Li Gong, Empire Brunei.

was in brunei over the weekend attending a close friend’s wedding. it was like a non-stop kenduri (feast), with catered food being replenished all the time. it was only on my last night in town that the family could eat out with the newlyweds & me. as the newlyweds decided to “honeymoon” at empire hotel, it was natural that we ate there. plus the bride has always raved about the roast duck at the chinese restaurant here.

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empire hotel is huge and li gong, the chinese restaurant is a separate pavilion situated on a landscaped moat of sorts. chinese lanterns light up the connecting walkway. the interior deco is stereotypically donned with lots of red and bamboo items. silver cutlery, a dragon chopstick rest, and a single white plate lies on a grey solid surface table mat in front of each & every one of us. on the lazy susan, a small pot of lucky bamboo is the centrepiece.

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shortly after we were seated, we asked for the roast duck which we pre-ordered to be served. the roast duck was indeed yummy, with crispy skin and tender, juicy meat. i especially enjoyed dipping it into the plum sauce (given upon request).

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apart from the duck, we ordered some other dishes together with a fried rice. the yang chow fried rice with chicken was undersalted in my opinion, but was remedied with a little gravy from the next dish, a ma po tofu with seafood in claypot. the ma po tofu was unlike any other type i have tasted. it wasn’t spicy to begin with, but tasted somewhat sweetish. chinese preserved spicy vegetable (辣菜) was also added in but contributed little taste wise. the only “seafood” i saw were some diced prawns and fish.

the bride’s brother ordered his father’s favourite prawn dish from li gong, a creamy & buttery prawn that is deep fried and coated with a mayonnaise mix (with pounded curry leaves & green chilies) with almond flakes. it was a little more spicy than i expected but the taste was quite memorable. the almond flakes was a fine accompaniment.

the service is a little slower than most chinese restaurants i have been to but the waiting staff are rather pleasant. i do think that the price of the food is a little on the high side, but i have to take account that the hotel is of a 5 (or 6?) star rating. rather popular with the expats too. judging from that, i would guess this is one of the best chinese restaurants in brunei. 🙂

Li Gong 丽宫
The Empire Hotel and Country Club
Jerudong BG3122,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

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2 Comments »

  1. The prawn dish sounds very nice – anything with almonds and prawns always works for me. Sounded like a great party for the whole weekend.

    epicuriousgirl says: yup, it was very good. enjoyed the weekend though i wished i had a bit more sleep. lol.

  2. tankiasu said

    Ooohhh…I’m going to Brunei in December for my friends’ wedding as well. Must ask tips from you then. 😉

    epicuriousgirl says: tips? hope i have some to give you. 🙂

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