For those not willing to wait in long lines, there’s Hing Kee. A place that will gladly take the impatient who wants to try the popular Temple Street claypot rice. Located right across the street from the obviously number one spot for claypot rice, it almost felt as though Hing Kee didn’t mind being second pick. With three of their restaurants located at the same corner, I don’t think they minded at all. Each place was filled and the street hosts were busy finding people seats. We were led up a narrow stairwell and seated in a noisy cramped corner. How befitting of a place to show our friend how locals eat along Temple Street.
It’s become a tourist attraction for people to experience. And that’s exactly what we did.
We had a Hong Kong friend order. So sorry for the lack of descriptions and prices. She ordered a lot. A sampling of the popular dishes and several sides. The food came out pretty quick and that’s because there’s more cooking that’s needed for the claypots. Something our friend showed had to show us before we jumped in to eat. This was not a good place when you’re starving. You’ll have to wait a little longer for the pots to cook. Thank goodness we brought some scotch.
Mix and match pots if you can. Don’t get too experimental on your first visit. This type of eating isn’t for everyone and there’s plenty more to eat around the area. So leave room in your stomach and make this more of a place to check out rather then a dinner, dinner place.
Hing Kee Claypot
15-19 Temple Street
Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Verdict: I can’t say the food was all that great, but it’s the experience that counts. One that requires at least a small group.