Nearly every family seems to have a restaurant that they can go to when they are hungry and don’t know where to go.
For my family, this restaurant has always been Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco. We have been going there for years, and they never fail to disappoint.
The restaurant is a no-frills joint that is always packed full of people. Hong Kong Seafood serves traditional Chinese food, and the menu ranges from lunchtime dim sum to lobster porridge or full Chinese banquets for special occasions.
Upon walking in, you can immediately sense the liveliness and organized chaos of the restaurant. The waiters quickly dart from table to table as customers chow down on their meals while having conversations across the table.
My family always likes to order a mix of dim sum and large plates since everything at Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant is good.
This time, we ordered shrimp dumplings, beef balls, beef noodle rolls, sticky rice shrimp balls, shrimp-stuffed mushrooms, and mango pudding from the dim sum menu. As far as large plates, we ordered a combination fried rice, salt and pepper calamari, and sauteed beef with snow pea leaves.
At the start of the meal, a kettle full of tea is always brought to the table to help wash down the delicious food.
The food came out very quickly and all at once. We had definitely over ordered, but it was great to be able to have a small taste of everything the restaurant had to offer.
The shrimp dumplings are hands down my favorite. The dumpling wrapper is soft and melts in your mouth, and the shrimp mixture in the middle is seasoned perfectly and has great flavor.
The calamari is another hit: balanced with the perfect amount of salty and spicy and always fried and crispy.
Hong Kong Seafood also serves the best fried rice I have ever tasted. I can’t put my finger on what makes it taste so good, but I think it’s the combination of the flavors and vegetables in the rice, as well as the way the rice was cooked as to avoid mushiness.
Overall, Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant is a place that my family and I will continue coming back to for years to come because of the quality and taste of the food that always stays consistent and delicious.