September 22, 2017:
For an impromptu dinner meetup, my mom and I had dinner with Willa in the Sham Shui Po area. She recommended a good dai pai dong restaurant called 愛文生大排檔 (Oi Man Sang) for us. It was funny because I had actually seen this restaurant pop up as one of the top dai pai dongs on OpenRice too. Yay that it was the same one! 🙂
We met up at our hotel first and walked about 20 minutes to get there. We already expected there to be a lot of people and might have had to wait for a table but luckily we got a table right away for the three of us. Yay! 😀 We were there at around 8:45 p.m. on Saturday night.
愛文生 had tables outside all around the block. Although we were intially given a table outside in their alleyway, Willa immediately spotted a table closer to their indoor restaurant and then another empty table that was right in the middle of their restaurant that was empty. We were so lucky!!
By sitting inside, we got to enjoy the AC and not have to eat outdoors in the heat.
I definitely wanted the bombay duck since it’s a favourite dish of mine at these dai pai dongs. Willa recommended us the stir fry and beef and potatoes. We also had a bottle of Asahi beer to share. 🙂
So many people around us were enjoying their dinners already. Dai pai dongs are such a great place for large gatherings since you can try so much more of the dishes this way.
The Deep-Fried Bombay Duck Fish with Peppered Salt (椒鹽九肚魚) came first. There was a small dish of soy sauce too that came with it. The way that this kitchen prepared the bombay duck fish (the name is “bombay duck” but it is a type of fish) was a skinnier and longer version than I had had last year at another dai pai dong. It was still very good though, nicely fried, and had ample salt and pepper seasoning. So yummy! ^_^
The Sauteed Squid, Shrimps, and Vegetables (家鄉小炒王) came next. This had squids, small dried shrimps, cashews, and 韭菜 veggies (garlic chives). This reminded me of the same stir fry dish that we had last night at the New Tung Kee dai pai dong. We ordered two bowls of rice to share and this savory dish was so good to eat with the rice.
The Stir-Fried Beef Fillet & Potatoes in Black Pepper Sauce (黑椒薯仔牛柳粒) was really good! Such a good pick from Willa. The beef cubes were so succulent and tasty! They weren’t rough at all. The potatoes were also fried so that they retained their moisture and had the beef juices and black pepper sauce absorbed. It was a very tasty dish!
I really enjoyed the food here. I wouldn’t mind coming back to try more. I think dai pai dongs used to be cheap eats but now that everything is going up in price, it’s not really the case anymore. For dai pai dongs, you don’t have to include tip.