勝香園 Sing Heung Yuen
勝香園 Sing Heung Yuen
2 Mei Lun Street, Central
+852 2544 8368
Ever since I heard about this beef and tomato soup macaroni （茄牛通）place, 勝香園 Sing Heung Yuen, I have been wanting to try it. Thankfully I have a foodie friend Gracy from Just Gracy who knows how to take me there and what to order!
As you can see with this place, this is closest to street food or the Hongkies call it “Dai pai dong” (as I would go anyway) in Hong Kong. There is no air con, you sit in these rickety backless chairs and water from nowhere may drip on you, if you ponder too long over the menu or change your mind you might get yelled at…but that’s the awesomeness of these HK street food.
So here it is, in all it’s glory: using canned tomato soup with fresh tomato, atopped with generous slices of beef and swimming underneath it, not-too-soggy macaroni somehow makes a very satisfying meal. So it ain’t Michelin starred cuisine, but I think it’s kinda like some foodie crave for Maccas, some crave for Cadbury chocolate, and I crave for these kinda dodgey Asian comfort food. Lol
What else is good in here? Gracy suggested this pork chop bun. It was indeed delicious. Thinly sliced pork chop layered with fresh tomato and a bit of mayo also from memory, on warm, toasted, buttered “crunchy pig”, which is what HKies called their toasted round bread. Yummmmmm
Now THIS is what I called thick toast. For illustration purposes I have also included a pic of peanut butter “thick toast” from Toast Box CWB. I would consider the “thick toast” from Toast Box an epic fail. Total B.S.
Anyway, back to my epic toast at 勝香園 Sing Heung Yuen. Evenly toasted on every surface, nicely buttered with a smear of lemon honey, it was good. I think I need to get back here for peanut butter toast. I wonder if they have it. Omg. That would be mindblowing. Omg omg omg.
Even Da Pai Dong has signature drinks. At 勝香園 Sing Heung Yuen this is their salty lemon 7 咸檸七 (which is salted preserved lemon with fresh lemon and 7UP, although I don’t think they actually use 7UP here). To be slightly healthier, we ordered salty lemon honey with less sugar and less ice. I think next time I would like more ice cos by the time I get to it with this lovely melty August weather it was lukewarmish lol. It was nonetheless fantastic – In Aus we are finally getting the whole salty sweetness thing like salted caramel, whereas the Hongkies have got it down pat for decades. 😉
The sad thing is, Gracy told me that these kind of Dai pai dong is diminishing soon. They are not giving out licenses to businesses anymore to open up Dai pai dongs and you can’t sell the Dai pai dong business to anyone. They can only pass their shop on from generation to generation. But would the younger generation want to take over? Who knows? Better go as much as possible before it closes down!!