Tuesday, February 08, 2011
BANGKOK AMAZING GOURMET
Lantern, red, prosperity
Chinese bistros run by the Mainland Chinese always mislead me to one impression - owners don't care for restaurant hygiene. Luckily there is an exceptional one - Hong Teong Long (Red Lantern) Chinese Restaurant.
Red Lantern is one of the (small) restaurants I always come for authentic Shanghaiese wanton soup (forget about that big chain shamelessly invades to almost every shopping malls with the name "Shanghai" and "xiao-long-pao" as the brand, that chain insults the cuisine of Shanghai and Chinese food), and home-style Chinese provincial delicacies, such as steamed meat bun, stir-fried fish fillet in wine and vinegar sauce and Szechuan minced pork with tofu in chili sauce (ma-po tofu).
A foreign journalist from San Francisco claimed that Red Lantern serves the best xiao-long-pao in town; although I couldn't 100% agree with him (as for me the best one still awarded to Nam-tao-hu Yong Herh) in such aspect, but I agree that Red Lantern does serve very good provincial cuisine in Bangkok.
meat bun / vegetable bun THB 30 each
beef noodle Mainland Chinese style THB 60
arguably best (real) Shanghai wanton in town, THB 50
Sichuan chili live frog leg casserole THB 180
spicy green eggplant with minced pork THB 120
bite-size steamed xiao-long-pao dumplings, THB 60, average
deep-fried live sea bass in sweet and sour sauce THB 350
stir-fried long bean with minced pork THB 120
Hong Teong Long (Red Lantern) CN Restaurant ***3/4
149/16 Surawong Road
at Soi Anglo Plaza
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Open daily : 11 am - 3 am
Pay (food only for two): around THB 400