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Xingli, Shenzhen, China

‘The Mother’ and I wanted a short getaway, there’s a story to why we ended up at Shenzhen for a day or so but I won’t bore you the details. ‘The Mother’ has never been to Shenzhen and he was curious to see what all the fuss (or lack there off) is about. However, unfortunately, for all of us, we did not leave the Ritz Carlton at all! We were upgraded to the executive suite and it was perfect! GIGANTIC bed – 6 human rolls and there were so many restaurants and amenities that we really didn’t leave at all. Mind you, we were only here for a night so we made full use of the hotels facilities.

One of the restaurants that we ate was Xingli which is located on the 4th floor of the hotel. The restaurant offers ‘the finest in sumptuous Chiu Chow cuisine’ and the menu was vast. We asked for recommendations and it did not disappoint.

Started with the crispy chicken and Dragon did not hesitate to eat majority of it. Crispy skin, the chicken was incredibly tender and tasty that you wanted more.

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These triangle shaped tofu was silky smooth and dipped in vinegar were fantastic.

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The pork and vegetables were good but nothing special I thought.

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Last but not least, fish and tofu hot pot – one of ‘The Mother’s’ favourite dish. The fish was slightly pan fried, and the tofu again silky smooth. He pretty much ate the whole thing himself!

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Unfortunately, I was too full to even think about dessert but it did sound good. I have read that the service is appalling but we didn’t have any issues at all – in fact we thought everyone was friendly and very helpful! We and definitely Dragon definitely enjoyed our meal here!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Xingli

116, Fuhua San Road,

Futian District, 518048

Shenzhen, China

Ph: ++86 755 2222 2222

Chef Master Chiuchow Kitchen, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

September 28, 2012 9 comments

Part of the Maxim group, this restaurant can be located in Taikoo Shing. I walk past it every day to and from home to the station and have always been intrigued by it. We were catching up with the family, my uncle and aunty and I suggested this place.  Reservations are highly recommended as it was quite busy on Sunday night when we went.

Chiu Chow cuisine is also known as Teochew cuisine which originated from the Chaoshan region in the north-easternmost area of Guangdong province in China.

Chiu Chow food is quite famous for their goose. You can’t really get good goose in Sydney, so this was a must. The goose was extremely tender and succulent, it had the right amount of meat to fat ratio and absolutely incredibly delicious. I am sure ‘the mother’ and I ate most of it – it was SOOOOO good!

Another Chiu Chow dish that I really enjoy is the braised pork belly. Braised for hours until all the sauce is immersed in the meat itself. I have to admit, it was a little fatty but oh so wonderful – beautifully succulent, the family was fighting for every single last piece.

The oyster omelette was good but I have definitely have had better in Singapore. I thought it was a little doughy and the oysters were rather small and not enough of it.

This was probably by far my favourite dish – even ‘The Mother’ who doesn’t like aubergine absolutely loved it! Aubergine with minced pork and a whole heap of chili!

These wontons like dish was actually quite tasty, inside were egg whites with prawns and tofu. It was different but delicious.

We also ordered a side of vegetables.

The tofu was silky smooth – we probably shouldn’t have ordered a plate of this, as below both goose and pork belly there were a mountain of tofu. Luckily we all like tofu!

Service was minimal but good. Food was definitely excellent and price was reasonable. From memory the bill came up to 400HKD which is good. Have not ordered any takeaway yet, but I am sure I will get some goose and aubergine soon.

I have been to a couple Chiu Chow restaurants and I have to say, I am definitely a fan!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Chef Master Chiuchow Kitchen

Shop G1016-17, G/F, Chi Sing Mansion,

Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2886 2100