Gi Kee

Gi Kee
Wong Nai Chung Complex
Happy Valley
Hong Kong

Everyone says you have to eat seafood while in Hong Kong.  I originally planned to eat at Under the Bridge Spicy Crab, but made a last minute change.  The reviews on Trip Advisor were a little underwhelming.  It seemed the place to be years ago, but going down hill over the years.  The Annoyer had been to the food court at the Wong Nai Chung complex.  He had the fresh seafood at one of the eateries, which had closed since, so we dined at the neighboring Gi Kee.

It’s a pretty no frills operation.  They set your table with bowls, chopsticks, and a pot of hot tea with the expectation to rinse your own dinnerware and utensils with the hot tea.  That was pretty off putting for me, but I’m not that much of a princess so just looked the other way.DSC00843

Unfortunately, the fresh seafood selection wasn’t exactly bumping that evening.  I was really looking forward to some fresh mantis prawns, but they were all out.  The lobster was ridiculously expensive.  Crabs are too difficult to eat.DSC00844

Clams with Black Bean Sauce
A well known classic.  This was probably one of the tastiest I’ve had.  The clams were fresh and tender.  The sauce was not too fermented and a nice balance of salt and sweet.  There was probably more bellpeppers than were necessary but I enjoyed the extra veggies and crunch.DSC00846

Prawns with Spicy Fried Garlic
This was by far one of my FAVORITE dishes of the entire trip.  I loved the sweet meaty shrimp with their crispy salty shells wok fried in delicious crispy browned garlic.  Onions and chili peppers rounded out the spectacular flavors.  I was seriously SO in love.  YUMS!!!!DSC00847

Scallops
The scallops were prepared simply.  They were steamed a giant heap of garlic and drizzled with some soy sauce.  Glass noodles were also thrown into the mix for a heartier dish.  The scallops were fresh, but the garlic was too crazy overpowering.DSC00849

Razor Clams
It would have been nice to enjoy a different preparation of the razor clams.  It got a little ho hum and dodging all that garlic got tiresome.  The clams themselves were sweet and snappy.DSC00850

Garlic Eggplant
I was looking forward to the eggplant dish, which is usually a favorite of mine and The Annoyer.  It turned out to be a little bit different than what we’re used to being more salty and fishy than salty sweet.  DSC00851

The bill was pretty hefty for a place that essentially expected me to clean my own dinnerware and gave me kleenex for napkins.  Perhaps we came too late and all the good seafood sold out.  I was still quite pleased with the clams and prawns.  The other 2 seafood dishes probably should have been enjoyed another way, with less raw garlic.  The eggplant was not bad at all, just not what I was expecting.  The place was good, but too out of the way and pricey to justify a return visit.  It’s not near any of the MTR stations so we had to take a taxi.  As you may know, the taxi drivers in Hong Kong are rude and unhelpful beyond belief.  The less interaction you have with them the better.

10 – You NEED to eat here
9 – Awesome
8 – Very good
7 – Good
6 – OK
5 – Average
4 – Not bad
3 – Not good
2 – Terrible
1 – Do NOT eat here

 

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