31 October 2009

Wonton, Two-Ton, Three-Ton



We usually have dinner somewhere in Central after church, but because we had some errands to run in Causeway Bay, we decided to have dinner there instead. Chris wanted dumplings; I wanted wonton. This place serves both:

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Chee Kai is listed in the Michelin Guide (Hong Kong) and is famous for its wonton noodles. The restaurant is small and noisy, so if you are looking for ambience and fine dining, look somewhere else. It is almost always packed. More often than not, you’d have to share a table with strangers.

As soon as you are seated, you are served with the ubiquitous cup of tea, as you would in most ‘local’ dining places, but at least here, the tea is served in a clean teacup and not in a plastic drinking glass.

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They have set meals for HK$40+ (roughly US$5), which includes your choice of main dish (usually noodles) plus a side dish (veggies, mushrooms) or dessert. For an additional HK$2 (US$0.25), you can get a glass of soy milk with the set meal.

This is what I had –a bowl of wonton (minus the noodles).

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Wonton are a kind of dumpling, typically with some minced pork and shrimps (with chives and ginger) as fillings. As opposed to regular dumplings (jiaozi), the wonton wrapper is thinner and softer. Also, as far as I know, regular dumplings have more meat and are generally larger in size. See the difference here.
A side dish of mushrooms. There were about six mushrooms, I think. I’d already had a few before I remembered to take a photo.

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Chee Kai used to be right across from Times Square, but has now moved a little bit down the road. It is now along Percival Street, still less than three minutes’ walk from Times Square, counting the time you’d be waiting for the light to change to cross the street! They’re open from 11:00am to 11:30pm. Really good value for money, if you ask me. The staff is quite friendly and helpful. Service is fast and efficient. Do drop by if ever you find yourself visiting Hong Kong and shopping in the Causeway Bay area.

10 COMMENTS:

LPC said...

Oh yum. I have some photos from my dim sum lunch in, ta da, glamorous Millbrae, California, the other day. Maybe I will post them. I love dumplings. And they are absolute h*** to make, so complete what to get when someone else is doing the work.

Nezzy said...

It all looks delish! No doubt authentic also, it does make a world of difference.

Have a great day!!! It's time for some lunch.

Menopausal New Mom said...

Anytime I don't have to cook or clean up is good value for my money! Looks delicious!

ModernMom said...

I want both please!

Veronica Lee said...

Yummy!! I love wonton !!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Yum!! That looks delicious!

Jennifer said...

Mmm, mmm, mmmmmm! I want some now! My tummy is growling!

smiles4u said...

Makes me hungry just reading this and seeing the pictures!

golonghorns said...

Very interesting, wish I knew more about this kind of food. I'm sure I could get similar here in Toronto. I've been craving vermicilli noodle bowl with bbq chicken and use dot like eating out indian for butter chicken and now cannot stand it. Amazing what pregnancy does to taste buds. Too bad I can't come visit you to go get yummy eats!

blueviolet said...

Your pictures are making the dishes look absolutely scrumptious!

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