$5 USD may not seem like a lot of money but when it comes to food, $5 seems to be that magical number in which you can get a decent quantity of food for not so much cash. Back in high school, $5 got me 4 tacos, a Jumbo Jack, and a chicken sandwich at Jack in the Box (OH MY GOODNESS HOW I MISS JACK IN THE BOX). In recent years $5 got me a footlong sandwich at Subway. During my first night in Hong Kong, $5 got me an unforgettable meal. How is that possible you ask? Allow me to show you and try to justify my claim of ‘The Best $5 I’ve Ever Spent’.
Australia Dairy Company http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=90
Hong Kong is a food haven and when I saw the name of this restaurant pop up prominently in various food blog and web searches, I knew that I had to try this place. I thought that maybe this was some sort of a tourist trap like some of those restaurants in Myeongdong, or maybe people just have a tendency to over exaggerate their experiences at Australia Dairy Company. What the heck does this place serve anyways that could possibly spark such strong opinions?
What the heck is so special about scrambled eggs? It’s not some sort of gourmet food or anything. Stop right there. I don’t care how basic a food may be, but if it’s done correctly it can truly be an eye-opening experience.
I’m still not sure what the connection is between this restaurant and Australia but to be honest, I didn’t care. I spent an entire day hanging around Kowloon and after watching the Symphony of Lights, I was starving. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find this place but fortunately it was only a few minutes by foot from the MTR station (Jordan). I peered inside to see how many people there were inside and not to my surprise, there were quite a few people there at around 9PM.
I’ve heard about “authentic Hong Kong” dining experiences in which everything is rushed and you sit at a cramped table with a bunch of strangers, so I felt like I was somewhat prepared for this experience. As soon as I walked in there was a guy saying something to me in Cantonese and quickly ushered me to a table that was occupied by two middle-aged women. I sat down and then I was reminded of how the menus here have no English! Fortunately for me the people at my table were already eating exactly what I wanted so I just pointed to those items and off the waiter went!
About one or two minutes later I got my first dish, which was macaroni soup with ham.
The first bite was a little salty but once I continued to eat this, it began to taste better and better. I was actually surprised with how much meat I got in my soup. I will never turn down extra beef in my meals. Next came the main course, which was scrambled eggs, ham, and toast.
It looks nothing more than something you can get at a diner for breakfast but what makes this so delicious was the scrambled eggs. They were cooked to the point where it was still a bit uncooked inside and the texture was silky smooth. Think about that, silky smooth scrambled eggs. No extra salt. No ketchup. That’s how good these eggs were. What’s underrated about this place is the toast. The slices were relatively thick and soft. Add the fact that they’re buttered and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Of course I had to finish the meal with a glass of milk tea. I liked this milk tea more than at Canton Deli. About an hour later I was going to go to Gong Cha to try their milk tea but what the heck why not overindulge?
When all was finished the waiter scribbled a number on a slip of paper for me to take to the counter. The total was around $3-$4 USD. Australia Dairy Company, I hope to visit you again!
Gong Cha http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=30948
After my meal I went to the night markets in Mong Kok. To be quite honest, shopping isn’t really a passion of mine and after going to night markets in Thailand and street markets in Seoul, I wasn’t all that impressed by this place. If you’re into bootleg Beats by Dre or other random items available for haggling, then I would recommend this place.
I have to admit, of all the random bootleg jerseys that you could possibly find, what are the odds that the one standing most prominent outside a store would be the San Jose Sharks? I can’t wait for hockey season to start…….
After wandering around I finally found Gong Cha. This place is a chain and they’re known for their various milk tea drinks.
Even though it was getting later into the night, it was still humid as hell in Hong Kong. Add that with the massive amount of people out in the streets and you’ll be quick to work up a sweat and a thirst in no time. For me, this place couldn’t have shown up soon enough. I decided to just get the standard milk tea with no pearls (I was never a fan of the tapioca pearls, or bubbles as they’re called). It costs roughly $2-$3 USD and damn the cup they give you is huge!
I wear size XL gloves so maybe that gives you an idea of the size of this cup. I have to say, the first sip was absolute bliss at that time. There are moments when your body just yearns for a particular food or drink (it’s called a craving) and at that moment my body couldn’t have asked for anything better than this drink; it just simply hit the spot. Where does this rank among all the other milk tea joints i’ve had in San Jose and Cupertino? None of those places hold a candle to this place and that’s only factoring the taste and quality. When you factor in the price, this place destroys what my hometown has to offer.
I highly recommend checking out both places and for around $5 USD, you’ll be more than satisfied. Heck for me, I think this may have been the best 5 bucks i’ve ever spent.