Kowloon Hong Kong is an authentic Cantonese style Chinese restaurant specializing in dim sum, roast meats (including pork) and my favourite – crispy fried noodles. The kitchen is headed by Chef Wong who is from the Guangdong (Canton) province and has extensive experience in Cha Chaan Teng style (Hong Kong café-style) cooking. Located two minutes away from Kun Lun in the China cluster of International City, the restaurant’s interior screams stereotypical middle-class diner. A tablet-based pictorial menu helps immensely with ordering and there are friendly English-speaking staff members on hand to take your order (and help you navigate through the seemingly endless choices).
I’ve been to Kowloon three times already, twice for dine-in and once for takeaway. Considering that we only found the place a week or so ago, I’d say I kinda like it. Unsurprisingly it’s the Hong Kong-style Crispy Noodles which get my knees all wobbly – they’re amazing. I’ll bet my bottom dirham that Nicky and Glenn’s favourite dishes are the CharSiu Pork and Crispy Pork Belly (SiuYuk) – I loved them too. The stir-fried Beef with Oyster Sauce was excellent, the medallions of beef velveted to tenderness beyond belief. I think the other stand out for me was the brilliant Fried Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Bamboo Shoots – Oof! Also commendable were their Portuguese Custard Tarts which were deliciously flaky and not at all eggy.
It’s at this point in a review where I list the things I didn’t like about the restaurant. There is one thing, but it has nothing to do with the food or service, both of which I loved. It’s the washroom. The arrangement Kowloon has is even worse than NFH’s stupid walk of shame through SanSation. Here, one is expected to use the less than ideal (I am being so, so, so diplomatic) staff facilities. If, like me, you have borderline OCD – just pee in your pants – I wish I had. Anything is better than going in there. But that aside, I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Kowloon Hong Kong. It has overtaken Lucky Panda as my new favourite Cantonese style Chinese restaurant in International City.
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