when can i sit down & eat???
I decided to bring my friend to “my favorite hole” in Tai Hang for dinner and I have selected an eatery that serves up delicious local cuisines; what I love about this restaurant is that you can dine inside or soak in the atmosphere and let loose siting outside on stools while chatting up a storm with your friends and the next table is talking even louder and everyone is just checking other people’s tables to make sure they haven’t forgotten to order “that delicious dish”. I love it! I have to sit outside anyway because little Pretzel always accompany me to “my favorite hole”. I specifically told my friend to meet me by 6pm and no later because it is a weekend and I know the eating joints will be packed–sadly I was right, she was 15 minutes late and by the time I made a beeline to my joint, I already spot the line up of at least 8 tables ahead, boo!
I got to tell you though, the wait is worth it, because their foods are delicious, and the thing I love most is while they serve up common foods, they add a little twist to them, give them a bit of pizzaz, so they seem all new and unique to customers, love it!
the famous meat pattie--this dish is usually flat on the plate and the salty egg yolk is either in the center or crushed with the meat; it must be challenging cooking the meat stacked in this style. Very cool and innovative--its signature dish
translated as "saliva chicken", the name originates from the fact that it is quite spicy so it produces saliva~haha, i just made that up
black bean sauce fried clams
steam egg with crab, this is a very hard dish to make because the amount of time needed to cook the egg & crab is different. The chef needs to layer on the egg 1 layer at a time to cook in sync with the crab. It is very tasty, the eggs have the taste of crab, superb!
lemon tea with fresh slices of lemon is the best!
In my excitement of eating and forgetting how jam-packed the joint was that evening, I put Pretzel on a stool smack in the center and the waiter completely did not see poor Pretzel and thought the stool was empty and totally kicked it. My poor dog flew to the ground squealing, but he is alright. Just a bit shocked at the unexpected adventure and refused to sit on the stool by himself anymore and decided to crawl onto my laps during the entire meal, and my legs have pins and needles running up and down by the end of the meal.
the line that has formed at 6pm, and people in HK eat late, 7:30-8:30 is the usual dinner hour
it is still packed at 7:30, what a great night for this family owned business!
“My favorite hole” is in reference to the eating streets of Tai Hang, there is a secret shortcut that allows me to breeze down the hill from where I live on Jardine’s Lookout to “my favorite hole”, with little Pretzel as my sidekick. I love this strip, love the shops, the people, and just the atmosphere these few streets possess–nothing pretentious or “hip” about it, just streets with people open for business serving good foods. It’s tucked away secretly from the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay, the mega shopping district, yet it is totally possible to walk to from Causeway Bay for all those interested in some good cuisines from all walks of life–Japanese fine dining, pho, ramen, Japanese skewers, a good old bowl of wonton noodles, hot pot, “dai pai dongs” (outdoor eating), italian pasta, desserts, a good joint for drinking and haggling with friends, just anything imaginable, and they could all be found at “my favorite hole”, which is a few streets tucked away known as “tai hang 大坑”–literally translated as “the big hole”. It is a valley or a gap tucked away with an opening to Causeway Bay and Tin Hau, the 2 MTR stations closest to Tai Hang.
“My favorite hole” is slowly becoming more and more well-known to locals and people that do not live around Jardine’s Lookout, Tai Hang, Braimer Hill, and Tin Hau. Of course it is famous for good eats, but it is also a famous place for local celebrities to dine at because of its secluded location in the middle of the city. The food shows are really exposing “my favorite hole” to the world, sharing the hidden talents of famous chefs that are opening restaurants at Tai Hang, and the media keeps sharing celebrities sightings and “which star has dined at what place”.
I usually don’t eat there anymore over the weekend because of the crazy line ups that occur, as these eateries are small little restaurants that could only serve a handful of patrons at one time. That is what makes “my favorite hole” my favorite place, and I hope that while it is opening up to more people seeking good foods, the image of it in my heart will not change, afterall, I do refer to it as a “hole”, and not a “drinking strip” like Soho or LKF (Lan kwai fong)