When visiting Hong Kong, apart from the usual sightseeing, I will make sure that I sample the local food. My itinerary will usually include a list of eateries that I want to try. After all, Hong Kong is known as a food paradise.
As we were in Shau Kei Wan (筲箕灣) on our way to Shek O (石 澳), we stopped by On Lee (安利大排檔) for breakfast. This small Hong Kong style eatery is popular for its fishball and fish fillet noodles. They also offer beef brisket and wan tan noodles.
We ordered a bowl of fishball noodle and a bowl of cuttlefish ball noodle. The fishballs and cuttlefish balls were quite big, fresh and springy (弹牙). The soup base was clear yet sweet.
On our way back from Shek O, we had lunch in Man Sing Cafe (民聲冰室). I found this place through OpenRice.
The café was packed when we arrived. Luckily we managed to get a table shortly after we arrived. It is not only popular with the locals but it also attracts celebrities as its clientele.
The signature dish here is the steamed minced pork with salted egg yolk (咸蛋蒸肉饼). The dish’s uniqueness is in how it’s served – in a ‘mountain-like’ style with the salty egg yolk at the top instead of the usual flat style.
The minced pork was steamed to perfection – tender and juicy. It had the right balance of lean and fatty meat giving it the right texture. Even with the salty egg yolk and drizzled with light soy sauce, it wasn’t too salty, in fact it went well with the rice. Add in a plate of blanched green leafy vegetable for a complete balanced meal.
We also dined in Kam’s Kitchen (甘飯館), Fortress Hill with some local friends. This restaurant is opened by descendants of the founder of the iconic roast goose restaurant, Yung Kee Restaurant (鏞記). So obviously the signature dish here is the roast goose.
After tasting the flavourful, moist and tender meat with its papery thin skin, I understand the reason this dish received a Michelin star.
The other dishes were good too. The roast pork was juicy with crackling crispy skin and we couldn’t fault the claypot seafood beancurd that was well braised.
The cost of the meal with 4 dishes for 4 people came up to about HKD650.