I promised to take my daughter to Shenzhen this morning as it was a nice break from our Saturday routine. It’s an easy 50 minute train ride from Tsim Sha Tsui East train station and we had timed it perfectly to arrive just in time for lunch!
Lo Wu Commercial City (LCC) is a huge shopping mall that is open from 6:30am until midnight. The mall has 1,500 shops laid out over five floors. Hong Kong dollars are welcome and change is given back in Hong Kong dollars. There are eight banquet size restaurants scattered throughout the five levels. Our choice today was King Elephant restaurant on the fourth floor.
Eating in China is unique and often amusing when it comes time to ordering food. But don’t fret; most of the restaurants in LCC have English menus and some staff speak a bit of English. Another way is to look around you and see if you like any of the dishes being served. Most people don’t mind if you point to their food. Personally, I feel the best way to enjoy Chinese food is to get some of your friends together and have each person order a dish. When the food arrives it’s placed in the middle of the table for everyone to share.
Ok, so today we are short a few people but nonetheless we ordered three dishes and enjoyed every bite! I ordered Bolay tea (also know as Pu-erh) as it is a good choice to serve with food especially dim sum or other hearty South East Asian fare. Many southern Chinese drink Bolay tea everyday for taste and also to improve digestion.
When the drinks are ordered, the waitress brings condiments to the table such as roasted peanuts, pickled vegetables or marinated tofu. Today it was tofu and quite nice.
Ok, down to the good stuff! Eggplant stuffed with minced pork (above), deep fried garlic spareribs (left) and Yeung Chow fried rice. Our bill came to CNY$149.00 (USD$18.70). In a word, YUM! Of course, afterwards, we needed to walk off our lunch and did so with a bit of shopping! Can our Saturday’s get any better?