A perfectly weird juxtaposition of Cantonese and Western food elements that will leave your taste buds longing for more.
Fast food restaurants have long since held a negative connotation involving fried cardboard-like fries and a plethora of questionable chemicals in the minds of foodies around the globe. But deep in the melting pot that is Hong Kong, a hidden gem exists within the fast food industry, one that encapsulates the spirit and culture of this Southeast Asian Island and its surrounding influences to a tee. Tsui Wah 翠華, most notably known for being the final stop after a night of club hopping in Hong Kong’s nightlife hub Lan Kwai Fong, offers a perfectly weird juxtaposition of Cantonese and Western food elements that will leave your taste buds longing for more.
The first indication of being in the vicinity of a Tsui Wah will undoubtedly be the enormous neon sign plastered over every Tsui Wah in the city. After taking a single step inside its doors, you will immediately be shuffled inside by attentive hostesses and seated on one of its many floors. Lining its walls and tabletops are pages from its diverse menu, which includes an array of Asian-inspired meals mixed with dishes hinting at the traces of British and other Western influences left behind.
Entrees range from Malaysian and Japanese style curries, to crunchy fried noodles topped with anything from shredded pork and mushrooms to sizzling king prawns, to the tastiest club sandwich in town. Not to mention these dishes are delivered in a surprisingly timely manner for the amount of customers inside its walls.
Tea is a staple in Hong Kong, and Tsui Wah not only has the tastiest iced lemon tea I’ve had in a while, but also boasts a “Milk Tea Champagne” order, or a glass bottle (which probably looks like the one you might’ve popped at one of the surrounding clubs a few hours ago) filled with milk tea rather than champagne and submerged in a bowl of ice.
But before you leave, don’t forget to try Tsui Wah’s most well-known food item, the crispy bun with condensed milk. This dish involves two buns of white bread slathered with butter and coated with condensed milk, a unique yet incredibly delicious combination. If you’re not quite in the mood for this dish, you can order the French toast with condensed milk and peanut butter instead, an equally satisfying option. Tsui Wah even has a branch in the airport’s wide-ranging food court, so there’s no excuse not to stop by on even the shortest trip to Asia’s world city.
Tsui Wah is located on: Tsui Wah Group Centre, 2 Hung To Road (50 Lai Yip Street), Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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