Cheng Banzhang Taiwan Delicacy (程班長台灣美食)
Taiwanese. Flat 2, 1/F, Elite Industrial Centre, 883 Cheung Sha Wan Rd., Lai Chi Kok, 2576-1199.
Craving Taiwanese street food? Head to this no-frills eatery for authentic beef noodle soup and xiao chi, or Taiwanese snacks.
HIT A favorite of residents in the area, the place gets jam-packed most Friday and Saturday nights, but quick turnover means you won’t have to wait long. You’ll find most people slurping down a big bowl of beef noodle soup ($50) with two choices available, spicy or clear broth: Get the spicy option and be rewarded with an aromatic bowl of steaming, collagen-rich broth, with fork-tender hunks of beef nestled in a maze of hand-pulled noodles. Another signature dish is the Dongpo pork belly, which you can order in a bao with pickled mustard greens and cilantro ($32) or as part of a bento box with rice, minced braised pork, cabbage, dried fish flakes and a boiled egg ($45). In both, the portion of Dongpo pork is massive—a fatty, sweet and succulent piece of meat. Side dishes can be ordered three to a plate ($25) and all are worth trying, from the crisp pig’s ears to fresh seaweed to cold silken tofu and thousand-year-old egg.
MISS If we’re being picky, the dumpling wrappers and noodles can be a bit thick—on the tough side of al dente.
BOTTOM LINE For the bustling industrious vibe of Taipei’s night markets, friendly service and authentic Taiwanese eats, this spot is the closest thing to the real deal we’ve found in Hong Kong.
Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-9pm, closed Sundays. $