Fancy having “Michelin-starred” food in a Hong Kong café, or even at home?
Joy Luck Teahouse has newly introduced Michelin-worthy offerings including Beef Brisket and Tendon, Mala Chicken, and Kung Pao Chicken – with recipes developed by renowned Hong Kong chefs.
These meals are available as quick-service Hong Kong-style meals from $8.80, at Joy Luck Teahouse Chinatown (seating available) and Bugis Junction outlets.
You can opt for a quick-and-go takeaway; order them ala carte, or add on $2 for a set with Hong Kong Milk Tea* (*available only at Bugis Junction outlet)
Or enjoy in the comfort of your home, by purchasing Ready-To-Eat meals under “Sinstant Gourmet Food” and recreating these meals conveniently.
Just defrost the pouches, customise by adding your favourite ingredients (optional), pour the contents into a serving bowl, and it will be ready to be eaten.
Good to know they contain no MSG or preservatives. Here’s more on the three quick-service Hong Kong-style takeaway meals:
Beef Brisket and Tendon ($10.80 with rice or noodles)
Talk about one of Hong Kong’s most iconic dishes, and it has to be Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon.
This version is created by none other than Chef Cheng Kam Fu, who hails from the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Celebrity Cuisine 2010-2016) in Central, Hong Kong.
There is the option have this with steamed rice or Hong Kong style “gong zai meen”.
What sets this braised beef brisket apart is the combination of selected quality spices – with the flavours of the sauces well-absorbed into the meats and tendon.
While I wished that the meats could be slightly softer, the tendon were melt-in-the-mouth soft and tender with savoury flavours infused.
Mala Chicken ($9.80 with rice or noodles)
This Mala Chicken recipe is recreated by Chef Ng Kong Kiu of Ju Xing Home fame.
Chef Ng is known to transform simple ingredients into mouth-watering dishes, earning the restaurant a Michelin Bib Gourmand (Bib Gourmand 2018-2022).
You do not have to fly over to Hong Kong to try his food now.
What I liked was the thick sauce prepared with high-grade soy sauce, chilli peppers, gingers and other aromatic spices and herbs.
It was savoury, aromatic and moderately spicy, not as numbing as I would have initially expected.
The chicken pieces were quite chunky yet succulent (be careful of some bones), immersed in a flavourful punchy sauce.
Kung Pao Chicken ($9.80 with rice or noodles)
This was surprisingly my favourite of the three, with recipe from Executive Chef Lau Chin Man of Spring Deer Restaurant fame.
The chicken pieces were tender, coming with a thick sauce that is savoury, spicy, slightly sweet and very appetising.
This dish is best served with steamed rice or Hong Kong-stye doll noodles to balance out the spiciness.
Here are other recommendations from Joy Luck Teahouse:
Egg Tarts ($2.30 – $2.80)
The Egg Tarts from Joy Luck Teahouse are from Hoover Cake Shop 豪華餅店 in Hong Kong with two choices – one with a multi-layered puff pastry crust, the other “cookie” base akin to sweet shortbread crust.
The crust base is made from carefully chosen ingredients, a special blend of fine butter, and the best premium flour.
There are now several flavours to choose from, such as Cookie, Flaky, Lychee, Pandan, Dark Chocolate, Collagen, 22 Carat French Gold Flakes, to seasonal specials.
Chicken Pie ($3.20)
The Gai Pie (鸡批) boasts of buttery crust, with fillings of chicken, diced carrots, peas, corn and potato in a creamy bechamel white sauce.
Hong Kong-style Wife Cake ($2.50)
Lou Po Beng (老婆饼) with a slightly-sweet chewy filling of premium mashed candied winter melon.
Crispy Condensed Milk Bun ($3.00)
This 奶油豬 uses a crusty type of French-style baguette, halved, and toasted until the outside achieves a certain crispiness.
The toasted bun is then buttered and drizzled with condensed milk, which makes it a simple, sweet treat to have. Good to pair with Hong Kong Milk Tea.
Joy Luck Teahouse – Chinatown
274 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058823
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Joy Luck Teahouse – Bugis Junction
Bugis Junction #B1-K25, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Joy Luck Teahouse.