To say this is the best Chinese restaurant I have ever eaten at is not an understatement. It was the first Chinese restaurant to be awarded the coveted 3 Michelin Stars, and has consistently been featured in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants as well. Additionally, Forbes has given it a much deserved 5 star rating and under the helm of Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak, this restaurant has shone year after year, retaining its Michelin Stars in the latest announcement, just a few weeks ago.
Prior to my trip, I consulted blogger friends for restaurant recommendations and Lung King Heen came highly recommended by Angie, who had dined there during her trip to Hong Kong, and so I knew it had to be good and secured a booking. I advise to do this well in advance because it is really popular, which comes as absolutely no surprise. If you can, try and ask for
When we arrived, we were pleased to find that we had a table with amazing Harbour views. It was magical, seeing the skyline twinkling with a multitude of different colours, and was such a romantic setting. The dining room is so spacious and really elegantly designed.
To spoil us (thank you Four Seasons Hong Kong), we were given a glass each of some chilled and really delicious Rosé Champagne, which we thoroughly enjoyed with those spectacular views.
As an Amuse Bouche, we enjoyed a soft, flavoursome tofu served with pea sprout, which was a new ingredient for me.
For our mains, we ordered a selection of dishes to share, and I had had my heart set on the Baked Chicken with Sesame, Ginger and Spring Onions from an earlier browse of the menu and so I was excited to try it.
It was heavenly – that crispy skin an all those gorgeous flavours! Everything tasted so fresh and of really high quality.
We also had Crispy Squid with Spicy Salt, which was served in a nest and was cooked to absolute perfection. The crispy texture was spot on, and the flavours truly remarkable.
Both our favourite dish of the evening however, was the Wok-Fried Pork Belly in Sichuan-Style sauce. I think we grew majorly addicted to Sichuan flavours on this trip – that numbing sensation that the peppers create in your mouth. It was all so addictive. This dish, though, was just sensational. It was one of those dishes that you almost wish you didn’t have to share and could just indulge in yourself, so if you go to Lung King Heen, order your own portion!
Our server that evening, John, was so lovely and explained the concept of Sichuan food to us and how it creates a “málà” sensation – a combination of two Chinese characters: “numbing” (麻) and ” spicy (hot)” (辣), referring to the feeling in the mouth after eating any food cooked in this sauce.
To accompany these fabulous dishes, we enjoyed perfectly cooked Jasmine rice. What we ordered was exactly the right amount as we couldn’t have eaten any more, but there was just so many dishes that sounded amazing on the menu that I almost wish we had time to cone back for a second meal, just to experience some more of the food!
Dessert was a dreamy Chilled Mango and Sago Cream with Pomelo. I love mango and this was the perfect sweet end to what had been quite an outstanding meal.
Petit fours were a really tasty Fermented bean curd made with rice and a coconut jelly. We couldn’t resist and devoured these, and especially loved the bean curd, as it was savoury and full of flavour in every bite.
We were given gifts of Oolong tea by the restaurant to take home, which was such a lovely gesture, and we felt really spoilt.
The service was just exceptional, with the staff making us feel so welcome and as if it was a special occasion. They were so polite and friendly, never intrusive and so incredibly helpful when it came to making menu choices. The food was just exquisite and the freshness of the flavours really came through, highlighting for me why Lung King Heen has the prestigious 3 Michelin Stars.
There was no fancy theatrical presentation or food art here, just delicious, beautifully plated, wholesome, top quality food with memorable flavours and an experience which was truly unforgettable. I will struggle to find a Chinese restaurant to top this and I truly hope that one day I can return to Hong Kong to experience it again!
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