Where a noodle, bread and dumpling lover eats in Hong Kong
- Cherry Cheung inherited her grandparents’ northern Chinese taste buds and has a weakness for simple meals done well
- When she goes upmarket she aims high – literally
Communications and public relations professional Cherry Cheung is the founder of Atelier 88, a Hong Kong consultancy which focuses on art, culture and luxury. She is a member of the fundraising committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
I was born in Hong Kong but my family came in the 1950s from Henan province in northern China. I grew up with my grandparents and naturally inherited their northern taste buds: I am a noodle, bread and dumpling person.
As a Kwun Yum follower I do not eat beef, and I’ve become reluctant to eat any red meat. But I do consume chicken, pork and seafood.
For noodles I like going to Heung Jie Yunnan Noodle (49 Heung Wo Street, Tsuen Wan, tel: 2109 0093). The soup base mixes well with the noodles and is not too strong or too light. It’s very rare for a shop to not use MSG but they don’t, so I feel comfortable eating there regularly. I go at least once a week.
Japanese chain Ichiran (three locations including Lockhart House, 440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2152 4040) is also a favourite when I crave a bowl of authentic Japanese ramen. The noodle texture, grilled pork, egg and soup base are as high quality as in Japan.
I love the local type of soft white bread served with the daily set in every local cha chaan teng. Nowhere is it more tasty than Australia Dairy Company (47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, tel: 2730 1356).
Despite the restaurant’s sometimes notoriously impolite service, the quality of each element of a common meal – such as bread, ham, fried egg, macaroni/spaghetti in soup and milk tea – makes them number one for a local fast meal.
For visitors, I would undoubtedly find a place with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. Peking Garden in Star House (3/F, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2735 8211) has a great view and good Beijing food.
For a more modern and classy touch, China Tang (Shop 4101, 4/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2157 3148) is another good option.
For a casual drink, Sevva (25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, tel: 2537 1388) is arguably the best choice in town.
If I want to celebrate, The Krug Room (1/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, tel: 2825 4014) provides an unforgettable experience. The quality of food is exceptional. Paired with my favourite Krug champagne and wine, it will make any occasion memorable.
I love street snacks but it’s hard to find tasty siu mai nowadays as it is all made by machine. One place that keeps the old flavour is Man Fung Noodle Shop (35 Tsuen Wan Market Street, Tsuen Wan, tel: 2492 6860). They sell all sorts of flour products like Shanghainese dumplings, noodles and buns as well as siu mai. It is very authentic and very affordable.
I also seriously love dessert. Chung Kee Dessert (various locations including Wing Tak Building, 15 Canal Road West, Causeway Bay, tel: 3480 7222) offers a wide selection of traditional Chinese to modern Taiwanese confectionery. I especially like their water chestnut soup with lemon. It’s very special. Water chestnut and lemon go incredibly well in the sweet soup. Super refreshing.