Friday, September 9, 2016

Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-Fried Soupy Truffle Buns

I love discovering affordable Michelin Guide featured places. Emphasis on affordable. Hahaha. But it's not just me. Recently, Singapore has been quite excited as it's the first time that hawkers and regular Singapore restaurants have made it into the prestigious Michelin Guide for 2016. Though for Hong Kong, this is nothing new. Affordable places have long been included in the Hong Kong Guide, and while it normally means long lines and good business for the places that have been featured, the opposite has been the case for Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-Fried Buns!

Who would have thought that misfortune would follow them after getting Michelin recognition. But that's exactly what happened when they were forced to close 2 out of their 4 stores when they were included as one of the 23 Recommended Street Food that you must try in Hong Kong. The opportunistic landlord of their Tsuen Wan store increased their rent to an unreasonable amount, while their Yuen Long (I don't even know where that is!) was burglarized! 

Anyway, the flip side to that story is they opened a new outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui which is definitely more accessible. It's just a little bit nicer than a food stall, because they have seats where you can eat by the roadside. 

The menu isn't very clear but they offer Signature Pan-fried Buns, Pan-fried Buns with Shrimp and Pan-fried Buns with Black Truffle. They also have Shanghai Style Soup (whatever that is), Curry Beef Glass Noodle Soup and Pork and Vegetable Dumplings (which I'd like to try).

The Dumplings are so affordable at HK$28-38 for 4 if you're getting Signature or Shrimp and only HK$15/each (Minimum of 2) if you're getting the Black Truffle.
You can see them prepare the dumplings through the glass.
Then they serve you yummy freshly pan-fried goodness...
They have different toppings to tell the flavors apart.
It was my first time to eat a Shanghai Pan-Fried Bun, and it's just like a
dumpling, except the skin feels more like pastry crust than dimsum-skin.
The soup is really a nice bonus, especially when flavored by the umami-
goodness of black truffle.
It is definitely a steal when you compare it to Din Tai Fung's Truffle
Xiao Long Bao which is a splurge at (HK$188+ for 6 pieces)!

It's the perfect snack in-between meals, especially since we have so many meals planned for Hong Kong. just saying.

Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-Fried Soupy Buns
48 Lock Rd, Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui
Open 10am to 10pm

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