September 27, 2017:
For dim sum today with relatives, we went to Chiuchow Garden (潮庭) in Sha Tin New Town Plaza. I’ve been there for dinner for sure but uncertain whether I had been here for dim sum and whether it had been blogged before. Thus, here is a brief recap through mostly photos of what we had.
As always in these restaurants, there was a small bowl of cold appetizers to open up the appetite. This included peanuts, pickled cucumbers, and tofu. If you don’t want them, make sure to tell the server immediately otherwise they are $20 HKD per plate (and usually, you don’t find out that these are not complimentary until the bill comes).
We ordered a lot of dim sum dishes from their menu for the 10 people that we had.
Congee with preserved egg & shredded pork (皮蛋瘦肉粥). This was a standard-tasting congee.
Steamed rice with chicken feet & spare ribs (鳳爪排骨飯). Mmm, my favorite these days. Classic steamed rice with chicken feet and tasty spare ribs.
Deep-fried bean curd sheet stuffed with shrimps & pork (鮮蝦腐皮卷). This was pretty good; the bean curd sheet was crispy.
Deep-fried dumplings stuffed with mashed sesame paste (流沙煎堆仔). I tried a tiny quarter of this; it’s good for those who like this stuff.
The inside of the dessert; you can see the sesame paste.
Steamed creamy yolk buns (流沙奶皇包). I didn’t try this.
Steamed egg sponge cake (原籠馬拉糕). I didn’t try this either.
Steamed shrimp dumplings (水晶鮮蝦餃). The dumpling skin wasn’t the best and the shrimp didn’t have much flavour.
Steamed red date pudding (紅棗千層糕). I tried a tiny bit of this and it was sweet.
Steamed bean curd sheet rolls stuffed with chicken & taro (四寶滑雞扎). Didn’t try this.
Steamed crab roe & pork dumplings (蟹子蒸燒賣). This was quite fatty and the meat was too rough for my taste.
Steamed chicken with fish tripe & mushroom (鮑貝棉花雞). I tried the abalone (there weren’t many pieces naturally) and it was nice and gooey.
Chicken feet in ginger sauce (沙薑鳳爪). This had a good flavour to it.
Deep-fried bombay duck fish (椒鹽九肚魚). This was my pick! The pieces were decently sized and nicely fried to a crisp. I wish the salt and pepper seasoning was a bit stronger.
Deep-fried squid (香脆魷魚鬚). Tried bite of this; it seemed really oily.
Sweet & sour squid (糖醋八爪魚仔). Tried a bite of this and really was not interested in ingesting a whole piece of squid.
Steamed rice rolls with barbecued pork (蜜汁叉燒腸). The rice rolls could have been more silky.
Deep-fried egg fritters with honey syrup (蜜餞炸蛋散). Tried a tiny bite of this and really was not interested in deep fried fritters with honey.
Steamed bean curd sheet rolls stuffed with duck feet & taro (香芋鴨腳扎). I didn’t have this.
Some dishes could only be ordered after 11 a.m. such as the salt and pepper bombay duck (my favourite pick).
All in all, the food was quite standard in the world of dim sum. The siu mai meat was quite tough and the shrimp ha gow didn’t have a good enough dumpling skin.