Lee Ho Fook proper is all about southern Chinese cuisines like Cantonese and Fujian, but the bar on the ground floor is now serving food from more central regions like Hunan and Sichuan. Downstairs, Victor Liong is dishing up pickles, chillies, prickly ash and spices, making for a lip-smacking lunch minus the palate fatigue. Our top picks are the ‘husband and wife’ tripe and pig’s ear salad in a hot and numbing dressing, the warming mapo tofu and whole boned fish, slathered in a thick, umami-laden chilli bean sauce with fresh chillies. Rice is not optional.
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