Location: Shop 7E180, Departures East Hall L7, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau; List of Branches
Official Website: www.tsuiwah.com
Google Plus: Tsui Wah Eatery, HKIA
Tsui Wah Restaurant menu
TSUI WAH Restuarant 翠華餐廳 is Hong Kong’s most famous and award-winning “Cha Chaan Teng” 茶餐廳. The modest Cha Chaan Teng dining industry that marries the love for tea restaurant with classic Hong Kong cuisine at affordable prices is what makes Hong Kong such a delicious destination today.
The Return of Cha Chaan Teng Culture in Hong Kong
Though chain restaurants in the likes of Maxim’s, Fairwood and Cafe de Coral were replacing Cha Chaan Teng culture in the previous decade, we are now seeing the Cha Chaan Teng once again gaining ground as people are more and more becoming conscious and appreciative of artisanal and hole-in-the-wall restaurants over big brands. Tsui Wah Restaurant in itself is a chain of Cha Chaan Teng restaurants, the irony that people find comfort in the best of both worlds.
Since Tsui Wah Restaurant’s humble beginnings as an “Ice Cafe” in 1967, Tsui Wah Restaurant now spans with over 30 branches in Hong Kong and New Territories, with the oldest branch in San Po Kong. Tsui Wah Restaurant serves popular dishes Swiss Sauce Chicken Wings, Fish Balls & Fish Cakes with Flat Rice Noodles in Fish Soup, signature Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sizzling King Prawns with Fried Noodles, Kagoshima Style Pork Cartilage with Tossed Instant Noodles and more.
The proof of Tsui Wah Restaurant’s popularity not only to Hong Kong locals manifests at Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, where travelers religiously queue for “Tsui Wah Eatery”, catching the last meal at their favorite Cha Chaan Teng before leaving Hong Kong. Tsui Wah Restaurant has been voted “My Most Favorite Cha Chaan Teng” at the U Favorite Food Awards 2013, among other several awards.
I myself was caught up with the Tsui Wah bug. But I was full from my previous meal, so I opted to order Tsui Wah’s famous Crispy Bun served with Condensed Milk to cap my meal.
Tsui Wah Crispy Bun Served with Condensed Milk Plus Milk Tea
Paired with Tsui Wah’s famous hot milk tea, I found myself having a warm, sweet meal, before bidding goodbye to Hong Kong.
This was the Crispy Bun when served to me. The condensed milk eventually melted in my sight and the soft buns absorbed the sweetness of the milk. Each bite was deliciously warm, crispy, soft and sweet butter juicy melting in my mouth.
The milk tea was a good contrast to this as its made of premium Ceylon tea leaves and Holland Black and White’s evaporated milk. I find myself not needing sugar in milk tea as I am already accustomed to this silky yet stomach filling sensation.
Tsui Wah Crispy Pork Chop Bun with French Fries
Of course, I could not pass the opportunity to grab Tsui Wah’s Crispy Pork Chop bun, reminiscent of Tai Lei Loi Kei’s in Old Taipa Village, which I had for To-Go.
Served in Portuguese style bread, Tsui Wah’s Crispy Pork Chop bun is surely going to fill you with its crispy exterior and still soft on the inside texture. I find the pork chop a little thin on the side, but delicious and tender.
French Fries were more of potato wedges but its quite addictive to me.
Tsui Wah Pork Cartilage
If there’s one dish I’d recommend, it’s Tsui Wah’s Pork Cartilage. The meat is so incredibly tender and the tendons are to die for. The sauce is also very savory and delicious, great to put over your rice.
Egg Omelette with Bittergourd
I also enjoyed their omelette with bittergourd. Something to order if you’re in the company of oldies.
Even with the long queue, I was served with my orders in less than five minutes. I caught glimpse of their preparation in the kitchen and was delighted at their efficiency. This is the trademark of a Cha Chaan Teng, fast service and efficiency.
When in Hong Kong, don’t miss Tsui Wah Restaurant, Hong Kong’s most famous Cha Chaan Teng.
Tsui Wah Restaurant Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.3 / 5)|