The food of Hong Kong – Chinese with a twist – is at the heart of Hongkies in William Street – and on each visit we have found some delightful dishes. And it is pretty popular, too, especially at lunchtime when you need to get in quick to grab a seat.
We dropped by on Friday for lunch and managed to get the last seats in one of the booths at the back of the restaurant, opposite the kitchen.
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.
We began with an old favourite – salt and pepper soft shell crab – a large serving of crisply fried crab spiced up with salt and pepper seasoning, chopped red and green chilli scattered over and with a small bowl of rice and some spicy chilli sauce on the side – it is some of the best salt and pepper anything going around.
Then a clay pot dish – fried prawns cooked with dried scallop and chilli sauce, with rice vermicelli – lightly cooked and crunchy fresh prawns, a little chilli zip and with an enjoyable saltiness from the dried scallop based sauce – the noodles sticky, oily, al dente, and perfect for mopping up the sauce.
Hongkies is well worth a visit – the food a little out of the ordinary – and in Flora you will find a brilliant and friendly host.