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Good Value Cantonese Cooking At Hong Kong Shuka

By: Dinner Gong

Date Posted: 2000-07-14

Hong Kong Shuka, a Cantonese Dim Sum restaurant has recently opened on the third floor of the Korinza Shopping Mall. It is one of only three restaurants in Okinawa that specialize in the delicacies steamed in bamboo bowls. The other two are in distant hotels, the Coco Garden Resort and the Alivilla.

Hong Kong Shuka is open from 11 am to 11pm and takes last orders at 10 pm. It has an all-you-can-eat buffet for ¥1,500 including tax. This is good value, as most of these dishes are individually priced at ¥450 or ¥500 in Hong Shuka’s sister restaurant, just around the corner on the same floor.

There are pots of China tea to take to your table, so you can meet all your food and drink needs within the ¥1,500. However, if you wish you can supplement the tea and iced water from a well stocked bar. There is beer, shochu cocktail, sake and a choice of five types of Awamori. There is also whisky, brandy, white and red house wine and three sorts of Chinese sake. There are soft drinks and Oolong tea.

Hong Kong Shuka, which started in Yokohama and still serves the large Chinese community there, has five Chinese cooks and a Japanese in its kitchen. The Chinese cooks, who qualified in Hong Kong, all worked in Yokohama first, from where some of the ingredients for the restaurant’s dishes are brought. The manager, Totaro Miyazaki, still goes to Hong Kong to find new dishes. The list he has are as extensive as you will find in any Chinese restaurant in Okinawa.

Dim Sum here can be taken straight from bamboo bowls on a trolley freshly wheeled from the kitchen. The steamed delicacies include rice cake with chicken wrapped in lotus leaves, meat dumplings with crab eggs, buns with sweet black paste filling, deep fried bean curd with shrimps, shrimp and leek gyoza, rice cake with radish, cashew nut dumplings and many others.

Dinner Gong thought the meat dumplings with their soft, juicy meat, crunchy water chestnut and delicate coriander flavored filling ,were excellent. He also liked the corn soup with egg, a smooth, rich mixture. The roasted pork buns too, were hot, fresh and delicious. Dining takes place in a large airy room with the dishes set out on a broad table in the center of the room. Pans of meat and vegetable and rice dishes are warmed by flames and there are big, electrically heated soup tureens.

There are chicken, duck, beef and pork dishes and anything served in the other restaurant can also be ordered in the Dim Sum eatery. There is a selection of cold meat, chicken and fish dishes. There are also scallops, abalone, shark’s fin soup, lobster, prawn and crab.

Directions: Coming from China Pete’s along Hwy 23, Korinza shopping mall is a huge building on your right where Park Avenue ends. The other end of Park Avenue connects with Hwy 330.

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