Flavours of the month

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 June, 2003, 12:00am

If you don't fancy coughing up the cash to dine with Betty Tung, how about popping into a Yuen Long restaurant to sample what she and hubby Chee-hwa munch on when they're out with friends.

When the chief executive, his wife and 10 friends visited Tai Wing Wah Restaurant in 2000, they settled on a $2,380 nine-course meal featuring traditional village pun choi cuisine. Since then, the eatery has the meal in pride of place on the menu as 'the Chief Executive's Banquet'.

But according to local poet Leung Ping-kwan, a long-time friend of the restaurant owner, the food wasn't much on that particular day. 'The food was particularly lousy as the staff spent so much time putting up flowers and decorating the restaurant that they forgot to concentrate on the food,' Leung revealed during a talk on food culture at the Foreign Correspondents' Club recently.

Restaurant owner Hugo Leung Man-to has a different take on things. 'He did enjoy the meal. Why would Tung have ordered an additional fried vermicelli if the food sucked?' Good point - unless, of course, he was still hungry.