Ah Shun’s Kitchen, G, 47 Tai San St., Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Opening Hours:daily 5:30pm-midnight
Reservation recommended: Call for dinner appointments
We make our treks to Cheung Chau specifically for the seafood—and specifically for the seafood made at Ah Shun’s Kitchen. That’s because they do it damn well, and at prices so reasonable that we always walk outta there twice our original size.
Ah Shun is no harborside resto with romantic alfresco seating, like the ones that line the tourist-heavy ferry pier. Oh no—Ah Shun is an authentic Cheung Chau hole-in-the-wall that takes a bit of navigating and alley-weaving to get to.
It works like this: you either pick out your own seafood at the local wet market and hand the catch to Ah Shun, who’ll take care of the rest—or you leave everything, including the procurement, in Ah Shun’s hands. An advantage to letting them do all the work is that the resto can secure discounted produce on your behalf.
You can give general guidance on the types of dishes you want—scallops steamed with fermented black beans? Done. But if you’ve been here frequently enough, you know Ah Shun has a perfect formula for every seafood species and you just leave it to them.
Our fellow foodie friends think the soy sauce-based dishes aren’t their strong suit—not as sharp and fragrant as they’ve had at other top-notch restos; but we unanimously agree on the delectability of everything else.
From clams braised in a fiery spicy wine broth, stir-fried boneless giant grouper, deep-fried savory mantis prawns, to vermicelli-covered geoducks and steamed mini prawns dipped in soy sauce, good manners are left behind as soon as the dishes arrive.