Quantcast
Latest Stories

Best of Class

Your must-go-to Chiu Chow restaurant in HK

By

PAK LOH on Hysan Avenue

Chinese food consists of popular types of cuisine—Shanghainese, Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan and Hakka Chiu Chow.

The most popular are Cantonese, Shanghainese and Szechuan.

Chiu Chow tends to be simpler but equally flavorful, and is known to be healthier than the other types of Chinese cuisine.  Chiu Chow dishes are lighter, less oily and rely heavily on fresh ingredients.

Also known as Swatow food, Chiu Chow cuisine originated in  the city of Shantou, in the coastal region of Guangdong Province, 300 km from Hong Kong.

Fish, oyster, goose, duck and crab are major features of this cuisine. Poaching, steaming and braising are predominant methods of cooking, along with stir-frying.

With the food selections at Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant, one can also eat very well without having to break the bank.

FRESHLY Steamed Cold Crab

Institution

Pak Loh Chiu Chow was founded in 1967 by S.H. Pui. Its first restaurant on Hysan Avenue in Causeway Bay has become an institution. It is always packed mostly with locals and a few tourists. (We’ve seen  Robert Kuok of Shangri-La Hotels there on two occasions.)

Highlights of traditional Chiu Chow cuisine:

1. Shark Fin’s Soup, Chiu Chow-style—The sauce is braised with pig’s trotter which makes it thick and creamy, then oyster sauce is added. Super tasty.

2. Freshly Steamed Cold Crab—Steamed large red crab from the South China Sea. It is steamed for 20 minutes and topped with ginger slices and spring onions.

STEAMED Freshwater Goby Fish

3. Steamed Freshwater Goby Fish—Steamed and simmered in ginger and spring onions. Super light and clean-tasting.

4. Baby Oyster Omelette— Potato starch is mixed with the baby oysters and fried with duck egg. Chinese version of patis is dipping sauce. The gooey texture makes you eat more rice.

5. Fried Sliced Chicken with Chinjew Sauce—This is a very traditional dish that has Szechuan pepper fried with the chicken.

6. Double-boiled Pig’s Stomach Soup with Salted Vegetables—The pig’s stomach is double-boiled with the salty vegetables with white pepper. (White pepper is very good for the stomach. That’s why people feel  warmth in their stomach after having this soup.)   Perfect for winter.

7. Sauteed Green Beans with Minced Pork and Preserved Olives—The crunchiness of the beans and hearty taste of the pork have a nice texture.

FRIED Sliced Chicken with Chinjew Sauce

8. Sliced Soya Goose—The most important ingredient is the dark soy sauce. It’s full of Szechuan pepper, Chinese herbs, tangerine peel, cinnamon, etc. The sauce itself is about 40 years old; we have to boil it everyday to keep it. The goose is dipped in a mild, white vinegar. The best! This is a must-have.

9. Deep-fried Whitebait—It looks like French fries and is dipped in salt and black vinegar likened to sukang Iloko. Kids love this dish.

10. Whelk (shellfish equivalent of the Japanese Fugu)—The meat is sliced and poached, so that you can taste the freshness of the whelk. It is served with tangerine sauce.  Skill is required in preparing this dish, just like Fugu.

Other new innovative dishes one must try are Lamb Rack with Fish Sauce, Shrimp with Basil, Smoked Eel, etc.  Always check out the specials of the season.

GONGFU Cha

At the beginning and end of every meal, authentic Chiu Chow restaurants serve a very strong oolong tea called Tieguanyin in very tiny cups,  like hot bittersweet tea shots.  It’s great for digestion and is very potent, it feels as if hair is growing on your chest when you down it.  It is also known as Gongfu Cha.

The original Hysan Avenue Pak Loh Chiu Chow location is by far the best. Other branches may be found at:  16/F,  Lee Theater, North Point, and Elements in Kowloon; K11 and Grand Century Plaza in Mongkok.

If  S.H. Pui were alive today, he would be 91. We are quite certain that he is looking down happy at how his son Raymond and grandson Joey safeguard the age-old traditions of popular Chiu Chow dishes.

Clearly, Pak Loh is here to stay. Chinese comfort food.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: dining , Food , Hong Kong , Lifestyle , Pak Loh Chiu Chow , Restaurants



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. World bids Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Adios’
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  5. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  8. Garcia Marquez left unpublished manuscript
  9. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  10. Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  5. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  6. This is not just a farm
  7. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  8. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer

News

  • Napoles tags over 100 officials in pork scam – Lacson
  • Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  • Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  • 43 out of 414 Etihad passengers yet to be found, tested for MERS-CoV – Palace
  • Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  • Sports

  • UP nips St. Benilde; Adamson blasts RTU in Filoil women’s caging
  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • UST posts twin kill in Filoil pre-season cup opening day
  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida
  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Business

  • SM to rebuild Tacloban hospital
  • PSEi slips after 4-day rally
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH
  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • China won’t budge, wants PH gov’t to apologize to HK
    Marketplace