It does help when you walk along the street and a friendly looking fellow beckons you into a simple looking side street cafe/restaurant with cheap and cheerful looking tables. How much can it cost?
You also feel good when you see the clean restaurant and the numerous clippings and celebs plastered on the wall and a sigh of relief when the menu is in english. Now rewind, we were walking back from ST Pauls to our Royal hotel when we passed this place and decided to have dinner.
If i remember correctly they seem to make their own curry blend, their chilli sauce and their handmade egg noodles beaten or dried on bamboo mats like how people used to do it traditionally before.
When we got back, we found out the reason for the outrageous pricing is because apparently they were mentioned in the Michelin Guide book so that’s why their pricing went cray cray.
The table setting was simple, but yet clean and has everything you need, plastic gloves, crab claw crusher?
We ordered simple stir fried iceberg lettuce which must be cooked really quickly or else it’s too wilted and looses all crunchiness and will be just wilted lettuce leaves. This was juicy, crunchy, delicious real skill!
The pork bone soup was simple, with carrots. It was porky, savoury with a hint of carrot sweetness. I didn’t taste any other ingredients, maybe some peanuts but i feel that soup in HK, China & Macau seem to have this depth of flavor that i can’t copy in Bangkok. No matter what type of bones i use. I must find out!
The fried sardines or mackerel was not at all greasy of floury. It was light, crispy, crunchy, garlicky and if you chew on the chilli pepper it gives it a kick of spicy hot hot hot!
This type of curry crab is vastly different from what you get in thailand, their curry sauce is more coconutty, delicate sweetness. Thailand has a more eggy scrambled egg texture feeling with more spicy oil and let’s say a more rough tasting palate. This was delicate, creamy a more tender feeling curry crab. It’s like a ballet vs rock. Nice to have a balance of both in curry crab once in a while.
Note the size of the mud crab, it filled that gigantic bowl. Now in the menu it just said market price, which is why we didn’t expect all our allowance to be gone into one single dish. There was another table next to us with 8 people and they ordered one to share which is enough to go around. We had to force our party of 3 to finish it once we found out the price. really. Look at the bill. We didn’t try to congee or the egg noodles which is supposedly the star of this restaurant however as a splurge come. Really do not miss this restaurant. It’s clean, it has english menu, and the people are nice and friendly. Just dont order this dish if you come less than 5 people or unless you’re rich. Or you really want to.
Wong Kun Sio Kung
G/F, 310A R. do Campo, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
Ph: (853) 2837 2248