A fulfilling dinner at Sang Kee Seafood Restaurant

Last Sunday I had a craving for sweet and sour pork. My shortlist had two restaurants on it and Michelin recommended Sang Kee 生記 was one of them. 

After our Black Link’s evening walk, we were starving. Luckily the small person had her bolognaise pasta along the way and was suitably relaxed about dinner. 

We turned up at 8pm at Sang Kee. It’s tucked away on the first floor of a building on Hennessy road directly opposite Southorn playground. The lady boss at reception pointed at the queue of people standing in the hallway and said extremely loudly that if I had no reservation, there was no way I was getting a table. Ok, noted for next time. (Call them at +852 2575 2239). Open for lunch and dinner.

So for this Sunday, I dropped by on Saturday lunchtime and made a booking for Sunday dinner. They informed me that there were two seatings, one at 6pm then another at 8pm. I took the 6pm slot.

They seated us on the 2nd floor (restaurant is on 1st & 2nd floor), accessible by lift from the ground floor. It is barrier free and families are made welcome at this restaurant. Many families were dining here on a Sunday night. 

After perusing the menu and noting the recommended dishes, I glanced at the neighbouring table and observed that they had ordered exactly what I wanted. So waving the waiter over, I asked him to make our order the same as theirs. He was a big guy and gave a hearty laugh. Then he recommended that we try the signature prawn dish. Why not I said. (I am unfortunately allergic to prawns, crabs and shellfish) but I had 3 others to do the taste test for me. 

So despite the extensive menu, we went for the hot favourites. Here goes..!

THE FOOD

First up, the sweet and sour pork. Not bad but I wish they’d included more vegetables and de-boned all the meat. 


Then the pork liver arrived. Tender and delicious, the Kau Kei leaves were an excellent complement and the broth was rich and tasty.


Next was the salt baked chicken. I forgot to take a photo of this. It was so tender and delicious we ate it up in a matter of minutes. Note that my toddler loved this dish. 

Then the next two seafood dishes arrived. I can only tell you that everyone else approved.


We were kept waiting for a while then I checked if our lotus patties were on the way. Magically they sailed over to our table just as I was asking the waiter.


Finally, the fish porridge. I had ordered 3 portions to be divided up into 5 bowls. The bowls were on the bigger side, could’ve made do with two portions. But it was flavourful and the Yu char Kway was just what I needed to rate this dish 5 stars. It did not disappoint.


Oh let’s not forget drinks and dessert.


The steamed rice cake was yummy, I miss these from Bengawan solo. This was placed on our table just as our protein dishes came to an end.

THE RESTAURANT

It has the old school feel to it, chairs with cracked vinyl surfaces, recessed ceilings for air conditioning or perhaps chandeliers previously, exposed ducting, tinted windows. 


We liked this place as much as we like Fu Shing Seafood. The bill came up to HKD 1480 which was a little more that what we expected but the dishes were well prepared and the waiters weren’t too pushy.

Yes, we’ll definitely be back again! Here’s a review that mirrors my experience. 

As we were leaving the restaurant, one of the waiters shoved a leaflet in my hand. What’s this? I asked. Our boss has opened a new restaurant he said. Bring this leaflet and get a discount. 


Hmm interesting. It’s called Otto, with an all western style menu. I guess the boss’s kids felt it was time to diversify. The lunch set is priced reasonably, might give it a try one of these days.

World Music Festival, Wan Chai. Le French May!

If you happen to drive past Hopewell Center these few weeks, you’ll be likely to notice the tables and chairs set outside the Queens Road East entrance. This is in preparation for World Music Day.


It’s all done up in very French colours… And that’s because it is organised by the Alliance Francaise, whose office is just around the block on Hennessey.

According to the AF website, there will be dance troupes, musicians and artists performing all afternoon from 2-7pm.


There are about 12-15 tables that have been set up, so they’re expecting people to come and go (hopefully no hogging here).


If it rains then everyone’s going to be crammed into the shaded seating area and lobby entrance to the supermarket, escalators and lifts…

So hope it’s dry weather!

Coconuts and Spices, Herbs and Sauces

If you enjoy Asian style cooking (curries, soups and seasonings) and often eat at home, you may already know about this shop. 


Shing Fat Coconut Co. is the only shop in Wan Chai market that carries a wide range of spices and fresh coconut. They offer coconut cut, ground, juice and milk. Range enough for any Thai, Indian or Malaysian curry or laksa you wish.

Here’s some photos to help you figure out if they have something you need. It’s a lot less expensive than the supermarket up the road and decent quality too.

Satay powder, curry powder, moringa seeds
Soya sauce and coconut oil
Tinned coconut milk, vanilla and cinnamon sticks

And if you’re looking for herbs and spices to create your own seasonings, you won’t be disappointed.

Need a spice? just ask!
Sauces galore
Pastes, fermented sauces

If you’re looking for instant noodles, vermicelli for your Vietnamese dinner, you can also find it here. Fraction of the price at City Super.

ok that’s cat food at the bottom
Friendly shopkeepers

There’s also fresh pandan leaves for sale.


You can see the workers packing the spices into more manageable portions. 

Finally, the most critical ingredient for all Malay desserts…fresh coconut. Ground or milk they sell both all freshly done in the shop. I’ve seen the guys slicing, skinning and juicing the coconuts. It’s all in the fridge so just ask for it and pay by weight.


They also retail coconut oil for whatever purpose you have for it… I remember my friend, a haematology professor swearing that it keeps her hair black, shiny and healthy… She’s now 75 and still doesn’t dye her hair.. So there you go!

Find them listed here.

Pillows, Bolsters, Quilts and Ready made or Custom Linens and Sheets. All in Wan Chai



Wan Chai
is a treasure trove of little shops and I patronise many of these in the hope that they don’t leave. 

Pillows for children
Bolsters, quilts, padding and cushions

One of these shops sells linens made-to-measure, pillows, mattresses, quilts, bolsters and all sorts of cushions for any sort of surface you could want to soften.


I’ve purchased various items from them. A small kid’s pillow with a Thomas Tank engine pillow case, custom made sheets and pillow cases, most recently a bolster with two cases.

The sheets and pillow cases can be made in a few days, (usually a minimum of three) and pillows and bolsters can be bought on the spot. 

Flowers and all manners of patterned sheets
100% cotton colored sheet material for custom sizes

Choose from plain sheets or multi-coloured patterned sheets. As long as they have the material it can be done.


Fitted sheets in single, queen and king size. Priced less than 200 HKD for Singles, 308 HKD and 358 HKD for Queen and King fitted sheets respectively. 


Simple mattresses can be found towards the back. If you need a mattress for the kids or a basic one for a helper, you can get one inexpensively here.


The shop has a small loft area where their tailor comes to see the custom orders. The tailor usually comes in the afternoons.

The materials for upholstering are plenty, 

Need mats for picnics or balconies?

Rattan mats for picnics

They also sell stuffing inexpensively, if you need to re-stuff some cushions or pillows.
Find this shop along Johnston Road after Tai Yau Plaza, it’s right by the tram stop after Wan Chai market towards Causeway Bay.
Map of linen shop in Wan Chai