Hong Kong Frugal Bites: Tung Po @ Java Road Cooked Food Centre
This place is buzzing every night and if you’re a big party, make sure you have reservations made in advance otherwise you can forget about getting a table here. Local beer is drunk out of bowls here with beautiful Chinese type – not unlike how the French have their cider.
Seafood is a specialty here, and there are signature dishes that you should definitely go for. We were more than 20 so I didn’t have a chance to get many photos before all the food vultures went down on the spread rotating on a lazy susan.
We started with some savory egg plants, and ordered a whole range of fusion dishes from squid ink pasta – they’re famous for, the garlic roast chicken, a delicious peppery fish that comes served with toast, razor clams, fragrant lotus leaf wrapped rice and a lovely deep fried fish. I lost count on the orders, but what we ordered comes highly recommended by the owner himself and friends who are regulars here.
Stay a little later, order more beers and the owner will be hitting the floor with dance moves with his blaring juke box in the background – adds a whole lot of atmosphere to dining in a cooked food centre.
Tung Po 東寶小館
2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point
Tel:+852 2880 5224 (best to get your cantonese speaking friend to ring.)