As far as big occasion, big spectacle foods go, the lobster is in a league of its own. There’s a natural awe to the pinchy crustacean and it’s part of the reason Mandarin Kitchen invented (as the folklore goes) their famous lobster noodles. The old school Chinese institution in Queensway marries theatre - luminous orange lobster is mixed with noodles swiftly and precisely at your table - with the moreish flavour of egg noodles, glutinous ginger and spring onion sauce, and rich lobster meat. If that isn’t compelling enough then know that Sandra Oh, Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh pitched up for a large plate on an even larger lazy susan. A grade A dish with A-list approval.
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