Man Sing restaurant (民聲冰室) is located in an area call Dai Hang (大坑), which is just a couple of minutes walk away from Tin Hau (天后) MTR station, I was lucky enough to meet up with theboywhoatetheworld and it was his first visit to HK, so I thought this was a good chance to try out this restaurant - since it was my first time here too!
First up, one of the restaurant's signature dish - steam meat patty with salty egg (咸蛋蒸肉饼). One would be surprise when this dish is served, as it is usually found in its flat and round form. Even though the meat were stacked in cone-like shape, it was cooked perfectly all the way through. In my opinion, the dish was well seasoned, but it would be great if there was more meat and less fat in the mountain. I believe that's one of the secret to keeping it so moist and soft throughout.
Next on the list is 口水鸡 - poached chicken in a spicy, sweet, sour and savoury sauce. When translated directly, the dish is called saliva chicken. The reason being is that with such many layers of taste, it will make anyone salivate once eaten. I am not sure if I couldn't stop salivating, but I knew I enjoyed my meal very much that night!
Morning glory (馬拉盞通菜), also called kangkung belacan (马来风光) in Malaysia, was not bad but of course not as good as it is back home. What elevated this ordinary stir-fry vegetable is the belacan, or prawn paste. Combined with some dried shrimps and chilli, this simple yet delicious dish is recognised all around the world.
Thai-style spare ribs (泰式排骨) was one of dishes that I didn't get my hands on the other day! However, from the reaction of my friends and how fast the dish was finished, I could tell that it was good.
Crab meat steam egg (羔蟹蒸蛋), was a slight disappointment of the night. The egg had a unexpectedly firm texture.. maybe this firm custard-like texture is their style for this dish. In my opinion, the seasoning was fine, but could do with more crab and a softer and smoother texture might be better suited for this dish. Will give this another chance the next time I go there!
The night continued with some dessert-shop-crawl, and everyone left with a satisfied tummy. There is no better way to have a reunion other than a gathering with great friends over a delicious meal - a meal that involves eating outdoors, on stools and by the side of the road. Not to mention the weather was perfect for dining alfresco, and where else can you find a Chinese restaurant with their menu written on a plastic board placed near the roadside!