Monday, December 28, 2015

Kasa 家香 (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★★☆

I love all these new school cafés that are drawing inspirations from the old school cha chaan tengs (tea restaurants 茶餐廳). The latest to join the party is Kasa (家香), a new school modern café in Wanchai serving up some really innovative dishes with "old Hong Kong" in mind.

They've taken a lot of these traditional Chinese favorites and turn them into unorthodox and creative dishes. The baked duck stuffed with sea urchin with squid ink fried rice and arancini with claypot-style rice and lap cheung are just some of the many highlights from their exciting food menu.

Of course, I had to start things off with a cup of Hong Kong style milk tea. The tea was surprisingly not as strong as most "silk stocking" milk tea, which was just perfect for me as I am not into strong tea. But personally, I would love a little more milk in there.

Sunny-side-up egg, Japanese char siu with ginger mayonnaise on a pineapple bun (家香漢堡) ($38) - This was part of the tea set that also included the iced milk tea. A Chinese-style burger. Very interesting.

And it was surprisingly delicious. Never thought a pineapple bun could work so well with fried egg and char siu (BBQ pork). I thought the homemade ginger mayonnaise (紫薑醬汁) and pickled onion were the key in tying everything together so nicely. That was quite a fulfilling experience.

Kasa style molten duck yolk custard lava cake (奶皇流沙心太軟) ($28) - I was warned about this really naughty dessert before so I have especially saved room for it. This is a nice crossover between egg custard bun (流沙奶皇飽) and molten lava cake (心太軟). Another incredibly well-designed fusion dish that was fun and tasty.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride with this amazing East-meets-West fusion cuisine!

Food Rating: 6/10
Price: $$
Address: Shop 103, 1/F, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Wanchai
Tel: +852 2659-9189

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