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The Night Market, Central, Hong Kong

11 Stanley Street in Central is a building that has a lot of restaurants. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing, but I have tried every single restaurant in this building except for the Veggie SF! It is easy, close to the office, and some of the restaurants are pretty decent. I have been to the Night Market a couple of times now, I have heard about the bad service, but haven’t had any problems thus far.

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The Night Market offers diners’ lunch sets from Monday to Friday which ranges from (HKD40 – 100). I couldn’t go past the milk tea with grass jelly – yum! You can even ask for it to be less sweet or not sweet at all.

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First visit, I couldn’t go past the fried pork chop which sat on a mountain of rice and came with three sides – pickles, mapo tofu and vegetables. It was quite a large and generous serving, the pork chop had a very crunchy exterior and the meat tender and succulent.

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One colleague had the steamed flounder with black bean sauce. Unfortunately he didn’t enjoy the black bean sauce but thought the fish was cooked beautiful.

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I have also tried the braised pork chop – which is very similar to the fried pork chop but braised. The skin is less crispy, but the meat still wonderfully tender.

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The three cup chicken is not too bad, albeit a smaller serving (sorry no photo!) and the black pepper filled mignon is tender but the black pepper was a little over powering I thought.

As I mentioned earlier, I have not had any problems with the service, although we do come here relatively early. There are two floors, come to either one, food comes relatively quickly and although it is not the best Taiwanese food I have had, it is ok.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

The Night Market

6 – 7F, 11 Stanley Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2810 1121

Taiwanese restaurant in Causeway Bay

I would never found this restaurant if it wasn’t for my neighbour, A. It was by chance that we met; we met one day at reception, I can’t exactly remember the exact details but it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship! She lives in my building, different floors, and ever since that day, we have been pretty good friends! I haven’t seen A for a while, so called her to see if she wanted to have lunch.

She took me to Causeway Bay, the name of the street is Caroline Hill Road, it was somewhere I have not ventured too – actually I didn’t even know that street existed! There were many restaurants, ranging from western, to Japanese, to Taiwanese and local Hong Kong restaurant. We were originally going to have some western food, and I was glad that we both changed our minds when we saw this restaurant. For the life of me I don’t remember what it’s called, however, I do remember seeing the word ‘Taiwanese’ and ‘Kitchen’. I know that it is next to Mackie’s Kitchen, as we were going to eat there.

There were many people queuing outside and many diners inside, so we knew we couldn’t exactly go wrong here! After waiting for about 10 mins, we were seated to our table and perused the menu. The menu was quite extensive, ranging from pork, beef and chicken dishes with rice or noodles. I ordered the pork chop with rice, cabbage, and scallion oil. When my meal arrived and placed in front of me, I was a little disappointed, as I was expecting a pork chop. Instead, it was grilled pork breast. The pork was thin! Super thin, however, it was succulent, and the scallion oil, a great compliment and full of flavour. It was tasty but would have been better if it was pork chop or if it was thicker.

A ordered the pork ribs with tofu with cabbage and scallion oil and the pork ribs were tender and flavoursome. I really enjoyed the pork ribs more than the grilled pork breast.

We both ordered a glass of cold Hong Kong milk tea, and I have to admit, although a little sweet for my liking, it is seriously one of the best drinks in the world. I could probably drink this all day, everyday, but definitely would not be good for the waist line or cholesterol for that matter!

It was a great little place, extremely busy, especially during lunch peak hour! Service moderate, turnover extremely quick, and food fantastic!

It was also great catching up with A, it’s definitely been a while. You would think we would run into each other every day, considering we live in the same building, alas, no. We do share the same common interest though…. FOOD!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Caroline Hill Road

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong