Even though it’s named for the superior brandy rating, this kitchen just happens to make an excellent XO sauce: It’s full of the traditional chewy bits of dried scallop, and the usual shrimp-and-chili paste is replaced by diced shiitake, preserved pork and pickle. Other than the XO-doused dishes, you’ll find good Hong Kong comfort food: creamy congee, succulent clams and clay-pot meat-and-noodle stews.
|Venue name:||XO Kitchen||Contact:|
148 Hester St
|Cross street:||between Bowery and Elizabeth St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri–Sun 8am–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D to Grand St; J, M, Z to Bowery|
|Price:||Cash only. Average main course: $7|