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Savour Exquisite Chinese Regional Cuisine at the Newly-Opened Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant

March 7, 2019 Dining No Comments Email Email

Housed in the brand new Xiqu Centre that showcases top calibre Chinese opera in a contemporary-style building, Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant is the first dining establishment opened in this strikingly-designed structure, and presents the best classic culinary creations that are perfect for gourmets and visitors alike. 

The new dining destination is operated by Buick Management, a Hong Kong-based hospitality group that has over 25 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, reputably known for managing Pak Lok Chiu Chow, a household name for Chiu Chow cuisine in Hong Kong, with branches in Times Square, K11 and Elements, as well as Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

Located at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road, Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant is easily accessible by the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and Austin MTR station, the China Ferry Terminal that connects to Macau, Zhuhai, and Shekou, as well as the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.  Reflecting the Xiqu Centre’s modern design that was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns, the restaurant also blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the culinary art form.

Meaning “Full of Happiness”, Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant brings classic Chinese cuisine into a theatrical and serene ambience, where culture meets cuisine. The dishes featured in the a la carte menu are thoughtfully curated and handcrafted with authentic recipes to take diners on a culinary journey through China.

Seasoned executive chef Hui Mei Tak who has over 30 years’ experience in the kitchen, has included on the signature menu the classic Cantonese Baked Crab Meat Stuffed in Crab Shell (HK$98 each / minimum order of 2 pcs), Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple (HK$128), Baked Prawn with White and Green Peppercorns (HK$168), and Double-boiled Pig’s Lung and Almond Soup (HK$88 per person; HK$268 for 4 persons) that looks creamy and is full of delicious goodness.

Other featured dishes on the menu include the Signature Peking Duck (Half : HK$380; Whole : HK$680) that needs to be ordered one day in advance.  Prepared in a temperature-controlled ageing oven, with the entire process taking 36 hours from start to finish, the culinary team ensures it is cooked to perfection. The succulent slices of roast duck comes with an array of accompaniments, such as finely sliced cucumbers, scallions, radish, tender ginger, cantaloupe, sweet sauce and thin pancakes.

A range of enticing signature culinary creations include Deep-fried Bombay Duck Fish with Spiced Salt (Small : HK$78; Regular : HK$98), where the chef skillfully debones the fish in this laborious process; Steamed Whole Crab with Pork Patty (HK$498) where the crustacean is presented on top of a hearty Pork Patty to infuse the flavours of each ingredient, and the delicate-tasting Crispy Diced Bean Curd with Fresh Crab Meat (HK$168).

There is also the Braised Mixed Mushrooms with Fungus (HK$128), a vegetarian dish that features the highly prized elm fungus and yellow fungus; andFried Rice with Minced Beef, Spring Onion and Garlic (HK$148), a dish specially created by Chef Hui that embraces both Chinese and Western cooking techniques that was inspired by risotto from Italy.

 The roast meats are another highlight at Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant, with recipes created by Chef Chen Wing Hon, Head of Roast, who has authored a book on the art of Chinese meat roasting. The Honey-glazed Barbecued Pork (Regular : HK$88; Half : HK$128) is considered one of his best dishes, and also on the menu are Crispy Roast Pork Belly (Regular : HK$88; Half : HK$128), and Roasted Goose with Plum Sauce (Regular : HK$168; Half : HK$380; Whole : HK$680) which are stellar favourites.

Classic dim sum is also on the menu, such as ‘Har Gow’ Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling (HK$58), Whole Abalone Siu Mai (HK$108), Cantonese Caramel Sponge Cake (HK$48), and a range of steamed rice rolls; meanwhile dim sum items that have a creative twist include Pan-fried Shredded Radish Cake with Sakura Shrimp (HK$38), Pan-fried Pork Bun with Black Garlic (HK$48), Baked BBQ Pork with Aged Orange Peel Pastry (HK$48),Crab Meat, Mushroom & Basil Spring Roll (HK$48), and Mozzarella and Creamy Egg Custard Bun (HK$48).

 Seating 260 guests, the 8,000 sq ft Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant evokes the atmosphere of a Chinese garden, a place where one spends time with family and friends for pleasure and relaxation, and inspires a closeness with nature.

Hanging on the jade-coloured walls are round-shaped artworks featuring delicately hand-painted flowers on a silver leaf background which embrace traditional and modern tastes.  The dining room is furnished with custom-made rattan banquettes, giving guests the feeling they are dining outdoors, in a casual and relaxed setting.

For private parties, there is a large VIP space that can seat up to 108 guests, or it can be divided into two rooms: one that accommodates up to two tables of 12 guests or a total of 24 people, while a larger area is decorated with ruby red walls with a floral motif that can comfortably host up to seven tables of 12 guests each, perfect for intimate weddings banquets and other celebrations.

Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant is a new brand under Buick Management, which manages and operates Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant Group that has over 50 years’ of experience, serving a range of classic Chinese cuisines, not only Chiu Chow, but also other authentic Chinese regional cuisines.

Located at Unit 2-4, 1/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong, it opens daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

For enquiries or reservations, please email or call (852) 3622-1449.

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