Quarry Bay Lunch Favourites: Asian
Many restaurants have come and gone in Quarry Bay, especially within the area surrounding the great mass of office blocks in Tai Koo Place, so there’s always something new to try.
During the day this area is packed with office workers and at the weekend a crowd is drawn in to the “farmer’s market”, Tong Chong Street Market.The area is ongoing with redevelopment and modernisation of the old art deco style concrete buildings
There’s so many places to choose from when it comes to lunch in the Quarry Bay area. So here are my some of my favourites shortlisted for you. As you can tell from the title, this will be the Asian edition, but I’ll soon have a top pick of Western restaurants coming soon!
Formosa Autumn, Taiwanese lunch sets
A great all-on-one-plate kinda place. You can pick from lunch options including sauteed minced pork and egg, “heung so” fried chicken, Taiwanese style roasted snapper and spicy chicken with either rice or noodles, all served with mixed veggies. A drink is included as well, usually I go for soya milk, but there’s all the usual options of hot/cold lemon tea or water.
Farmer’s Cooking, Locally sourced healthy meals
Probably my favourtie out of this list. Farmer’s Cooking serves up home style, healthy meals made up of wholegrain and veggies. The veggies used in all the dishes are locally grown and their menu changes according to what they can source and what’s in season. Very fresh and innovative. They also sell the local produce as well as their homemade sauces in their tiny store. The menu consists of 4 options (usually 2 meat and 2 vegetarian choices) and at lunch you can help yourself to unlimited re-fills of the drink and soup of the day.
Snapper, Fish Soup Udon
Most of the dishes are soup based udon where the broth is made from hours of stewing snapper fish, giving the soup a milky colour and fresh taste without being fishy. For lunch it sounds quite heavy since the udon options are mainly seafood like scallops, lobster, clams, prawns as well as meat options of stir-fried beef with enoki mushrooms or deep fried pork cutlet. Lunch hour is super busy so go before 12.30pm to avoid the queues.
With Your Mind, Hainanese Chicken
Take away option here is preferred since the shop space os very small, plus there is a 10% discount for take aways. The obvious choice here is Hainanese Chicken, one of my favourites in HK, served with rice that’s been cooked in coconut and chicken soup making it not too oily but very fragrant, chicken thigh, pickled cabbage, soup and dipping sauces including minced ginger, chilli sauce and soy sauce. There are other options available as well including Singaporean favourites like Prawn Laksa. All lunch sets come with a drink as well.
Mian, Taiwanese Noodles
I love the noodle choices here, first you decide if you want a soup noodle or sauce mixed noodle dish, then the meat/ veg choice and then the noodle/rice type including Chinese flat egg noodle (pappardelle), QQ, shrimp noodle or pearl rice. Personally I think QQ noodles goes well with soup base and pappardelle goes well with sauce based dish. The usual dish I order is the Shanghainese-style vegetable stew as a dry noodle option. Slightly on the salty side but seriously so good, it comes with Chinese leaf, fungus, mushrooms, gluten, choi sum and carrots. A great veggie option. All dishes come with a drink including the usuals as well as something quite different, luohan guo drink.
Camper’s, Japanese Curry
This was one of foodbabyhk’s favourites for 2016 and is still a favourite! What I like about this place is all their curry dishes are served with a lot of veggies (carrot, courgette, broccoli, cauliflower, beans). The braised beef/ pork curries are so tender, literally melts-in-your-mouth tender. Since it’s Japanese style curry it’s very mild. But if you’re not in the mood for rice, there are also noodle options such as ramen and udon.
Next week’s lunch choices sorted! Enjoy!