We threaded our way through authentic Northern Chinese cuisine last week at Al Pasha and enjoyed a variety of special cocktails, shisha, belly dancing and even fortune telling all in a single night, leaving us genuinely feeling like we were transported to the exotic delicacies of the Xinjiang region.
Among the traditional dishes we sampled, we particularly loved the deep fried lamb spare ribs, which was fall-off-the-bone tender, smoky and not overwhelmingly gamey. The stir-fried green beans with ganbajun zang mushroom, almond and garlic were incredibly fresh and easily snapped in half upon biting and paired well with the punchy stir-fried chicken with chilli and bell pepper. If you were able to get past the initial heat, the meat was juicy and extremely flavourful, the sort of dish that goes amazingly well with a bottle of full-bodied stout like the SinKiang black beer offered at Al Pasha, which is another item that you’ll have difficulty locating elsewhere. A selection of sweets ended the evening and we particularly enjoyed the ultra chewy red date puddings that left us feeling light and satisfied.
As the night went on, the more adventurous of our foodies joined in the belly dancers and shook their hips flawlessly, while others bravely faced their destinies as they had their fortunes told through tarot cards. We didn’t let their spacious canopied outdoor terrace go to waste either as we shared a shisha pipe with fellow foodies while surrounded by their charming Silk Road lanterns and lounging around their cosy couches.
If you’re looking for a fun and quirky night out, we highly recommend paying a visit to Al Pasha where you will be blown away by their incredibly alluring Middle Eastern vibe, beautiful terrace and perfectly satisfying exotic flavours.
Al Pasha Silk Cuisine, Shop 401, Level 4, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 3122 4444