I love spicy food so I was excited to check out Qi-Nine Dragons in Tsim Sha Tsui - the new sister restaurant of Qi-House of Sichuan in Wan Chai which has just been awarded 1 Michelin star in the 2016 Hong Kong Michelin guide. Situated on the top floors in the new Prince Tower, the restaurant boasts nice views of the city's skyline along with an expansive rooftop terrace that is perfect for drinks before dinner. I had tried the food at the original branch which was legitimately spicy before so I knew that I would be in for a numbing and spicy feast this time!
We ordered some mocktails ahead of time with Sichuan Cooler/ Yuzu Cooler/ Lemon Squash ($45) and the yuzu flavor was perfect for me to quench my thirst through out the night.
Our meal started off innocently enough at first with this aromatic Flaky Scallion Pancake ($55) that would be one of the few dishes that wasn't spicy.
Things escalated quickly though with this super spicy Chili Oil Wontons ($80) so it was good to have the mocktails to cool off my numbing tongue.
The Fried Spicy Chicken Wings ($100) was nicely fried and not that spicy (though my tongue could be confused on the spice level after the chili wontons!).
The Mouth Watering Boneless Chicken ($85) was another classic Sichuan dish that will satisfy all spice lovers.
The Lettuce Wrap ($80) came with your choice of beef, pork, chicken or vegetarian fillings that had been pan-fried and served with sweet sauce.
The Fried Calamari with Sichuan Miso ($138) was probably my favorite of the appetizers as the calamari was perfectly tender while the fried crunchy bits were addictive to eat as well!
Sautéed String Beans with Minced Pork ($110)
I really liked the Sugar Glazed Ginger and Scallion Chicken ($188) which was surprisingly delicious with its crispy texture and sweet savory sauce.
The Chili Fried Canadian Dungness Crab ($695) is a must-try here as the deliciously sweet crab had been coated with a spicy batter. Gloves and tools are provided to prevent an oily mess.
The Braised Mandarin Fish Fillet in Chili Oil Soup (Small: $200/ Large: $300) has always been one of my favorite Sichuanese dish and this didn't disappoint (though I thought it could have been even spicier).
The Cumin Pork Ribs ($145) was another impressive dish with its crispy skin that had been coated with cumin spices which revealed layers of juicy meat on the inside.
Even though we were full, we had some desserts to revive our spiced-out tongue and the Red Bean Pancake with Ice Cream ($108) was perfect for the job.
I loved the Golden Custard Buns ($55) even since I tried these at the Wan Chai branch and it was good to be reunited with these goodies!
Verdict - if you want to eat authentically and legitimately spicy Sichuanese food with a hip and trendy decor, then Qi-Nine Dragons and Qi-House of Sichuan are the places for you.
20/F, Prince Tower
12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2799 8899
Qi-House of Sichuan
2/F, J Senses
60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2527 7177
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