As someone who is always out and about at the airport, I always crave for food that reminds me closely of home before my flights. Prior to my recent trip, my colleague and I stopped by Chen Fu Ji for a meal before hopping on the plane.
Starting as a humble food stall in Singapore’s Chinatown, Chen Fu Ji has grown into a chain serving traditional Southeast Asian cuisine in multiple countries. With only two locations in Hong Kong, both are sneakily tucked inside the airport (Terminal 1 Level 6 in restricted area or Terminal 2 Level 6 in non-restricted area). Although there is not a separate vegetarian menu, a vast selection of traditional Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes is offered.
Chen Fu Ji has been famous for their signature fried rice since the 1980s. Unfortunately, this dish contains a lot of seafood but to my surprise, you can ask them to replace the seafood with mushrooms or other vegetables. You can do this with any other dish as well. This kind of service that makes a difference in my book!
The ubiquitous clay pot is definitely a classic selection of local Cantonese main dish. The traditional clay pot digs deep into the roots of Hong Kong food culture. Normally, white rice creates the under layer of the pot which is then is topped with an assortment of ingredients. Residual flavors within the pot blend into the toppings and rice, pleasing both our tongue and stomach. I opted for the Braised Mushroom and Tofu Clay Pot Rice. To boost our veggie servings up a notch, we also ordered Vegetables and Vermicelli Hotpot. I am warning you, the pot is H-O-T! This dish comprised of thinly sliced mushroom medley, carrots and bamboo shoots sitting on thick slices of tofu with a drizzle of thick savory sauce. The latter had vermicelli, gailan, cabbage, carrots and a subtle kick of ginger.
Dessert wasn’t even a question as both of us already had our eyes on the Mango Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk. This classic dessert encompasses three simple ingredients – mango, black glutinous rice and coconut milk. The mango was fresh and sweet. One serving is definitely enough for two people. Simply a delightful way to wrap up a lunch.
Definitely hit up this “home-y” restaurant when you are in the airport. The satisfaction from my meal put me in the right mood for my next flight!
11:00 – 22:00
T1, Food Junction, Departures West Hall, Level 6
07:00 – 23:30
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