NOTE: As part of the ChineseBites media event, all food was free, but all opinions are based on my own personal experience.
Last month, I was invited by ChineseBites to do a tasting at Ken’s Chinese Restaurant. The restaurant has been around for many years and serves traditional Chinese dishes as well as some HK style cafe dishes.
Fish Soup with Winter Melon & Dried Scallop 瑤柱冬瓜粒魚湯
Chinese dinners always start with soup, and we got to sample the Fish Soup with Winter Melon & Dried Scallop. Flavourful with lots of ingredients and great for a cold rainy night.
Ken’s Specialty Chicken 南軒走地雞
Ken’s Specialty Chicken was tender with a nice layer of jelly under the skin.
Lobster with Konnyaku in Hot Pot 芋絲龍蝦煲
One of their signature dishes is the Lobster with Konnyaku in Hot Pot. This was very flavourful with the lobster cooked just right and the konnyaku noodles soaking up the delicious broth. A must order!
Crab with Garlic & Spicy XO Sauce XO 金蒜炒蟹
We got to sample two of their signature crab dishes. The first was the Crab with Garlic & Spicy XO Sauce. The sauce is more of a dry sauce and great if you love spicy flavours. I could eat the whole dish if I didn’t have to share!
Golden Dungeness Crab 金沙蟹
The Golden Dungeness Crab was one of my favourites as I love crab or lobster that is coated with a salty egg yolk batter. Very flavourful but some found it to be too filling because of the egg yolk. I loved it though!
Braised Fatty Layer Pork 杭州東玻肉
The Braised Fatty Layer Pork seems like a must order at ChineseBites events, and this one didn’t disappoint. A good layer of fat to meat ratio but I did find that this one felt more oily than others I’ve had.
Pan Fried Chicken Fillet with Spicy Thai Sauce 泰汁煎雞扒
The Pan Fried Chicken Fillet with Spicy Thai Sauce was quite average for me as I didn’t find it too special. The chicken was quite tenderized, but nothing too special with the sauce as it tasted like store bought Thai sweet chili sauce.
Malaysian Style Fried Rice 馬拉臘味炒飯
I actually quite enjoyed the Malaysian Style Fried Rice as it had a bit of a kick to it. Good amount of ingredients in the rice.
Black Pepper Diced Beef Tenderloin 七彩黑椒牛柳粒
I was pleasantly surprised with the Black Pepper Diced Beef Tenderloin as I find that this dish can be easily overdone. This was however delicious with the beef extremely tender and cooked to a nice medium to medium rare. The colourful peppers also made the dish visually appetizing and tasted great.
Baked Seafood on Rice 焗海鮮飯
Lastly, we had the Baked Seafood on Rice. This was quite average with a nice layer of white cream sauce and melted cheese. Nothing too special compared to your typical HK style cafes.
Overall, there were some hits and misses, but I would highly recommend trying their crab and lobster dishes. A great casual Chinese restaurant for families but ambiance is rather dated. Reasonable prices and some great dishes though.