Friday, 27 October 2017

Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳), Tung Chung, Hong Kong

Tsui Wah Restaurant
Shop 101, 1/F, Fu Tung Plaza,
Tung Chung
Hong Kong


 The Place 

Tsui Wah is a restaurant chain with branches scattered throughout HK (and some Mainland China's major cities). This is their Tung Chung outlet, which is located right at one end of the sky-bridge that connects Fu Tung Plaza to Citygate Outlets Mall.

On my one day stay in Tung Chung, i was craving for breakfast at a so-called tea-restaurant (= cha chaan teng 茶餐廳), although they're sometimes translated as cafe-restaurant (cafe to the West is tea to the East).


Milk tea, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
In the paper napkin, their English translation is "cafe restaurant", but the Chinese reads "tea restaurant".
After all there's no such thing tea-restaurants in the West, but you find them in HK.



Tea/cafe-restaurant is a place where you get your variety of Cantonese main staple of rice, soup noodle, congee, etc dishes, as well as the Chinese and Western fusion dishes that's uniquely HK.

The milk-tea is a good example of how HK's Chinese food being influenced by the West as Chinese don't drink tea with milk, traditionally (for thousands of years). But this milk tea is an example of Western influence, but it doesn't use fresh milk as in the West.


Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Patisseries stand at the front of Tsui Wah selling various pastry to facilitate passer-bys searching for yummy snacks. 


Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
A modern crowd-pleasing upgrade of olden HK-style cha chaan teng

I ordered a Satay Beef Noodle, Fish Ball Noodle, and last but not least, in fact a must drink, stocking milk tea ("stocking" as in lady legwear. I won't judge any man who wears it). How could you eat in a tea-restaurant without ordering the tea that gives them its name?

If you've watched HK-based recently produced TVB drama TV series Heart and Greed 3 (溏心風暴3), you know how important the milk-tea is. And ah yes, TVB drama series have product endorsements, and in this series the lead sponsor is Tsui Wah. In short, the milk-tea and tea-restaurant is a unique part of HK food culture.

Heart and Greed 3 poster

Tea cup, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Tsui Wah's  tea cup with eye-catching design makes a cameo role in Heart and Greed 3 (if you pay close attention).
A few of their outlets too make cameos in different episodes of the said drama series.

 The Food 

Receipt, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
HK's prices are no longer as cheap as it used to be (before 2000s)


Tsui Wah isn't the best tea-restaurant i've tried, but they're decent enough that if you want to experience a tea-restaurant, and Tsui Wah is nearby - like in my case in this HK trip - it's not a bad place to try. Their milk-tea is smooth and creamy. Overall Score: 7.5 / 10.


Fishball noodle soup, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Fish ball noodle soup and stocking milk tea (to see the stocking, you need to go to the kitchen).

Porkbelly noodle soup, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Pork belly satay noodle soup




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