Hong Kong Chef is located in the Fremont Times Square Shopping Center, in the Warm Spring District of Fremont.
It was a busy place the day we went for lunch. As with most Chinese restaurant establishments I've been to, their menu is extensive, with more than 900 dishes listed in their menu.
They didn't give us an eternity to decide, with the waiter popping right over within a few minutes of our being seated, pad and pen in hand to record our order, all the while recommending that we try the fish.
Here's what we had for lunch. The first three dishes are the fish special. It's one fresh rock cod, with the bones flavoring the soup and then served alongside with vegetables, and the fillets presented with more vegetables:
|Rock Cod Bones|
|Rock Cod Fillets|
The soup was good; I added in the meaty fish bones, which were cooked further with greens.
|Deep-Fried Salt and Pepper Tofu Cubes|
This has been praised in a few Yelp reviews that I read subsequent to eating at Hong Kong Chef. I do like it – crunchy and salty on the outside, creamy and smooth on the inside. Way to make a healthy food taste decadent!
|Minced Pork and Preserved Egg Porridge ("Jook")|
I didn't know we were having preserved egg until I saw the server's menu they taped to the side of the table. I thought the dark things were fungus. But they were preserved eggs, which were just fine.
|Trepang (Sea Cucumber) with Pea Sprouts|
I've had sea cucumber before, many years ago, marinated raw in a sweet, vinegary sauce (Hawaiian style). It was tough until chewed on for a bit, then it just softened dramatically in the mouth. This was nothing like that; it was cut into strips and cooked in a gravy with the vegetable. It had a somewhat neutral flavor that tantalized rather than offended the taste buds.
|Sweet-Sour Pork with Pineapple Cubes|
Except for the delicious sweet-sour pork that we ordered, all of the flavors were subtle and not overpowering. The sweet-sour sauce was a bit more concentrated and deeper, just as one would expect from such a dish. It's because of the pineapple cubes, I bet.
The Fremont Tines Square Shopping Center is pretty close and accessible to where we were staying. Plus there's a grocery market called "Marina" across the parking lot from Hong Kong Restaurant. I predict we'll be going there the next time we're in that part of town.
Hong Kong Chef: 46326 Warm Springs Blvd., Suite 848. Phone (510) 573-4066.