THE SAUCE

HK Magazine - - COVER STORY -

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about fish­ball sauce that keeps us com­ing back for more. And more.

Sweet Sauces Sai Wan Ho’s Tai On Build­ing is stuffed full of street food stalls, with every­thing from Ja­panese takoy­aki balls to Tai­wanese shaved ice. But fish­ball lovers will be fa­mil­iar with Yu Dan Lo (“Fish Ball Guy”), which has gained quite the rep­u­ta­tion for its highly ad­dic­tive sauce, made from a se­cret recipe of more than 10 in­gre­di­ents that the ven­dor re­fuses to re­veal. All we know is that it’s mix­ture of sa­tay and curry, and the fish­balls are sold out be­fore 8:30pm every day. While the thick sauce lacks the spicy tang that many food­ies call for, it’s graced with a lin­ger­ing sweet­ness that can be found in no other stall.

Shop B, A28, G/F, Tai On Build­ing, 57-87 Shau Kei Wan Rd., Sai Wan Ho. $5 for five fish­balls.

Some Like It Hot

If you’ve re­ally got the hots for fish­balls, then you shouldn’t miss Sun Kee Cart Noo­dles, which has risen to fame thanks to their su­per spicy sauce. Again, the sauce is a se­cret, but it’s worth the trip. You feel the heat at first bite, a spici­ness that gets the taste­buds tin­gling with­out cov­er­ing the orig­i­nal fla­vor of the fish. But it’s not just spicy: a sa­tay-style aroma keeps us com­ing back for more.

Shop B, G/F, 49 Tang Lung St., Cause­way Bay, 2573-5438, $10 for five fish­balls.

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