Hearty food for the people 潮州食堂：只此一家 Mar 18, 2012
This is definitely one of my favorite eateries. It is located in a hard to find food court and is basically a stall that sells Chiu Chow style dumplings called "Gwe"粿. They also have a few other items on their menu, namely:
Chiu Chow Oyster Cake,
Shrimp & Gourd Cake,
Rice Cake with Pork innards in a Special Soy Sauce Broth ("粿雜 Gwe Chap"),
Fried Rice Cake in sweet soy sauce,
Beef meat-balls in sea weed soup and
Chiu Chow desserts (Green bean soup...etc.).
The Chiu Chow style dumplings had different types of fillings, the most famous being Chinese chives. Turnips, Cabbage, Peanuts, Red Beans and Yam were also available sometimes.
You can choose takeaway or ask them to fry it for you ($3-5 per piece minimum order 3 pieces if you need them to fry it for you). I invariably ask them to fry it:
We ordered 1/2 a dozen of Chives dumplings and 1/2 a dozen of Turnip dumplings. Most preferred the chives.
This is the "Gwe Chap"
The oyster cake and the shrimp cake were also famous and very delicious:
The oyster congee and oyster pancake is a standard Chiu Chow fare. This did not disappoint as well. The oysters were pretty fresh and substantial. The fried vermicelli was dry and crisp, which is the sign of a well done vermicelli as opposed to a soggy version that most could do. It was fried together with shrimps, carrots and some spring onions. Simple but delicious.
All these food came down to $40 per person (6 persons)
This seems to be a family business and everyone working there seemed to be related to each other. They may sound a bit rough but very actually very friendly.
It's not easy to find a table though. All the restaurants in the food court seemed to have a simple way of indicating which tables belonged to them. But customers didn't need to worry about it as you could sit at any table and could order food from different restaurants as well.
Recommended Dish(es): 韮菜粿
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Mar 12, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD40
Value for Money5
Sticky Chewy Snack Apr 17, 2010
First of all, may I save your life from walking back and forth resulting in you sweating and not finding this place, by specifically telling you how to get here.
If you're walking from Queens's Road West and upon reaching Queens St, turn right, walk straight on past a residential building, for about 15-20 seconds, stop, look to your right, you should see a sign that says 皇后街1號皇后街熟食市場, if you can't read chinese, look for signs that has cartoon chicken and food on the wall, proceed to find an escalator. If you see all these, you're there. Go up, enter, walk straight till the end, the stall is at the far left (and might I add, next to ABC kitchen, there, save you another trip!).
So maybe I was stupid, I had to make numerous trip down this area to finally find it on my 3rd attempt.
Second of all, those who have no idea what kind of food this is, it's actually a very simple and basic creation. Flour! A combination of one kind with another, that resulted in a sticky and chewy texture, more like the Korean rice cake, but far more softer.
They had a plethora of snacks on display for purchase. Mostly with sweet stuffing. So what this means is that they have an outer layer of this chewy 'thing', while the inside they have taro filling, or red bean filling, after which you pan fry it to get a crusty texture. It is meant to be a bit oily so don't expect it to be healthy.
I ordered Pan Fried sticky chewy 'thing', to go. Waited for about 5-8 mins. Very happily walked home, so proud of myself for finding it. Heh.
Opened my lunch, and aesthetically, it was mouth watering; you have the sticky chewy sticks, spring onions, eggs, dried preserved vegetable, and it was glistening with oil. HEART ATTACK! but who cares, I'm in HK!
In actual fact, the dish itself has a sweetness to it, and only a tint of saltiness, so DON'T be shocked. I enjoyed the dish but would probably share it with another, that explains my weight gain when I always have lunch by myself. (For the love of food!)
It was a while ago that I had this, so I can't remember clearly how much it cost, so I'll put a HKD$30? but take others advice in terms of pricing than mine. Sorry.
Spending per head: Approximately HKD30
Value for Money4
Very Filling but Gorgeous Dumplings! Nov 06, 2009
Came here a few months ago to try their famous 粿's. A Chiu Chow style Sticky Rice Dumpling, at this shop its slightly grilled until it forms a browned crusty surface! Ordered 2 Savouries and 1 Sweet. 1 was a 椰菜祼 and the other I can't remember anymore lol! I just remember they weren't my 1st choice as by that time of the day, they had sold out for the Chives version. The dessert one was the 甜綠豆蓉裸, which is one of my favourite fillings. All of them were pretty good, especially the external sticky shell!
Only complaint is the oil they use has a funny unpleasant taste just like many street stalls, they could use better quality (or tasteless oils). 2ndly the ingredients inside the dumplings are a bit boring rather than top end fillings!
Wanted to order 潮式炒粿條 but already felt full by then. Next time!
Spending per head: Approximately HKD15
Value for Money5