|We all loved the mapo tofu which included Sichuan peppercorns|
Last night I had dinner with a group of friends, one of whom is visiting from the United States. I took them to He Jiang, a relatively new restaurant that opened a few months ago in the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Queen's Road East, not far from the Xinhua office.
He Jiang (合江) means "two rivers" in Chinese, and here it's referring to the Yangtze and the Chishui rivers which link Sichuan and Jiangsu provinces. And so the restaurant presents Sichuan and Huiyang cuisines in a contemporary setting.
|Rolls of sliced pork in chilli and garlic sauce|
Another starter was the mock goose ($HK58), though the bean curd skin was a tad tough, along with slices of Nanjing salted duck (HK$78) that were seasoned just right.
The mains soon came fast and furious, starting with pan-fried yellow fish with garlic (HK$48 each). The headless fish are good for two people to share and had a crunchy skin with tender meat inside. Just be careful eating it as there are many bones inside.
|Braised "lion's head" presented in a clay pot|
The braised "lion's head" with vegetables (HK$88) was a touch too salty, but was very moist and meaty, and another star was the deep-fried spare ribs with minced garlic (HK$88) that was flavourful. We also had sauteed string beans (HK$78) and a must-try was the steamed pork dumplings or xiaolongbao (HK$44). The quartet of dumplings was quite large and though the skin was just slightly thick, the inside was juicy and deliciously meaty.
|Delicious xiaolongbao or steamed pork dumplings|
With a discount using an American Express credit card, the bill came to just over HK$1,000 for five.
To help the digestion going I walked almost all the way home to Central. I think my stomach was relieved to have some exercise after such a wonderful feast with good company.
1/F, Cosmopolitan Hotel
387-398 Queen's Road East