欣圖軒 Yan Toh Heen

欣圖軒 Yan Toh Heen
G/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2313 2323

Hello again from Hong Kong!  Before going to Hong Kong, I always follow the posts of my beloved fellow Hong Kong Foodies, one being little_meg_siu_meg, who has always deliver in terms of delicious factor when it comes to restaurant recommendations.  Thank you 🙂

photo 2 [800x600]Yan Toh Heen is situated in Tsim Sha Tsui, within InterContinental Hong Kong so it’s obviously a high class eatery.  As you can see the chairs are more comfy and it’s more spacious than your run of the mill Chinese restaurants.

photo 1 [800x600]We were given these lovely roasted crunchy walnuts in honey and sesame seeds to whet our appetites while we decide on what to eat.

photo 4 [800x600]There were many food pornage of this stuffed crab shell (HKD$220, AUD$30 each) in Little Meg’s Instagram Post, so obviously this is a must try and it’s not hard to understand why.  Filled with sweet crab meat it wasn’t like other restaurants which tried to bulk things up by adding a ton of onions, cream, mushrooms etc.  There are slight touches of it but mostly it’s filled with crab meat.   Mmmmm yumgasmic.

photo 5 [800x600]Other yumgasmic food to note is this lobster- the meat is stir fried with milk and crab roe (HKD$800, AUD $110).  This is certainly an indulgent dish.  The lobster meat is sweet and oh-so-fresh, the milk adds a rich silkiness to the dish.  A must try when you go to Yan Toh Heen.

photo 1 (2) [800x600] photo 1 (3) [800x600] photo 2 (3) [800x600]We also ordered various other dishes that is very good but obviously nothing to write home about in comparison to the crab and lobster we just ate.

photo 3 (3) [800x600]Ohhhh what’s this?  It turns out, because we have pre-ordered this dish called “Fortune Chicken”, which it’s original name was “Beggar Chicken”, the restaurant has to give us back some “lucky money” to counteract the name “Beggar” so we won’t be doomed to Beggarhood (is that a word?) for the rest of our lives.  So what does this “Beggar Chicken” taste like?

photo 5 (2) [800x600]First of all, let’s look at the description that Yan Toh Heen gave of this chicken which costs HKD$1080 (AUD$154) : We use 1.8 kg chicken wrapped in quality fresh lotus leaf and pond soil. The preserved vegetable is marinated with Mei Kuei Lu Chiew. The chicken then baked for five hours with it and a mixture of herbs comprised of aged mushrooms. It completely infuses the aroma of the herbs and juice.

photo 4 (2) [800x600]The verdict?  Meh, I don’t know.  It’s a bit dry… it’s a bit flavourless… overall it felt like I am eating what’s leftover in a soup pot more than anything.  I was really excited about this chicken but it turned out to be a bit of a meh.  I guess at least we tried it, having seen it so many times in Hong Kong TV shows and all 😛

photo 2 (2) [800x600]Dessert time!  Even though we are loyally stuffed, we decided to have dessert cos I have seen this bun with all the dried ice steaming through it so it looked epic!  Yes they look like butts but they are actually called Longevity Buns HKD$150 (AUD$20) for 6.  Sadly, they are not as good as Kin’s Kitchen.  I think it’s actually because of the dried ice that made the hot buns cool too quickly?  The outer pastry was tough and chewy.  Very disappointing.

photo 3 (2) [800x600]What was cool was the petite fours that came with the bill 🙂  Yan Toh Heen certainly has some hits and misses, the lesson for next time is to ask Little Meg what’s good before we order, obviously 😛  7/10