[Hong Kong] Erawan Thai Premium - Best Fried Crab with Tom Yum Paste
Erawan Thai Premium, a sister branch of the Michelin recommended Moon Thai, is now my favorite Thai restaurant in Hong Kong! I don't usually make big claims like that, but I think you may agree with me after trying the award-winning Fried Crab with Tom Yum Paste here. Helmed by Executive Chef Lek who has over 35 years of culinary experience at Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok and Hong Kong, the food is traditional and authentic which is just what I've been craving for and reasonably priced as well.
Both sister restaurants serve the same dishes but what sets them apart are the creative cocktails available at Erawan Thai Premium with a new mixologist on board. I tried the Ocean Wave ($68) which looked gorgeous with its blueish ombre hue while the taste was fruity and refreshing with lychee flavors.
Grilled Pork Neck ($88) is a dish that I always order at a Thai restaurant and the texture of the pork here was juicy and bouncy but a tad leaner than expected. I loved the accompanying tangy and spicy sauce though which was really appetizing.
Red Curry with Roasted Duck ($138) is another favorite of mine and while the curry was spicy and flavorful, I thought it would have been better if the roasted duck had been laid on top of the curry so that the skin would still be crispy. I liked the use of fresh fruits in the curry especially with the sweet and juicy pineapples and lychees.
I usually don't like to eat vegetables but the Fried Morning Glory with Belachan ($88) was a classic dish that I could eat everyday.
Finally the dish that stole my heart was this Fried Crab with Tom Yum Paste (market price)! The whole stir-fried crab was really fresh and sweet while the tom yum sauce was amazingly delicious as it was spicy and sweet at the same time. It was so good that we had to order naans in order to finish off the sauce with it. This was hands down the best crab dish I've had this year!
Verdict - I was very impressed with the food at Erawan Thai Premium and I'm definitely coming here whenever I'm craving for the fried crab with tom yum paste!
Erawan Thai Premium
4/F, Astoria Building
24-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3708 8368http://erawanthai.ams-kpg.com/
2/F, Holiday Inn Express
83 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2581 1288http://moonthai.ams-kpg.com/
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