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Apr 26, 2010 09:34 PM

Hong Kong - Best Singaporean food

I don't often ask this- after all, I live in Singapore. But I visit relatives in HK & Macau every year and my sister/bro-in-law always seemed at a loss whenever I visit them and ask for good S'pore food after a few weeks of HK Cantonese cuisine.

It's easy to get HK-style food in Singapore, but it seems impossible to get good Singapore (or any SE-Asian food) in HK. Am I wrong? Where can I get some genuine Singapore fare. I stay at the Mid-Levels (Po Shan Rd) when in HK, but am willing to travel anywhere - Shatin, Tung Chung, anywhere!

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  1. A place called Shiok has just opened on Peel St, prob within walking distance from you! I haven't tried it yet, but I hear they do stir-fried turnip cake - will definitely be heading there soon!

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    1. re: e_ting

      Thanks everybody for the recommendations. I ended up with my husband, sister, bro-in-law and a HK couple in Shiok 3 days. I don't know whether it's just that my mood hit a high that day, but I fell absolutely heads over heels in love with Shiok! Firstly, you can't miss it & the gaudy green colour on 66 Peel Street, Central (中環卑利街66號地下). Only complaint, me & my husband are no spring chicken, so getting up & down the street with its impossible incline can be a bit tiring.

      Okay, so the food is not "perfect" but it's the closest I can get to a Singapore laksa or fried carrot cake in Hong Kong. That's it, I found my Singapore food place. Thanks, e_ting - I can kiss you if I see you!

      1. re: M_Gomez

        Hmmm....Tried getting into Shiok! for Lunch on Sunday....didn't realize there would be so many people. You had better get a reservation first if you want to try the place.....Ended up having Nepalise at Nepal 1 street down from Shiok!

          1. re: ckshen

            That's too bad - driven out by high rentals, I presume?

            It's a challenge not just to get good Singaporean, but in fact *any* South-east Asian food in HK - which is rather sad, considering HK's geographical proximity to the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, etc. You can probably get better renditions of those regional cuisines in Sydney or even London.

            One "Singaporean" spot in HK that I'd always wanted to check out but was too lazy to make that traipse all the way out to the Western district, is Cafe Malacca at Traders Hotel:

            I'd not been able to get my HK cousins to go there and check it out on my behalf, but may do so myself the next time I visit HK.

            After all, Traders is part of the Shangri-la Hotel chain, who's owner, Robert Kuok, is Chinese-Malaysian. *He* should know his curry laksa and Hainanese chicken rice ;-)

            1. re: klyeoh

              'Should' is the key word here. Haha... I have to say I have been to almost all the SG/MY style restaturants in HK. Unfortunately, none can come close to being acceptable. I remember when Hainan Shaoye opened to great fanfare, bearing huge publicity on their hire of an ex Mandarin chef. Reservations were weeks in advance and yet, everything was so disappointing.

              1. re: Kiedis

                Due to family connections, I'd been visiting HK almost annually ever since I was a kid back in the early 70s. I thought it's amazing that, 40 years down the road, whilst HK food influences and tastes have come to Singapore (equalizing the standards of Cantonese cuisine in both countries), SE-Asian flavours & influences have *not* flowed in the other direction to HK.

                I think the best bet to get any semblance of good SE-Asian food would be to seek out one of the very casual (and grungy) Indonesian eateries at Causeway Bay which cater to the transient Indonesian labour force (mainly domestic helpers) who congregate at Victoria Park on weekends.

                1. re: Kiedis

                  The fanfare has definitely died down at Hainan Shaoye. I was there on Sunday, and it was half full at best. I actually like it just fine. Certainly you can do better in Singapore or Malaysia, but it fits the bill pretty well in my view.

                  1. re: Uncle Yabai

                    Well, the Hainan Shaoye at World Trade Center in Causeway Bay is now officially history. I guess high rents are eating even into the more colorful shopping centers in Hong Kong. Auntie tracked down this other place in East TST, called Good Satay. Not very good, really. Don't bother.

                    The search for Hainanese Chicken Rice continues, as not a fan of paying Honkie 180 at the Mandarin, even though it's as good or better than the equivalent Sing 27 at the Fullerton.

                    1. re: Uncle Yabai

                      Theres a place on Observatory Road in TST cslled Mandarin Chicken good as some of the hawker centres back in S'pore

                      1. re: Uncle Yabai

                        The satay at the Traders hotel is so so.... But their satay sauce is pretty good. If you're up for an expensive but excellent satay, try spices at the Repulse bay satay in hong kong is still at my mom's place :)

                  2. re: klyeoh

                    Cafe Malacca is definitely worth seeking out if you are homesick for Malaysian/Singaporean type dishes...

                    The laksa, satay, char kway teow were all far better than any other versions I have had the (dis)pleasure to try in HK...

                    Another place which is not too bad is Sabah which has a couple of brances. One in Wanchai and another now in Central. They do a pretty good selection of Malaysian classics with a reasonable rendang...

                    It's a real shame that the SE Asian cuisine never really made it here...

                    1. re: RickBehl

                      Thanks, Rickbehl - I'll *definitely* check this out on my next HK trip.

                      1. re: RickBehl

                        Try the Traders hotel in Sai Ying Pun. Good selection of authentic Indonesian

                        1. re: RickBehl

                          Went to Café Malacca today for lunch. Hainanese Chicken Rice was pretty good, better than anywhere else I've had in Hong Kong and better than some places in Singapore. Carrot cake was also pretty tasty. This place is a good find, and with the opening of the Island Line extension, not hard to get to.

                2. If you are looking for good Indonesian food, try Padang Indonesia Retaurant Shop 1&2, JP Plaza, 22-36 Paterson St Causway Bay, but I must warn you to stick to the Indonesian menu, and avoid the 'so-called' thai / southasian menu. You can also try Bali Restaurant 10 Nanking Street, Jordan, which is more down to earth. Both restaurants are good for casual family meals.

                  If you are looking for a quick bowl of Laksa or Mee Siam go to Katong Laksa Prawn Mee Shop D1, G/F, 155 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. They also have a branch at G/F, No. 8 Ma Sha Street, Sheung Wan ( not try the shop called Malaymama which is opposite the Sheung Wan branch. The food isn't very good). The Sheung Wan Branch is the original store and in my opinion is better. My dad is Signaporean, and I travel to S'pore quite often and can say that it is difficult to find such a good laksa or mee siam even in S'pore.

                  And for Prawn Mee go to the Prawn Noodle Shop: Shop 4, G/F, Rialto Building, No. 2 LanDale St, , Wan Chai. The Prawn Noodle Shop is not open on Sundays and is really crowded the rest of the week.

                  I myself love a good mee goreng and mee rebus, but have yet to find a place serving these in Hong Kong. Anyone know of a good place for these?

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                  1. re: irene_ty

                    Sh!ok is OK... their laksa is too heavy for me, black chai tau kuey is not bad, but so far I like their roti kaya the best.

                    Prawn Noodle Shop...I only went once and had their laksa, which I thought was totally not authentic and adapted to HK tastes, so never went back to try their prawn mee.

                    Padang Indonesia is pretty decent for Indo stuff. my friends love their bakmi ayam.

                    1. re: Peech

                      A bit off-topic, but I just had a very addictive Singapore laksa (with chicken, shrimps & tofu puffs) at the Lounge, Sheraton Taipei, today. Definitely tastier than the faux Thai which Sukhothai at the same hotel served!

                  2. I could be wrong, but I recalled a great 'hole in the wall' place being mentioned and featured on this Hong Kong TV program. Husband and wife team using authentic ingredients and skills + recipes acquired from masters from S'pore and SE Asia.


                    1. Try our the Traders Hotel in Sai Ying Pun.... They have a good selection of S'porean /Malay / Indonesian food....though their gado gado is actually a pical