HELLO and HAPPY LEAP YEAR FEBRUARY 29th 2016!
The fact that the name of a restaurant is in the above title and it has its very own category makes it something very special.
PHO TAI is very special indeed.
PHO TAI is located on Bonham Strand in the Sheung Wan district on the West side of Hong Kong. It is located a mere few minutes from my former flat at 23 Mercer Street. My friend Simon introduced me to PHO TAI within a day after we two met in December 2014.
Not only did Simon introduce me to PHO TAI as a restaurant .. Simon took me through the complicated menu and together we found what I like. Simon would order a dish for himself and I would look at it and try it if it looked good to me. Simon and I ate at PHO TAI often .. three / four times a week minimum. I get a little ‘tug’ seeing these photos of Simon.
Below is the view you see as you walk into the dining area of PHO TAI. In the far left corner is what has become my most favorite booth. To the right by the white tile wall is my second most favorite seating area. The kitchen is in the left background.
WHAT’S TO EAT CAPTAIN?
The first dish below is my first ever meal at PHO TAI. The main entree on the upper left is ‘Raw Beef Noodles’ with Bean Sprouts in the upper right and a ‘Spring Roll’ at the bottom. This was a ‘set meal’ and cost HKG $ 62 / US $ 8.00. I liked it the first time I ate at PHO TAI and I still like it a lot.
I can NOT explain to you why it is so delicious but trust me .. It is one of the most delicious entrees I have ever eaten in my life. It comes with a sweet / sour sauce (a small bowl of about 1 full cup and I always get a second bowl) that you pour over the entree. Yes you see lettuce and onion sprouts peeking up at you. To eat it you just dive into it and eat from the bottom up.
“What’s that ‘Zilla?” .. “NO ‘Zilla .. PHO TAI does NOT serve Singapore Rice Noodles.”
“YES YES and a resounding YES ‘Zilla! The above ‘Shredded Chicken Noodle in Soup’ rivals my beloved Singapore Rice Noodles! I rate them a toss-up. One day I will opt for one and another day the other. I think the ‘Shredded Chicken’ is more healthy than the Singapore Rice Noodles but today I ate SRN as my main meal.”
As I write this post I have Patti here with me in spirit because Patti also loves PHO TAI. Patti loves the Shrimp Spring Rolls as her favorite entree at PHO TAI. Several times Simon was with Patti and I. We have many very happy memories based on PHO TAI. Patti I am expecting you to SQUEEL as we go deeper down into this post. So get ready to SQUEEL. I think you will know when it’s your time. I know I SQUEELED with DELIGHT when I found what we are going to find. Onward.
The time has come to take a little ride on the Hong Kong MTR Subway System. So get ready to rock and roll on the Hong Kong MTR.
We are all going to explore an area of Kowloon called LAI CHI KOK.
We are ON THE TRAIN.
Within each and every MTR car .. Above each doorway .. You have a route map with lighted station indicators. Do you all see LAI CHI KOK on the upper left below? Now you can see why the TSUEN WAN line is called The Red Line.
Let’s all of us go inside of PHO TAI .. LAI CHI KOK!
My jury has come back with another vote .. PHO TAI .. LAI CHI KOK is very pleasant.
“Please show us THE FOOD CAPTAIN!”
Owners of several restaurants strive to have a consistent product in each location. Above and below .. ‘Shredded Chicken Noodle in Soup’ with a frosty ‘Lemon Iced Tea’ is very close to being identical with PHO TAI .. SHEUNG WAN ..
Oh My Oh My was it good!
The time has come the Walrus said .. ‘One More For The Marine Corps’. Since I have found this PHO TAI .. LAI CHI KOK .. I really needed to check out the Lemongrass Beef with Rice.
‘One More For The Marine Corps!’
Well My Dear Patti .. It has been very nice to have you sitting beside me here as I have put this project together. You and only you can totally relate to this post.
Now for a little bit of ..
THE REST OF THE STORY ..
Rest In Eternal Peace Mister Paul Harvey!
Way back when .. Perhaps last January or February 2015 .. When Simon and I were going to PHO TAI .. SHEUNG WAN .. Very often .. I seem to remember Simon mentioning to me .. “Cap there are other PHO TAI restaurants.” I am not positive but I also think that he alluded to fact the others were very good as well.
As Patti will attest .. The manager is a very nice lady and had taken Simon and myself ‘to raise’ you might say. She fussed and fretted over the two of us .. me especially. More than one time she bit-the-bullet and took back an entree I did not like and let me pick another.
So when I asked her about other PHO TAI restaurants .. Patti will attest to the fact she speaks NO English at all .. It is amazing but true .. Somehow she conveyed to me that .. “Yes there are others.”
“What to do.”
So out and off goes gimme-some Roy to the land that knows no time .. down a trail no man can conquer .. to a cliff no man can climb .. FROM THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT HIGH .. SHEL SILVERSTEIN ..
So out and off I go to the Hong Kong Central Library and I ask MY MAN (his name is Sunset Yu) to find me other PHO TAI restaurants ..
So out and off goes Sunset Yu TO GOOGLE ..
He found that there are four PHO TAI restaurants here in the greater Hong Kong Metro Area ..
So out and off goes Sunset Yu TO GOOGLE MAPS ..
The top RED BALLOON is the LAI CHI KOK MTR station. The bottom RED BALLOON is my Tsim Sha Sui MTR station.
Below is a closer look at the LAI CHI KOK area.
Can you all believe that in 12-hours I will be out at Chek Lap Kok International Airport and in 24-hours I will be IN Ulaanbaatar Mongolia probably in bed sound asleep. Did I have time to do this post today? No! Could I NOT do this post today? NO!
With Much Joy I Sign Off .. I MUST DO SOME PACKING ..
Cap and Patti with-me-in-spirit ..
- FEB 27, 16 .. PATTI IS HOME .. IN ANCHORAGE .. IN ALASKA
- MAR 2, 16 .. IN AM IN ULAANBAATER .. MONGOLIA