The One With The Unnamed “Private Kitchen” – Comfort Food, Chinese Style

I have been meaning to write about this place since ages ago. Ages ago – as in since I started food blogging. I discovered this place during my first month in Hong Kong, courtesy of some local friends whom brought me there one weekday night.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

There were many reasons why I didn’t manage to write about it. Firstly, for the life of me I couldn’t remember where the place was. I had to rely on my (less than stellar) photographic memory to recall the street, shops and lobby before rediscovering the place.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Secondly, the place has no English name. I tried asking my friends to translate it, but the Chinese name is goddamn long it was impossible. Hence there is no way for me to “research” for its exact location.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Thirdly, how do I even start to describe this place? Is this a “private kitchen”? Afterall, the place is hidden in a residential building in the smack of Tsim Sha Tsui, though one that is littered with seedy looking massage joints and omnious tattoo parlour. It was supposed to be “members-only”, but all you need to do is to slide open the gate, and ask for a table for two (any larger, you probably need to book ahead).

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

And then there was the menu, which is certainly no private kitchen. There were endless permutation of sets meal for any numbers of diners at any price range you could imagine. Or, how about the columns after columns of dishes you could order, ala carte style, whatever that you fancy?

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Home brewed herbal soup.

Up to this point, I would excuse you if you think, well, this place is too general for its own good to be of any quality. I would have thought the same too; jack of all trade, and all that.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Scallops with Broccoli.

But no, that’s where we are all wrong. I have been there more times than I could count, and every single time I wasn’t disappointed. The tonic soup is stellar – on any one night, there at least five nutritious home-brewed soups to choose from – and the food is always good. Ask for their “brand name” soy sauce chicken, or the sweet and sour pork. Typical Cantonese food, done perfectly to home style.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Spicy Salt Calamari.

And yes, the prices. It’s definitely more than reasonable for such quality food at such a location, ranging from $48 – $68 per dish. Three dishes shared between two with two bowls of soup should set you back no more than $200 per table, max, and with that you’ll leave the place with a bulging food baby.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Sichuan Diced Chicken.

So yes, home cooked food, private kitchen style but for entirely different meaning. My friends are always surprised that I have intimate knowledge of such a joint, and I wore that badge of honour with pride. Truth is, that’s the only one of its kind I know of.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Anyone knows its Chinese name?

UPDATE: As pointed out by the lovely Janice of e-tingfood.com, the place is called Wah Fung, and is operated by a Chinese medicine practitioner, hence the famous tonic soup.

Wah Fung (華豐藥業保健藥療營養湯)
4/F, James S. Lee Mansion
33 – 35 Carnarvon Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
9128 0877 , 2312 2581


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Comments

  1. daphnemaia says:

    Is it legal? haha i imagine NEA would be on the trails of the owners within no time at all if this were in Singapore!

  2. Razlan says:

     Hah, of course it is legal! Ok, compared to Singapore this is probably cutting it way too fine, but hey that’s why Hong Kong is such an edgy city (which you should visit)!

  3. daphnemaia says:

    i’ve been there.. once. haha. 5 years ago! i imagine a lot must have changed since. :) 

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  5. cheezcake says:

    On the door it says “members only”, so you can’t just walk in?

  6. Razlan says:

    I reckon the sign is due to some licensing restriction, but yes you can just walk in. I never book ahead and was never asked to be a member.

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