On Hollywood Road

Dinner and drinks. Saturday night in Hong Kong.

Posted in Uncategorized by Alex Daye on February 5, 2012

Ying Yang G/F, 18 Ship St, Wan Chai, 2866 0868.

Ying Yang is a private kitchen in Wanchai. The chef Margaret Xi used to work out of Yuen Long but moved into the city a few years ago. The food is quite simply sublime. From the use of fresh, local organic produce to the combination of inventive flavours used and the decoration that is the perfect note of 1960’s Wanchai, the team here deliver on an evening that was as charming as it was delicious.

If you can get a group of 6 people together (which you should), you can have a private room with very attentive but unobtrusive waiters who are very well versed on the food they are serving and are happy to explain the flavours and ingredients that have been used. And the ingredients are really what strike you here. Unusual combinations and textures, beautiful presentation and colour. We opted for a seafood menu as we had several non meat eaters in the party. But please note carnivores, when this restaurant won the Time Out 2008 award for best restaurant, they had this to say,

“She commissioned a custom terracotta Chinese urn in her kitchen just to fire up her crispy on the outside/moist on the inside baby pig and roast chicken, and recently she’s been experimenting with Yunnan ham and baby goat in the “oven”, which can climb to temperatures of up to 400oC”

Every dish bought a gasp from me. I can not rave enough! So enough and let’s let the pictures speak for themselves. Though on this note I must apologise. I had to use my phone to take these photos and so they are not as good as they should be, but you get the idea.

The entrance door to the land of delicious.

The ground floor of the restaurant.

The doorway to the balcony of our private room on the top floor.

The room is decorated in a simple 1960’s village house  style. Hence the fridge in the room and the beautiful wooden cabinets. Love it!

You can go out on this balcony for between course smokes  – if you don’t suffer from vertigo too much.

Sorry for the blurry photo. This was a salad of tomato, beetroot, fried greens and radish with dried preserves. The combination and colours were extraordinary. A great note to start on.

Shrimps dipping their toes into a sea of mango and slated lemon.

Crabs steamed in a sauce of egg, coconut and Bacardi Rum. So amazingly delicious. Imagine that the taste of Drunken shrimp took a holiday to Tahiti and you have the essence of this dish!Sometimes when I want to write an entry for this journal I get distracted. After the crabs above I forgot about taking photos and just tucked in and ate with pure gusto and pleasure. so join me in the meal after several courses after the crabs, here with this homemade papaya ice cream. Ying Yang change their menu every month and make what is seasonal and so expect different dishes every time you visit.

The ice cream was served with “Chinese doughnuts” which were a little like mochi. And starfruit in a fruit jelly. I couldn’t figure out how the set the jelly in a square around the starfruit. And no, it wasn’t a sandwich of 2 layers.

Who ate the last crab claw?

After such a feast, you need a nightcap or 2 to settle your stomach and draw a close to the evening. May I suggest you amble along to 10 Arbuthnot road and take a look at Salon Number 10.

This space used to be a restaurant that sat empty for months and I remember as  having a rather forlorn Christmas tree in the window. It always caught my eye with it’s Gaudi meets Captain Nemo carved door and window and interior. Now re-born as salon Number 10 it bills itself as a members club, but I don’t know how strongly that is enforced. I think it is more to discourage and keep away the loutish drunken hordes down 2 levels in Lan Kwai Fong. So if you are in the mood for a civilised drink in very eccentric surroundings, come here. if you like jello shots and beer kegs, go down the road to Al’s Diner please. The drinks menu is inventive and thorough. I curled up in a velvet chair with absinthe made the old fashioned and was very happy.

Please note!

Along one wall.

Dog cushions! – I want one of each please.

Our gathering being all convivial.

The open kitchen as a bar concept. I got mesmerised by the tile floor for a couple of minutes on my way to the loo. Love the colours with gold.

Part of the wall mural. Look at the rose closely.

I did a lot of Paint-by-numbers as a child and I think this would have made an excellent image for that genre.

Look what I found in the loo…

oh, oh, some-one is tired. We have fittings in the morning so let’s call it a night.


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  1. jasonschlabach said, on February 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Ying Yang is hands down my favorite Hong Kong restaurant! The combo of environment, ingredients, service and passion can’t be beat. Thanks for the Salon recommendation. I’ll be sure to check it out.

    • jadaye said, on February 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more!
      You are welcome for the tip Jason ! Do try to make it to the Salon. It is worth the trip!

  2. scott weston said, on February 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I went there in July last year and had a thoroughly enjoyable time and loved the corn and crab dish. A bit unsure of the sea creatures in saltwater though!

  3. The Bearded Lady « On Hollywood Road said, on April 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

    […] a big old belly flop, but I am happy to report that it was quite the rousing success. Salon No. 10, which I’ve written about before, is a wonderful, warm space, the entertainment was sensational and what an attractive, well dressed […]

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