Queueing up in the summer heat to eat a bowl of instant noodles on the side of the road may sound like craziness, but such is the charm and magic of Hong Kong’s dai pai dongs. These down-to-earth green metal stalls are an icon of Hong Kong, one which is disappearing rapidly.
Bing Kee is one of the few remaining dai pai dongs, located in the charming little district of Tai Hang. As a Tai Hang resident, I have dined at Bing Kee for as long as I can remember. Here you will not find luxury ingredients, lavish dining environments or impeccable service, what you get to experience instead is the simple, no-frills food prepared by two brothers out of a rusty metal box. Perhaps it is this simplicity and humanity that brings people back, to gather and share their stories and experiences.
The milk tea of Bing Kee has been regarded as one of the best milk teas in Hong Kong, one which attracts people from far and wide to come for a cup. Be warned though, their tea is quite strong and not for the weak-stomached. I prefer to dilute it down a bit with more milk or ice.
There are only a handful of items on Bing Kee’s food menu, with their signature pork chop noodles being the most popular. The flavourful pork chops are tender and peppery, a great accompaniment to the noodles.
If you don’t like pork, another good option is their marinated chicken wings. Tender wings with meat that falls off the bone, delicious with noodles or on their own.
Overall, what Bing Kee offers is your typical, sweaty dai pai dong experience. If you are making the visit expecting amazing food that will blow your mind, you may leave disappointed. The humble, simple food served is good, but the most valuable item is the one not listed on their menu; nostalgia.
Bing Kee 炳記茶檔
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 07:30-15:30, Closed on Mon
Tel: 2577 3117