Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: Shop 311, 3/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣告士打道280號世貿中心3樓311號舖

Telephone: 2111 3166

Singapore is a city full of addictive comfort foods. There are various small restaurants in Hong Kong that serve Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine, but Hainan Shaoye differs from the rest as it purports to offer fine, high-quality Singapore dishes and is the only Michelin recommended Singaporean restaurant in Hong Kong. Located in World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay, Hainan Shaoye also has branches in Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin.

G, S and I shared the Meal combo for two ($399) at a weekend lunch, but even then we could not finish the food as the portions were massive.

(1) Our set included one appetiser, and we went for the Deep-fried Prawn Balls stuffed with Kaya. These crunchy prawn balls were gorgeously fried and piping hot. Inside a springy layer of prawn was a sweet, liquid Kaya filling, and it tasted best when dipped in mayonnaise!

(2) We ordered a portion of the Singaporean Bak Kut Teh. The soup was warm and soothing, and the pork ribs have been thoroughly cooked and were tender, soft and simply delicious!

 

(3) We also tried the Malaysian Bak Kut Teh. Just as a background, Singaporean Bak Kut Teh tends to have a lighter, clearer colour and sometimes tastes more strongly of white pepper, whereas the Malaysian version mainly tastes of Chinese herbs. This Bak Kut Teh had a mellow, comforting taste of herbs and had an attractive aroma, but the flavour could have been a bit stronger.

 

(4) This Hainan Chicken (half) had a smooth texture and an alluring taste. We loved how it was boneless, just like how they do it in Singaporean, and the portion was robust! Our only criticism, though, was that it was a touch oily.

 

(5) This bowl of Chicken Rice (additional $6), cooked in chicken broth, had a wonderful taste and was the perfect partner for the Hainan Chicken!

(6) I am not really complaining, but the portions at Hainan Shaoye really were quite large, and when our Penang Curry Beef Stew arrived, we were not sure how we could finish it. The stew was heavy but satisfying – it was punchy and packed with flavours, and the ribs were soft and succulent and could be effortlessly torn apart.

 

(7) A portion of Roti Prata, which was magnificently crispy and flaky, came with the Penang Curry Beef Stew, and we hastily tore it into pieces and dipped it in the curry sauce before it turned cold!

 

(8) We carried on our feast and ordered the Deep Fried Slices of Banana with Osmanthus Syrup (additional $15) to share. The fried bananas were a tad greasy, but it was overall a scrumptious dessert and the Osmanthus syrup gave a refreshing floral note.

 

Conclusion: As Hainan Shaoye boasts its high-quality Singaporean food, we felt that some of the dishes should be fine-tuned in order to live up to their statement. Having said that, however, we found the food delicious and reasonably authentic, and we will definitely come back here when we are craving some Singaporean or Malaysian flavours next time.