強記大排檔

3/19/2017 03:30:00 AM

I am no stranger to 深水埗 (sham shui po). Between school projects that require fabric samples, DIYs that require the odd bit of who know's what, and nerding out over tech toys, I often find myself perusing the stores of this iconic tourist magnet of a location. There is a lot to see in this old town, and a lot of old Hong Kong that refuses to wane in the fast new city life that attracts so many to this wonderful place. One of those places is a restaurant (if you could really call it that) located on the intersection of Ki Lung St. and Nam Cheong St. Up until around 2pm, this place serves breakfast and lunch made up of a selection of noodles and add ons like meats, vegetables etc. But, my absolutely favourite thing to get here is the Hong Kong style milk tea. This stuff is so next level, you can taste the authenticity. Not to mention the service is amazing compared to similar restaurants in the area. Unless the waitress feels rushed, she's usually up for some friendly banter, and she never yells or gives attitude unless you do first, but that's a given.

My standard order
Fair warning, there is no indoor seating so do be wary of the weather. And this neighbourhood definitely isn't the newest or the nicest, so don't expect the tables and chairs to be pristine (if it's you're first time here I recommend sitting away from the kitchen and the building in general. It smells a bit sometimes...) And note, because this establishment operates outside of an empty building, there have been rat sightings. And by that, I mean that one time while I was eating at this lovely restaurant, the owner found a rat fleeing out of the building. He then proceeded to kick it out into the street and then the owner of the fabric stall next door proceeded to smother it with a broom in front of all of the hungry patrons and then sweep it away. Now I'm sure this was a rare occurrence, but be warned. This restaurant is not for the faint of heart.

If you have a sweet tooth I 100% recommend the toast with butter and condensed milk. You can also add extra condensed milk if you really have that sweet tooth. That's definitely my favourite thing off the menu after the HK style milk tea.

Money shot of the milk tea and toast with condensed milk and butter
The last point is that because this is such a local place, the menu is only in Chinese. Therefore I have decided to offer you my lackluster less than elementary Chinese skills. Below are the Chinese characters and the English translations of the two items that are on the top of my list. If you do decide to visit this restaurant, just show the waitress these characters and you'll be able to order the milk tea, the toast, and my usual noodle order:

奶油土 - toast with condensed milk and butter
茶走 - milk tea with condensed milk
沙爹牛肉,豬扒,出前一丁 - instant noodles with satay beef and pork chop

Shot of the menu and the perfect end to top off my meal

Let me know if you ever decide to try this place and see you in the next post!

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