Friday, January 20, 2012

Snake Soup at Snake King (Hong Kong)

Pleasantly full from our epic seafood dinner in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, my friends suggested we go get some snake soup. I was a bit hesitant because 1) I was already very full from all the seafood, 2) It was getting late and I have a plane to catch the next day, and 3) snake soup is not dessert (something that I will always have room for...but snake soup? More savoury stuff?! I dunno :S). But my friends insisted that we go (well for my sake anyway) as I haven't had snake soup since I was little (more than 20+ years ago) and most importantly, they know I won't be coming back to Hong Kong anytime soon. Anyway, I'm so thankful that my persistent friends were able to drag my lazy ass up because the snake soup was so incredibly delicious...making it the second most memorable meal (?) I had in Hong Kong.

The most popular snake soup establishment in Hong Kong is Snake King. This one we went to is called Snake King Fai (they are always called Snake King ___) . If I remember correctly, we went around 10:30-11pm and it was still packed (they only have like 8 stools in there though).

Simple menu: Large and small sizes of thick snake soup, regular snake soup (less ingredients than the thick snake soup) and sticky rice (a larger, eat-in only size, and a smaller size that you can take-out).

Newspaper clippings about Snake King.

It is very common to order sticky rice with snake soup because they go together really well. I must admit, although I was full after my  epic seafood dinner, I couldn't resist digging into this bowl of sticky rice. Each individual grain of rice had so much flavour and cooked just right, not mushy. The liver sausages had a crispy skin and juicy filling, and the peanuts gave a nice crunch, complementing the softness of the whole dish.

We all ordered the thick snake soup. The soup itself is a rich mixture and has a slightly spicy broth with lots of ingredients filled with chicken, snake, abalone, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, pork and ginger.

There are different condiments that you can add to your snake soup. The soup is often sprinkled with chrysanthemum leaves (which are believed to aid the vision and adds sweetness to the dish).

Deep fried crispy crackers for crunch.

My snake soup with all the fixin's! 

A piece of snake meat for you to see. To most people snake tastes like chicken, and I agree.

What a fabulous night! I had incredible company (dining with a chef, his cooks and other foodies) and enjoyed some of the freshest seafood I've ever had in my whole life and finally topped it all off with a bowl of hearty sticky rice and hot snake soup. Really, it was a perfect ending to my Hong Kong trip... I really couldn't ask for more! I wish I can re-live that night over and over again lol.

Well my dear followers, this post concludes my Hong Kong eating adventure! Hope you guys enjoyed reading my posts as much as I enjoyed writing about it~ Back to the Toronto scene I go ^_^