I Know A Place: Marketing executive Susan Sng spills the beans
Susan Sng is the founder of Xposure PR & Marketing
Being a Singaporean, I like to eat authentic Southeast Asian food. The place my family and I go for Hainan chicken rice and laksa noodles is the Satay Inn. I have been going there since the late 1970s, when it opened at the former Houston Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui East. I think it's the most authentic Singaporean food in town. I love the satay, as it is meatier and juicier than at other places.
The cucumber that comes with the satay is cut into chunks, not slices, and that's the way it should be. Also, the condiments that go with the Hainan chicken rice are perfect. The shop at the City Garden Hotel in North Point has closed, but there is an outlet at the Royal Pacific Hotel (shop 3, 33 Canton Road, tel: 2738 2368), and at the Gold Coast Hotel (1 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, tel: 2452 8822). For a second option, Katong in the Elements Mall (shop 2100A, 2/F, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2196 8086) is also very good.
We've decided to hold back on fine dining for my birthday in recent years, as I don't want my kids to pay for expensive meals. We also like to support small local businesses.
We enjoy going for Thai at Sawaddee Thailand restaurant (Sai Kung Garden, 16 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung, tel: 2791 6399) or Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine (6/F Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 1993). For ramen, we like Ippei-An (shop 2007, 2/F Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2375 5330).
After a long trip away from home, I miss wonton noodles, so I normally go to Tasty Congee (shop 3016-3018, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2295 0505) or Chee Kee (84 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 8616). We also like going for a quick Sunday lunch at Tsui Wah (various branches, including 15-19 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2525 6338). We love most of the food selections there.
When my eldest daughter visits from New York, we eat dim sum at the China Club (13-14/F Old Bank of China Building, 1 Bank Street, Central, tel: 2521 8888). On other occasions, we'll go to Che's Cantonese Restaurant (4/F The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2528 1123) for the baked char siu bau. If we can't decide, we might just go to a buffet dinner at Cafe Too (7/F Island Shangri-La, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2820 8571).