Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tung Po Kitchen in North Point, Hong Kong

Fish and Beer

After finishing a meeting nearby today, the local team decided to come to the Java Road Market and Cooked Food Centre for a dai pai dong dinner. As we started to go upstairs, it dawned on me that this was the rowdy place that Bourdain went to, drinking beer from porcelain bowls. There were actually several shops up there, but apparently this one was the most famous (99 Java Road, 2880-5224).

We got quite a few things, the best of which was that deep fried grouper behind my bowl of beer above, especially since they didn't drown it in some lame sweet and sour sauce. It was basically naked aside from the scallion and cilantro garnish, and was wonderful. Another highlight was a salted egg soup in a claypot, which was savory with the added bonus of some ginger in there.

It's too bad then that a lot of the items on the menu weren't available today. We also got here a bit too early; apparently if you come here later then the waiters will drink beer with you. That said, apparently this place has become more popular with foreigners lately, perhaps because of the novelty of the beer bowls. Honestly, if they sold them as souvenirs, I would buy one.

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