Friday, January 25, 2008

Funless Junk

When I first tried Kim Gary, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The thought of eating cheese baked rice and deep-fried bread laden with margerine, peanut butter and honey invoked a thoughts of excitement and indigestion. After that first meal, I decided that I liked it very much. I like my junk food as much as I like gourmet meals and healthy food. I'm still not into the whole salty faux cheese sauce thing on rice but I like their baked pork chop rice and french toast alot. It was a bit of a craze back then and I haven't been in a long time. I've tried other places like Chatterbox and Causeway Bay but overall Kim Gary still reigns King of fast-paced junk food destination in my books.



A few days ago, some of us met for a movie at Pavilion. With an hour to kill, we decided to have a quick dinner at Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. I regretted the decision the moment we walked in. There was something very disturbing about an empty char chan teng. It was so... Depressing. But the killer view and limited time we had made us stay. HK heartthrob Kwok Chun On is staring up at me from the placemat. Hmmm, possibly not a good sign (flashback to a lousy meal at Eric Tsang's restaurant in Plaza Damas). The menu featured plate after plate of unappetising meals. Com'on people, even I take better photos than that on my camera phone! I ordered the least offensive thing on the menu - fried rice with pork in pineapple sauce. E ordered baked spaghetti with two sauces, cream and minced beef in tomato. Hunky stuck to having coke as he hates char chan tengs. We also ordered some fried dumplings with chicken floss to share.

My meal arrived relatively quickly. If I wasn't so hungry, I would've found it thoroughly disgusting. The fried rice tasted of stale oil and had no flavour whatsover. The bits of fried pork were drowning in a bowl of pineapple syrup. The pork was tender but again, it tasted suspiciously stale. E's spaghetti turned out to be pretty okay. It reminded us of our childhood, back when we were often left to our own devises by the RSGC pool. This was poolside spaghetti. It was oddly comforting. The dumplings were crisp enough and fairly tasty but not good enough to make me want to eat here ever again. I've read many other reviews and so far all of them have been positive. I can only conclude that 1)the food quality is affected by the lack of customers in this particular outlet and 2) we ordered the wrong things. What a shame.

WKCCT is located on the 6th floor of Pavilion next to Dain Ti Hill and TGIF.

Other people have more positive things to say about Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. Also, check out what Yammylicious and Jason has to say.

5 comments:

  1. Bummer.. :( i hate lousy food.. :( especially those with stale oil.. the bad aftertaste can kill..!!

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  2. I totally agree with you!Although i only visited Wong Kok twice,but Kim Gary serves better and tastier food!!!

    You can check it out http://jojo185.blogs.friendster.com/joannas_life/2008/01/wong_kok_char_c.html and http://jojo185.blogs.friendster.com/joannas_life/2007/12/excursion_just_.html

    I think Wong Kok's food tends to be a little to the oily and salty side. But they serve relatively good Yin-Yang =)

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  3. I remembered Kim Gary serves this really soothing drink-some honey and kumquat concoction. really helped with my sore throat then.

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  4. Ergh... what a sad looking spaghetti and... fried rice? So sorry to hear about the bad food.

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