Thursday, June 12, 2008
My mom's cantonese friend always wanted to bring her to Thai Village for a meal, but she said that two person very difficult to order. As I was on off today, she decided to pull me along and gave us a treat!
I have seen plenty of TV/newspaper ads for this restaurant but never visited it before. This particular outlet is located within Goodwood Park Hotel and was pretty quiet during lunch time. My mom's friend is a regular at this restaurant so she knew the people and menu rather well. I didn't really have a chance to go through the menu as we just ordered by her recommendations.
First up, the shark fin soup that it is well known for.
Calm on the surface...
Braised Superior Shark Fin with Crab Meat ($~60-80, glanced through menu only)
Voila~! The claypot was as big as my face, making the fin almost as wide as an adult's palm. There were also generous amount of crab meat and slices of mushrooms in the soup. The stock was the thick and slightly sticky type (Edited: The word is starchy! Damn couldn't find it when i first wrote this..), with every mouthful richly flavoured by the sea delicacies. Note: Try not to take too long to finish it as the stock will become watery over time.
In the early 80's, Hong Kongers were going through a stock market boom and 鱼翅捞饭 became a symbol of being among the rich and powerful. From what I heard, the increasing affluent China people are now going through the same craze on this dish. Indeed, plain rice goes really well with it as every grain is soaked in the broth and soon enough you would be asking for more rice.
Baked Crab with Vermicelli ($?)
A thai classic. The vermicelli absorbed the juices of the crab and was cooked to perfection, springy and not too dry. The freshness of the crab demonstrated itself when u bite into its meaty claw.
Baked duck web ($?)
Though unimpressive in presentation, the duck webs were rather good, well marinated and having a sticky feel. A pity that goose webs weren't used, else it would have tasted even better.
Bill for three was about $280, after a $50 discount from newspaper voucher. Definitely steep in price, but worth a try if you are a diehard fan of shark fin and have some money to spare. You can invite me for another round too! =)