Braised Pork Belly 東坡肉
I usually don’t like to spend so much on Chinese food, but once in a while it’s worth it. Take for example, Hakkasan. Take away the fancy ambiance, exceptional service, and outrageous bar and you’re left with simply good food. Food that tastes as good as it looks.
My favorite was the braised pork belly (kurobuta pork). Looking at the dish as a whole, it first appeared to be a very fatty dish, but once you look closer, you’ll see that there is actually quite little fat, yet each piece was still fork tender.
The black truffle roasted duck dish is another very popular choice. Duck served in a lot of Chinese restaurants is known to be fatty and greasy, but not here. Slices of lean meat, deboned, with the skin left on top. I usually prefer my skin crispy, but aside from that, it was a dish worth trying. I do have to note that I first tasted the truffle during my first piece, but after that, the flavor seemed to die a bit.
I only tried a couple dim sum items – one on the safe side and one more unique. The giant won ton in soup was good. Nothing too spectacular, but it was how it should be. The roasted duck and pumpkin puff was a different take on the typical fried dumpling (咸水角). The shell was crispy and chewy, but not as sticky as typical fried dumpling, and, as the name implies, it is stuffed with roasted duck instead of the typical pork. It was on the peppery side, but other than that, it was fried perfectly.
The worst park of the meal was actually the prettiest part – dessert. If this was my first time eating macarons, I’m sure I would have been wowed, but I’ve had macarons from the best of the best (Pierre Herme being my favorite, Laduree, etc.) to the cheapest of the cheap (La Boulange, etcl.) to even grocery store brands (Trader Joe’s, etc.) and unfortunately, I prefer Trader Joe’s over Hakkasan’s. The assortment of macarons served didn’t seem fresh; some pieces were hard and natural flavorings weren’t very distict. I was basically eating old cookies. The macarons aren’t actually as horrific as I’m describing, but for a place like Hakkasan, I expected better. However, I didn’t let this ruin my delicious meal.
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