臣街1號時代廣場食通天101002

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars. The meal was around 700-800 HKD dollars, well spent i reckon, for Hong Kong standards that is. Filled to the brim with Chinese goodies, just a pity you got to queue and did i mention that you got to queue at the lifts too?


70 comments:

550ml jar of faith said...

1.5 hours?! That's plenty of time to bring your own picnic during the queue, polish off the food and the requisite alcohol and still be famished by the time the appetizers are served! Smoked tea eggs look absolutely divine!

worldwindows said...

I usually try the odder hours, works all the time if deprive of local help. But most of time with locals and they entertain well. The drunken chicken is the ye tou cut? and the colour is fantastic.

ai wei said...

you queue for 90mins?!?!?! gosh!!! that is super long.
then are u satisfied with the food?!

Cindy Khor said...

the drunken chicken, the pork strips looks really really tasty... saliva flowing now...makes me wanna homemake them..

Sean said...

the food looks tasty (especially the eggs), but shouldn't there be a more efficient way of doing this?? let customers take a number and come back at an estimated time?

Agnes Cheong said...

The dong po meat looks delicious as I nv try it before. KL where to find dong po meat to eat?

terri@adailyobsession said...

this post is bad--made me drool n miss hk! their restaurants are many classes above, in terms of standards, aren't they
tt's yellow chives with the eel btw.

J2Kfm said...

wait, but how sure are you that when liftingg at the head/tip of the XLB, the bottom wont break?

haha, justa random thought.

the tea eggs look mighty unusual though.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: dont know..was demonstrated live infront of my eyes..haha

terri: bingo i think that might b it..what was i thinking abt when i said leeks?

agnes: beats me haha

sean: yeah its a numbering system..the downside abt coming back is missing your number..i remembered dashing to the counter after they skipped 2 numbers so we could get our table..

cindy: u can make them!?

ai wei: pretty much..i tell u..for food u forgive anything..

worldwindows: haha 90mins was WITH local help..

550ml: tell me abt it..shud hav bought some whisky in a flask..

Life for Beginners said...

Drunken Passed Out Chicken? Far out, man, far out... ;)

Julian Si said...

Have fun in HK, bro :-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

julian: correction: had fun in hk haha!

lob: yes way far out eh..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Ooooo...gimme that drunken passed out chicken!! "Lazy fellows to bite more than they should"...you meant yourself ka? =P

mimid3vils said...

The pork strips look like Hokkien Mee :P

xin said...

everything looks so good. damn i feel like i have wasted my life living being nv eaten all those :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: no need to feel wasted..go take a flight..

mimi: hahah yeah i noted that too!

bbabe: yeah me with the lazy mouth..

thule a.k.a leo said...

I would have left the place for ages... can't afford to waste time in HK coz there are still a lot of places I haven't been to... yet!!!
But all the dishes look yummy to me!! Hahaha.. I'm hungry now

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: thankfully we were too tired n hungry to move anywhere haha

thenomadgourmand said...

the smoked tea eggs really looked like something one should i gotta try! but its not common even in HK rite?

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: hmm i think its not canto cuisine, thats y..

vincent: will do..

CUMI & CIKI said...

i want the Smoked tea eggs! Looks so rich so delicious.. can just imagine the runny yolk... mmmmmmmmm

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: imagine bread to go with it...

ling239 said...

beautiful smoked tea eggs...^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: well crafted too..

mh said...

if you just run through all the comments from your reader, you might just get more than 1000 quotes "your blog makes me hungry"!

:P

Good job...definitely make me feel like visiting HK again.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: sure or not..nt sure whether i got so many comments in the 1st place!

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