Among different branches of Chinese cuisine, Hokkien food (閩菜) was surprisingly under-represented in the local dining scene despite having a large population with connection to the coastal province of Fujian, or Hokkien in their local dialect. Most of us have never heard of this restaurant in this quiet neighborhood in North Point before our foodie friend CXB suggested that we came to check it out for dinner. He also sorted out the menu for us beforehand with some specialty Hokkien dishes which need to be reserved in advance, plus a last-minute order of a pair of moray eel dishes using the live moray eel our chef/restauranteur friend D brought along – yes, there is such a thing as BYOS, or Bring-your-own-seafood. (You can find the live fish in my Flickr album - didn't post it here in case some found it disturbing - let's just say moray eel is not the most beautiful creature in the sea)
Turducken done Chinese style, with a deboned duck stuffed with a deboned chicken stuffed with a deboned pigeon and then abalone, braised with a thick gravy-like sauce. The meat was juicy and well-infused with flavors, from inside and out. It was followed by another braised chicken dish, this one a lighter version with the whole chicken deboned and slow-cooked with lotus seeds and pork stomach (蓮子豬肚煨雞). We had an excellent lotus seeds dish a couple of weeks before, and this one was equally impressive, with the mild nutty and clean taste from the lotus seeds matching well with the slightly earthy flavor from the pork stomach.
More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/g4gary/albums/72157670474944723 and read the review by my friend Susan who went to the restaurant on a separate occasion earlier.
When? September 9 2016
Where? Sun Fook Kee, First Floor, Circle Court, 3-5 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Braised Quattro-stuffed Duck (失傳四套鴨), Braised Moray Eel (京燒海油𩺬)
Drinks? (not listed in serving order)
2011 Alysian "Rochioli Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
2014 Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco Veneto IGT (Magnum)
2002 Champagne Bollinger RD Extra Brut
2004 Champagne Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut
Isojiman Daiginjo Junmai 48 Hasegawa edition 磯自慢 大吟醸純米 48 (はせがわ酒店 限定)
2012 Argyle "Reserve" Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
1982 Damilano Barolo DOCG
2014 Von Winning Riesling Trocken Grainhubel Grosses Gewachs, Pfalz