Lately I’ve been trying to figure out how to choose which Chinese restaurant to dine in, and 99% of the time… all I have to do is listen. Did you hear it?
The sound of a good Chinese eatery is the sound of Cantonese people speaking, and by speaking I mean, at full volume. To me, it literally shouts authenticity.
Even though I can barely hear myself while in an authentic Chinese restaurant, the noise fades once I start to eat. I’m way too involved in the flavors and the textures of the food to be bothered with the people in the background… however, I hear them as soon as my plate is empty.
How else can I find local eateries? Well, I’m still working on finding the happy medium between good food, good prices and a clean environment in Hong Kong… but something tells me I’m headed in the right direction.
Boiling Water /Tea is used to Clean Utensils.
Staff Shirts Optional.
Limited Seating. Yes, they will put someone at your table if there’s an empty chair… well, lawn chair.
Minimal decoration. You’ll be lucky if they have walls.
The Noise Factor.