I thought I would give Lei Garden another try, as Mr Wasabi was unimpressed the last time we visited Lei Garden at IFC. Since we were in Time Square shopping mall, I decided to visit Lei Garden again.
We wanted to be one of the first few peoples to dine so that we did not have to queue. As we arrived a small queue had already formed waiting for Lei Garden to open up.
The restaurant was much larger than I had initially anticipated as it goes deeper in. We got a table at the back where we were given the menus
Har Gao – Good but not great. Thin translucent skin with a mixture of chopped and minced prawn meat.
Sui Mai – Small, delicate and succule w a lot of prawns, one of the better sui mai’s I have had
Mushroom and Vege Dumplings – the word ‘mushroom’ and I was there!. the dumplings were very delicate with a thin, chewy translucent skin with a good balance of mushroom to vegetables.
Fried Flaky Pastries Filled w Shredded Turnip – Something I have not encountered before. when it first arrived to the table Mr Wasabi said he was not going to eat any. But managed to force him to try a little bite, and before I knew it, he had 2/3 of them
Beef Balls – these are not my favourite, but Mr Wasabi wanted to compare one that is made in Hong Kong to those in New Zealand. I must admit these beef balls tasted much better than the ones you get back home. They had a nice spongy/bouncy texture to it that did not have too much filler to it. The mandarin peel helped to cut the heaviness of the meat.
Fried Chicken Wings – nice crispy and tasty coating. though I did find it fairly oily, I took a bite and gave the rest to Mr Wasabi, who seems to enjoy this deep fried morsel.
Fried Glutenous Rice Balls – There are a number of varieties that all look similar, a savoury one filled with meat, red bean or plain with nothing inside. This was the plain one with nothing inside it. These tend to be best eaten when hot. The last time I had one of these was when I was a kid when one of our family friends made them. These fried glutenous rice balls were fairly soft with a slight chewiness to it as you would expect from glutenous flour. Mr Wasabi who generally is not fan, quite enjoyed them.
Superior Soup w Dumpling with Crab Meat – one large dumpling in a bowl of soup filled with lots of crab meat. the soup was light and perfectly seasoned. the skin of the dumpling was thin
Pumpkin Bun – which looked more like a shiitake mushroom with the black charring of the bun. The minimum order for these were 2 per tray, but I was very full and Mr Wasabi was not interested in trying one. But managed to sway our waitress to give me just one to try, Initially she said no, but after a while she said ‘yes’ Great service, ability to just provide me with one bun.
Mango Pudding – good but not the best I have had. Needed more fresh mangoes
Good atmosphere, the food seemed to be cooked in batches where some dishes you had to wait a while. even though you order most items from the menu, there are a few dishes that were carted by the waitresses around, seeking if you would like one.
Mr Wasabi commented that this visit was much nicer than our previous visit, this is perhaps the fact that he ordered most of the dishes that he wanted to eat.
Location: 10/F, Times Square,1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong