Posts Tagged ‘ktown’

Reasonable Pricing.  Cheap and affordable.  Everything is around the $50 range.

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K Bites is korean take out food with the pricing reflecting the lack of space for large parties.  There are a few tables for those that want to eat-in.  K Bites does provide the 10 plate spread of traditional korean restaurants.  Just cheap korean food to hit the spot but lacking the authentic heartiness of true Northern fare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is authentic thai food.  I made the mistake of going on a weekend for dinner and the line was out the door with a constant que of people outside.  You may be forced to dine with strangers if your party is not big enough to fill a table.

This is the morning glory with garlic and chili

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It’s quite a big plate and will feed more than two with relative ease.

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The BBQ skewers – mix of chicken and pork.

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Top view.  No complaints of my end.  It taste good and the dipping sauce provided added flavour.  The yellow sauce on top of the skewers is curry.

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I forgot to take pictures of the pad thai but here it is with the three dishes altogether.  3 dishes for two people.  I love thai food, I only wish thai food came with chinese hospitality where they serve complimentary dessert.  Thai Heng has everything you want in thai food with a menu encompassing the thai hainanese chicken to young coconut drink.  The restaurant allows one to bring your own booze so long as it’s not alcohol they currently serve.

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$180 for 2 people.  I will be back for subsequent visits as I have many items on the menu I have yet to try and the food is delicious.  Thai Heng is located on the tram line in Kennedy Town so if you happen to be in or around the area and you have a craving for thai, hop onto the tram for $2.

May 2015 Update.

I dined at Thai Heng on two occasions last week.  The food is still delicious.  More photos of some new dishes on the menu.

deep fried fish

deep fried fish

The deep fried fish is spicy.  Lots of green beans and they carve up the fish so its indistinguishable from the beans until you bite into it.

it's good.

it’s good.

I ate at Thai Heng on Wednesday, $222 for two people.  We went again on Sunday for 5 people and ordered everything you could possibly imagine.  The roti was good but I suspect they lack a true tandoor oven to make it flaky.  The garlic bread is usual bread with garlic spread.  The chicken rice was delicious.  The coconut rice was fragrant.  The bbq pork neck lacked the typical crunchy texture.  The red curry with duck breast went well with all the carbs.  Pomelo salad was refreshing.  One note, most of their salads use fish sauce as the dressing.  I need to fine tune my fish sauce recipe.  Go check it out.  It’s authentic and affordable which are the main characteristics that distinguish good from mediocre.  There is always a line up out the door during peak hours.  They don’t take reservations so go early.

Wui Bo Kitchen is a cantonese dining restaurant in Ktown.  It stands out as a gathering place for dog owners in the morning as they have outdoor seating for over 10+ people.  It’s one of the few places which can allow dogs to congregate, the food is decent as well.  Pricing is affordable and the menu offering is exactly what you expect from cantonese fare.  It beats paying the expat premium at concept type chain restaurants that are sprouting up all over Ktown.

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lunch special – braised vermicelli with beef

I am a big fan of their lunch specials.  Lunch specials range in price from $35-$45.  Order the fresh fish for $45.  You will receive one of two depending on the day.  You will need to order it as soon as you sit down as it takes 10-15 mins to prepare.  The other dishes will arrive in under 5 mins.  Lunch specials have the choice of daily soup or a drink to accompany the meal.

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smaller of the two daily fresh fish option, looks like a piranha

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larger of the two, sadly one does not get a choice. This is the fish that brings a smile to my face.

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Dog Friendly. The cutest dog in the world.

Breakfast options are a mix of western and chinese cuisine.  Price range is $20-$30.  If you can hold out, wait for the lunch menu.  Soup noodles with a fried egg and toast on the side.  Most of the people eating outside feed the toast to their dogs.

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duck breast and instant noodles for breakfast $25

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noodles come with a side of eggs and toast. Eggs for you to add to the soup noodles or eat on their own.

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pickled veggies and minced pork in soup noodles $25 – comes with toast and fried egg

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tomato sauce and italian noodles with fried egg and toast $28.  Canned tomatoes never tasted better.

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the cutest dog in the world in her element

Ktown is home to many family run restaurants and the gentrification of the area will undoubtedly force them out.  I support family run restaurants to the fullest.  A meal for two people will cost under $100 which at a expat joint would be the price for a single alcoholic beverage.  I know family run restaurants put the money back into their community which is more than I can say for supporting a large chain where the owner arrives to do spot checks in a Bentley.  The new MTR station is in Ktown is due to open so I only hope the local nuances of the culture and restaurants can persevere.  Please give this restaurant a try especially if you are a pet owner.  It’s tough for restaurants to be pet friendly in HK.  It’s best to support local.

There are few restaurants to enjoy Vietnamese food in Hong Kong.  It was refreshing to find one in Kennedy Town as I consider pho to be the best form of soup noodles.

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beef pho – $34

Pho is the quintessential comfort food.  It’s hearty and refreshing at the same time.  The broth is always light allowing the ingredients to really bind together.  It’s a big pain to make the broth as it requires hours of cooking.  Broth with large proponent of pepper notes is a bad characteristic as pepper is used to prolong and preserve it – not fresh.  I did not detect overwhelming characteristics of pepper in this broth so it’s safe to drink and I would bet it’s fresh.  It would be fresh as this restaurant has a constant stream of clients ensuring turnover of ingredients.

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lemongrass pork chop with rice

Meat and carbs.  Grilled pork chops marinated in lemongrass with rice.   This dish would be stellar if it came with a small side of pickled vegetables (similar to the variety one would expect in banh mi).  It’s a heavy dish but cheap.

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springrolls $34

The springrolls were a miss.  Entrees cost $34 and this appetizer plate was also $34.  The springrolls here are of the vegetarian variety and small in size.  Normal vietnamese springrolls are the length of subway 6 inch subs and packed with meat.

It’s on the corner of Belchers St and Sands St.  During peak hours, this is the only restaurant on the block with a constant stream of clients.  I can never get a table inside unless I go during off-peak hours.  It is also conveniently located next to the best congee place in Ktown.

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Soup noodles make a great quick meal, perfect supper food as it’s light making it easy to digest.

Hong Kong has three distinct variations of soup noodles: wonton noodle soups, fish ball noodles and cart noodles.

Wonton Noodle shops specialize in meat and vegetables inside dumplings and beef (beef brisket and beef innards). Fish ball noodle shops do fish balls in different varieties, all of which are processed. Cart noodles are soup noodles to which you chose the toppings (generally frozen foods – everything from wonton and beef briskets to pork blood and anything you can dream up).  The price range for noodle soups vary, some start at $16 for a basic wonton noodle soup to $40 for michelin star quality.  Wonton and Fish ball noodle soups are generally smaller in snack size whereas cart noodles are struggle plates.

Boat Dweller Fish Ball is in Kennedy Town, they make their fish balls in house.  I enjoyed this meal as noodles are a welcome change from all the rice.  There is a need to mix up the chinese food as it can get quite monotonous if you allow it.  I will be back.

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135 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town

 

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I ordered the combo balls on the first night so I had a wide range to try.

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combo balls $24

I ordered the beef brisket on the second night.

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beef brisket $24

Give their chili sauce a try.  You can buy a bottle to take home for $80.  The chili sauce was quite playful as one would never expect it to have so much bite.  It gave me the sweats.

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they make their own chili sauce

This restaurant is always packed with patrons.  They specialize in fried pork chops and rice noodles.  The only option is the amount of heat and burn you desire.  I chose my bowl of noodles to have very little heat to allow the soup and pork chop to shine.  If you get it spicy, you will find it numbs your taste buds.  On hot days, the only way to give yourself an appetite is to eat spicy foods.

I take horrible pictures.  Here is my bowl of fried pork chops in rice noodles.

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I paid $30 for it, drink will be extra.

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The restaurant is located on the corner of Belcher’s Street and Sai Cheung Street in Kennedy Town.  It is busy at all hours so best to avoid during peak hours so they can make it with care.