Cha chaan teng (tea restaurant) plays a star role in Hong Kong’s unique culinary culture. This type of local no-frills eatery has a menu that caters to Hong Kongers at any time of the day.
Tsui Wah Restaurant is without doubt a cha chaan teng legend. First opening its doors in Mong Kok in 1967, it has since grown to become the biggest cha chaan teng restaurant chain in Hong Kong. It was even the first to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
As well as good quality food, it is the creativity of Tsui Wah’s dishes that makes it so successful. Their signature Crispy Bun served with sweet condensed milk is a dish that most Hong Kongers love. But the menu is not just limited to local fare, Tsui Wah also serves a variety of Asian and Western dishes that will keep most international travelers happy.
But what I like about Tsui Wah is the wide choice of vegetarian dishes on the menu, which leaves its other cha chaan teng competitors standing. In the past, I would normally order Mixed Vegetables and Egg Curry with Rice or Panfried Bitter Melon and Egg Omelet. On this visit to the main Tsui Wah restaurant at level 8 in the Departure hall (before passing through the passport control and security screening), I decided to give some new veggie dishes on the menu a try.
To start, I had the Cream Porcini Soup which was superbly creamy and rich in flavor. I followed this with the Tomato Salad with Italian Vinaigrette which was made with wonderfully fresh tomatoes and delivered an appetizing sweet and sour taste. For the main course, I had Wild Mushrooms in a Black Truffle sauce served with Tricolor Fusilli. The pasta was cooked al dente just the way it should be. I always love the smell of a good black truffle sauce and I wasn’t disappointed with the delightful aroma that greeted me on presentation of this dish. Forget cha chaan teng, this was worthy of a good Italian restaurant!
I was so taken by all the new and tempting dishes that I forgot to order their famous Hong Kong-style milk tea before I left! But then I remembered there’s another Tsui Wah in the departures hall food court (restricted area), so I was still able to grab my tea fix and of course a legendary crispy bun before boarding!
07:00 – 24:00
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