I am using the term "the locals" very loosely here.
We do have local food snobs too, those who only eat food from Robuchon, Caprice, Ming Court kinda locals, etc...
By "the locals" I meant hundreds of people who gave "yummy" icon to places like this, Satay King on openrice.com...
...and yes, by "the locals" I meant SC ^_*
This particular outlet of Satay King is tucked away at a corner of Ladies Market, Mongkok...the decor is...cheesy to say the least...and still, I couldn't help but wanting to be seated at one of those fancy sheer curtains decorated booths, or what "the locals" call "car seats". I bet I could get nice aerial view of Mongkok from those seats. Maybe next time :)
We ordered two of our favorite items from Satay King, first is Satay Beef Vermicelli.
The delightful bowl has a generous serving of vermicelli, thinly sliced fatty beef, and a good crunch from bean sprouts. The satay broth itself? Oh my gosh...rich, tasty, oily, lip-smacking, MSG-laden goodness.
Another favorite, Fried Pork Chop in White Curry Sauce with Rice.
Hong Kong style guilty pleasure at its best. Heavily spiced, meat-tenderized, super tasty deep fried pork chop, swimming in a pool of thick, MSG-rich, garlicky, creamy white curry gravy, topped with crispy shallot, thinly sliced onion and spring onion. I bet this gravy tastes fantastic on anything, it was unbelievably delicious with rice.
We knew we were guilty, so we tried to somehow "balance" it by ordering something with vegetables in it, the Broccoli with Crab Meat.
It arrives looking unexpectedly appetizing...and it didn't taste as bad as I imagined it to be...in fact, I was pleasantly surprised! The broccoli florets were perfectly cooked, and the crab meat and egg white gravy was rather yummy (I bet it's the MSG, but what the heck).
We shouldn't have ordered too much...but our "eyes" were hungry browsing the menu (as always), and we ordered a side of Shrimp Spring Rolls.
Actually, you can sprinkle whatever with MSG, wrap it in a spring roll wrapper, deep fry it and serve with miracle whip. It's bound to be good, right? Yes, these were okay, nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering, it was just nice to have something long and crunchy to mop the white curry gravy clean ;)
We've ordered lychee and nata the coco soda and salty lemon 7-up, which were okay, at least there was something sweet and icy to help us cope with our MSG intake. The whole meal costs HK$166 (for two, but I bet what we ordered could easily feed three/four ^_*), and we were given a bottle of XO sauce as a gift.
Satay King (沙嗲王)
1/F, 24 Tung Choi Street, Mongkok
Tel: +852 2770 1711
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