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Sawadika Thai Cart Noodles – Wanchai, Hong Kong

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Hey y’all,

It’s been some time since I last wrote as I’m back in Singapore for my charity group’s fund raising event (http://caregiversgroup.org) and also for our annual trip to Northern Thailand where I’ll be flying off tomorrow for 6 days. Been really busy but I really need to squeeze this blog post in as it’s been a month since I was invited there for food tasting.

Sawadika Thai Cart Noodles started from a hole in a wall shop located on Anton Street in Wanchai and their modus operandi just takeaway and delivery concept. I actually visited this shop sometime back mid 2013 and it’s really small but if you need to get a quick fix, you can just stand along the walls and slurp down the savoury piping hot noodles. That little shop did pretty well and that warranted the management to  start another outlet located at Jaffe Road, also in Wanchai, to cater more to their customers working in the CBD. One of the partners for Sawadika is actually the owner for Sawali Club (金蘭花泰國菜), touted as top 5 best Thai Food in Hong Kong! Check out the pictures and reviews below:

Shop Front
Inside the shop
Thai Cha Yen, Ice Milk Tea HK$18 – Requested for not too sweet and was refreshing before food!
Chicken Wings – Well seasoned and good on its own.
Thai Green Curry With Pork HK$38 – There’s an option of yellow or green curry. However I still prefer it with chicken and fancy the gravy a little thicker.
Prawn Cakes HKD$22 for 2 pieces – This prawn cake is really good, juicy with every bite.
Wholesome minced prawn inside
Thai Soup Noodles – The price depends on what you choose; From the soup base and noodle type and then your choice of toppings. The soup is pretty good, you can choose the level of spiciness and also many other options for condiments.
Hainan Chicken – Coming from Singapore where the Hainanese Chicken Rice originates, I cannot be too bias in my taste buds for Hainanese chicken elseswhere. Nevertheless, the chicken is tender and smooth (滑) and the chilli sauce is made in house, different from the ones in Singapore but they have developed a taste on their own and it’s pretty good too!
Looks a little raw right? Well that’s how HKers love their steamed chicken! Chicken cooked to this state is actually more tender, even on the breast meat.
Cantonese just love yellow skin chicken. I remember my grandma told me that yellow-skinned ones are the best.
Oil Rice – In other words, the rice that goes with the Hainan Chicken. The rice is nice and fluffy and really goes very well with the chicken. Must order!
Fried Minced Pork With Basil Leaves – HK$38 and comes with rice.
The menu on the table top… Tick away for your orders!
In-shop design.
Many celebrities came to this place already, even though it’s pretty new.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Overall is good. Love the chicken rice and prawn cakes especially.

Portion: Average.

Service: Good. Could be more spontaneous though.

Ambience: A lot better than their first shop, at least in this shop you can sit and eat comfortably.

Price: Reasonable.

RTE: If I’m around the vicinity.

Contact Details: Shop F1, 151 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. Tel: +852 3484 8885. Operating Hours: 0730-2200hrs. Yes they have breakfast menu too! Check out http://www.sawadika.hk for more details.

華南粉面茶餐厅 @ Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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A super old friend of mine from school days brought me to this place for dinner/supper after catching up in Hong Kong recently. According to him, he loves the beef brisket there and would try to patronize the place whenever he’s back in HK. Thanks to him if not I will never know of this place.

Store Outlook. Friend is posing... haha...
Looks small from outside but it can accommodate quite a lot of people inside. As it was summer, thank God it was air-conditioned!
Guy cooking all the beef parts and brisket. You can imagine how much flavour there is in the broth!
Beef Brisket with cabbage below. This bowl is about HKD$80... quite expensive if you ask me. Cos premium part of the brisket cost a lot more. But the taste is really good.
Very nice and tender...
Mixed Beef Parts Soup - Not a big fan of beef parts but they all tasted alright and tender. I'm ok with tribes but not the intestines and lungs and liver... but they contribute to the wonderful soup! 🙂
Nice cup of Ice Yuen Yang (tea mix with coffee) to cool the chilli hot mouth and wash it all down. Shiok!
My old classmate Gary Lim.
Me enjoying every bit of the brisket... the chilli is pretty spicy!

Rating: 4.5/5. Would be a perfect 5 if it’s not as pricey.

Taste: Pretty awesome I must say. The broth is really the essence of dunno how many cows!

Portion: Slightly above average servings.

Price: Bill came up to around HKD$140. Quite alright for those who believe in paying higher prices for good food. But I found another place which apparently is better than this place for much lesser price. Will review it later. 🙂

RTE: Maybe. It’s good but the other place is better to my taste.

Location: 香港湾仔谭臣道5至11号地下. Tel: 25272478.

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