Kopi Tiam – Satisfy Your Cantonese Culinary Cravings
Kopi Tiam at Swissotel The Stamford is no ordinary coffee shop, but one which is known to gather the best of local dishes with a heavier than usual price tag. Even though most of the hawker food served here easily cost more than $10, locals and tourists come here to savour their signatures such as Fish Head Curry, Laksa, Rojak and Char Kway Tiao.
What many may not know is they actually have some special promotion every month, which all range from Teochew fare, Cambodian dishes, all-things fish, to the most recent authentic Cantonese culinary creations.
This should be something to look out for because the chef helming Kopi Tiam Chef Ng Kwong Hee is a Cantonese himself. And he preferred to go more ‘heartwarming’ and ‘home-style’, and therefore the spread such as Roast Duck with Preserved Beancurd and Black Bean Sauce ($18), Braised Pork Ribs with Red Rice and Plum Sugar Sauce ($19), and Claypot Seafood Tofu ($18).
The Clay Pot Rice with Chicken, Salted Fish and Pork Sausage ($18) seems to be the must-have, because it is what Chef himself recommended, plus it is one of the few carb dishes on the promotional menu.
I am so used to pouring the dark sauce and oil over my claypot rice, until I saw that the seasoning has already all been added inside. This is so that the rice would not be that dry and can absorb the flavours better. I like the chicken meat pieces inside – well-marinated and tender. Though they could be more generous with the Lak Cheong. Personal preference.
Most Hongkongers enjoy beef tendon, and therefore I had the Braised Beef Belly & Tendon with Relish in Brown Sauce ($18). The beef which was braised for at least 2.5 hours was indeed tender and almost melted in the mouth. But perhaps Cantonese dishes are known to be flavorsome, I found the sauce a tad too salty for my liking. Order a bowl of plain rice to go along.
I went on the 2nd day of Cantonese promotion which would end by the 25th. But as what Chef Ng said, if the dish was popular, it may end up on the main menu or he would be ‘scolded’ by customers. Put the Clay Pot Rice in please.