G/F, 38 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is definitely one of HK’s most interesting neighbourhoods in terms of culture, history and food. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never really explored the area much until now, but I guess it’s never too late to start! Amidst the plethora of decades-old restaurants in this area is a very well known store which specialises in beef and egg sandwiches- 新香園. My friend, who really likes this place, took me on a trip to try it out for myself. I have to say that, looking at photos online, I was a little bit dubious as to how such a thin, normal looking sandwich would be such a stand-out dish. Obviously, first impressions aren’t always what they seem! Upon arrival we were promptly seated amongst a tightly-packed table of strangers and we ordered our food.
I first ordered a pineapple ice drink which was deliciously refreshing and sweet, and contained numerous chunks of tinned pineapple. It was nice to have something icy to drink and something to chew on as the restaurant is pretty much exposed to the outside heat- however, it’s all part of the experience!
Next up were the beef and egg sandwiches themselves which were served on lightly toasted bread. The scrambled egg was crispy on the edges and bits were spilling out of the sandwich, and was well-seasoned. The beef was presumably minced beef- I was surprised because I thought it would taste something along the lines of a corned beef sandwich, but the overall taste of the beef was a lot more natural than I expected. All in all, the juicy, tender little morsels of beef complemented the smooth egg to create a satisfying and simple dish which I gulped down in a matter of minutes.