You are probably about to read a few reviews of the Kimberley Hotel’s Chinese restaurant over the coming weeks. This is because, last night, a snap of Hong Kong’s bloggers / foodies took the opportunity to brutally butcher a rather cute looking suckling pig there.
However, this is no bad thing, as if you can muster a group big enough to eat a whole pig, Kimberley Chinese Restaurant is definitely worth a visit and anything to encourage you to do so is a good thing.
The star of meal is the rather sweet looking suckling pig who is brought out, slow roasted and splayed, and then clefted into chunks in front of you. This is not the type of suckling pig you might be familiar with from Spanish cuisine (or indeed, other Chinese restaurants) but one with all the innards scrapped out and stuffed with glutinous rice.
The focus here is purely on that ephemeral layer of fat and supporting flesh and the glory it becomes when expertly cooked. And it was incredible – too rich, too unhealthy, a coronary attack in the making; just perfect. Interestingly for someone who likes the international side of food, there are still large similarities between the way the Cantonese and the Spanish revel and excel in making use of pig fat. See jamon serrano here.
Most impressively, however, this wasn’t just a pig of a meal. All of the other dishes also sung and the service was good (?!). Claypot stewed beef, salted chicken and vegetable and tofu based sides were all well cooked. Quite frankly, this meal at Kimberley Chinese Restaurant is the kind of high level banquet style Cantonese meal I have been managed to repeatedly not find in Hong Kong. Far far better than Sun Tung Lok for example.
I’ll be back. You should read the reviews of Jason Bonvivant, Mochachocolata Rita and HK Epicurus when they write them as they have the understanding to properly dissect the food. And many thanks to @Supercharz and @Stegersaurus for an inspired reservation and great ordering.
- Price – 250 to 300hkd a head
- M/F, The Kimberley Hotel, 28 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong