Exploring Hong Kong: Kwai Chung Plaza – An Inexpensive Food Paradise

Exploring Hong Kong: Kwai Chung Plaza – An Inexpensive Food Paradise

Hong Kong has long been praised to be a food paradise according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board. It has cultivated a lot of foodies in Hong Kong, including myself. However, most of the recommended cuisine is high-priced, and an inevitable struggle floats into the mind of the Hongkonger – where can I find inexpensive and special foods? As a local foodie, I will recommend you to go to Kwai Chung Plaza!

 

Unlike other high-ended malls which are filled with brand name shops, Kwai Chung Plaza is owned by different proprietors. Thus, the rent here is comparatively bearable for start-ups. A lot of snack stores have opened here as well, turning Kwai Chung Plaza into a street food market.

 

After my detailed investigation, I will now introduce to you six special snacks in Kwai Chung Plaza!

 

1.      Salmon Toro Hand Roll

Shop: Japanese Food Express (大滿足)

Location: Shop 2009, 2/F, Kwai Chung Plaza, 7 Kwai Foo Road, Kwai Fong

Price: $22

 

The salmon toro tastes as fresh as chained sushi restaurants. The owner even mixed his own wasabi soy sauce, to give a good balance of spiciness and saltiness. Cold sashimi with warm vinegar rice and a crunchy seaweed are always a perfect match. It also fills you up for just $22!

 

 

 

2.      Curry Fish Balls, Siu Mai and Octopus

Shop: 回味無窮 (No English name sorry!)

Location: Shop C83, 2/F, Kwai Chung Plaza, 7 Kwai Foo Road, Kwai Fong

Price: Less than $10 per food

 

Curry fish balls and siu mai are common street foods in Hong Kong. Yet, these are the best I’ve ever tried. They used more than 10 spices to make the curry sauce, giving it a tempting smell and a graduation of flavor. In addition, the fish balls and siu mai are spongy and do not taste at all like flour dough!

 

 

3.      French Fries with Cheese Sauce

Shop: Big Bite

Location: Shop C87A, 2/F, Kwai Chung Plaza, 7 Kwai Foo Road, Kwai Fong

Price: $22

 

French fries with cheese can never go wrong. The sauce is cheesy, yet not too oily. The same snack in central district may cost you up to fifty dollars! A couple next to me was eating grilled portobello with cheese. It was so tempting when they broke the poached egg inside and the runny egg yolk came out! I will definitely try it next time.

 

4.      Cold Stir Noodle

Shop: 百味之皇

Location: 3/F, Kwai Chung Plaza, 7 Kwai Foo Road, Kwai Fong

Price: depends on how many noodles and ingredients you choose, this one is $7

 

Cold stir noodle was once very hot around 5 years ago, and everyone could be seen holding a bag of it on the streets. Consumers can pick the types of noodle and ingredients they like, and then mix it together with garlic, soy sauce and chili sauce. My favorite pick is spinach noodle with cartilage, octopus and sausage! Make sure you don’t have important dates after eating because garlic gives you a bad breath!

 

 

5.      Chicken Wing Tips

Shop: 全記

Location: Shop 2007, 2/F, Kwai Chung Plaza, 7 Kwai Foo Road, Kwai Fong

Price: $12 (small), $20 (big)

 

The original idea for this came from a famous desert store in Yuen Long. I have never tried it because it is too far away. I saw many people ordering this but this is too evil and salty for me. I can only finish two-thirds of it. Yet, the process of eating is interesting because everyone is given a butter paper and is required to spit the bones on it.

 

  6.      Whole Fried Squid

Shop: Bake & Grill

Location: Shop 3069-T11, T12, 3/F, Kwai Chung Plaza, 7 Kwai Foo Road, Kwai Fong, Kwai Chung

Price: $28

 

This squid changes my view towards deep-fried foods. It is crunchy outside and the coating is not thick. But most importantly, the squid remains juicy inside! Seafood is expensive but this bigger-than-my-face fried squid costs only $28! There are six different flavors to choose from too, including cumin, seaweed, spicy, garlic, curry and wasabi.

 

There are still many good foods and interesting things in Kwai Chung Plaza. Pay a visit there and treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind local Hong Kong food experience!

 

Writer & Photo: Chung Wai Ling Joy

Editor: Ko Tsz Yan Cindy

Copy Editor: William, Ho Ho Wai

Online Team: Choi Wun Ting Martin

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