October 26, 2011

Hing Fat Restaurant, Hong Kong…I get hungry just thinking about this “cha chaan teng” (Chinese tea diner)

Dining in a Cha Chaan Teng is listed as one’s top 10 things to do in Hong Kong. I have returned to this this simple no-nonsense Cha Chaan Teng often. Food arrives fresh and warm. I am served well and ably within a reasonable amount of time.

Its mouthwatering menu of Chinese cuisine serves classic favorites such as Char leong (yau char kuey in chee cheong fun skin), Cheong Fun (steamed rice roll with shrimp), Siew Mai and steam turnip cake. You’ve probably figured out by now that this place is not serving up fine cuisine but comfort food, but nevertheless, I get hungry just thinking about those dishes.

You can’t consider yourself to have experienced Hong Kong until you step into a such a Cha Chaan Teng and experienced the ambience and buzz in the eatery – the brusque service, the fast-in-fast-out turnover of the place, and the noisy atmosphere and general busy-ness of the place. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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