No.25-26 Hang Hou Village, Tseung Kwan O
Another trip to Tseung Kwan O! This time, for lunch: to try out the popular Thai restaurant we saw before we had dinner at Lardos just across the road the night before, and to catch some rays at a nearby beach after. Let me just say: to hit the beach after a big ass Thai lunch.. yes, this was obviously a day trip planned by a male, the gender who do not think to concern themselves with the issue of bloated bellies post-foodie fest, a bloated belly that would befall my sensitively female body ever so drastically and be exposed to all by the bikini I would later don. Suffice to say, I did not want to subject the innocent, aesthetically virginal patrons of Clearwater Bay Beach to an overwhelmingly grotesque food baby but I simply had no choice; for one, I could not not nom all the food, for the food was Thai and I love Thai food, and secondly, I was still as white as a char siu bao so a proper tan was absolutely necessary. In any case, all apologies to those whose sunshine I blocked with my food quadruplets on the beach that day. That said, would definitely return here if I’m around Tseung Kwan O swinging to the beach – no matter the gluttonous consequences. This review is about a simple, cheap, yummy Thai joint – with some notable foodie moments, mostly involving their chicken.
After that little disclaimer, I can now present our big ass Thai lunch. The whole meal would’ve been more than enough for four people (just shy of $400 for 3 dishes, the appetizer sampler platter and drinks), or two fatties such as Andrew and myself.
G/F, 69 Tai Mei Tuk Village,Ting Kok Rd., Tai Po
AKA The Best Thai Restaurant In Hong Kong
Today was a stupidly sunny day in Hong Kong for a Tuesday. While many were unfortunately stuck in the office, the boyfriend was on his annual leave and I am – for all intents and purposes – on holiday, making it the perfect time to hit one of our favourite spots in the New Territories, Chung Shing Thai.
I’ve been to this place too many times to count, but to be perfectly honest I never knew the name of this restaurant till I decided to write a review. I never needed to! If I’m arranging a dinner with friends in Tai Mei Tuk, it is presumed it will be Chung Shing Thai. ‘Thai in Tai Mei Tuk’ has become synonymous with this restaurant, and only this restaurant. I always pass the Papaya joint directly adjacent and feel a little sorry for them, especially on a weekend night when you see people lined up waiting to be seated at Chung Shing even when hardly anyone is sitting in the place beside it.. But that’s just how good this place is. You will not be disappointed!
We decided to try a couple of different items on the menu. Having been going here for many years, I usually go for the same ‘staples’ if you like: the green curry has a luscious silky sauce with authentic Thai ingredients; the morning glory (tung choi) with garlic, soybeans and chili is so addictive (which is frustrating sometimes because it’s usually the first thing to come out and then you’re just craving more); the whole grilled squid is an absolute treat – tender with a slight char that is so satisfying when you dip the pieces into the standard spicy-sour Thai chili sauce; and other notable mentions are the soft shell crab, the grilled pork slices with the decadent chili sauce, the naan, the skewers… I could go on. The only thing I was never too keen on was the pineapple fried rice – but I think that could just be because of my aversion to pineapples, pineapples on anything savoury… I can’t, I don’t know, (I’ll rant about this later I’m sure.)