It’s Thai time!
Another Thai delight
I wrote recently about Amporn Thai Food restaurant at Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre. It’s pretty great. The food is lovely and as far as Hong Kong Cooked Food Centres go, it’s up there with the best of them. For a while, there wasn’t any other place in Hong Kong I’d go if I was in the mood for Thai food. But that was before I discovered the delights of Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Centre.
Located close to Wong Chuk Hang just out of the southern end of the Aberdeen Tunnel, Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Centre may take the prize for most random cooked food centre I’ve been to so far, but that only makes it even more of a hidden gem. With the ongoing construction of the MTR’s Aberdeen link (as of July 2014), the place looks more like a building site than a place of Cooked Food dreams, nestled as it is next to a scaffolded temple under the newly built elevated line. Yet from such inauspicious beginnings great things shall come.
There’s a real mix of restaurants inside, from traditional Cantonese dai pai dong to Shanghai cuisine. But the real reason you should go is for the Thai food. Indeed, so popular are the two second floor Thai restaurants at Nam Long Shan Road, I can’t ever remember seeing anybody eating at any of the other restaurants inside. Of the two, Pattaya Thai Food is the one you should head for. And if you thought the food at Kowloon City was delicious, you should wait until you sample this.
Not going home hungry
With the arrival of each dish being greeted by a reassuring number of “Wah”s as they arrive at the other tables, you can’t help but crane your neck to see what you hope will soon be coming your way. And when it does come, the “Wah”s from your own table will just as likely have everyone else wishing they’d ordered what’s just been put down in front of you. Put it this way, you won’t be going home hungry, that’s for sure. The fish are big, the noodles come generously portioned, and the rice dishes are generally more than plenty. And, to top it all off, you also get a coconut-corn dessert each for free. What more could you ask for?
It’s hard to single anything out as a recommendation at Pattaya. Everything you order should be great. But the tom yum goong fish that we had the last time was especially good – a tasty, soupy, lucky dip all bubbling away, with a Jaws-sized fish lurking somewhere within. The grilled pork is also a delight, as are the salads, and although I haven’t tried it yet, the pineapple rice looks amazing.
It may be somewhat out of the way, but if you make the effort to get there, I’m pretty sure Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Centre won’t disappoint. In fact, I like it so much, it’s going straight into my Ten of the Best Hong Kong Cooked Food Centres post. Sorry Smithfield Market. Plus, to really make a day of it, you can always combine it with a day at the beach during the summer. Just jump on bus 973 or 72 once you’ve finished frolicking in the sea, and stop off on your way home for the Thai feast you’ve been waiting for. You know you want to.
Related Posts: To see all of my Cooked Food Centre reviews, see tag: cooked food centres
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How to get to Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Centre
Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Centre is located on the 2nd floor of the Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market. Pattaya Thai Food Restaurant is the pick of the restaurants inside.
Pattaya Thai Food
Shop 3, 2/F, Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market, 1 Nam Long Shan Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Tel:+852 6977 0631
Bus: As the MTR is still under construction, bus is currently your only public transport option. Coming from Causeway Bay through the Aberdeen Tunnel, buses 38, 42, 42C run from North Point via Canal Road East. If you’re coming on the way back from the beach, buses 973 and 73 run along Repulse Bay Road from Stanley.