Mott 32: A Vegetarian’s Delight

By on August 18, 2015

A meal at a Cantonese restaurant usually makes a vegetarian very nervous; but Mott 32 breaks this myth with their delightful choice of vegetarian dishes. You will not be served some leaves, boiled vegetables and dessert while your friends with no dietary restrictions enjoy their elaborate yum cha. Mott 32’s vegetarian fare was an eye-opening, mouth-watering experience.

As you climb down to the basement of the Standard Chartered building, you are welcomed by Mott 32’s rich, sophisticated decor with subtle lighting that draws just the right amount of attention to the Chinese art displayed. Named after 32 Mott Street, NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, the ambience in the restaurant exemplifies fine dining. You may choose to reserve a private room, sit at the bar or have your meal in the main dining area.

Mott 32 Interior

The meal began with a Cucumber and Garlic Salad served chill. It was accompanied by the very tasty Wild Mushroom, Water Chestnut Dumplings – soft on the outside and crunchy on the inside. In the main course, the Steamed Eggplant, Preserved Vegetables stood out thanks to its distinctive flavour. It strikes the right balance with the spices making it flavourful, yet not spicy.

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Wild Mushroom, Water Chestnut Dumplings (above), Steamed Eggplant, Preserved Vegetables (below)

It was the Crispy Noodles, Bamboo Piths, Mushrooms, Green Vegetables that was the afternoon favourite. By serving the noodles and gravy separately, Mott 32 ensures the crispiness of the noodle is long lasting. The brown gravy with vegetables is served hot and tasted delicious with the crispy noodles. The other popular dishes include Kurobuta Pork, Crab and Caviar, Shanghainese Soup Dumplings, Crispy Roasted Pork Belly and Australian Wagyu Beef Puff.

Crispy Noodles

Crispy Noodles, Bamboo Piths, Mushrooms, Green Vegetables

Do make sure you have some room for dessert. The Sweetened Beancurd Cream, Mango Soup is the perfectly light dessert to cool your stomach after the yum cha indulgence.

Sweetened Beancurd Cream, Mango Soup

Sweetened Beancurd Cream, Mango Soup

With Mott 32, Maximal Concepts has another winner added to their list of diverse restaurants like Stockton, Brickhouse, Double D and Limewood. At an average cost of HKD 400 for lunch and HKD 600 for dinner per person, Mott 32 is definitely steeply priced. This makes Mott 32 ideal for a special occasion when you do not mind splurging a little.

The staff at Mott 32 are helpful and will guide you to order a vegetarian meal. Many of the dishes on the menu can be prepared for vegetarians. Now that you have this great news, head over there for a 7-course vegetarian Cantonese meal. At Mott 32, your dietary choice will not stop you from experiencing a delightful yum cha.

Mott 32 | Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central | Tel: 2885 8688

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Vibha Karnik

Vibha is a compulsive planner, a published writer, a Bollywood lover, a social media addict and a travel enthusiast. A marketeer with a career spanning 9 years in both India and Hong Kong, Vibha decided that it was time to take the risk, break the monotony and do something new. Her recently acquired skills now include the ability to paint a room, speaking basic Mandarin and helping people plan their travels.

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