I love my Fridays, I relax a little at work…
Firstly, let’s address the elephant in the room – yes, Ho Lee Fook basically sounds like Holy Fuck which so happen to be one of their many charms to lure hungry expats and tourists. What? yes I said expats and tourists because it’s not somewhere a local would go to because it’s “contemporary” aka westernised food to tailor the expat/tourist palette. Living in London all my life and eating my momma’s home cooked Chinese food; I get the best of both worlds and I like to think my tastebuds would identify what’s local and what’s fusion. Ho Lee Fook have a walk in policy and when we called up at 6pm, they said a table for 3 will be ready in an hour – Ho Lee Fook that’s a long time but it seems to be the case for everybody that’s dined there. The good thing is that you don’t have to sit/wait around, just leave them your number and they will call you when the table is ready.
As you walk in, you will see the infamous wall of maneki-nego figurines aka the waving, lucky golden cats as you walk down the staircase. Don’t be shy to take a photo because EVERYONE does it! The dining room downstairs is beyond low lit so the ambience is chilled, relaxing and sociable. Unfortunately, for Instagram-hungry diners will struggle to get a good pic under the low-lit room and so we went a lil crazy and got 2 phones out on torch mode to get a decent picture of every meal we had. Did I care? Yes! But the room was so dark I couldn’t see our neighbouring table’s reaction so all is good.
For starters we shared a small plate of Hokkaido scallops with snowpea, pickled enoki and salmon roe. It was a light dish which didn’t blow our mouths away. The combination and dressing complimented well and the Hokkaido scallops were super fresh – HK$158
Everyone that has dined at Ho Lee Fook said “you must try the wagyu short ribs” and so I did! Good thing is that the plate was huuuge and they sure weren’t stingy on the portion like most fusion restaurants so I was happy about that. I admit; the roasted wagyu was juicy and succulent with a generous smear of jalapeno puree, green shallot kimchi and soy glaze across the plate (quoted from SassyHongKong as I didn’t know what the sauce was) – HK$458
Chilli chicken wings – when I saw the plate, all I saw was red! Then, I realised it was a whole plate of chillies smothering 7 pieces of fried wings. Let’s hope I don’t bite into those chilli seeds and bust a nose pipe! The wings tasted delicious and for someone who can’t handle their spice; it was the perfect balance of crunch with a chilli kick – HK$118
We also ordered a side of fried cauliflower and sprouts which we enjoyed; I wouldn’t say it’s amazing but it came across to me as fast food novelty. Don’t get me wrong, I like it but it’s not worth HK$98 for a plate of fried greens.
We must talk about their desserts! Their Kit Kat Brownie with HK style milk tea ice cream and marshmallows was to die for! It reminded me of rocky roads! What I liked about this dessert was that the HK style milk tea added that element of ‘local-ness’ with a twist! The dessert caught me by surprise and I wish I had more – HK$78
We then ordered the Breakfast 2.0 with Horlicks ice cream and raspberries on a bed of cornflakes, warm gooey oats and a sprinkle of cocao coffee crumbs. It was just delightful – I’ve not sampled a combination like this before and it just worked a treat. Who doesn’t love cornflakes? Horlicks is an old school drink from the UK; once popular in the 90’s which didn’t resurrect but remains popular with the people of Hong Kong today.
With a name like Ho Lee Fook, as Chinese as it is and sounds, I couldn’t wrap my head around the contemporary concept and wished I ordered dishes that were closer to home to make me shout Ho Lee Fook. If you want to enjoy some pan asian food; this is one of many places to visit. The Wagyu short ribs, Breakfast 2.0 and Kit Kat brownie was the highlight for – I would totally go back for the desserts! I do need to visit this place again and sample more from the menu as I did want to try their pork dumplings!
Ho Lee Fook means good fortune for your mouth. Hahaha even with the literal meaning it’s still punny.