Tsui Wah is Hong Kong’s very own version of McDonalds. Except it is good. Let’s put it this way, if it was in London it would be in its top ten Chinese restaurants.
Tsui Wah doesn’t serve Cantonese food; this is Hong Kong style food through and through. And what this means is a mash up between the Cantonese trend to make everything tastier by adding, well, unhealthiness, and the weird British influences from its colonial history.
And you can escalate the dirtiness to a whole different level by then ordering toast with condensed milk and peanut butter. This was the snack our secretaries had at work every day in the afternoon and I have no idea how they all remained around 50kg.
The other dishes range between pastiche (the giant dirty hot dog), great (the Malaysian curries) and the inventive (milk tea champagne – i.e. milk tea on ice). The atmosphere is gaudy, relentless and so Hong Kong.
What makes me so sad is that this is a chain, a fairly big one at that, and they get it so right. The food is good, it is fast, it is inventive. It takes traditional dishes and rummages around with them to make them more fun, more instaneous and more unhealthy. Quite frankly, why isn’t there more of this going on? Chains doing it right.
PS you will inevitably end up here when drunk if you visit Hong Kong. You might not remember the food the next day but it was great.
PPS for my other posts on HK’s best, click here.