I went along, on a wet and miserable day, to one of my favourite Chinese nosheries in Northbridge – Hongkies, which specialises in Chinese food with a Hong Kong twist, with influences of Britain and Portugal, especially, shining though.
But on this occasion, under the suggestion of owner Flora, we decided to try a fairly new entrant to the menu – a mini Yum Cha of seafood – and delightful it turned out to be, and excellent value to boot.
The meal kicked off with sour spicy seafood soup – you can get chicken in it as well should you want – I didn’t – thick, spicy with a slightly sour note running through it – seafood, fungi, tofu, topped with chopped chilli. Warmed us up no end and helped recover from the rain which soaked me on the way in.
Following the soup – a plate of lightly cooked Chinese greens with garlic and soy – crunchy, fresh, salty and aromatic.
Then fried squid tentacles – they do these well – well crisped, cooked with chilli and garlic – tender and very moreish. A bowl of chilli oil to dip added to the zestiness.
Another speciality – dumplings – and the first steamed prawn and chives – were nicely gelatinous, with juicy prawns and chopped chives inside. The chilli oil was on hand here too.
Fried prawn spring rolls – again lovely and crisply fried, moist and succulent filling – these came with a curry mayo dipping sauce.
More dumplings – one of my favourites, king prawn this time – again very well done.
Even more food – a bao bun filled with crumbed, fried fish, sloshed with sweet and sour sauce, lettuce, and another very enjoyable dish.
The finale – red bean pancake, luscious filling, drizzled with condensed milk and a blob of vanilla ice cream – and this excellent meal was complete.
They have a small wine list – or BYO is OK too – we were happy to see a good rosé on the list – Deep Woods Harmony from Margaret River – crisp and dry which complemented the spiciness of the food we ordered.
That was it – and when we went outside the rain had lifted and a little sun was peeking through, everything was turning out well.
I have always had great food at Hongkies – and the welcome from Flora and Jeanette adds to the ambience – you should get along and try it out – and the seafood yum cha should be high on your agenda.