Hong Kong Dai Pai Dong
Fare General dai pai dong dishes, with a few surprises.
Ambience Informal and comfortable, with simple but tasteful decor. This new restaurant is made to resemble a 1950s dai pai dong, giving diners a post-modern experience of old Hong Kong.
Cost Roughly HK$50 a head.
Who to bring The restaurant is open from breakfast until 12.30am, so go with friends for a stomach-liner before hitting the bars.
Turn-ons The dai pai dong style fried rice vermicelli (left) with shrimps and pork was a winner. The sweet pork floss sprinkled on top may not be for everyone, but even without it the dish is flavourful with the right touch of spiciness. The kailan (Chinese kale) with preserved fish sauce was also a crowd-pleaser. The vegetables were perfectly cooked and the sauce was fragrant.
Turn-offs The texture of the salt and pepper fried squid was a bit off and the dish didn't have the classic jiu yeem - 'salt-and-pepper' - taste to it. They were inflexible: they have the classic 'yin yang' drink (coffee mixed with tea), so we tried ordering 'Child's yin yang' (Horlicks and Ovaltine) but they refused, even though both malt drinks were separately on the menu at the same price.
Drinks Dai pai dong beverages, such as Hong Kong style coffee and tea, Horlicks and almond tea, and the usual 'special drinks' menu that includes red bean ice (below) or tropical fruit ice drinks. Standard beers are available.
456 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 28383318