By David Sutton
G/F, 4A Hoi Kwong Street
Tel 2597 4182
Grub: Dumplings and noodles
Vibe: This is a large and brightly lit noodle shop that is a hive of activity, even at off-peak times. The menu is bilingual, though English is not widely spoken among the staff. The service is fast and efficient.
Who to take: This is a regular neighbourhood hang-out. Everyone is welcome and the more the merrier. Indeed, more people means you can try a wider range of dumplings.
What's hot: King Shing has a reputation for serving excellent dumplings. With more than a dozen types, it's rather difficult to confirm that reputation after just one visit. But if the mushroom with water chestnut and pork, and pork and watercress are representative, then 'excellent' pretty much sums up the standard. The dumplings can be served in two ways. If you are alone and just looking to satisfy a quick craving, you might order five dumplings with noodles. If you're with a few friends, get an order of 10 steamed dumplings and separate bowls of noodles. Other mouthwatering dumpling choices include seafood and pork, lamb and scallion, and pumpkin and pork. If you order 10, you can choose five each of two fillings.
The noodles are also served a few ways, mostly in soup, though there are a couple of fried noodle dishes as well. They come in either plain or hot and spicy broth, accompanied with brisket, chicken wings, spare ribs or minced pork. The noodles and meat choice are served in a separate bowl from the soup. You pour the soup over the dumplings according to taste.
The shop also sells side dishes such as sliced pork in garlic, vegetables with oyster sauce and jellyfish salad. Well worth investigating is the bean curd skin with vegetable roll stuffed with fungus.
What's not: Avoid going at lunchtime, when there is a queue for a table. Also, the drinks list is comprehensive, but not exciting.
Cost: Nothing on the menu is above HK$50. Five dumplings with noodles will cost HK$29 or HK$33 (for lamb with scallions), 10 dumplings without noodles are HK$33 or HK$42 (for the lamb). Most noodle dishes are priced at HK$28. Two people sharing food need spend no more than HK$50 to HK$60 each and feel full.