The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Monday, 1 July 2013

Revisit: Thai @ Mango Tree (Elements), Hong Kong

It was great to have met up with my friend Steph a few times in the past month. She came over to Hong Kong for a day visit on a public holiday (a rare occurrence since she usually works on weekends and holidays at a language school in Shenzhen), and this time she got to catch up with hubby and the boy over dinner out at Mango Tree. This was our second visit to this chic Thai restaurant, and it has become our favourite Thai in the 'neighbourhood' (the mall downstairs from us). I'm happy to report that the quality of the service and food were consistent with our first visit, and this time we got to try different dishes. We chose a dish each and shared them banquet-style. The menu is pretty big, and there are several more dishes that appeal to us, so I'm sure we'll be back here again in the future.

Green Papaya Salad (HK$98) - shredded green papaya mixed with tomatoes, long beans, fresh chili, roasted peanuts, dried shrimp and spicy lime sauce. Deliciously piquant with the right balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy:

The boy chose to have Shrimp Paste Fried Rice (HK$128), with tiger prawns, dried shrimp and shallots accompanied with sweet pork, shredded egg and fresh pineapple (menu stated mango, but I guess they were out of mango since there were cubes of pineapple instead). Pretty good, and lucky for my son, the extra ingredients were put around the rice rather than in the rice, since he can be picky about food mixing together. He ate his rice quite enthusiastically:

Thai Crispy Golden Cups (HK$98), topped with shrimp, minced pork and sweet corns tossed in sweet and sour sauce. We'd wanted to try this little goody last time, but they'd ran out of it! Tasty little bites of sweet, sour and salty:

Steph selected Rice Noodle with Pork (HK$108) - stir-fried flat rice noodles with pork and egg, mixed vegetables and soy sauce. The Malaysian char kuey teow came to mind when we read the description on the menu, but this Thai version was quite different. It was perfectly enjoyable in its own right, less greasy and quite a lot more healthier than its Malaysian counterpart with the generous amount of vegetables in it:

Hubby ordered Roasted Duck Curry (HK$168), in a mild red curry with pineapple, cherry tomatoes, lychee and sweet basil. Since the first time we tried duck curry with lychee as an ingredient - and loved it - we make it a point to order this dish whenever we see it on the menu at Thai restaurants. This was lovely, with moist duck meat and loads of vegetables in a slightly sweet curry - perfect with a side order of steamed rice (HK$25):

For dessert, we enjoyed Steamed Pumpkin Custard (HK$85), which was delicious! We would love to try the other desserts on the menu:

A successful dinner out with fabulous food and fantastic company!

[Prices quoted above excludes the 10% service charge]

Mango Tree (Elements)
Shop 2032, Elements Mall
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon,
Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2668 4884

1 comment:

  1. Oh man! those spicy, tangy and sour flavours will be amazing- especially to the pregnancy tastebuds!