Chinese cuisine in Sai Kung isn’t just about the seafood restaurants. We check out these Hong Kong-style cafes around town.
A relatively modern cha chaan teng with a few tables outside, Wo Kee has a la carte menu featuring fried rice, black pepper steak pasta, as well as several lunch specials throughout the week. The afternoon tea options are always a treat – choose from French toast or the pork bun with fries or salad which comes with tea or coffee. Wo Kee serves up a no-fuss breakfast, starring a few local classics like oatmeal ($29) and ham or sausage with macaroni in soup ($32). Wo Kee has just opened up a new branch which offers a similar menu. 9-10 Kam Po Court, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2792 0636.
Chan Kuen Gei
Chan Kuen Gei is one of the older-style Chinese cafes located on Hoi Pong Square. Although the interior is a bit worn down, the food doesn’t disappoint and they are known for their friendly service. If you’re after a light meal, opt for a Hong Kong style milk tea and scrambled eggs on toast which is toasted light golden brown. Try their curry puff served with fries or salad ($29) from their afternoon tea menu. The outdoor seating area is rather popular. G/F, 11 Kam Po Court, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2792 3018.
Sai Kung Chung Kee Che Chai Noodle
Known for their ‘che chai noodle’ (food stall-style noodles), locals and tourists alike flock to this noodle cafe, drawing long lines outside the cafe over the weekends. The cafe sprawls across a large area in the back alley on Fuk Man Road. Pick from a variety of toppings like fish ball and beef brisket but if you’re an adventurous eater, try beef tripe and marinated chicken feet. You can also pick the type of noodle you prefer including flat noodle, rice noodle, vermicelli and e-fu noodle. If you don’t know what to try, they have pre-selected combinations to make things easier. G/F, Ko Shing Building, 19-21 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, 2792 9172.
Bistro Chuen Kee
Bistro Chuen Kee sports a modern and brighter decor, with comfortable and spacious seating compared to other cha chaan tengs in the area. Food presentation isn’t their forte but don’t let that fool you, the food is full of flavour and portions are reasonable. Dishes are reasonably priced, starting from $65 each, choose from szechuan stir-fried prawns, sweet and sour pork or black pepper pork knuckle. There are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options too. Shop 9, G/F, Kam Po Court, 2 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2792 0878.
Hidden away in the old town, Ko Kei has a terrace-style shop front with plenty of tables for an alfresco experience. What’s even better? Sun umbrellas go up when the sun is out. The interior is small so grab a seat outside. From fried rice and noodles to sandwiches and toasts, Ko Kei serves up an authentic Cantonese fare. You can find all the cha chaan teng classics here like pork chop bun, ham macaroni and french toast. G/F, 28 Sai Kung Main Street, Sai Kung, 2792 7066.