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Miu Fat Chai - Tsuen Wan

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    ( 4 reviews )
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G/F, 79 Ho Pui Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, China,

Making vegetarian dishes with presentation like non-vegetarian recipes. Seats 100. Nearest MTRs, Tsuen Wan exit B1 or Tsuen Wan West exit D.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out

Reviews (4)

First Review by JohnnySensible

Miu Fat Chai - Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong - Edit

(Typo corrected)

Updated from previous review on Tuesday May 12, 2015

I had take away when I went here (dumplings, 3 hkd each and very nice). I was inside though asking staff about things like opening hours. The guy at the front didn't speak much English so with my very poor standard of Cantonese, they rustled another staff member up who spoke English.

The have seating downstairs and up.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Tasty takeaway


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Miu Fat Chai - Tsuen Wan - Edit

first off, i have to admit that i'm usually at a loss as to what to order at old-school chinese vegetarian eateries, because: 1. my chinese isn't good, which leads to 2. the menu is almost always too extensive, with many dish names vague and indistinguishable, and 3. i usually don't like mock meats. this is exacerbated when i'm the only vegetarian in a group of diners with various aversions and who are there mainly to oblige my dietary choice.

after poring through the menu, we decided to ask the staff for recommendations. the first was of the "everything is good" camp, rattling off a list, among which i only caught "barbecued eel" and some kind of "chicken" dish. the second one was more friendly and patient, offering suggestions when we said we preferred something lighter in taste and with more veggies.

we eventually ordered three dishes: ee mien (flat noodles) with mixed mushrooms, steamed tofu in lotus leaf, and a vegetable medley pot recommended by the wait staff. (some of the english translations in the menu are not entirely accurate. if you don't read/speak chinese, i think you'd be safer accompanied by someone who does.)

my aunt, an omnivore and a good cook, commented that the food was bland. while unmemorable in taste, the mushroom noodles and tofu were acceptable to me (i hardly add salt when cooking at home), excepting the tofu's rough texture and use of diced mock meats.

what i found disappointing was the vegetable medley pot, which seemed haphazardly thrown together. it consisted mainly of "dong fun" (冬粉, vermicelli mung bean noodles) accompanied by bok choy, mushroom, black fungus, a little broccoli, kailan, chinese spinach, fake prawns. what i took to be tofu turned out to be white konnyaku(?), and there were many other chunks of konnyaku(?) in various shapes, textures and colours (pinkish-orange, beige, greyish) swimming around the pot, probably to represent different seafood? i was cringing inwardly throughout the meal.
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overall it was a "meh" experience. but i blame it on my inaptitude in ordering and am open to going back for its dim sum, which other reviewers seem to have enjoyed. (if anyone can recommend some veg-heavy, non-processed-mock-meaty dishes besides eggplant and monkey head mushroom, i'd be glad to hear from you.)

the meal came up to hkd268, and was enough for dinner for 3, plus a takeaway lunch and dinner for one.

Pros: very local, old-school experience

Cons: too much konnyaku and mock meats


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Tasty, Friendly and Inexpensive - Edit

We had Tim Sum breakfast here twice when we stayed in a nearby hotel. The very friendly and helpful cashier lady recommended us their specialty. Though was in the very early weekend morning, the restaurant was already very crowded with their local senior citizen. Extensive variety of Tim Sum, low price at total HK75 for 5 dishes.

Pros: **

Cons: **


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Zongzi - 粽子 - tetrahedral - very yummy - Edit

It is zongzi time again.

I enjoyed my first 2 a few minutes ago.

Sticky rices, herbs & beans wrapped in bamboo leaves & boiled or steamed.

Over the next few days I will try many different varieties around Hong Kong.

Miu Fat Chai sells excellent ones - vegans be sure to specify 'no egg'.

Family owned restaurant - maybe 50+ years in this location - I first visitied here 27 years ago.

I buy the dim-sum from here on my way to & from projects.

Many friends eat here & love the food / atmosphere.

A little English spoken.

Low prices.

Can be very busy.

You often have to share tables.


The tradition - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi
Zongzi is traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (Mandarin: Duanwu; Cantonese: Tuen Ng) which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar (approximately late May to mid-June), commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet from the kingdom of Chu who lived during the Warring States period. Known for his patriotism, Qu Yuan tried unsuccessfully to warn his king and countrymen against the expansionism of their Qin neighbors. When the Qin general Bai Qi took Yingdu, the Chu capital, in 278 BC, Qu Yuan's grief was so intense that he drowned himself in the Miluo river after penning the Lament for Ying. According to legend, packets of rice were thrown into the river to prevent fish from eating the poet's body.[1] Another version states that zongzi were given to placate a dragon that lived in the river.


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