In this video, I visited 2 different places that are true hidden gems. The locations are not restaurant settings and it will be quite an adventure for some.
If you are wanting to try something else rather than checking out all the Michelin Star restaurants in Hong Kong, then this is for you.
Mui Kee Congee 妹記生滾粥品
Address: level 3, Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A, Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Hidden away on the 3rd level of this unassuming building, this is where you can find 1 of the best congee in Hongkong. You will first need to pass through 2 levels of the wet market.
The very first time I tried Mui Kee Congee was actually in Singapore back in May. They opened an outlet in Orchard earlier this year. And I was already very impressed by what I tasted.
It was then that I realized it actually originated from a hawker store in Hong Kong. Near Fa Yuen Street.
It is also nice that the weather now in Hong Kong is cooling, or else it might not be a pleasant experience searching out Mui Kee in the sweltering heat.
The Cantonese style congee is silky smooth. Their star dish is the fish belly congee. You may top up for additional ingredients, which I did.
The porridge in Hong Kong is a little bit more watery compared to the version I had in Singapore. The fish in Singapore has a slightly burnt taste (I thought it was on purpose) whereas the Hong Kong version is just fresh and soft.
Star Cafe Hongkong 星座冰室
Address: Shop 36, B/F, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Rd Tsim Sha Tsui
This is a very retro looking cafe located in the basement of an old building. They are famous for their tomato soup noodles. A seemingly simple dish, they just somehow get their recipe right for the tomato soup. To me, it just tastes different (in a better way) then the rest of the Hong Kong cafes that sells the same item.
The fresh tomato broth here is definitely lighter on the palate and it grows on you.
There are 2 versions to choose from. With or without egg mixed into the tomato soup. I have tried both and I personally prefer the one with egg mixed in.
Stepping into the basement where Star Cafe is located, you will feel as though you are transported back to the 1970s.
How they prepare the food, I do not want to know. I just know that it tastes great and I will love to go back again for another bowl!