Hong Kong Street Family Restaurant – Wallet Friendly Zi Char

16 01 2011

Societal trends are shifting. Much of yesteryears values, ethics and morals are now overshadowed by wealth and materialism, the price paid for a leap towards embracing a capitalistic society. I see the changing attitudes between Generation X and Generation Y clearly, as I see it in the differing attitudes between my father and me.

I guess it’s just the experience of having been poor and humble, having lived in a rented flat, doing all the household marketing and chores at a young age, making do with just the bare necessities that has made my dad who he is now.  Conversely, I have to admit that a large part of my life has been sheltered and lived out in the pursuit of hedonistic pleasures, which has moulded me into what I am today.

Living together but possessing disjointed upbringings, I feel our (Dad and me) perceptions on life are deeply reflected and mirrored in our preferred food choices and dining styles.

To me, less can be more. Small dishes, many courses. I believe in the heart, the passion of a chef who crafts his courses individually, seen to be aesthetically and visually pleasing. To dad, more is more and he looks at value with the highest regard. He finds it hard to grapple why people should pay $30 for a nicely plated dish with 3 prawns when he can instead, pay $30 at a zichar restaurant and get 10 prawns.

I guess there’s no right or wrong in how we perceive our preferred dining styles and food choices, just as there is no right and wrong in how we pave our own life paths. However, I too strongly believe in value maximization, there lies the perks of eating economically in saving up for a gastronomic experience…

Capturing the epitome of what he looks for in food, Dad would truly love Hong Kong Street Family Restaurant. It has even made a fan out of me with its tasty yet value for money zi char. Simple dishes done exquisitely well, I have to give credit to friend Bernard for introducing this place.

Sambal Kang Kong

Pork Rib with Bitter Gourd in Black Bean Sauce

Claypot Tofu

Prawn Paste Chicken

Hotplate Beef with Spring Onions and Ginger

Cai Poh Omelette

Stir Fried Kai Lan

San Lou Hor Fun

Getting stuffed on good zi char doesn’t have to cost a bomb, as showcased by our meal here costing only $17 a pax.

Bon Appetit!

 

 

HONG KONG STREET FAMILY RESTAURANT

273 THOMSON ROAD, #01-01 NOVENA GARDENS

TEL: +65 6252 3132

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