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Lunch in Central

17 May

Ironically, I don’t have much to talk about lunch in Central because typically I like to get away from the financial area to avoid the workday rush hour in favour of more variety at more affordable prices elsewhere. There’s a saying in HK that Central is 搵食艱難, which can mean either it’s hard to “find a meal” or “make a living”. You either have to make a booking, which would mean somewhere upwards of HKD200, or find yourself spending most of your lunch hour in a queue for something easier on the wallet. Of course, there is the alternative of bringing something back to the office, but I like to go for a walk after a long morning at the desk. Being a creature of habit, today I headed out in search of new culinary delights in Wanchai.

Just over the weekend I stumbled upon this chic-looking vietnamese place just at the edge of Wanchai and a stone’s throw from a tram stop. Though it isn’t within my typical budget for a meal in this area, around HKD100 for a set, I wasn’t up for wandering further and was curious to check it out. Not being much of a food critic, I’ll just say the chicken salad with cabbage, beef brisket stewed with tomato and mung bean coconut drink were all satisfying and surprisingly good.

A final word on lunch in Wanchai is generally I would expect a meal for about HKD30-50 but with all these swanky establishments cropping up these days and the rising food costs perhaps it’s time revised my lunch budget.

Places I’d try if I had the patience to queue

16 May

Maybe I’m just not enough of a foodie to queue, but if I do one day find myself itching to stand for hours for a bowl of ramen or dimsum or scrambled eggs I would go to these places:

Butao – renowned for its authentic pork-stock ramen made by an authentic Japanese ramen chef. Apparently they only serve something like 100 / 200 bowls a day and unlucky individuals at the end of queue are denied their reward if supplies run dry before they get a seat.

http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=48338

Tim Ho Wan – I heard of this place from two independent sources, one from Singapore and one from Australia, completely unknown to each other. How disgraceful of me! Apparently it’s the cheapest Michelin one-star restaurant in the world. One of those small-sized dim sum places that are cropping up around the place these days as an alternative to the more traditional ‘Jau Lau’-style Chinese restaurants.

http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=30806

Australia Dairy Company – Back when I last ate here, must have been up to 10 years ago, I had no recollection of any queues and thought this was just a regular milk pudding place. Then all of a sudden I recently hear it’s always been a big hit and the queues just never go away. Apparently they also do a mean scrambled egg with real Aussie milk. I wonder what people go for – the pudding or eggs… must be the milk pudding. I mean how good could scrambled eggs possibly be?

http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=90