I may not look it but I am, according to my membership card, a ex-resident of Ning Po in the Zheijiang province of China who now lives in Hong Kong. Or, alternatively, I thought it would be fun to take a guest to the Ning Po Residents’ Association when he visited Hong Kong.
Getting a membership of Ning Po is apparently not that hard these days. It mainly involved me asking my secretary to ring up and haggle in Cantonese and me paying a bit of money when I got there. And then it began. There is an English menu with “literal” translations of what the dishes where. This was little more evocative than “meat” + “something” so we were slightly clueless.
A desperate effort at ordering ensued involving (i) waiter recommendations (ii) menu roulette and (iii) pointing at other tables. This was so unstructured I do not feel I can properly “review” this restaurant beyond commenting on the experience. The food we did get was, well, a mixed bag and of a homely quality but that is likely due to our ordering more than anything.
The highlight was a shoulder of pork which was luscious, tender and interesting. The lowlights were some vegetables which tasted like boil in the bag frozen things you could get from 7/11. In between we got a host of other experiments in ordering which included whole sweet and sour deep fried fish and a chicken with sauce.
As you can tell I failed again by not doing some proper research on OpenRice.com. All in all it is the kind of place I would visit again but I feel that even with spot on ordering that it is not where you go for fine, sensitive Shanghainese cusine. This is where you go for memories of home. Our guest loved it though.
- Price – 300hkd with some over ordering to cover the lack of preparation.
- 2-18 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong