Chinatown, New York, a popular tourist destination, is flooded with tons of Chinese restaurants and one can easily get confused where to find that perfect spot that serves authentic Cantonese cuisine. But just a few days back, I came across a lovely place – Bite of Hong Kong – leaving us truly satisfied with a desire to come back again.
What is special about them: The main thing that Bite of Hongkong prides in is a wide variety of live seafood ensuring that their customers get the freshest of fish served right on their plates with a delicacy of savory flavors.
The restaurant which opened in 2015 was recently featured in The New York Times as well. It is owned by Donald Lee and while some of the recipes have been passed down by his family, the others come from the talented Head Chef – Mr. Fei.
The restaurant is pretty big and as you walk inside, you can see a display of all the live seafood – all of them were so huge, I was literally in awe, especially the King crab which was about 10 lbs!
Since their menu is pretty vast, the best thing for us was to ask for suggestions. Chris, who was our host and who we mainly interacted with, is a really wonderful guy and gave us some excellent recommendations.
I really appreciate that they asked us beforehand whether we were allergic to any kind of food so they could cater accordingly. (Honestly, I haven’t come across many restaurants that do that.)
We started off with a delicious Fish Maws with Crabmeat Soup. Ahh… hot, delicious soup perfect for warming up the stomach. While the soup tasted great as is, a little pinch of ground pepper really enhanced its flavor.
Note that we asked for smaller portions so we could enjoy several dishes.
And then… the real feast began!
The next item on the menu was Shredded Steak and Chicken with Mango. The combination of savory chicken & beef along with the sweet flavor of the mangos complemented each other very well. Does that sound strange? It won’t if you give it a try.
No meal is complete without a plate of veggies. So we tried their Dry Sautéed String beans from the vegetarian menu that were cooked perfectly and were crisp and delicious.
If this was not enough, the experience kept on getting better & better.
We were then presented with Minced Chicken in a Bird’s nest. Not only does it sound interesting, but it also looks delicious. We were told that the ‘nest’ is made from fried noodles and both my husband and I absolutely loved their presentation.
You can either eat it as is, or wrap the minced chicken in lettuce with a little bit of Oyster sauce and crushed peanuts. Ahh! Crunchy, flavorful and delicious.
Well, I must say they hit it out of the park with their final entree! We tried one of their House Special dishes – from the live seafood section. It was a humongous Steamed Big Mouthed Bass served with their House special sauce and a ton of scallions. The fish was cooked perfectly and the meat was literally falling off and melting in our mouths. I could not resist relishing on it. This was the first time I had seafood at a Cantonese restaurant and I must say I was really impressed.
We had an awesome lunch at Bite of Hongkong. All of the dishes were indeed delicious and to be honest, I can’t wait to go back for more!
If you want to try out some lovely Cantonese cuisine, head over to Bite of Hong Kong. I definitely think it’s a must try in New York City and I’m sure you’ll be delighted just the way I was.
Address: Bite of Hong Kong
81 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Note: I was invited as a guest and received a complimentary meal. However, the opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.
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