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January 7, 2006
Tsui Wah is a large and popular restaurant in the SoHo area of Central that proclaims itself as “The Best Cafe Restaurant.” While I would not go quite that far, it is a good spot for a fast, tasty, and inexpensive meal early or late. You can’t miss the massive signs outside the restaurant. Then again, there are lots of massive signs in the busy and bustling SoHo area.
The proverbial poultry hang in the display window to entice diners to come in. The interior of the restaurant has a very basic and straightforward design to it, and the same can be said for the level of service and the quality of the food. The bilingual menu is very extensive, although it is pockmarked with the usual helpings of misspellings and typos. Listings include breakfasts, daily specials, Western-style items, drinks, and even slight nods to Malaysian and Japanese dishes. To top it off, they also serve spaghetti, prawn balls, and Hainan chicken (apparently a specialty here). I do not understand the appeal of a bowl of porridge (many Chinese, including my dear grandma, love this goop the way Americans like oatmeal), and I would not order Russian borscht at a Chinese restaurant, but you can get that here, too. What, no meatloaf?
I came for dinner one evening and it took just a few minutes for a table to clear up for me. I ordered a dish with beef, pineapple, and white rice. This is a very standard Cantonese meal, and I enjoyed my average-size portion here. My dinner was good but not great, there were no surprises, and the food was prepared quickly and efficiently.
If you do not want to spend all of your precious time in Hong Kong waiting for gourmet food, then Tsui Wah is a good place for a culinary pit stop.
From journal Bill in China - HONG KONG
July 3, 2001
From journal China: Hong Kong