Bite Me, Brussels.

Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

Let’s eat cow stomach!

Posted by pieguybxl on January 18, 2009

Hong Kong Delight
Rue Sainte-Catherine, 35
1000 Brussels

This relatively small and austere establishment is about as close as you can get to good and authentic Cantonese cuisine in the city of Brussels.  It’s great for Belgian standards but lacks the best quality found elsewhere.

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to at least try something you can’t get anywhere else.  Try the cow stomach and jellyfish (each 6-10 eu), for example.

The beef tripe was perfectly tender and not chewy at all, and the jellyfish, or meduse, mixed with cucumber and carrot also had that great crunch you can’t find with any other food.  For these and other more common dishes, perhaps with stir-fried beef, chicken, or vegetables (9-14 eu), the flavors always shout — almost too much, in fact.  All their food tends to be two shades too salty for my tastes.  I wonder if that’s just me, or if the cooks try to cater to the locals who want loads of sodium.  When I asked for extra spicy flavors, they did deliver, though, and I appreciate the care taken for my order.

While not the best Hong Kong food in the world, it at least has the honor of being the best in Brussels that I’ve found so far.  The attentive service makes up for some of the problems it may have in the food, or in the surroundings that feature hanging roasted duck.  When I try the roasted meats to-go one day, I’ll be sure to review them here.

Food: B
Price: A-
Service: A
Atmosphere: B
Languages spoken:  Cantonese, Mandarin, French, English

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2 Responses to “Let’s eat cow stomach!”

  1. mort said

    Just one tip. “Cow Stomach” is called “tripe” in English.

  2. pieguybxl said

    I like the repulsive ring of “cow stomach” much more, though…

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