Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sai Kung is beautiful. I went with my friends on a Saturday, and winded up waiting for a bus that were meant only for Sundays. Not surpisingly, we ran pretty late, and eventually took a cab to our trail's starting point. We were intending to find the Sheung Luk Stream, which were supposed to feature 8 falls, some of which you could jump into. I was truly looking forward to jumping into mini waterfalls. But we took a wrong turn, and by the time we realized we were heading in the opposite direction, it was nearly dusk. Still, the hike was an enjoyable experience.

Hong Kong, Sai Kung Scenery

First of all, the air in Sai Kung was unbelievably fresh. I felt my entire system cleansing just walking and breathing in the air. Living in Hong Kong Island means living with bad air. But except for the occasional dryness in your throat, it's difficult to realize how bad the air really is. That is, before I had my first whiff of the air in Sai Kung. It looks like everything in this world is truly relative. You won't know how good something is until you've experienced the bad.

The trail we took wasn't difficult, and pleasant scenery graced us along the way. At the end of the day, we found our way to the town area, and had a great seafood dinner - the second reason why you should visit Sai Kung.

Sai Kung, Lobster e-fu noodle with Cheese
Lobster e-fu noodles with cheese

There is an entire stretch of seafood restaurants along the waterfront boasting live seafood swimming in tanks that were offering similarly priced set menus. In the end, we chose Chuen Kee as it allowed a choice of 5 dishes out of maybe 10 with a complimentary dish of vegetables for the 3 of us. The spread was decent, and the set was very reasonably priced. Each of us paid about HK$160 for the entire meal, which made it a really good deal.

Sai Kung, Seafood, Boiled Prawns
Sai Kung Seafood, Steamed Abalone
Boiled prawns (top), steamed abalone (bottom)

The dishes we had include lobster cheese e-fu noodles, boiled prawns, salt and pepper mantis prawns, steamed abalone (2 each), and steamed flower crabs (1 each). We thought we'd be getting the normal-sized crabs, so the tiny flower crabs were quite a let down.

Sai Kung Seafood, Mantis Prawns
Salt and pepper mantis prawns

The highlight of the night had to be the salt and pepper mantis prawns! It was exceedingly tasty and fresh. The serving is pretty generous too since each of us had 1 sizeable mantis prawn to ourselves. The lobster e-fu noodles came in a close second. The cheesy sauce went well with the e-fu noodles, and the texture of the lobster was great. The boiled shrimps may be a simple dish, but the freshness of the shrimp made it quite a delightful dish too. I was indifferent towards the abalone, though. The next time, I would probably try the other choices, which included fish and clams. yum!

Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant
87-89 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung
Mon to Sun, 07:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tel: 2792 6938

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