May 13, 2017

The Michelin Two-Starred Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shang Palace (香宫) is the Michelin two-starred Chinese restaurant of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong. This flagship Cantonese Restaurant of Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts opened in 1981 and has since then received numerous awards and recognition, including the coveted two Michelin stars from 2009 to 2017.

Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shang Palace serves both traditional and innovative Cantonese cuisine expertly prepared by a team of accomplished chefs headed by Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung. Prior to joining Shang Palace in 2011, Chef Mok has two decades of culinary experience in various luxury hotels in Singapore where he had the privilege of preparing meals for some of the most prominent heads of states.

Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

The main dining room is bathed with the auspicious colors of red and gold, and accented with dark wood, white and beige. Ornate paintings are showcased on the feature walls, and are complemented by Chinese lattice panels, while oriental lanterns are contrasted by western chandeliers. Altogether, the different design elements exude a refined Chinese elegance, which makes for a perfect setting for upscale Cantonese dining.

Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shang Palace offers a variety of dim sum (available only during lunchtime), set lunch and set dinner, as well as an extensive selection of Cantonese dishes in its a la carte menu. My mom and I had the opportunity to dine at Shang Palace for lunch during our recent stay at Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong.

Dim Sum at Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Shumai, Har Gow and Xiao Long Bao
Shang Palace | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

We started our lunch with a trio of dim sum. The Steamed Minced Pork Dumplings with Black Truffle Paste is a modern version of the classic shumai (or siomai). The Steamed Shrimp Dumplings is the authentic version of my favorite har gow (or ha kaw). It was served with a special chili paste which actually goes well with any dim sum. We also had the Xiao Long Bao which is generously stuffed with minced pork and filled with a flavorful soup.

Soup at Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Double-Boiled Ginseng Soup with Abalone and Black Chicken
Shang Palace | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

We then sampled a soup dish from the a la carte menu, the Double-Boiled Ginseng Soup with Abalone and Black Chicken. The broth was very fragrant with a mild earthy flavor. Both the abalone and the black chicken were very tender.

Crispy Pork Belly at Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Roasted Crispy Pork Belly
Shang Palace | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

We then had the Roasted Crispy Pork Belly. The meat was very tender and flavorful while a thin layer of fat simply dissolves in your mouth. The thin layer skin is the crispiest thing on earth. Altogether, the contrast of textures paired with beautiful flavors make this dish a must try!

Stir Fried Beef at Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Stir-Fried Kagoshima Wagyu Beef with Sliced Garlic Served in Golden Basket
Shang Palace | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

Here is a premium item from the menu we tried during our visit. The Stir-Fried Kagoshima Wagyu Beef with Sliced Garlic Served in Golden Basket had a well-balanced sweetness and savory flavor coating a super tender wagyu beef. The sliced garlic has a crunch that contrasts the texture of the beef.

Prawn and Noodles at Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Sauteed Prawns and Glass Vermicelli with Green Peppercorn in a Clay Pot
Shang Palace | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

The Sauteed Prawns and Glass Vermicelli with Green Peppercorn in a Clay Pot is a simple dish typical of Cantonese cuisine. What makes this dish stand out are the natural goodness of the flavors coming from the key ingredients. You could taste the natural sweetness of the fresh prawns complemented by the delicate flavor of the vermicelli.

TIP: If you want a spicy version of this dish, you can mix in some chili paste for the har gaow. I really loved the outcome!

Dessert Mango Pomelo Sago at Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo and Sago
Shang Palace | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

Finally for dessert, we had the Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo and Sago. I love the rich sweet taste of the mangoes which I bet are from the Philippines. The bits of pomelo added texture and a citrus taste that balances the sweetness of the mango.

Wine Cellar at Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

In addition to the main dining room, Shang Palace also has four private dining rooms. One of which is the Grand Private Dining Room which can accommodate up to 20 people. Shang Palace also has a wine cellar that serves an extensive collection of French, Italian and New World wines. An in-house sommelier can assist guests with wine and food pairing.


When dining at Shang Palace, don't forget to provide your Golden Circle (GC) Membership Number upon payment to earn GC Award Points. You can then redeem these GC Award Points to pay, in full or in part, your future dining bills at any participating Shangri-La restaurants around the world. If you're not yet a Golden Circle member, you can join here for free.


You can complete the experience by staying at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong, centrally located in Tsim Sha Tsui East near shopping and dining outlets. The Tsim Sha Tsui East station of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is also located next to the property giving guests easy accessibility to any part of Hong Kong.

Deluxe Harbour View Room | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

We highly recommend the Deluxe Harbour View Room which offers a sweeping view of the majestic Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline. For room reservations and inquiries, you may call (852) 2733 8787 or e-mail them at reservations.ksl@shangri-la.com. You can also book through www.shangri-la.com.

Main Lobby | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

Shang Palace (Book a Table)
Lower Level 1, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: (852) 2721 2111
Email: shangpalace.ksl@shangri-la.com

Lunch Schedule: 12:00nn - 2:30pm (Monday to Friday); and 10:30am - 3:00pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)
Dinner Schedule: 6:30pm - 10:30pm (Daily)


How to Get There

Coming from the airport, take the Airport Express and alight at the Kowloon Station. From there, you can take the free shuttle (look for shuttle K3) that will take you directly to Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong. If you are coming from Hong Kong Island side, I don't recommend taking a taxi going to Kowloon. Instead, take the train and alight at the Tsim Sha Tsui or Tsim Sha Tsui East station. From the station, you can just walk towards the hotel. If you are already in Kowloon, you can either take the train or taxi which ever is more convenient for you.

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