I introduced snacks and drinks in a typical tea restaurant in part III. In part IV, I will introduce a few of my favorite yet economical dishes! There are a lot more awesome dishes than I will include today, but I eat every single dish here whenever I visit Hong Kong!
Deep fried rice noodles with beef (beef chow fun)
or gon chau ngau hor (干炒牛河)
Beef chow fun is definitely my all-time Cantonese dish that I grow up eating. Rice noodles are stir-fried with beef, bean sprout, onion and green onion. Tender beef, crunchy veggies and chewy rice noodles create a perfect blend of beef chow fun. It is, however, a typically pretty heavy and oily dish. Beef chow fun can easily be found in any Hong Kong-style tea restaurant (cha chaan teng) or tea house.
Fried fish fillet creamy corn with rice
or sook mai ban nam fan (粟米班腩飯)
The picture has said enough! Old-school lunch box options. Also easy to make at home. But why eat out? Tea restaurants have stoves that are hotter than those we use at home. That makes the frying easier and the fish better. Be sure to eat a lot of rice with this dish!
Sweet and sour pork
or gu lo yuk (咕嚕肉)
Deep fried pork with typically green bell pepper, onion and pineapple and a tomato-vinegar sauce. The best sweet and sour pork should be crunchy in the outside, while soft and tender in the inside.
Where can you find these three dishes:
Openrice.com –> Advanced search –> Dish/restaurant type –> Hong Kong style –> Tea Restaurant/ Dai Pai Dong
Chau Kee Tea Restaurant (周記茶餐廳)
154 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen.
Breakfast and lunch only.
USD 2-3/ basket dim sum.
Baked pork chop with tomato sauce and rice (焗豬扒飯)
Nostalgia is the best word to describe my love to 焗豬扒飯. My dad used to bring me to Cafe de Coral, a mediocre franchise Hong Kong-style fast food restaurant. This is also a dish that is always sold out during lunch hours. Baked pork chop rice must be hot, usually with toppings of brocoli, carrots, tomato, and pineapple. Fried rice with eggs: eggs are used in fried rice and if done perfectly, eggs are blended smoothly with rice, and should still be visible.
Where to eat?
Not a single blog on Hong Kong food will recommend this franchise. I am doing it because their baked pork chop rice is something about our generation in Hong Kong. It is what we eat growing up.
Cafe de Coral
Cafe de Coral has hundreds of branches in Hong Kong. Attached above is a list of branches.
Chaa Siu (Chinese barbecued pork) with rice
Chaa Siu in Hong Kong is irreplaceable. Crunchy and honey-coated on the outside, soft and tender in the inside is the best chaa siu you can eat! With a place of rice and some soy sauce, it always make my day if I eat it. That’s how good it is. Chaa siu rice is also a very typical lunchboxes for students.
Where to eat and why
There are hundreds, if not thousands, restaurants that serve chaa siu rice. But this place I am going to introduce have absolutely the best price you can find in the city. As of June 2016, a plate is HKD$30, which is less than USD $4!
(Joy Hing Roasted Meat) 再興燒臘飯店
Block C, G/F, 265-267 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Chinese holidays: 1000-1800
Fried Oyster cake
the origin of oyster cake is from Chiu Chau (also known as Chaozhou or Teochow), China. Oyster cake is made by mixing oyster, eggs, flour, green onion. It was then fried to become a “cake.” Like many Chinese dishes, good oyster cakes should be hot, crunchy on the outside and tender inside! I usually eat them by dipping them into a tiny little bit of fish (salty) sauce. Ask for some fish sauce, or they should already be sitting on the tables!
Clay pot with chicken and Chinese sausage
Clay pot rice is mainly what this restaurant serves. There are a variety of combination you could choose from. I picked chicken and Chinese sausage. You may love or hate Chinese sausage, because it has a very distinctive smell and taste. The sauce, and the slightly burned bottom is the best part! When the clay pot arrives, pour some sauce in, cover the lid and let it sit for a minute or so. (By doing that the cold sauce will heat up by itself as well!)
Where to eat?
46-58 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei
If you are planning to eat some clay pot rice, also visit Temple Street! I will also introduce more street food and dessert in the district for part V and VI!