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Hong Kong’s Favourite comfort food

With Hong Kong slowly emerging out of its own self-imposed restraint on dining out, many restaurants have been getting creative with their F&B promotions. I was delighted to learn that restaurants in Tai Kwun, the Former Central Police Station Compound, had, for a limited time, a two-hour free-flow dim sum lunch special for a bargain price. 

We made our way up the iron-rail staircase to the second floor of the 170-year-old colonial-era Police Headquarters building for our afternoon seating at The Chinese Library. We were ushered into the dining hall through mahogany coloured doors framed in brass. A high open-beamed ceiling supports two magnificent green and brass jar chandeliers. But the eye stealing attraction of the room is a backlit floor-to-ceiling green onyx screen. Opulent 1920s art-deco is the best way to describe the setting.   

We were seated in the centre of the room on two firm and comfortable velvet covered lounge chairs set at exactly the right height to enjoy a meal on an elegant black and white Chinese marble and wood table. 

I asked for a pot of Oolong tea before realizing they also had a champagne promotion. Perhaps I was bedazzled by the surroundings, but we agreed to indulge in the drinks offer, even though it was priced above that of the dim sum promotion. 

We ordered each of the dim sum offerings in batches of four, leaving the desserts, classic egg tart and green tea cannelloni stuffed with sweet red bean, for last. My favourite was the inspired Sichuan ma la fish bao. The tight black ribbon of seaweed against the white bun was beautiful, and the flavour of the fish was unique and distinct. 

The offering of Chinese cuisine with dishes inspired from Canton, Chiu Chow, Sichuan, and Shanghai created an atmosphere that reminds you of the lifestyle of a bygone era.