Finest HK Cuisine: Lung King Heen

July 22, 2010 in Best Of, Food, Hong Kong, Travel by pacejmiller

The view from Lung King Heen

As of 2010, there are only two restaurants in Hong Kong that have been awarded 3 Michelin Stars.  One of them is Lung King Heen, a superb Chinese restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel (the other one is also there, and I’ll get to that in a later post).

Initially, I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about going there.  I’ve been to plenty of Chinese restaurants.  How good can they possibly get?

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Well, I’m glad I ended up going.  We sampled the Chef’s Tasting Dinner Menu, which includes the following delicious dishes (in order):

Sauces: Chili, XO, Soy

The Amuse-Bouche -- Smoked Salmon on Rice Cracker

The Appetiser Combination: BBQ Suckling Pig, BBQ Pork with Honey and Roast Duck with Plum Sauce

Braised Shark Fin with Fresh Crab Meat

Simmered King Prawn in Spicy Plum Sauce

Braised Abalone Cube with Star Garoupa Fillet in Supreme Oyster Sauce

Wok Fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Japanese Green Pepper, Garlic and Black Pepper

Braised Seasonal Vegetables with Fresh Mushrooms

Fried Rice with Scallops, Conpoy and Vegetables

Chilled Coffee Pudding with Baileys Foam

Petits Fours

Yes, the food was delicious.  It was just several levels above most of the regular Chinese restaurants I’ve been to, and I don’t just mean the service or the presentation.  The taste was genuinely terrific!  The flavours, the texture, the amount of sauce and oil — everything top notch.

The standout was definitely the Appetiser Combination.  It’s not even a cold platter — all of the appetiser’s are hot, succulent and flavoursome.  Man, makes me salivate just thinking about them now.

The first half of the menu was definitely better than the latter half though.  I’d say after the sensational prawn the dishes dropped off a bit.  Still very good, but just not as exceptional as the first few.  However, the rice brought it right back up, and the coffee pudding was much better than it looked and what I had expected.

It wasn’t cheap (okay it burnt a bit of a hole in the pocket) but it was worth it.  It’s not like I visit 3 Michelin Star restaurants every day.