Hong Kong Question
So I've got a friend who's going to be in HK for one night this friday. He's white and doesn't speak any Chinese whatsoever and knows little about Chinese food. I was telling him stuff to do and he obviously wants to know where to eat. I looked at my list and the problem is that the places either:
1) you need a bunch of people or
2) you need to speak chinese and they aren't easy to find restaurants
so I'm looking for some tips of where to send him, the criteria being:
a) a solo diner could eat there
b) he's not going to be dead in the water if he doesnt speak / read chinese
c) somewhere that is somewhat convenient, so: Central / Admiralty / Causeway Bay / Wan Chai etc
I have tried Tasty before, not crazy about it... I wouldn't say that to me it really reflects a HK style wonton noodle soup. Lei Garden is reasonable, but I think that it is pretty altered to the Western palette... If it were me I would prefer to be eating something that was closer to the "real deal".
I would recommend going to Tim Ho Wan (http://www.openrice.com/english/resta...) in IFC. Their IFC location isn't quite as good as the one in Kowloon, but it's still great!
He will definitely want to eat the char siu bao, har gao, and siu mai. I mean if he eats early enough and just enough to be mildly full he may as well go out and eat somewhere else later to maximize his gastronomical experience!
Maybe suggest to him after having a dim sum snack in IFC to go walk over into the LKF area and if he is hungry later there is Tsui Wah for some classic HK 茶餐廳 food, or if he is set on some noodles he could have a wander down Wellington St. to Dumpling Yuan or Mak's Noodles.
yah if i was there normally i'd take him to very local stuff, but i realized most of the places i eat in hong kong you either need to speak / read chinese or you can't do it unless you're in a group
does tim ho wan serve dim sum for dinner? (he's only going to have dinner not lunch) ive been meaning to go but the lines are so bad at the kowloon original branch that i haven't gone (i normally eat at fu sing for dim sum, who has ridiculously good quality dim sum albeit a bit more expensive)
tsui wah is like 3am drunk food although i kind of like that place
Lei Garden NOT the real deal??!! What dishes did you eat there?! To me, the 5 layer crispy roast pork belly, for example, is as authentic a Cantonese b-b-q dish as any in town. Nowadays, almost ALL traditional Chinese/Cantonese places have dishes that are quite 'fusion' in nature. Fu Sing has oxtail braised in red wine, Cuisine-Cuisine has oysters stewed in Port wine, Lung King Heen uses a lot of black truffles in their dishes. Similar approaches can be found in Tim's Kitchen, Ming Court, Celebrity Cuisine, The Chairman.....etc. So, in your opinion ' where does one go to find the 'real deal'.
As for recommending won-ton noodles at Mak's on Wellington! I strongly disagree!! This place is way way overpriced and has gone down hill. Go to Mak An Kee on wing kut street instead!