Following from the crepe post, I give you more crepe. Didn’t see that coming did you? My friend Alison Cheng, who has written for Dear HK, has taken some lovely photos for bánh xèo that she’s let me use today. Watch out for more of the Ms. Cheng’s contributions on the HK numb, or feel free to contact her on email@example.com if you like what you see.
Heavily influenced by French cuisine, Vietnamese food is full of French-inspired gems like the increasingly popular banh mi, and bo kho (similar to a French beef stew, even served with a chunk off a baguette!).
Banh xeo is another a favourite of mine. This Vietnamese version of a savoury crepe is too darn delicious, especially when the shrimp is freshly caught and the beansprouts are only just-cooked, still maintaining that delicate crunch with the rest of the sizzling cake. I felt so high on life the first time I had a banh xeo in Vietnam – I think I was in Hue – that I ended up getting inked like an idiot straight after. Might have had something to do with the red wine too…
Shop 264, G/F, Tin Sam Estate, Tai Wai
So I started a Facebook page and now – as you might imagine – I’m on Facebook all the time refreshing the page every five seconds, seeing how many people have ‘liked’ the page, commented, seen it… It’s a bit lame; I’m very excitable. The point is I’m procrastinating a little more than usual, so I have this short snippet of yesterday’s dinner to tide my readers over while I rifle through an excess of foodtography and notes.
Golden Bangkok Thai Restaurant is popular around Tai Wai, so – hoping to stick close to home, the supposed “dark side” – we decided to chow down here. Compared to the Thai we tasted recently on the island (no name-shaming.. for now), nothing bad could be said about this dark side diner. We’ve ordered from here before, for takeaway, and were pleased with the green curry, ‘Thai style’ morning glory and other standard Thai dishes, so we decided to get off the beaten track this time.
Cheung King Mansion, 144 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
A slight detour from Knutsford Terrace and you find yourself around Kimberly Road and Austin Avenue, an area I can only describe as Hong Kong’s K-Town. Indeed, Tsim Sha Tsui is synonymous with some of the best Korean food in Hong Kong, among other things (read: that ma laa yue daan near Granville Road that Andrew and I are currently obsessed with), so for anyone thinking of getting their Korean hotpot or BBQ on, this is the sitch.
If you walk further to Austin Road (closer to Jordan station than TST), you will come across Hansong, a delicious go-to for some late night Korean BBQ. Which is just what we did on a Saturday night.