Shau Kei Wan, end of the HKT line and host to HK dining options

Posted: May 7, 2014 in dinner, food, lunch
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I followed the Hong Kong Tram to the end of the line to see the hype surrounding the area.  On my first visit I stuck to the main roads and did not notice anything out of the ordinary.  I did not discover anything new.  On a subsequent visit, I notice the little townships were located in between a mountain on one side and water on the other.  The towns located on this end of the island are at most 5-6 blocks wide so I made an effort to walk through it all.  I found this bbtea shop jutting out from the building and decided to talk to the owner.  He told me Shau Kei Wan Main Street East is the main thoroughfare for this area.  His bbteas start at $14 and he does brisk business among all the young adults.

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The view from the Hong Kong Tram at the start of the street.  You can’t miss all the flags flapping in the wind.Image

 

This is one thing I love about Hong Kong.  It’s a constant cat and mouse came with traffic police and police in general.  Notice the two lanes on the street.  Cars are not suppose to park on either side but they do so at their own peril leaving only the middle of the lane for traffic.  This turns a two lane road into single lane traffic.  It’s wide enough for three lanes.  Cops come by sporadically to check to ensure the traffic regulations are followed and chaos ensues.  Every shop keeper/restaurant will announce the police presence so customers run out to move their cars.  After the police leave, it’s a fight to regain control of their prior spot.  There is a giant multi-story parking lot off to the side to which most car owners refuse to use.Image

 

There’s much foot traffic in the afternoon and even more so at night that Hong Kong Police should set and assign a permanent police presence to the area.  The cars parked on the road do help in protecting pedestrians allowing greater space to move around outside of the sidewalk so it does provide a net positive benefit.  As the cars parked on both sides do cut down on the ability of cars to speed past, it does make the case for making the area pedestrian and family friendly.  Good job Hong Kong Government Planning.  Please TYFBO.

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The scent of seared pork chops filled the air.  I suspect it was from this restaurant.

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They specialize in seared pork chops in a szechuan spice (ma la).  Go with the options with the thumbs up ticker beside it.

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There are two menu items with thumbs up, pork chops and either soup noodles or dry noodles.  This is the soup noodles.  It’s spicy and I would have preferred the pork chops arriving on a separate plate rather than go soggy in soup.  Alas, table space and space is too valuable commodity here.

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This is the dry noodles.  They add peanuts for crunch.  Nice flavour profile with the crunchy bits.

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A view of the dry noodles after mixing everything together.

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Mixing the soup noodles.  2 orders of noodles for under $100 HKD.

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As lunch had quite the large crowds, we  figure to stay in the area to see the dinner offerings.  These guys draw a large following, most amount of people waiting for seats and a bunch of celebrities photos plastered on the windows showing a cult following.  This restaurant specializes in claypot rice regardless of the season.  People usually eat claypot rice in the fall/winter season.

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We ordered the taro, mince pork and egg claypot rice.  They pour the soy sauce onto the lid so it drips onto the contents of the claypot.  I  thoroughly enjoyed it.  I generally stay away from taro but this was done well by providing a different texture in the mouth.  It went well with the mince pork.

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The maitre’d highly recommends the mussels.  They do the mussesls in a non-asian sauce.  I can taste the veggies and alcohol.  It would have been great with bread.  The mussels arrived in a mammoth pot.  A photo beside the claypot for comparison.

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The veggies were unrewarding but provided the necessary digestive properties for all the meat and carbs from above.2014-05-01 19.04.58

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The restaurant gets so much business they can afford to rent a ground floor shop across the street from the restaurant to do all the claypot servings.  One won’t think too much about this until you realize the whole street consists of Openrice award winning restaurants to which anyone would happily pay to locate for the crowds that arrive at night and on weekends.  Food for thought.

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Dinner was only $209HKD.  The restaurants on this street are very wallet friendly.  High quality of food and low prices.  Free markets and healthy competition at its finest.

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