I learned many life lessons while eating at Sai Yung Kee in Hong Kong.
Lesson #1: Just because you’ve never heard of a restaurant, it does not mean you shouldn’t try it. Even of if you’ve done 5+ hours of trip research.
No one had recommended Sai Yung Kee to us. We were just frolicking around Sheung Wan (the best area of Hong Kong!) with a strict plan: a Lomography store visit for more film and back to central for lunch at Tim Ho Wan.
Lesson #2: Sadly, not every meal has to be a long, drawn-out drama to be memorable.
As we were trying to decipher the menu plastered on the restaurant window a man walked in past us. He sat and ordered straight away. As we were walking in the door said man finished the food in his bowl, payed and left before we even reached our table. No bullshit. No fuss. Just a modern cantonese diner offering good food so you’ll feel satisfied enough to leave immediately.
Lesson #3: You do not question a chef if she comes to your table, leans over your bowl of noodles holding scissors and cuts into your noodles without saying a word.
Lesson #4: You should not take offence if the chef cuts only your noodles and completely ignores your husband sitting across from you with the same exact noodles.
Lesson #5: You must keep your head held high, take it as constructive criticism and work harder on your noodle slurping technique. You’ll show them next time!
Sai Yung Kee
G/F, 129 Bonham Strand