Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dinner at Green Willows (HK)

When it comes to Chinese food.

Nothing. ABSOLUTELY nowhere beats eating authentic food in HK and Singapore. Out of china, when it comes to Shanghai food, HK restaurant reigns supremacy man.

My excolleagues popped over my new place last saturday eve just for casual gathering. Knowing my finicky "demanding" eating habits, they opted for Green Willows at World Trade Centre (上海绿杨村酒家:11floor, 280 gloucester road, behind Sogo, )in causeway bay. It is a little tricky to find the correct lift to get to the right floor. In fact, it can be rather confusing.
The food was as good as I remembered during my first visit.

The MUST TRY and Die for is the braised fatty pork belly as well as the trotters.
Immensed in the fragrant sweet black sauce, the melt-in-your-mouth meat was to die for.
I couldnt care if the fats were healthy or unhealthy. I only live once, plus fatty meals are a rarity in my daily diet. The tender pork belly comes in 2 slab in an earthen pot, which is enough to be shared by 2-4 people, depending on what other dishes you ordered.

The next must have item is the pan fried dumplings bun that comes in a plate of 10buns. The minced dumpling within is steaming hot when served, and the outer base is crisy without being greasy. Upon your first bite, one has to be cautious not to be burnt by the enveloping steam and meat juices splattering out. Its like a bigger version of Xiao Long bao except it is of bread bun instead of thin skin wrap.

The whole meal for the 4 of us came up to less than $500 with drinks, tea, and 3 dishes. It was my treat since the gang bought me a rather expensive premium 鸿星mooncake box and sogo shopping vouchers when they came on the "home visit". I personally think it was worthwhile as well as satisfying.

When we were leaving, a old caucasian accompanied by this Filippino lady was yelling for "a person in charge" outside the restaurant where everyone was waiting for the lift. I was wondering what happened. Then when he found the restaurant "receptionist", he started badgering her about "where are the stairs and this is 11th floor?"

The HK woman not quite understanding English replied in smattering English "This is 11 floor. Yes yes. To go down is lift. yes yes."

The old man not to be detered insisted on asking where is the emergency stairs if there is a fire breakout and how was he going to get down. In the peak hour dinner crowd, the woman brushed him off with "yes yes lift is here. U go down here."

The exasperated man and his companion walked into the lift still grumbling to his companion who was agreeing in utter agreement, much to amusement of the bemused crowd within.

My colleagues and I of course understood his valid point. However, what he didnt understand is that he is not in Australia, England or whereever where space is a luxury. And of all the people to complain, he should have directed it to the fire department, rather than hassling the poor receptionist where his query is clearly not within her control nor jurisdiction. He was just taking it out on the wrong person.


littlecartnoodles said...

There are these groups of expats who always whine about how things are done in HK, SG etc compared to back home but they would never want to go back for good cos they'd have to downgrade their lifestyles.

"me-no-mad" said...

I so totally agree with you. In asia, they are treated like "kings and queens" and sometimes, I find their condescending behaviour really atrocious.