Winter and Claypot Rice in Sai Ying Pun district – Kwun Kee

Posted: November 25, 2014 in dinner
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The famous claypot rice restaurant in the Western side of HK Island is located in the Sai Ying Pun district.  There have two locations within walking distance and around the corner from each other.  The old gritty location garners the most street credibility.  Go early to ensure ample seating, if you want to sit outdoors it would be best to go when its dark.  The restaurant closes at 10pm with most patrons arriving at 8.  Claypot rice is best eaten when its cold, most restaurants stop serving it in the summer months.

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Signature dish – noodles and prawns in a cheese sauce

Kwun Kee is also known for its pork bone soup stock for its hot pot.  It’s either the lamb or pork bone soup.  Beers are cheap.  Stick to their signature items on the menu if you don’t want disappointment.  Straying away from the signature dishes will mean your dish gets zero priority.  To ensure quickness, go for the items with the stars.

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It’s not a dinner party unless you eat fried squid.

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Claypot rice signature dish: Preserved meats with an egg cracked over top.

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A peek inside the kitchen

I enjoy claypot rice on occasion.  I only do it when visitors are in town.  The dining experience trumps everything else.  I quality of food is good but its only a smidgen better than less famous joints.  I am here to eat in an alleyway, dine outside and sit with strangers, things you do not partake back at home.  Dinner for 4 people, less than $400.

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