Being hungry at 7pm in Hong Kong is a risky venture – all the good restaurants have lineups out the door. The solution for this is to either get fast/shitty food, or go a bit off the beaten track. I don’t mind walking, so it was a no-brainer for me.
I ended up at the generically-named “Asian Family” restaurant, which I assume is run by an Asian family. The cuisine seems mostly Southeast Asian and I’m guessing the head chef is Singaporean, judging by the presence of laksa (noodles in spicy soup), bak kut the (meat bone soup), and other Singaporean dishes.
One look at the menu and there was no question that I was going for one of the two laksa offerings. However, at $188 HKD ($25 CAD), the lobster laksa is double the price (-1) of the seafood laksa ($98 HKD, $12 CAD). Screw it, no regrets for me.
As expensive as it is, there is actually quite a bit of value in the dish. The serving size is fairly large for Hong Kong (about the size of a regular bowl of pho in Vancouver), and you’ll definitely come out satisfied. You get a whole lobster (+1), split in half but otherwise unprocessed. You have to break apart the lobster yourself, without tools, which can get a bit messy (-1) especially if you’re trying to eat with chopsticks at the same time. They also throw in a hard-boiled egg, fishballs, mussels, shrimp, and other laksa staples. The flavor of the soup was as delicious as I remember laksa being (+1), probably due to the heavy use of coconut milk.
Shop #5, G/F, Hoi Kung Court
264-269 Gloucester Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong