Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine
The first time I visited this place was back when it first opened late last year. Sydney’s been experiencing a drought in Hong Kong cuisine, with the likes of Campbell Cafe closing up and other restaurants offering up dismal, less than impressive food. However, Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine is bringing Hong Kong food back! By changing things up and revamping the old school, ‘cha-chaan-ting’ feel aimed at enticing the younger crowd and perhaps even old expats.
It’s hard to escape the bold neon sign and industrial feel at the front door, that creates an overarching sense of all things retro and literally, old town.
The teapots and tea sets are as old school as you can get, and I love it!
It’s a busy night and the place is packed, so we’re seated upstairs against a dragon mural type water fountain, with the gentle splashing sounds adding to the ambience of a truly Chinese experience.
Of course, a typical Hong Kong meal would not be complete without ordering an Iced Lemon Tea.
Old Town offers up an array of dim sums, as well as your traditional noodles, rice and mains. I would say the menu is not exclusive to Hong Kong cuisine, but offers a mix of cuisines from Shanghai and China. It’s definitely more up-street than your run of the mill ‘cha-chaan-ting’ food.
These Peking Duck Buns were a must order. The combination of crispy skin, tender duck, hoisin sauce and a soft warm bun makes this a wonderful take on the traditional Peking Duck.
We also ordered the Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Tofu, which is a popular dish for dinner at many Chinese restaurants. The exterior is perfectly crispy, while the tofu inside is firm and silky. If you’re not a fan of tofu, give these a try and I’m sure they’ll change your mind!
The highlight of the meal would have to be this, the Bird’s nest pot stickers. It’s definitely a show-stopper and another twist on a Chinese classic. You break through the crispy net to reveal tiny morsels of pork and chive dumplings. Definitely a must-try here.
Now I know many people aren’t fond of Chinese desserts, but I’m pleasantly surprised by the wide range of dessert options offered here that I’m sure there’ll be something that tickles your fancy. A Hong Kong favourite and crowd pleasure, tofu-fa, which is silken tofu bathed in a sweet syrupy soup if you will.
We also ordered the gwai-fa go, a sweet jelly with elderflower (I believe) and goji berries inside. This is my favourite thing to have at the end of yum-cha in Hong Kong! So cleansing on the palette and not too overpowering, or overly sweet.
The last dessert we ordered was the gao-lek-dao-sa, a Shanghai-nese dessert made of a fluffy egg white lightly fried then coated with sugar, that is super light and melt in your mouth, with red bean paste filling. I guess it’s kind of like a Chinese donut, except much lighter?
Old Town has definitely impressed me with their excellent food, unique decor and enjoyable atmosphere. Though the food is definitely not exclusive to Hong Kong, it nonetheless stands up to tough competition in its own right.
It has a comforting homely feel about it, that is familiar and has definitely transported me to an older era of Hong Kong.