An early trip to Vivocity on Sunday morning saw us wandering around aimlessly whilst the mall woke up. Most of the food outlets only opened at 11.30, so when we walked past HK Kim Gary and saw them open and pretty bustling, we decided to mosey in and give them a go.
They have a huge menu with somewhat of an identity crisis, since they have everything from Korean spicy noodles, to baked rice/spaghetti, to Spanish rice and Norwegian salmon platters.
I was spoilt for choice, with a huge array of different noodle soup dishes to choose from. Korean spicy noodles with shredded pork? Nissin noodles with luncheon meat? Hong Kong spicy noodles? Help! I decided on the Hong Kong spicy noodles with chicken wings, Typhoon shelter style. This arrived looking a lot spicier and more menacing than it actually was.
I don't know what Typhoon Shelter style is, but this came with bean sprouts, a spicy bean sauce-based soup and lots of fried garlic on top. Not bad at all - the chicken wings were pretty tasty too.
A had a baked pork chop spaghetti with two sauces - minced beef and sweetcorn white sauce. This was surprisingly less tasty than it looked. Somehow it was a bit bland despite so much sauce and cheese.
We also shared a luncheon meat sandwich, which was let down by extremely greasy, butter-soaked bread. Don't get me wrong, everyone knows how much I adore butter, but I like it when it's still slightly cold and solid, not melted and soaked into the bread.
I certainly wouldn't travel to Vivocity for this, nor would I wait in line, but if there were no queues and we weren't craving anything else, I wouldn't mind coming here for some instant noodle comfort food.
The quality of the food and service is average. But what this place has going for it is its giant menu. Full of weird hybrid dishes right up my alley. It wouldn't be my first choice, especially with the long queues that usually form here, but it's definitely a number 2 or 3 option.
Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant
1 Harbourfront Walk
Open daily: 11 am to 10 pm