Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review: Momo Kitchen in Sai Wan Ho – cosy place with friendly staff and heavy dishes

This Chinese restaurant in Sai Wan Ho’s Soho East serves up inexpensive comfort food in warm and friendly surroundings

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 12:33pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 12:33pm

Momo Kitchen in Sai Wan Ho is a cosy refuge, with wooden walls, warm lighting, dangling glass lamps, street signs bearing the names of old city estates, and bright neon signs listing some of the dishes.

The menus have black-and-white drawings of Hong Kong trams. Some of the smiling waiting staff, who wheel around trolleys of food, were wearing black shirts that tell customers they are “happy to help”.

Unfortunately, some of the dishes didn’t make the grade. The recommended black truffle and roasted pork with fried rice (HK$68) and the pork patty with salted duck egg and water chestnut (HK$65) were both heavy-handed and rich. The smell of truffle lingered at our table throughout the meal (although some people might find that appealing).

We ordered a pot of beef brisket with white radish and bean curd (HK$71), which the waitress helpfully shifted for us so we wouldn’t burn ourselves against the pot. The beef pot had a touch too much oil and flavour, but was great with a bowl of steamed white rice, which they served mixed with quinoa.

Momo does well with the simpler dishes. Our favourite was the warm dried scallop and pork bone congee (HK$38), which we enjoyed with Chinese fried dough sticks (HK$12).

The drinks, such as the red bean iced drink (HK$22), did a good job of soothing our palates after the heavy food.

Momo Kitchen, 45 Tai Hong Street, Site B, Soho East, Lei King Wan, Sai Wan Ho, tel: 2752 8188

While you’re in the area:

First impressions of Cull ’N Pistol, Sai Wan Ho – seafood at wallet-friendly prices

Restaurant review: Sun Fook Kee, North Point – Fujian favourites made to order

Restaurant review: Tso Choi, Fortress Hill – traditional Cantonese food at a reasonable price