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我和春卷有個約會 Second Spring(roll) Mar 10, 2012
The last time I've been to Lo Chiu was more than a decade ago. The only item on the menu which I still remembered vividly was the half-fertilized chicken egg 半生熟蛋 - a dish which I did not try then and perhaps will not try in the future. Life have moved on since but the shop location remained the same. My wife wanted to try Vietnamese food so I figure, why not give Lo Chiu another try?
There was no Open Rice a decade ago but there is Open Rice now. A brief check seemed to show that their menu have changed - I didn't notice anyone commenting on the half-fertilized chicken egg nor did I see it on the menu inside the restaurant.
And my wife and I went there at about 9:00 p.m., there were plenty of tables available. They have renovated since I last came here but nevertheless still looked a bit dated. It felt perhaps a bit like a Vietnamese style "Cafe' de coral" with pretty nice paintings and photographs from Vietnam.
There were a number of tables and might be a bit crowded when it's full. But at 9:00 p.m., it was fine. The waitress gave us a table near the entrance. They were quite friendly and easy going. The staff didn't mind us choosing another table at a corner further inside the restaurant as we prefer a quiet table.
Sets for two persons and three persons were available too at a fairly reasonable price - about HK$120 for each person with about 3 to 4 courses plus dessert and drinks. We chose À la carte instead. The menu was in Chinese and English and with a lot of photographs, which was good. Without further ado, a beer for me and a coconut juice for my wife:
Back to the food, we ordered the "Stir-fried Vietnamese rice sheets (粉皮)", "Spring rolls with Bun Hoi (濱海)", and "Prawns in chilli sauce".
First came the Stir-fried Vietnamese rice sheets:
The prawns in chilli sauce came next:
Then came the highlight of the dinner:
On the other hand, the spring rolls were really good. I could say it's the best I've had so far. I think the spring rolls were excellent. The outside was crispy but not overcooked. It had quite a lot of ingredients wrapped inside the spring roll and was slightly bigger than average. So the shape and how it was wrapped was important. It was well done on this aspect. Most readers who tried spring rolls might have the experience of dropping all the food inside the spring roll all over your plate as you are about to eat it despite using your best endeavors. Actually this is quite common if the spring rolls were not wrapped tightly and not cut into halves properly. No such problem happened here. The spring rolls were wrapped compactly and were sliced properly before they were fried which makes it a lot easier to eat, dip into sauce and wrap in lettuce.
The taste of the spring roll was very complex. Other than the normal ingredients such as vermicelli, carrots, it also had Vietnamese preserved sausages, a bit of pepper, a bit of mint leaves, some other pieces of pork and possibly a bit of prawns too (??). Perhaps some special ingredient which did not exist in all other Vietnamese restaurants I've ever tried. Recommended.
We concluded our dinner with a Vietnamese coconut cake:
All in all, a nice option for casual dining especially if you wished to try less common Vietnamese cuisine.
Recommended Dish(es): 春卷 Spring rolls,越式炒粉皮
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Mar 07, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD220(Dinner)
Value for Money4
Not sure why it's so famous Jul 19, 2011
Recommended by friend to try out this place since it's a famous vietnamese place. Had one of their lunch sets that come with a snack dish, main dish and a drink. Honestly I feel viet cuisine is mainly fried stuff or highly preserved meat dishes.. anyway not exactly what I like to eat in general. Anyhooo ordered the crab noodle which turned out to not have that much crab meat but lots of minced pork and the broth was very orange and oily! The taste how ever was not bad
They have plenty of drinks options not overly sweet.
Spending per head: Approximately HKD60
Value for Money3
Not a bad lunch spot Apr 28, 2011
Came here for lunch on a weekday and it wasn't packed. No need to queue!
You are "forced" to order lunch sets, hence drink + snack + main course.
I chose the 番茄蟹膏湯檬 with chicken wings and this lemony drink. The noodles didn't have much crab as expected but plenty of minced pork. Broth was flavorful. The chicken wings were on the oily side but delicious non the less. The drink was slightly too salty. The set was $58.
The environment is clean enough and the service is ok.
Not a bad spot for a quick viet lunch!
Spending per head: Approximately HKD58(Lunch)
Value for Money3
Over-rated Sep 26, 2008
Ecnomic downturn these days affected Lo Chiu: there were empty seats here and there.
Food quality not up to standard and I wonder why it has be so over-rated. We did order the signature dishes.
The soft-shell crab was lumpy with heavy coating and not much crab.
The Big-head prawns lack the elastictiy which should be found in fresh ones. That might be why the garlic was immense as a cover-up.
"Bun Hoi" was insipid and nothing to praise.
The shrimp rice cracker was so oily that I started to fear for my health.
The 4 of us had to order drinks midway to quench our thirst: The food were too heavy with salt or msg.
At this price, it is a rip off.
Spending per head: Approximately HKD200(Dinner)
Value for Money1
Very delicious Aug 16, 2006
This is my first time eating vietnamese food.
I must say this restaurant gave me a good impression.
I ordered the mixed starter, and basically it was presented nicely and neatly and a plate, every item on that plate was delicious.
For the main dish I ordered a the Big prawn with Har go fried rice. The prawn was as big as stated however the rice wasnt very outstanding.
Overall it was ok.
Value for Money3