Sunday, 4 January 2015

Legendary Hong Kong Restaurant in Jurong Point

Among the Mongkok theme restaurant area in Jurong Point 2 that was opened recently was Legendary Hong Kong restaurant  (港饮港食).

The Vibe: This is meticulously replicated in the very popular HK style tea-restaurant (茶餐廳) that had been evolved over the decades in HK to cater for anything ranging from dim sums, Chinese stir-fries to Western dishes. Its decor typically has a mixture of booth and regular seating, tiles that covered bottom half of the walls, mosaic tiled floor, white neon tubes, tables topped with glasses that have menu below it. Legendary Hong Kong's interior design fit these descriptions to a 'T'. It even shows Cantonese speaking TVBJ channel on TV to complete the HK vibe.

The chefs were said to be brought in from HK to give Singaporean a taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine, and so I awaited in anticipation.

Legenday Hong Kong, Jurong Point shopping mall, Singapore
Legendary Hong Kong

The Food: To test drive the menu, I ordered something standard that should set a benchmark for the restaurant. If you order a pho in a Vietnamese that's not up to scratch, you have a good idea of the rest of menu.

Dishes in Legendary Hong Kong, Jurong Point shopping mall, Singapore
What I ordered

The service was reasonably prompt. My verdict on my order?

Bill, Legendary Hong Kong, Jurong Point shopping mall, Singapore1. Prawn dumplings (虾饺). This is reasonably springy and the skin nicely wraps around the content. 8 / 10.
2. Fried dough wrapped in rice noodle roll (炸兩肠粉). The fried cruller (or dough) remains crunchy, and the noodle wrapping aren't broken. 8.5 / 10.
3. Rice noodle rolls in XO sauce (XO醬炒肠粉). The sauce is not bad, but the noodle roll is slight soft. 6 / 10.
4. Stocking milk tea. If you like teh C kosong, you must try this. This HK style teh C kosong is stronger, more aromatic, and has more of a kick.  9 / 10.
5. Red bean drink.  Standard. 7 / 10.
6. Wonton noodle soup. Springy noodle and wonton with generous content. Comparable to those in Imperial Treasure Windows of Hong Kong @ 111 Somerset. 8.5 / 10.

I also ordered an egg tart. I could never resist an egg tart (Chinese or Portuguese).

7. Egg tart (蛋挞). It was cold when it brought out. Didn't reheat. Quite disappointing. 5.5 / 10.

Its sambal chili sauce is spicy (to me, not Singaporean), but nice.

Overall Score: 8 / 10.  This is a hit on my search for Cantonese fare. I will come back for more for sure to try out its large menu selection.

Oh, I also ordered some take-away BBQ (char sui and roast pork). Bought a baguette and some cucumbers to go with these BBQ, and dinner was served.

Vedict on these: the char sui is slightly dry, and the cut I got had too little fat. 6 / 10. The roast pork is also similarly slightly dry, but the skins were reasonably crunchy. 7 / 10.

To see my review of my 2nd visit to this restaurant, click here.

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