I was really tired of eating at good restaurants. So I decided to try out the dai pai dong’s in Hong kong. It is a good change from the yum cha and the high flying Peking duck. While you get the company of the leisurely old for yum cha most of the time..the Peking duck restaurants are filled with expats showing off to their guests. A person might have moved to Hong kong just 3 months ago but he will show off at a peking duck restaurant as if he has been living here for ages and now he is practically a local himself. It is hilarious to see that.
But Dai pai dongs are a different ball game. You will never see an expat there all by himself (other than someone like me who has been there a couple of times before). He will always be accompanied by a local. The look on the expats face is that of a courageous soldier ready to soak in the culture. You can easily spot them, they will be the ones saying things like, ‘oh that’s interesting” or “yeah, it’s different”.
Now, since I was really tired of eating at LKF restaurants I decided to take my husband to a dai pai dong. It feels as if you are heading to eat pani puri in India. The only difference is the water being discarded around you i far too dirty. But as Indians we can easily ignore this and move ahead. Now in this set-up the dai pai dong had a very limited menu. So we ended up ordering some kind of a fried rice with beef. Now hold your breath – this tasted just like a biryani. It was a chinese attempt of making a biryani at only HKD 28. So move over the famous biryani house in central. Coz if you can take the smell and the discarded water there is a dai pai dong in Central ready to serve you a beef biryanish rice at only $28.