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.
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.)