Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Time for another Chinese Bites dinner! This time it was a 10 course meal at Hakkasan Bistro. The location is pretty obscure on No. 5 road just past Vulcan way. I would have never noticed this restaurant since I’m not in the area often. Unlike your typical Chinese restaurant, the decor inside is very modern and French? You wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a Chinese restaurant if it wasn’t for the food. I noticed they also play pop songs lightly in the background.
A lot of intriguing items on the menu like the soup served in a whole coconut!
But first, we started with the Honey Roasted Pork Cheeks. Basically, this was BBQ pork but made with pork cheeks instead! The flavours were the same was your usually BBQ pork except the meat was fatty and crunchy. I wish the portion was bigger though.
Next we had the very impressive Chef’s Signature Whole Coconut Pork and Snow Fungus Soup. A side of chili soy sauce was served on the side. The soup was PIPING HOT! It remained that way for a long time and on a hot summer day, probably not my drink of choice since I was sweating profusely as I sipped this. However, this would be great in winter!
The coconut was loaded with pork and snow fungus and this could’ve been a meal on it’s own. The soup itself was very flavourful and you could taste the pork with an undertone of coconut. The opening at the top of the coconut isn’t very big though so you have to scoop your soup carefully. This is big enough for two people! If you also want to eat the coconut meat, they give you metal spoons so that you can scrape it off. It was just very cool to be drinking soup from a coconut.
Next we had the Steamed Specialty Odorless Garlic Lobster with Jasmine Rice. The lobster was served on a large bed of Jasmine rice allowing the rice to soak up the flavours of the lobster. The odorless garlic was not quite odorless but it didn’t leave you with garlic breath after. However, I don’t usually mind the flavour of garlic so the odorless part wouldn’t be a huge selling point for me. We tried to ask how they made it odorless but they said it was a secret. Presentation was on point.
The Ancient Salt Baked Chicken is baked in a claypot and the chicken is wrapped in parchment paper and then covered with salt. This allows the chicken to absorb the salt flavours without getting too salty.
The chicken was moist with a light salty flavour as promised. Well ok it seems like I picked the moist pieces and some other people had dry pieces. Also, a whole chicken costs $55! With the price in mind, I didn’t think it was that special but they get props for presentation.
The Braised Pork Hock was also another impressive dish. I don’t think I’ve seen such a huge piece before. Actually I have to say I don’t really think I’ve had braised pork hock much since my parents are afraid of fat and cholesterol etc.
Here’s what it looks like on the inside! The pork had a soft jelly like fat layer and then a layer of meat underneath. The sauce goes very well with rice! I would eat more if it wasn’t so fatty! Definitely good for sharing.
The pork hock came with some Steamed Mini Rice Flour Rolls aka mantou. These don’t look like much but they’re actually much softer than I expected. It would be good to dip it in the pork hock sauce but it was still good on it’s own.
Finally we can get some veggies! This was the Mui Choy Stir Fried with Seasonal Greens (yau choy in this case). I really liked pickled veggies and things like mui choy so this was a great combination for me! I should get my mom to do this at home! The mui choy gave the veggies extra flavour and the greens were tender and crunchy.
This was the Hakka Style Steamed Egg, Pork with Salted Yolk. This was another interesting dish we tried. The egg is very smooth and the salted duck yolk on top provides flavour as well as texture since it is a bit gritty. The pork is actually mixed into the egg and then steamed together.
This was the Stir Fried Fish with Pickled Cabbage. Another one of my favourites of the night! Maybe I’m slightly biased because this has a sweet and sour taste and I love pickled cabbage! The fish was flaky and I liked the addition of other vegetables to the dish. Not a very special dish execution wise but very tasty. I ended up taking some of this home!
Finally when we were all pretty stuffed, it was time for dessert. Dessert was a Steamed Milk Egg White Custard. I don’t think I was really a fan of steamed milk before but it’s a very traditional and popular Chinese dessert. The dessert is light with a noticeably milky flavour and very smooth and I really liked this version!
My favourite dishes were the coconut soup, honey roasted pork cheeks, steamed egg with salted yolk, stir fried fish and braised pork hock. Pretty much everything was good though! Price wise they’re on the slightly higher side.
FYI, the servers all speak really good English.