Wan Chai．Chinese Cuisine: Celebrity Restaurant with Authentic Cantonese Yum Cha & Dim Sum
Even though Chinese food is everywhere in Hong Kong, it’s hard to find an excellent and authentic one, especially Cantonese cooking, which is complex, versatile and with particular emphasis on the chef's craftsmanship. Today I went to Che's Cantonese Restaurant with my colleagues for lunch and overall I was very impressed. The food was great and certainly better than average. It can be seen that Che's work diligently on Cantonese cooking.
Che's offer dim sum at lunch, whereas home cooking dishes and special seasonal menu at night. The prices here weren't cheap but they were still reasonable for a celebrity restaurant, which Che's is actually opened by a Hong Kong artist. At first I thought the food should be average due to the celebrity effect, but actually it is better than I expected. It was good value for the price.
Che's is located in Wan Chai, on the upper floor of an office building. Just like going to an upstair homey cozy restaurant, it is a bit difficult to find. The decor here is quite simple but looks elegant in dark wood color with yellow light. However, Che's is rather cramped and the tables are pretty close to each other. We got a table at the corner and feeling a bit crowded.
There are more than 30 dim sums and Cantonese dishes you can order. Overall, the dim sums were superb, especially the fried food. Here I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite dim sum and dishes in this restaurant~
Che’s S Crispy BBQ Pork Bun $32 (Med) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This is not a normal Chinese BBQ pork bun which its outer layer is actually more similar to a Concha, a typical Mexican sweet bread. The crispy layer was sweet, buttery, crunchy, but not oily. I definitely loved it so much! The BBQ pork filling was amazing as well! Hot, juicy, tender. A must-order!
Deep Fried Mashed Taro Puffs $32 (Med) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Fried mashed taro puffs is a classic dim sum in the Cantonese restaurant. It’s not easy to find it nowadays and even if it is found, it may not be good as formerly. This one was certainly authentic and tasty. The exterior was golden brown in color. The crust was very flaky while the inner center was so soft. Yessss, I was very impressed by the taro filling! It had a rich and sweet taro fragrance with velvety smooth texture. There are also diced chicken and dried shrimp inside which made the whole taro filling taste richer.
Che’s Shrimp Dumpling with Bamboo Shoot $38 (Fine) 🌟🌟🌟
How can we not order shrimp dumpling while having dim sum? Although the skin of Che’s shrimp dumpling wasn’t very translucent, it cooked well and didn’t stick to the paper and chopsticks. The skin actually wasn’t too thick. The shrimps were fresh. Overall it was good, but I would appreciate more if there are more bamboo shoot inside the shrimp filling.
Steamed Dumpling Chiu Chow Style $32 (Med) 🌟🌟🌟
Compare with the shrimp dumpling, this Chiu Chow style dumpling did a better job on its skin. It was translucent and stuffed with a sizeable amount of various ingredients, including pork, peanuts, chives, jicama, coriander and dried shrimp. So it actually chewy outside and crunchy inside. The seasoning of the filling was so-so. The pork wasn’t too fat so it won’t be too greasy.
Steamed Pork Siu Mai $35 (Large) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Where there is shrimp dumpling, there must be pork siu mai! Although it didn't look good when it served on the table, it tasted really decent. It had enough flesh and fat. The radio of shrimp and pork was good and the pork wasn’t too fat. Overall it was quite big and chewy. The only downside was that the skin was a little bit dry. But acceptable.
Steamed Minced Beef Ball with Bean Curd Shoots $32 (Med) 🌟🌟🌟
I loved that tofu skin under the beef ball! It was a complete piece and didn’t like some restaurant who always use some small broken piece! The beef ball was fleshy, tasted good when eaten with Worcestershire sauce.
Cold Okra with Sesame Sauce $68 🌟🌟🌟
What a surprising dish! As they said it was a sesame sauce, I didn’t think it was spicy! The okra was fresh and crisp but after a few bites in, the strong mustard flavors sudden exploded in my mouth! OMGGGG! Okra and sesame sauce can actually go together with mustard, but for me, it was too spicy!
Green Beans Coated with Salted Egg $68 🌟🌟🌟
The salted egg sauce was not thick and creamy, so overall it tasted a little bit bland. But the green beans were well-fried, every bean is covered with salted egg and wasn’t too watery.
Chi-Wai Sweet and Sour Pork $188 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Next up was the highlight of this meal! Chi-Wai Sweet and Sour Pork! It was one of the must-have dishes because it tasted sooooo good. The pork was moist and tender. Absolutely not overcooked and hard to bite. The outer layer wasn’t too thick as well. It was crunchy and very flavorful! The sweet and sour sauce covered every pork belly and good good balance between sweet and sour! Although the dish was a bit pricey, it was very yummmmmmy and worth trying!
Che's Cantonese Restaurant
Location: 4/F, The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai