Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Mary Chan, publisher, MCCM Creations
Chan, who eats ‘almost like a vegetarian’, tells us about her regular Thai, Indian, and Italian haunts around Sheung Wan where she works, a favourite cha chaan teng, and Sundays in SoHo
A few of my family members are foodies, but I am not really. Nowadays, I eat almost like a vegetarian. My motto now is less meat, except for fish. The only time that I eat meat is when I am with my family members who can’t do without animal protein. But I do love nuts such as peanuts. I could eat a lot.
Over the past few years, I have been cooking at home more and I enjoy it. I have also changed my lifestyle, my spending pattern, and my eating habits, too.
My favourite cuisines are Thai, Indian, and Italian. But one of my favourite places is For Kee Restaurant (200 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2546 8947). I even take visitors there. It’s a cha chaan teng in the daytime; and turns into a Chinese [traditional medicine] clinic three evenings a week. They have been there for ages. I love seeing the faces of old staff there. I like the fish with mushroom and noodles and the thick toast. Plus, the area around For Kee is also great to visit. There are still traces of old Hong Kong, like the stairs on the hill.
My studio is in Sheung Wan, so my lunch places are all around the area. A few places I frequent include Namaste Kitchen (38 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, tel: 2795 7555) which serves Nepalese/Indian food and I like the people there. If I go with friends, I have the fish curry and lamb curry and the dahl served hot.
Also for lunch, I like Green Veggie (1/F Finance Building, 254 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, tel: 2771 3260), a vegetarian restaurant next to the old Western Market. Sometimes I go to Hoi An Cafe (17 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2540 6340).
My weekend is usually spent on the rooftop farm at HKU, so two of my favourite lunch places are on the HKU campus. Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant (Run Run Shaw Tower, Central Podium, Centennial Campus, University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, tel: 2964 9011) and Cafe 330 (room 203, Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre, University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, tel: 2794 3778) which offer simple, fresh, very accessible and delicious food.
If I am with a big group, I’ll go to Sole Mio (51 Elgin Street, SoHo, tel: 2530 0422). The food is quite all right, and it is run by a friendly Nepalese who has lived in Hong Kong for years. His colleagues sometimes pick up a guitar and sing.
For Sundays, Enoteca On Elgin (47 Elgin Street, SoHo, tel: 2525 9944) will be my choice for a brunch. But if I am having a casual meeting around Central, Colette’s (The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, tel: 2521 7251) is top of my list. I have emotional attachments to that place because I worked at The Fringe for three-and-a-half years. The verandah tables facing the school and St Paul’s Church by Glenealy are my favourites.