Just in case the name of my Hong Kong restaurant review blog doesn’t give you a hint, I am rather partial to dumplings. I am aware, however, that I don’t do nearly enough dim sum restaurant reviews. A recent trip to Sohofama for the first time ever will hopefully help to right this wrong.
Sohofama is a collaboration between healthy Sai Ying Pun restaurant Locofama and quirky Hong Kong lifestyle brand, G.O.D. Housed in Central’s PMQ, right next door to one of G.O.D.’s stores, Sohofama aims to serve organic, healthier and modern Chinese food with locally-sourced ingredients where possible, in a cool, modern setting.
Inside, you’ll notice some quirky G.O.D.-style décor, such as old Hong Kong posters, exposed ceilings and a chandelier made out of water pistols! Step out onto the patio and the décor is much more casual and simple, with long, bare wooden tables and bench seating.
The menu, which promises to be MSG-free, features both classic and modernised dishes from different Chinese regions. It is quite an extensive menu, something that I often find a little overwhelming, but since our goal was predominantly to eat as many dumplings as possible, we knew which section of the menu to focus on!
Having said that, we began with the sesame peanut chicken. Not for the wimps, this dish packed a seriously fiery and pleasing punch, whilst the chunks of cucumber and whole roasted peanuts balanced it out somewhat.
The 48-hour slow-cooked short rib pancake sliders were phenomenal. The beef was beautifully tender and juicy, encased in a fluffy bao. These were so good we had to order two each, although admittedly we did this before realising they cost $69 a pop!
The ever-popular xiao long bao was a must-order (again, we had to get a repeat order of these too!). Using organic Danish pork and just the right amount of soup, the filling was utterly delicious, even if the casing was just a touch on the thick side.
Of the pan-fried dumplings, the pork ones were nicely flavoured but not quite crispy enough, whilst the vegetable dumplings were perfectly crispy, but a little bit bland, requiring a significant dunk in soy sauce to make them worth eating.
Stir-fried green beans with minced pork is my go-to vegetable dish for those times when I feel the need for something green to relieve some guilt, but I’m not prepared to sway too far from deliciousness. Sohofama’s version was very good – the beans nice and chunky with a decent bite, whilst the pork was perfectly seasoned and generously distributed.
The star dish of the night was from the specials board: stir-fried beef and black pepper with spring onion pancakes. The juicy, tender and saucy strips of beef, mixed with sliced onion, were served alongside a crispy, flaky pancake, the idea being to eat them together and revel in the perfect combination of textures and flavours.
We skipped dessert, partly in favour of a night cap, and partly because I didn’t see the ‘chocolate pancake’ until after we had paid our bill! Speaking of the bill, for enough food to fill three hungry girls and a bottle of wine, we paid a little over $500 each. Service was friendly and efficient, even though we were sat on the patio at the furthest table from the restaurant. So that sums up my first visit to Sohofama. Will it be my last? Absolutely not!
G/F, Block A, PMQ
35 Aberdeen Street
Tel: +852 2858 8238