Go traditional at Hong Kong Lao Shang Hai, one of Hong Kong's oldest Shanghai restaurants, where waiters are still in the traditional white shirt and black trousers, but both garments are washed thin and have seen better days. But the knowledge of the waiters on the food is unsurpassed and if you find one that's friendly enough to share, he is going to tell you what the real deal is and you shall follow his bid and enjoy a traditional Shanghainese meal in the heart of Wanchai.
|Goose liver pate smeared with Zhejiang vinegar and honey|
|Steamed hairy crab|
|Shanghainese pulled noodles with stir fried hairy crab|
|Glutinous rice dumplings in Osmanthus and Fermented rice syrup|
|Xin Ji Shi's hairy crab bowl|
For those who want a touch of swank, with awesome views from within the No. 1 Peking Road building, another Shanghainese brand has set up its "premier" outlet there. Unfortunately, the Xiao Nan Guo in Hong Kong is not anywhere close in food standards to its Shanghainese mother.
|Stir fried river shrimps with hairy crab|
|Spicy rice topped with hairy crab in a stone pot|
A decent enough season but lesson learnt - enjoying hairy crab season is an aged old Shanghainese tradition which can only be enjoyed at timeless places. Forget the swank and just get down and dirty. You'll be a lot happier.
老上海飯店 Hong Kong Lao Shang Hai Restaurant
UG1, Novotel Hong Kong Century, 238 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
新吉士酒楼(久光店) Xin Ji Shi Restaurant (Jiu Guang Department Store branch)
8th Floor, Jiu Guang Department Store, No. 1618 Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing An District (near Jing An temple)Shanghai
小南國壹號 Xiao Nan Guo Premier
10F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui