September 23, 2017: For lunch today, we went to Shark Fin’s Restaurant in Mongkok for a really good and cost efficient lunch! My mom found this gem of a restaurant through OpenRice. 😀
It was literally called 魚翅大排檔 (“shark fin dai pai dong”) in Chinese, but when we got there, it wasn’t a traditional dai pai dong restaurant located outside at all. Instead, it was a restaurant that had decor elements of a traditional Chinese restaurant and feel of a HK style cafe.
We were greeted warmly by the servers when we arrived and got a table. There weren’t too many people here for lunch at 1 p.m., so it was definitely more of a slow and leisurely meal.
We came here not just because of the shark fin but because of their really good deals for lunch (自選午市套餐). For only $88 HKD, the lunch combo included a small bowl of shark fin soup or shark fin soup with veggies, rice or noodles, a choice of a small dish, and a drink!
We both ordered the combo with shark fin soup. My mom chose the Honey Glazed Eel Balls and I chose the Crispy Fried Squab. I chose the fried rice and my mom chose the soup noodles in abalone sauce.
The shark fin soup (紅燒蟹肉生翅) was really good! It had more of the side fins as opposed to the main sharper needle fins. It tasted so soft and paired so well with the thick soup. Yummy! :9
The Honey Glazed Eel Balls (菜盤蜜炙鰻魚球) came in three. They were nicely fried to a crisp on the outside and sweet. The eel meat inside was soft and the skin was fatty in a good way.
The Crispy Fried Squab (脆皮軟骨BB鴿) was really good too! The skin was slightly crispy and flavourful and the meat was tender. So well cooked!
The soup noodles in abalone sauce (鮑汁撈麵) were thin and tasted good. The abalone sauce wasn’t very obvious but still a good solid noodle.
The fried rice (炒飯) had some ginger in it which made it so fragrant! The rice was a bit hard for my liking however.
We both chose hot lemon water for our drinks.
What an amazing lunch deal!!