after a 2hr hike at dragon’s back shek o trail, and a tour of the shao kei wan wet street market, we took the mtr to tin hau station & walked to 民声冰室 daipaidong at 16wun sha street 浣纱街.
we had very exciting & delicious lunch at 民声冰室. excellent dishes all good, & 6 dishes for 4 pax for HK$295. 2 friends commented this was the best meal in hong kong. i would say certainly the most satisfying.
we were there at 1pm. the tiny daipaidong was full but fast turnover. we waited just maybe about 10mins.
there is no menu & everything was written on the board at the front of the shop.
there were many newspaper cuttings showing the favourite dishes like the salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼，hand tear chicken手撕鸡 etc.
for a tiny shop the cooking/preparation area seems quite big. i guess that is a good thing – big, clean space to create nice dishes.
the minute we sat down, one lone (guess regular) customer that came after us & sat down after us, ordered rightaway the 2 signature dishes – salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼，hand tear chicken手撕鸡! so we did too la! ^^
the salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼was very good. 🙂
i didn’t think much of the salted egg. didn’t seem to make much difference. the light soy sauce was very “pang” fragrant, and i have that too at home.
a very simple dish & very easy to make at home, but the effect was very good.
i did this at home later, & my second time was quite perfect, as good as 民声冰室 i think. ^^
the steamed tofu with scallop was nice too.
it was quite an ordinary dish & scallops were ok but by the way. the tofu was good – very smooth & sweet..
the main stay for this dish as again the “pang” light soy sauce.
a friend found the steamed grass carp with mui choy 梅菜蒸浣鱼too salty & he didn’t like it also i think because grass carp has mud taste.
in a sense the mui choy 梅菜, and again the good light soy sauce helped to balance/complement the taste. this fish has many bones so need to be a bit careful in eating. i pushed away the mui choy 梅菜, and for myself, i enjoyed this fish very much.
the poached lettuce i guessed was a nothing-to-it dish. a good-balance vegetable dish & hong kong vegetable always good, so this was good & refreshing too.
the char siew fried egg likewise. nothing dish also, an ordinary fuyong egg 芙蓉蛋 maybe better actually.
anyhow all the dishes were very simple by nature & very well executed, including the lettuce & the egg dishes.
the 手撕鸡 hand tear chicken was very impressive.
the chicken was sweet, tender yet not soft & had good bite, a bit stringy yet not sinewy or chewy. very good i think.
i googled the recipe & made a 手撕鸡 hand tear chicken myself at home after my return. it was not bad as a first attempt. i had the texture but not yet the taste, my marinade needed some improvements/adjustments.
we really enjoyed this place. all the 6 dishes were delicious, and the salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼 & hand tear chicken手撕鸡 were super. they were very simple dishes, and for 3 dishes, they stood out mainly for the use of good light soy sauce. so very easy to reproduce this at home.
i will be doing some of these for my friends when they come for dinner next tuesday 7mar2017.
minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室