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The T’ang Trio - Oyster, Lobster, and Chicken

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The Tang dynasty is the golden age of ancient China that marks the beginning of Chinese culinary art. Situated in the heart of TsimShaTsui, T'ang Court in Langham Hong Kong serves what many consider to be the finest Cantonese cuisine in the city. Executive Chef Kwong Wai Keung carries the heavy responsibility of maintaining a kitchen of the highest standard. Chef Kwong has earned the restaurant a long list of international accolades in his more than twenty years of service. He now runs a team of more than 20 kitchen staff and can serve up to 180 diners on a busy day.

T’ang Court has an elaborate menu with a wide range of meat and seafood courses, including many award-winning dishes and traditional Chinese delicacies. After sampling a variety of dim sum and main courses, the three dishes that captured my palate were the oyster, lobster, and chicken.

Oysters with Port

Tang OysterA few restaurants in town prepare similar oyster dishes using red wine, but Chef Kwong cleverly uses port instead, which gave a distinct sweet finish to this oyster dish. In addition, only jumbo size oysters were used for a more smooth mouth feel. This dish was divine - a thin crispy crust with silky oyster inside followed by a hint of deep sweetness from the port. Another aspect that I appreciated was that the oyster was moist but not watery at all. I can’t imagine a more perfectly executed oyster dish!

Chef Kwong acknowledged that this dish could easily turn out a disaster if not executed carefully. The oyster needs to be quickly poached, coated, and deep fried, but the most challenging element is the sauce. The thickness must be precise; too thick a sauce will give an uneven coating, while too runny a sauce will not stick to the oysters. The amount of sauce must also be exact; too much sauce will overpower the oyster flavour, but too little sauce won't be enough to coat every oyster. In order to produce a consistent result, Chef Kwong prepares these oysters in batches of only four at a time!