Law Fu Kee Congee & Noodles Specialist + Honolulu Cafe @ Central, Hong Kong

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I just came back from a whirlwind work trip to Hong Kong. In between meetings, I managed to squeeze in some time to sample some local delicacies mostly centerd around Central area. Law Fu Kee is one of my favourite, as I really adore Cantonese-style congee with a viscous and velvety smooth texture from the long hours of slow boiling. LFK’s version has all the right elements of a good porridge. The fish belly fillets were fresh, but not as good as the one I had at Mui Kee, Mongkok.
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Remember to order some you tiao and deep fried dace balls to go with your porridge. The you tiao chunks were really crispy and saltier than usual; it became pleasurable as we dunk it into the porridge and ate along. The deep fried dace balls were equally good – fresh and tender with a bouncy bite and the addition of orange peel added a nice zing to it. The dace balls were served with some pungent concoction of oyster and chinese wine too.

Law Fu Kee is the kind of eateries I love in Hong Kong. It exudes an old rustic charm, serves up simple but oh-so-delicous fare and charges reasonably. Congee price ranges from HKD 20+ to 30+.

LAW FU KEE CONGEE AND NOODLE SPECIALIST 羅富記粥麵專家
G/F, 50 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2850 6756 (just opposite Tai Cheong Bakery – famous for egg tart)
140 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2541 3080
144 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2543 3881
Opens daily 7am to 1130pm
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My utmost favourite egg tarts can be found at Honolulu Cafe and the good news is that they have a branch in Central! Though not too far off from it’s original 40 years old establishment in Wanchai, the Central branch is as crowded as people from all walks of life come here for their milk tea and egg tart fix.
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We were here for lunch one day and I opted for the noodles set with roasted pork and roasted duck 双拼捞面 (HKD 55 with soup, vegetables and drinks). The noodles have that springy al dente texture but it was way too salty for my likings. I even got an unpleasant aftertaste. I suspected that someone accidentally added too much salt onto our bowl.
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Fortunately for me, I found solace in my favourite flaky crust egg tart (酥皮蛋撻) that boasts of 192 layers! The pastry was flaky and crispy while the egg custard was velvety smooth. How could we resist these evil little morsels?

Honolulu Cafe
G/F & Mezz Floor, 176-178 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai
灣仔軒尼詩道176-178號地下及閣樓
Tel: 2575 1823
Opens daily from 6am to 12am
Branches:
-G/F, 33 Stanley St,, Central
-Area A, East Point City, 8 Chung Wa Road, Tseung Kwan O
Open Rice Page here

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