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1997, [London Cheap Eats]

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Reviewed by The Wild Boar

It took a full month after reading CK’s review on 1997’s beef hor fun (flat rice noodles) before I could finally go around to satisfy my cravings.

To cut to the chase, we messed up and ordered the ngau lam gon hor (braised beef brisket with dry flat rice noodles) by mistake instead of the one CK ordered. Didn’t stop us from enjoying the beef though, cooked to soft goodness and to me, full of delicious beefy flavour.

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I had a wa daan hor (wok fried rice noodles in a thick egg gravy), an old childhood favourite of mine. The koay teow had that great smoky aroma as well which isn’t always present from chefs. The taste of the gravy was just right and not over or under seasoned.

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My greed compelled me to order a plate of sam siu (trio of roasted meats: roast duck, crispy roast pork and er, roast pork -_-;;) which proved to be overkill in the end and we ended up having to take away half of it home. Sadly, the quality of the meat was generally inferior to my personal favourite of Four Seasons.

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We shared a cold yin yong which is a mix of coffee and Hong Kong style milk tea; I found it a bit too milky, but then I think it was supposed to be that way.

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Altogether, our bill came up to about £15 each, but then we ordered far too much really. A meal can be easily had for a fiver if you ordered a one-plate-dish of rice or noodles and tap water, as is the case with most Chinese restaurants around.

Food was pretty good, and the braised beef brisket was probably one of the better ones I’ve had although I don’t recall many places in London providing this option (or maybe I just didn’t check, I tend to stick to roast duck rice).

Best bit: the wa tan hor – huge plate full of delicious eggy gravy.
Worst bit: ordering the wrong dish of ngau lam. I could feel the sweat dripping when I realised we made a mistake.

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