We check back into one of our favourite upscale modern Cantonese eateries, Mott 32, to try the new plant-based delights—plus, some of the classics from the regular menu.
The iconic restaurant is famous for its apple-roasted Peking duck but has recently diversified its portfolio into plant-based eats. First, we tried the vegan xiao long bao, an all-time favourite dish. This plant-based variation was filled with the beloved scrumptious juices and a surprisingly meat-free inner pocket.
The crispy 'chicken' Szechuan red peppercorns, dried chilli and dried cashews were another standout from the plant-based menu, closely resembling the regional dish.
For meat eaters, visiting Mott 32 is not complete without ordering the crispy triple cooked wagyu beef short rib. Offering a complete melt-in-your-mouth experience, this indulgently succulent dish is our absolute favourite from Mott 32. Although it's not part of the vegetarian menu, it's definitely worth an order for non-vegans.
The crispy noodles topped with seafood is a typical Cantonese round table sharing order. Although this dish felt nostalgic to my Chinese roots, it lacked flavour from its regional counterparts. Compared to the other dishes, this was unfortunately more of a let-down.
Other plant-based dishes on the menu include the vegan Peking duck and more dim sum varieties.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, +852 2898 3788, mott32.com/home