“Cooked food center” might not have the most appetizing ring to it, but these places (“dai pai dong” in Cantonese), which were created to give street vendors a more, um, sanitary environment in which to work their woks, are loads of fun.
I had been to the one on Java Road before, to the spot in the middle of the massive call called Dim Siu Yi, and I was very happy to go back, particularly considering there would be ten of us. More people, more food to try.
In these situations, I happily put myself in the hands of the resident hosts, who know what’s good and how much of it to get.
There was crisp roast chicken, shrimp showered in masses of fried garlic and ginger, hot mapo doufu (a Sichuan tofu dish that I loooooove)…
…fried fish pungent with black pepper, vegetables in a nest of noodles, addictive fried rice, and plenty of very cold beer.
All for about $25 US per head, baby wipes included.
Dim Siu Yi in the cooked food center at 99 Java Rd., North Point +852 2893 9393
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