Thai Food! Thai Food! Thai Food!
If you thought Hong Kong’s cooked food centres were all just about sweet and sour pork and fried noodles, it’s time to broaden your palate and think again. These rowdy food-fests may be among the best places in Hong Kong to find yourself some authentic Cantonese cuisine, but if you know where to look and you’re in the mood for something different, there is a whole world of eating to discover from across East Asia and beyond.
At Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre, Thai food is the cuisine of choice. Though with plenty to choose from outside in the surrounding Little Thailand, it may seem an odd decision to make your way through the wet market, up the escalator, and into the melee upstairs. But as ever in the cooked food centre world, what it lacks in decorum and decor, Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre more than makes up for in taste.
There are several restaurants inside, including a hotpot restaurant and a traditional noodle shop, but the pick of the bunch, Amporn Thai Food, is what really makes a visit to Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre worth the trip. With perfect pad Thai, delicious curries, and a grilled fish the size of which I’ve rarely seen matched, it gives the dozens of other Thai restaurants outside a run for their money and more.
I’ve been to Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre several times now and each time I’ve left convinced it would be impossible to leave disappointed. The fish may never been as monstrous as it was the first time, but still, the portions have been decent and each has been as delicious as you’d expect Thai food to be. Aside from the usual classics, the curries are great. I’ve had a Thai green curry and a yellow chicken curry on my last couple of visits, which have definitely put flavour ahead of spiciness. The fried flat rice noodles were tasty but not the biggest portion I’ve ever seen. They also do a tasty grilled chicken with some kind of barbeque sauce that’s good if you feel like getting messy. Plus, the sticky rice and mango dessert comes with both red rice and white rice. But who says am easily pleased?
Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre may not have the rowdiness and boisterous atmosphere of other cooked food centres such as Bowrington Road or Java Road Cooked Food Centre in North Point. It’s smaller and more cosy than some of the larger cooked food centres. But this is by no means a bad thing. It allows the service to be a little less “thrown down” and a little more friendly than it otherwise may have been. And besides, it’s the food that counts, when all’s said and done, and at Amporn Thai Restaurant, the food is hard to fault.
If you still have room and are in the mood for more after your Thai feast, you should also check out the rather fantastic Hoover Cake Shop just round the corner at 136 Nga Tsin Wai Road. The mango mochis are the best in town, and if the word on the street is anything to go by, their famous egg tarts are something you won’t want to miss out on either. You may also see Chow Yun Fat there if you are lucky.
If you are looking for an even cheaper cooked food centre Thai experience with prices and portions that will definitely have you asking for a take-away box or two, you should try the Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Centre near Aberdeen. It may be a little out of the way for most, but get yourself to the Pattaya Thai Food restaurant on the third floor, and you won’t be disappointed.
Related Posts: To see all of my Cooked Food Centre reviews so far, see tag: cooked food centres
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How to get to Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre
Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre is located on the 3rd floor of the Kowloon City Municipal Services Building. Amporn Thai Food Restaurant is the pick of the restaurants inside.
Amporn Thai Food
Shop 9, 3/F, Kowloon City Municipal Services Building, 100 Nga Tsin Wai Rd, Kowloon City
Tel:+852 2716 3689
MTR: Lok Fu Station, exit A, then take Green Minibus 13 down Junction Road to Kowloon City
Bus: Buses to Kowloon City are too numerous to list here. Buses 113 & 116 are good to take if you are coming from Hong Kong Island. Otherwise it’s best to do a point-to-point search on the Citybus or KMB website.