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I spent two months in Hong Kong and, if you eat at local rather than expat places, eating out is cheap. So I ate out a lot. I only went twice to food centres, to visit specific stalls. The centres were packed with people at lunchtime and it looked like they’d be great places to grab a cheap, tasty meal. But Chinese speaking or reading is virtually essential.

瑞記咖啡
Shop 17, 2/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building

We went here for the traditional cold HK milk tea in a Schwepps glass bottle and the Hong Kong style french toast. We found the stall because of the photos and articles pinned up, showing the milk tea, and we ordered by pointing at them. Hong Kong style french toast is interesting, unlike European french toast, it seems not to have any milk. Not something I’d eat or drink every day, but worth trying.

曾記粿品
1 Queen Street food centre (1st floor), Sheung Wan

This stall specializes in Chiu Chow style fried "pastries"and is easy to find as the pastries are set out on a large table in front. You choose the pastries you want and they fry them for you. The guy working there knew enough english to differentiate meat, veg, and sweet pastries. After that we took pot luck. The pastries are quite oily, so it was quite a heavy lunch. They do other chiu chow food as well, and many people had a plate of pastries followed by some main dishes, but the menu is entirely in Chinese.

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  1. yah the chiu chow 粿 (guo) which you got are pretty good (they're a pretty common chiu chow snack, i used to eat them in singapore all the time), but they're heavy as hell. Which of the 粿 did you like best? Di you get get anything else? (they have other stuff)

    you missed bowrington road cooked food centre; its easy to get to since its basically causeway bay even though its technically wan chai (its about a 5 min walk from times square)
    https://www.lauhound.com/2010/10/wai-...

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    1. re: Lau

      It's been a long time, but if memory serves me rightly our preferred one was turnip. (When we ordered we only knew meat or veg, and we tried one of each, but it was pretty obvious what was inside once we started eating.) We only ate the guo; the menu was in Chinese, so we could only order by pointing, and the gui were what we were there for. I found it pretty oily for a whole lunch, other tables had a plate of quo and then some proper dishes, but y bf was in second heaven.

      1. re: goldilocks76

        ahh too bad, i wish i was there to guide you through some of it. they have some very traditional and very worker class type snacks besides the guo. they have this thing called kway chap in teochew that i like alot

        did you enjoy it? or too oily for you?

        i like the sweet guo or the one with peanuts

    2. 曾記 used to be in an alleyway along with their brethren nearby, and got moved indoors. Historically these food stalls were run by people of Chiu Chow descent and serviced their own kind, particularly the laborers who moved cargo off the boats/ships. Thus the food is more hearty and high in calories. Chan Chuen Kee nearby does quite a great pork tripe soup, and you can pair it with noodles.