Hong Kong Eats: Chau Kee 周記點心 @ Sai Ying Pun

I have just returned from my short weekend getaway in the land of Dim Sum and needless to say, we squeezed in as many eateries and restaurants as we could during the short 2 days we had in Hong Kong. Some were not too impressive, others we simply could not stop raving about even till today. One such example is Chau Kee 周記點心, located in the quiet and relatively obscure neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. Famed for their Golden Lava French Toast and classic Dim Sum items, we also heard stories about the crazy queues and lacklustre service but was delighted to find none of that when we went down ourselves on Friday morning at about 10am.

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The space was very quintessential Cha Chaan Teng style- small tables huddled together with tight walking areas that were narrow in width. Lucky for us, the lady at the front counter gestured for us to sit at a corner where five of us fit rather comfortably.

Prices for the Dim Sum items range from HKD$18 – HKD$35 (the exchange rate was SGD$1 = HKD$5.70) so that worked out to approximately SGD$3 – SGD$6, which was still rather affordable. Menus were also translated in both English and Mandarin, for those whose grasp of their Mother Tongue (like us) is rather limited and although the range offered was not extensive, it was more than sufficient. We did find it difficult to decide who should make the short list.

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Eventually, we decided on the Shrimp Dumplings $26 or better known as Har Gow, Siu Mai with Black Truffle and Crab Roe $26 and Assorted Meat Wrapped with Beancurd Sheet $16. Service was prompt and there was not much of waiting time before these steamer baskets arrived. The dumplings were plump and succulent with the delicate translucent skin just thin enough to hold it together while the Siew Mai with its pockets of meat and shrimp was simply bursting with flavour. Even the gravy of the Beancurd wraps were delightfully savoury and we could not bear to leave one drop behind. Needless to say, we were floored by the perfect execution of these classic dim sum dishes.

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For something different, order their Shrimp Toast with Sesame $35 that was also stellar. Crisp toast on the outside with sweet shrimp paste sandwiched in between. The beautiful marriage of contrasting textures complimented by the nuttiness of the sesame seeds was both riveting and plain satisfying. Dip your toast into some mayo for a touch of creaminess.

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Of course, not forgetting their main star- the Golden Lava French Toast $28, which also comes in Taro and Matcha variations, delivered in presentation, theatrics and taste. Gloriously golden with a puffy centre which held all the goodness of that rich salted egg yolk sauce. Cut through the french toast and its filling flows on cue. The best part was that because they were so generous with the sauce, we were able to soak every last piece of toast with it. Thick, intense and addictively sinful, this humble piece of french toast trumps any steamed custard bun we ever had. You have to try it to believe it.

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Overall, Chau Kee is a definite must visit for anyone going to Hong Kong for holiday. Look past the noisiness and cramped space, and you will be rewarded with an excellent meal. Every dish we had was on point and even the service was friendly. Come early to avoid the queues!

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Shop H1, G/F, Tung Lee Mansion
Water Street, Sai Ying Pun

Opening hrs:
6am – 5pm (Tue-Sun)
Closed on Mondays

Hong Kong

One Response to Hong Kong Eats: Chau Kee 周記點心 @ Sai Ying Pun

  1. Yes the Golden Lava French Toast is shiok. Really wonder how to stuff so much of the lava in it.

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