Casual Hong Kong Style Cuisine Opens in One Utama!
Hong Kong is famed for its cuisine. Literally mouthwatering scenes sums up the streets of Hong Kong and many hardcore foodies flood to the island throughout the year for a feast. I am glad I don’t have to go all the way to Hong Kong if I am craving for the cuisine now since Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert opened up in One Utama a few months recently.
The casual and modern restaurant hails from Singapore, featuring Hong Kong style dishes that are affordable and enjoyable by many. It may have started out as a dessert place when it first open, hence the name Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, but the casual dining has now expanded to over 17 outlets in Singapore serving up a list of Hong Kong dim sum, street food dishes and desserts.
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert is located in the new wing of the shopping mall and features a minimal and modern café inspired design. One can’t miss this place as they have a big and bold neon signage which literally commands one’s attention. The place is brightly decorated and features contemporary lighting fixtures.
We checked in one evening and found the menu to be filled with lots of varieties perfect for daily dining. The beverage list features over 18 options and has Hong Kong Chan Char Teng favorites like Milk Tea, Coffee, Honey Chrysanthemum, Yuan Yang, Honey Lemon and more. We had the more unusual ones like Lychee Peppermint (RM5.90), Rainbow Passion Fruit with Soursop (RM5.90), Mango Freeze with Honey Pearl (RM7.90) and Passion Fruit Freeze wiith Honey Pearl (RM7.90). These were really decently priced and come in good sizeable glasses.
Our meal started with some snacks in the form of Salmon Skin with Pork Floss (RM5.90). It’s an unusual combination of fish and pork but we enjoyed it thoroughly. The fish skin is fried till it echoes a cracker texture. The crispy skin is lightly sprinkled with pork floss to give it more flavours. These are super addictive and we polished this off in a jiffy.
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert features a decent list of Hong Kong style dim sum. Rather than going for variety, they serve up classic favorites.
Our HK Siew Mai (RM5.90) is delicious. It had all the markings of a great Siew Mai with a good texture and flavour. The plump dumplings were also very juicy.
Our Honey Char Siew Pau (RM4.90) was fluffy and had a sufficient filling of sweet and savory char siew filling.
I happen to really enjoy the Char Siew Snowy Bun (RM6.90). Taking on the famed Hong Kong polo bun, this one has the same char siew filling as the pau but is baked and has the crusty golden topping the polo bun is famous for. This version was beautifully aromatic and I like the combo of crusty topping with soft bun and sweet filling a lot. An order serves up two buns!
HK Carrot Cake (RM5.90) is well studded with bits of Chinese sausage and has a soft and creamy texture. The carrot cake is evenly fried and has a lovely crispy seared layer to contrast with the creamy center.
The HK Zha Jiang Cheong Fun (RM6.90) proved to be an unusual mix but after one has tried it, it made sense as the steamed soft rice Cheong fun goes well with the Zha Jiang minced pork filling. The savory notes of the dish are rather delicate and easy to enjoy.
If you love rich and luscious salted egg flavours, make sure to order the Yolky Custard Bun (RM5.90). The innocent pale yellow buns enrobed a super scrumptious lava center of eggy custard that beautifully sinful. I could taste the strong notes of salted egg yolk in the custard and is very pleased with the overall fluffy bun and hot molten custard center.
Next up, Hong Kong style street food features a list of rice and noodles available in lots of area in Hong Kong. These are comfort dishes that offer no thrill but rather simple home cooked flavours that pleases many on daily basis.
Our Braised Pork Belly with Mui Choy (RM13.90) is nicely served in bamboo basket. One look at the dish and I am already sold. Pieces of pork belly with a nice helping of soft Mui Choy crowns steaming hot rice. The pork belly and salted mustard leaves are beautifully braised and seasoned. Light savory notes are enhanced with tinges of sweetness. The dish evoked much soothing and comfort notes, something that can easily satiate anyone’s taste. For its price, the dish is decently portion and comes with a healthy helping of pork pieces, vegetable and gravy over rice.
The next dish of Oriental Chicken Sausage Rice with Mushroom (RM13.90) equal its earlier rice dish with much simple flavours and comfort notes. The chicken sausage and mushroom filling is well seasoned and tender with a good dose of juiciness. Its another winning hearty dish…
Hong Kong Sheng Kee serves Hong Kong style wanton noodles which are a little different from our local ones. This version has a light sauce and features a rather bouncy textured noodle. We had the SK Signature Combination Noodle (RM16.90), available in dry or soup version, and is served with two plump siu kow dumplings and 3 plump wanton dumplings together with caramelized char siew and green kalian. Our dry version is lovely in texture. Although the sauce seemed fairly light, the flavours are there and the savory notes is pretty much delicate and delectable in its own way.
We also tried the HK Braised Beef and Tendon Hor Fun (RM13.90), a dish that is also pretty much popular in Hong Kong as the Hongkies love their braised beef and tendon. The braised beef and tendon has decent balance of soft meat and gelatinous tendon together with radish pieces which has been braised over hours in a beefy savory stock. Pairing up with hor fun is a great idea as the sauce simply coated the rice noodles beautifully. There is another version of the beef and tendon with the wanton noodle too.
Earlier I had mentioned that Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert started off with desserts and so it is only fair that we tried their SK Mango Pomelo Sago (RM8.90) and Yuan Yang Paste (RM6.90). These are their bestsellers and I can understand why. The SK Mango Pomelo Sago is utterly fruity and refreshing. The pureed mango and cubes of mango is lovely with balls of sago and pomelo sacs. Its one of the better mango desserts I have had in the city.
The Yuan Yang Paste is a combination of black sesame sweet broth and almond sweet broth. The chef has also incorporated white sesame seeds for little crunch factors. Since I am used to almond flavour, I happen to enjoy this very much. The almond note is fairly strong so be warn about this. The black sesame sweet broth is gorgeous and aromatic with a great earthy and nutty note.
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert is a casual dining that everyone can enjoy daily. The menu has lots of comfort favorites and should do really well with our locals. It is also a place where everyone can visit at any time of the day to enjoy snacks of dim sums with affordable price. Do head over to their Facebook to check out their promotions and new dishes.
HONG KONG SHENG KEE DESSERT
Lot LG311B, Lower Ground Floor (New Wing)
1-Utama Shopping Centre
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya
Business Hours: Open 10am till 10pm daily