Tung Po Kitchen, Hong Kong
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without trying their street food. There are lots of good food in Hong Kong so for this trip, we wanted to hunt down as many DAI PAI DONG as possible. I don’t really have an idea what dai pai dong is like before I came to Hong Kong. The only thing I recalled was reading on newspaper about dai pai dong as an dying trade so I wanted to try.
I see dai pai dong like our typical cze char stall in Singapore. Untidy atmosphere, no air conditioning and a variety of low priced great-wok hei dishes. Unfortunately, dai pai dong stalls are very rare in Hong Kong already, with less than 30 stalls nationwide.
Located at Municipal Services Building, Tung Po（东宝小馆） is one of the very famous dai pai dong. They serve a wide range of dishes and even has pasta! This is one of the better dai pai dong stalls because it is air conditioned. Bad thing is, it is the ONLY dai pai dong stall that charges 5% GST. Wahbiang, imagine we have to pay GST to eat cze char!
Because there was only two of us, it was pretty difficult to order. They have so many good recommendations here, hence we can’t decide what to pick. We kept changing our orders. Should we order the wind sand chicken instead? Oh the squid ink pasta is unique! How about pork belly?
Aiya, it took us super long before we settle on these three dishes. One of them is the Fried Salted Egg Yolk “Golden” Shrimp. The shells were coated in salted egg yolk and it was super crunchy, with tender flesh. Yes, you can eat the whole shrimp including the shells!
My favourite was the Deep Fried Pork Knuckle (HK$88) which was crispy on the skin yet chewy and thick. The meat was served with a tasty salted paste. Eat in moderation ok, don’t forget to visit the gym!
We never expect our Fried Rice with Duck Sauce in Lotus Leaf (HK$90) in big wooden steamer to be so huge that our jaws dropped when it arrived at our table. The boy loves it but I thought the duck sauce was abit too bland for my liking.
One interesting thing here is, their beer is served in chilled porcelain bowls. Feel like the olden days when they also drink using bowls. If I were to come back again, I wanna try their squid ink spaghetti with cuttlefish and cheesecake! Weird to see these western dishes in a dai pai tong stall in HK right? Well this is Tung Po!
It is eating what the locals eat that makes travelling to these places a truly remarkable experience. Remember to book ahead (reservations 2.30pm to 5.30pm) or if you want to avoid the crowd, go before 7pm.
Tung Po Kitchen（东宝小馆）
Address: 2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point
Tel +852 2880 9399