I just can't get enough! 2014-04-29 DaiPaiDong88 (共有40篇食評)
Oh yes! 豬腸粉!!
When thinking about 豬腸粉, some Depeche Mode song lyrics come to mind IMMEDIATELY.
Martin Gore is a f**king genius, he can even be singing about Hong Kong food and he will make me swoon.
Just Can't Get Enough: "When I'm with you baby, I go outta my head, I just can't get enough! I just can't get enough". (OK Vince Clarke wrote this one, it's ok.)
Blue Dress: "Put it on, and don't say a word, put it on, the one that I prefer" "Can you believe, something so simple, something so trivial, makes me a happy man, can't you understand. Just how easy it is to please me."
Yes I simply cannot get enough of 豬腸粉! And in reference to the Blue Dress lyrics....PUT IT ON, refers to the various mixed sauces that is a pre-requisite! Soy sauce, drizzle of lard or soy bean oil, TOASTED SESAME SEEDS, sweet sauce, sesame sauce, chili sauce. YES PUT IT ALL ON!!!! I'm the type of guy that needs lots and lots of sesame seeds in his 豬腸粉.
豬腸粉 may not be one of those cool snacks like macarons or pork belly steamed buns, but it is an iconic food representative of Hong Kong food culture, and holds very dear to my heart. Probably something many westerners won't understand, unless they are fanatical about Vietnamese food, and know what "banh cuon" is all about.
At Hop Yik Tai, the best experience is to locate the storefront, and just look for the line. Have some coins ready, and know exactly how many rolls you want. Tell the lady, who will then pick up the required number of steamed rolls you want, then take a pair of scissors to snip into small bite sized pieces (or SLURP size pieces really), over a piece of wax paper on top of a plate. Then you decide on the sauces. For me, "EVERYTHING!" and "SESAME SEEDS PLEASE!". After you achieve your goal of securing a plate of the goods, move to the side, and stand in the alleyway to pick up the cut rolls with the wooden skewer sticks. Bring it to your mouth and SLURP it over.
Be sure you are not wearing white, in case you make a mess in the process ;-).
Yes the 豬腸粉 are not made on the premise, they are outsourced to a local vendor, but made fresh over there and brought over to Hop Yik Tai to steam. What HYT does in addition is create their own set of sauces, and that pretty much completes the circle.
Well words fail sometimes...but once you've had microwaved or pre-refrigerated 豬腸粉 in the USA, store bought sauces (with chemicals and preservatives), it just does not compare to what HYT does. Smooth, slippery, and just insanely addictive. If I were an animal I would probably devour two orders...but if you are doing a food crawl ("sweeping the streets") then one order is enough for a sample, or a quick fix.
I swear this stuff is like doing drugs, or a cheap B&G (blow and go), and in the alleyway no doubt. :-o
Longing for the day that I return to visit HK again, and Hop Yik Tai will forever be a must-stop for me.