Hong Kong Style (香港大家好) (Taipei)
Authentic Hong Kong cuisine is not as easy to find as you would expect in Taipei. One of the more highly recommended ones is simply called Hong Kong Style (香港大家好), which serves an assortment of Hongkie rice, noodle, wonton soup and congee dishes, as well as plenty of traditional tea house food such as dim sums, pineapple buns and milk tea.
It’s not easily accessible from an MRT station, unfortunately, though the restaurant has been around for more than 20 years and it’s extremely popular during lunch hours. They’ve had countless news articles written about them, and a list of the favourites is pasted on the wall.
The interior of the restaurant is small and quite typical of Hong Kong tea houses. It looks clean but doesn’t exactly feel like it, though you know you’re likely to be safe, hygienically speaking. One thing I should note is that they are very busy, so some patrons could mistaken the staff’s enthusiasm for snappiness.
Their menu is pretty extensive but is in Chinese only. The left column is all rice dishes, including the saucy kind (beef, egg, etc) as well as the dry kind with BBQed goodies (pork, sausages, etc. The second column is noodle soups and the third is dry noodles. The fourth column contains a whole range of congees, and the fifth features snacks such as chicken feet and vegetables. The final column are beverages — your usual milk and lemon teas and HK concoctions such as lemon Sprite and lemon Ribena, Ovaltine, and so forth. The ones with stars next to them are regarded as the highlights.
With only two people we didn’t want to order too much, so we opted for their classic prawn wonton noodle soup (NT$85) and a black bean sauce pork with rice (NT$140). And a milk tea (NT$60), of course. From memory we also tried to get a zhaliang (炸兩), which is fried dough wrapped in rice noodle, but were told it was not available that day. Boo hoo.
No complaints from me on any of the things we ordered, though I was not blown away by anything in particular. The highly touted wonton noodle soup, in particular, tasted a little on the bland side. That said, I would still like to go back there some day to try their other specialties. The prices are very reasonable so the only thing pulling me back is the transportation.
One thing I should mention is there excellent condiment section, which I did not notice until it was time to leave.
Overall, a fine Hong Kong tea house with a great selection. Not my favourite joint but definitely good enough to warrant multiple visits.
Hong Kong Style (香港大家好)
Address: No. 50-1, Lane 245, Sec. 4 Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei
Hours: 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-9pm; closed Saturdays