The One With Pee Long Thai – Disappointing Thai Fare

There is a little Thailand in every country. Everyone loves a little bit of that culture, food and hospitality from the Land of A Thousand Smiles, so it was a delight for me to walk down the Thailand “town” in Hong Kong, located roughly along two main streets in Kowloon City.

We were starving and were desperate for some Thai food. Our first choice was closed until 6 p.m. – I won’t blame them; afterall, who in Hong Kong have dinner at 5-ish in the afternoon? – so we settled for the next tiny restaurant with the curious name of Pee Long Thai.

The eatery itself looked promising. A tiny shop with a handful of tables and wait staff speaking in perfect Thai and surprisingly good Cantonese. We settled down at a rickety table, full of anticipation for some Thai goodies.

But alas, we were in for a disappointment.

Thai Tom Yum Goong

Pee Long Thai

No one in the right mind having Thai food would give this famous dish a miss. Pee Long Thai did this pretty decently. It wasn’t as spicy as it looks, probably because the taste was attuned to the local tongue, but both my friend and I agreed that the soup lacked that punch. Which is surprising, because there were two Thai women manning the (somewhat) open kitchen, and you would think they could do a punchier job.

Chicken Feet Salad

Pee Long Thai

A curious choice of my friend, but nevertheless a typical Thai dish. The chicken feet was rubbery to the taste and weren’t fully de-boned. It wouldn’t be that bad had the accompanying green been fresh, and the sour dressing a little more flavourful. I wouldn’t call it awful, but it was definitely not good.

Stir Fried Cabbage

Pee Long Thai

For a spot of not-so-Thai dish, we opted for a healthy stir fried vege, which Pee Long Thai did fairly decently. In fact, this was the only dish we were close to finishing, after that bowl of decent tom yum goong.

Charcoal Grilled Grey Mullet

Pee Long Thai

And finally, the worst disappointment for the night. The skin was marinated with so much salt that, when a piece of overly crisp skin dropped to the floor, we weren’t disgruntled at the slightest. There were some herbs in the fish, of which I guess is to give the meat some taste. But it was a total failure. The fish was almost tasteless, and part of it wasn’t even entirely cooked.

At close to HK$300 for two person, it was a disaster of a dinner, methink. Hence I couldn’t understand the crowd waiting to be seated when we were leaving. There wasn’t a review on, so I can’t tell if my experience was unique and universal, but it seems like Jason Bon Vivant had a decent experience.

How to get there

Not to Pee Long Thai, but to the Thai town. Your best bet is to get a local friend to bring you there, or you could take many of the mini buses from Fa Yuen Street at Mongkok.

Pee Long Thai Restaurant 隆姐泰國美食館 (aka Lung Jie Thai Restaurant)
18 Nam Kok Rd, Kowloon City
Tel: 2382 1348

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