Casual

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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