Peony Garden is the latest hospitality brand by Bird Kingdom Group, serving quintessentially Hong Kong comfort food classics at Hong Kong’s new Chinese arts and opera hub, Xiqu Centre, in West Kowloon Cultural District. It complements the venue’s cultural theme with a tribute to traditional Hong Kong food art, from local comfort food and tea house favourites, to hawker street-food snacks.
The nostalgic menu ranges from Hong Kong street-style cart noodles to popular Malaysian-style curry, braised Chaozhou specialties and Cantonese roast meat favourites like barbecue pork, roast goose, soy flavoured chicken and crispy pork belly.
Favourite Cantonese rice specialties include Fried Chicken with Fried Garlic, Chinese Fried Dough Sticks Stuffed with Dace Paste & Cuttlefish Paste, Traditional Roast Chicken, Barbecued Pork & Fried Egg on Rice, Signature Baked Pork Chop Rice with Tomato Sauce, Signature Clay Pot Rice with Eel, Clay Pot Porridge with Crucian Carp and more.
Tea house desserts range from pineapple buns to egg puffs with milk tea and red bean ice.
Paying tribute to Chinese opera culture, Peony Garden, or ‘You Yuan Cha Ji’ in Chinese, is named after The Peony Pavilion, a masterpiece of Chinese literature and kunqu by famous playwright Tang Xian-zu (1550-1616). Tang Xian-zu, also known as the Shakespeare of the East, wrote four drama masterpieces. Other than The Peony Pavilion, there is also A Pair of Purple Hairpins, A Dream Under the Southern Bough and The Tale of Handan. These three classic dramas use the word “ji” or “chapter” at the end of the Chinese name.