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Dinner @ Da Ping Huo

Before coming to Hong Kong, my family gave me a list of places or food that they would like to eat. On the list was a private kitchen – they have heard about it from their friends and was keen to try, so after much researching, I thought we should give Da Ping Huo a go. It’s a Sichuan restaurant and considering how I went to Sichuan province last weekend, I knew what I was getting myself into! They all knew that Sichuan cuisine is known to be dangerously spicy and oily, however, they did not expect that they will have a gastronomic experience, one in which they will never forget!

This little restaurant can be found in Central, at the intersection of Hollywood, Graham and Lyndhurst Terrace. I won’t go into details on how I got all of us lost! In my defense, it was HARD TO FIND! There are 2 sittings, one at 6.30pm and one at 9.15pm – well 9.15pm is just way too late, especially to eat a 12 – course meal! Its run by a husband and wife, place is modern, small and I love the feel of the place when you walk in. The host (i.e husband) was extremely friendly, gracious, always smiling and reminds me a little bit of John Lennon!

We were ALL hungry and were looking forward to the feast ahead.

Course 1: sliced cucumbers in vinegar. This was refreshing, the cucumber fresh and crisp, the sauce consisted of soy, vinegar and an obscene amount of sugar! This dish was incredibly sweet but yet sour at the same time – the combination of flavours worked well together.

Course 2: shredded jelly fish with carrot and celery: this dish was also refreshing but extremely hot! Spicy hot that is. The soup was just undrinkable but it was tasty.

Course 3: noodle dish in a spicy sauce with soybeans, sesame, diced fresh peppers and scallions. This dish was amazing – it was full of flavour. The crunchiness from the fried soybeans, toasted sesame, peppers and scallions were just unbelievable! It was spicy but delightful.

Course 4: chicken with sesame, peanuts, and lots of chili. I really enjoyed this dish – the chicken was succulent, it wasn’t as spicy as the previous dish but there was still a hint of chili. It was delicious but I think by this stage, all our mouths were on fire!

Course 5: after 3 spicy dishes in a row, we got a breather and were presented with a small bowl of soup – chicken soup with vegetables. It was refreshing but a little disappointing. It lacked flavour I thought, after the previous spicy dishes, I thought the soup was a little bland.

Course 6: back to spicy dish: braised beef and potatoes in a spicy beef broth. The beef was tender but a little fatty, nevertheless, it made the dish even better. The broth was spicy but incredible. I wanted to take the beef broth home! Add some noodles and voila – it was THAT good!

Course 7: prawns with scallions, and lots and lots of chili. The prawns were fresh and full of flavour. I am not a huge prawn eater, but this wasn’t too bad. I think others enjoyed this dish more than I did.

Course 8: braised pork with sweet potato. This dish was different to the rest thus far, it was simple but yet tasty. The pork was tender, the sweet potato cooked to perfection. It wasn’t spicy at all, I think it would have been better if there was a little bit of spice ‘kick’ to it.

Course 9: ma po tofu – now this dish was insanely spicy! It was good but my goodness – you probably couldn’t eat this on its own without some rice or noodles. The tofu was soft and flavoursome – it was seriously fiery! The spiciest dish of the night!

Course 10: cabbage soup – this was unbelievably boring! I understand why they served this to us – as a refresher, to clean our palate but seriously boring. It had no flavour and more bland than the previous soup.

Course 11: we were getting full by this stage, but these dumplings were incredible. These dumplings were more voluptuous, dipped into a combination of hot and sweet oily sauce. Everyone had one dumpling each, which means there were 8 left over for me to take home for lunch the next day! It was fantastic!

Course 12: Dessert: silken tofu similar to tofu hua. It was refreshing and a great way to end the meal. Anything heavier we would have been way too full, but it was nice.

After dessert was served, the female hostess (i.e. the wife) emerged from the kitchen and took her place at the front of the room. She held her hand together and sang for all of us. My aunty who dined with us used to be a singer and said that she was fantastic.

It was a great meal at Da Ping Hou. I think we all agreed the soup was a little so so – not their strongest points, but the rest were amazing and tasty. I think the chicken, pork and beef dish were the favourites amongst the diners. Dad loved it – he has never really been to anything quite like it he said.

I would definitely recommend Da Ping Huo, especially if you like spicy food. Be prepared to be blown away by the spiciness.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 /10

Da Ping Huo

L/G 49 Hollywood Road

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2559 1317

  1. Frank Porbo
    April 21, 2010 at 12:54 am

    really good food this, everything fresh and delicious. On the 3rd dish that was probably the best nuts I have tasted.

    the chicken omg, to die for! not enough, i was eyeing whoever did not want their piece, but alas everyone was on my game and warned me to have 2 pieces each… thanks shirls!!

    the dumplings at the end, the sauce… reminds me of xo sauces we get in viet restaurants but on a cloud 9 level

    • April 21, 2010 at 1:03 am

      didnt u have the last piece of the chicken? or did your other half have it?

      ya it was a good meal wasnt it? come back – so we can more!

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