Casual

Where
Ba Sushi
Shop 1-3, 14 Burrows St.
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Phone:
+852 2893-2282
However, Don’t really bother with making a booking – we tried and they took it but couldn’t guarantee that they’d be a table at that time (which doesn’t really sound like a booking at all).

The deal:
This is a small sushi and sashimi place in Wan Chai which is completely unassuming and very average looking. However, it’s some of the best value and freshest sushi / sashimi I’ve had in Hong Kong. Not to say that I make a habit of trying that much cheap sashimi in HK. HKD70 for a very generous serve of salmon sashimi – no three tiny slices here. The hand rolls are also excellent – except for maybe the crispy salmon skin one which didn’t set my world on fire. Get your fill of the non-fish sashimi types (Scallops, prawns, conch, squid, sea urchin) but don’t forget their sushi too (absolutely cannot miss the spicy tuna and the deep fried zucchini rolls). Take your friends here if you want to be one of those food wankers who knows a “hidden gem”. Yeah of course you fucking know a place. Eat your fill at around HKD170 each.

Verdict:
Fuck yeahhhhhhhhh.

Where:
The Salted Pig (HK websites, YU even exist??)
2/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central

Phone:
+852 2870 2323

The deal:
While I was trying to find the phone number for this place, I came across a blog with a billion photos (I can only imagine that this girl’s friends would have spent most of the meal watching her take photos) plus this atrocious description of the Eton Mess dessert at The Salted Pig and it upset me thoroughly. “Banana and fudge brownie chunks lined the bottom of the glass, and were covered in an indulgent layer of cream and topped with small, airy meringues. The flavours came together harmoniously, and the symphony of magnificent textures made my heart sing.” Why do people write about food this way? Why does the Eton Mess have chocolate brownie in it?  Why do I get so upset about food blogs but yet write about food myself?  So if you remember the opening post of FYN, one of the forbidden items was ‘pork belly wank’.  I get it, pork is a great thing – but I hate how people get in this total incoherent mess to prove they are Pork Lovers and pork is just the best thing ever.  Put down the ‘Bacon is the Answer’ tee-shirt.  Fuck me, enough complaining – on with the write up.  Brioche bread came out – not hot though, so going to minus points.  The chacuterie plate was pretty good but the scotch egg is stuck in my craw because it was HALF an egg, coated like a scotch egg and then crumbed.  Salted Pig, how much do eggs really cost?  You really had to give me HALF a boiled egg in my scotch egg to keep your profit margins in check?  Now the disappointment of the night, we ordered the slow roasted pork rack and the meat was nice but there was no crackling.  NO CRACKLING.  Why do you think I’m in a pig specialty place, ordering roasted pig?  To have a healthy day out?  My husband was pretty pleased with the whole affair but for me, I think we ordered the wrong thing.  HKD800 for 2 people + 1 drink each.

The Verdict:
Jury’s out – can’t judge a pork place without eating crackling there.  Will return and give definitive judgment then.

Where:
Thailand Chatachuk Noodles
Shop 7, G/F, Lee King Mansion
83 Electric Road
Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Phone:
+852 2806 1010

The deal:
First of all, load up this track in another tab to set yourself up for reading this review. Chatachuk Noodles is a small, casual place – essentially a roadside style shop.  They do noodles a variety of deep fried snacks and some glutinous desserts.  The deep fried snacks are various meats in various shapes – I don’t know if I’d write home about them but the clue’s in the names, noodles.  There’s two styles – a cold noodle and a soup style.  The star pick here is the cold noodle bowl which is unlike any noodle I’ve had in HK (trust me, there’s been a few).  Pick your base as either normal, a little spice or very spicy and you get a bowl filled with arrowroot noodles, jellyfish, cucumber, pork and a spicy, chilli sauce.  I love arrowroot noodles, they are a clear, toothy noodle.  The soup noodles are also good too, but probably not too different to what you can get elsewhere.  They’ll give you a range of condiments to mix it to your taste too (peanuts, chilli, sugar, chilli sauce).  For reasons I don’t fully understand, the whole restaurant is set up in Jamaican colours, blares reggae music and has Bob Marley images everywhere.  Surely there must be some special dish you order so you can puff the magic dragon, but in the mean time, the arrowroot noodles are going to have to do.  In closing, Chatachuk Noodles, Jamaican me crazy but for HKD35 for a bowl of noodles, I see you in my future.

Verdict:
Fuck yeah!

Where:
Stones
1-9 Lin Fa Kung St West
Tai Hang

Phone number:
+852 2570 6858

The deal:
HKD200ish for dinner + a drink.  Unfussy, straight forward pub food at a decent price point.  Owner hangs around and seems genuinely interested in his customers having a good time.  Note that the menu claims brunch starts from 12ish, which in my mind, is really a bit more lunchish.  The burgers are so good and they even do it American style (ie. they ask how you want them cooked – rather than assuming well done). I always ask them to hold the bun on my burger and they assume that means I want salad instead of chips, but I’m just like that fat guy who orders cakes and asks to hold the cream and I always resolutely reply ‘hells no, giddy up on the fried taters’. Stones’ fries are just so good though. Overall, solid pub performer with no wank or pretentiousness. A+++ would buy from again.

The verdict:
FUCK YEAH.

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