[Hong Kong] Before I fly away from Hong Kong airport, I would usually get a cup of “I love Tsui Wah” milk tea, or pre-packed bottles so that the taste of Hong Kong will still linger after I reach home. (Read: 5 Best Hong Kong Cafes)
Until the last time (June 2016), when the queues got enormously long. Apparently TW is so popular among the PRCS (and Taiwanese and Singaporeans).
Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳 had its beginnings as a ‘bing sut’, a predecessor of tea cafes way back in 1967 at Mong Kok. Already a listed company, they are the pricier Hong Kong cafes around.
Its branch at Central Wellington Road has become a default meeting/gathering place for many of my friends, especially if we need late night suppers in this city that doesn’t really sleep.
After a renovation, the cha chaan teng is looking indeed very upmarket, and looks more catered to the tourists (oh well).
Know not what to order? Get one of their “Top 10” food listed in their menu which includes Crispy Pork Chop Bun (HK$35), King Prawns in XO Sauce with Tossed Noodles (HK$51) and Swiss-style Chicken Wings (HK$51).
If not, here are 10 recommended signature dishes from Tsui Wah. All my personal favourites that become default orders everytime I go back.
Disclaimer: The food at Tsui Wah is not fantastic fantastic (I am certain some individual cha chaan teng would serve better dishes), but it is pretty reliable and tourist-friendly.
Crispy Pork Chop Bun (HK$35)
The winning part of this bun to me is the Portuguese style bread, slightly toasted crispy on the outside, yet still remember quite soft in the inside (some versions I had were slightly dry though).
The pork chop could be a thicker slab, but still remains tender tasty. Beware, the French fries on the side are extremely addictive with ketchup.
Malaysian Beef Brisket Curry with Rice (HK$60)
This looks like a pretty ugly dish, but do not judge a dish by its look! The curry is made from a secret recipe handed down by a Malaysian chef, quite unlike the usual Singapore style curries that are coconuty and thin.
The stewed beef brisket almost melts in the mouth, and I couldn’t stop pouring the thick gravy over my rice. Nom nom nom.
Sizzling King Prawns w/ Fried Noodles (HK$78)
Slightly pricey, but worth if you are a fan of zhi-char style noodles. This is inspired by the classic Peking Sweet and Sour Chili Prawn.
The noodles are pan-fried to a crispy and crunchy state, then poured over with chunky king prawns cooked in sweet and sour sauce.
Milk Tea (HK$18)
Tsui Wah’s milk tea is love. Made with premium Ceylon tea leaves, and Holland’s Black & White evaporated milk, it is silky and not overly bitter or sweet.
You can buy bottles of the milk tea back (I seen SQ girls buying by the dozens), but be careful as mine spilled in my bag!
Crispy Bun and Condensed Milk (HK$17)
Have some iced milk tea, matched with simple crispy bun that is soft on the inside, drizzled with sweet condensed milk.
Jumbo Frankfurter Hot Dog (HK$29)
Strange that I am loving so many carb dishes, but what is there not to love with a delicious (and unhealthy) 11 inch jumbo hot dog bun with scrambled eggs, onions and traditional sauce.
Juicy and moist, please share this big one with your friends.
King Prawns in XO Sauce with Tossed Noodles (HK$51)
The egg noodles are chewy and thin, though can be slightly dry for some. The king prawns were succulently fresh with a bite, extremely pleasurable to be chewing on them.
Swiss Sauce Chicken Wings (HK$55)
Worth licking your fingers for the dark sweet soya sauce.
Fish Balls and Fish Cakes in Fish Soup (HK$30)
With the balls freshly made daily with over 10 types of fresh fish and yellow eels. (Some of my friends loved this, but I think I had better fish ball soups back home.)
Shredded Pork & Mushroom Fried Noodles with Abalone Taste (HK$57)
Crispy and golden pan-fried egg noodles covered with lean pork, fresh sprout, leek and mushrooms. Pepper sauce, mustard and rice vinegar are served on the side.
Which is your must-order dish from Tsui Wah?
Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳
Various locations, including 15-19 Wellington Street, GF-2F, Central, Hong Kong Island (Central MTR)
77-81 Parkes Street, Jordon, Kowloon
Opening Hours: 24 hours Daily for certain locations
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