Yau Yuan Xiao Jui (有緣小敘) – Time Out’s Best Regional Chinese 2011, Hong Kong

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I like reading Time Out HK and naturally when it gave Yau Yuan Xiao Jui(有緣小敘) the Best Regional Chinese 2011 award, I knew I have to go as soon as possible! My friend loved the food there, so I invited a few people with big appetites and eagerly headed to Ferry Street, Jordan.

Ferry Street is in the back streets of Jordan, it’s away from the main street where shady-looking Sauna houses and Karaoke bars are. These streets are filled with small eateries and wet markets and it’s fun to walk around. The grass root appeal of the area is a big contrast to the glamorous Hong Kong that everyone knows.

The couple who opened Yau Yuan Xiao Jui are from Xi’an, and apparently this is the first Xi’an restaurant in Hong Kong. Xi’an is located in the Northwest of China, and is a part of the Silk Road, the food has a hint of Middle Eastern influence, especially dishes like the burgers, reminded me of a Turkish pizza! They are also heavy on meat, buns and noodles. In general, all the dishes are strongly seasoned, very flavorful and often spicy. We tried some Xi’an specialty dishes such as pork and lamb dumplings paired with different vegetables, deer meat, ribs, and the Biang Biang noodles. My friends and I enjoyed them, they were delicious.

38 Ferry St (entrance on Sai Kung St), Jordan, Tel. 5300 2682. Daily 11am-10pm.


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