Causeway Bay．Thai: Well-Established Thai Private Kitchen with Authentic Home Cooking, Delicious Boat Noddle + Roast Chicken!
I suppose that there are times you guys are craving Thai food for no reason just like me, right? In the past, if we are craving authentic Thai food and its spicy, we have to make a long way down to Kowloon City. But now there are plenty of options abound everywhere and even in the center of Hong Kong!
If you are die-hard fan of Thai food, you should have heard of Sawalli Club. This restaurant was just a small private kitchen 20 years ago but now has grown up and opened a new branch on Yee Wo Street, the center of Causeway Bay~Although it’s an upper floor restaurant, Sawali is quite easy to find as it’s diagonally across the street from Sogo. I had my lunch there at 12 o’clock and didn’t have to wait. Lunch sets are priced between HKD $60 - $80 includes drink and dessert. Isn’t cheap but reasonable in CWB.
It is worth mentioning that Sawali Club is an excellent place for birthday celebration! You can order a birthday mango sticky rice here. What’s more is the Thai version birthday song! The restaurant will provide you with a mic to sing happy birthday. Awkward but ought to be fun! Hahahahaha!
Thai Style Boat Noodle（$72）🌟🌟🌟🌟
Boat noddle is a famous Thai street food which well known for its strong flavor and bite-sized portions. Although boat noodle isn’t new in Hong Kong, it is still not easy to be found in most of the Thai restaurant, because it is not an easy dish. The broth of boat noodle doesn’t only take a long time to cook but also contain a lot of ingredients and herbs to season.
This boat noodle from Sawali Club served with beef ball, beef, fried pork skin and bean sprouts. It was a pretty good noodle choice, simply delicious. The portion was really big and unlike the small serving in Thailand! The broth was burgundy brown as you can see. It was thick and savory. Wasn’t spicy but the herbs made the broth very aromatic, with a subtle sweet note. It was full of complexities which I tasted the strong peanut flavor as well. Even though the taste was not as strong as the one I’ve eaten in Thailand before. I guess the broth still tastes heavy to most of the Hong Konger. For the noodles, you can choose either thin rice noodle, flat rice noodle, glass noodle or brown rice noodle. I chose glass noodle which was definitely chewy and absorbed a lot of broth. Beef and beef ball ware average. I would prefer fried pork skin which was really crispy but totally not oily! Yummmmm!
Yeah, pad Thai is always the must-have dish for me when having Thai cuisine! This pad Thai was in bright orange color, included some bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, egg, dried tofu, green onion. Sweet and sour taste was more prominent than spicy, seems that they added a lot of tomato sauce. The rice noodles were perfectly fried. It won’t be too sticky, too wet nor too greasy, match Hong Konger taste.
Thai Style Yellow Curry with Chicken and Rice（$72）🌟🌟🌟
There are numerous types of curry in Thai cuisine which most of them categorized by the color of the curry paste. Green Curry is commonly known as the hottest one, red curry comes second while the yellow curry is milder and more subtle. I have ordered the yellow curry this time. It tasted rich with herbs and deliciously creamy as it contained a lot of coconut milk. It wasn’t too spicy, quite perfect for local taste. The chicken and potato were soft and absorbed the flavor of yellow curry!
Sawali Roast Chicken with Egg and Rice（$62）🌟🌟🌟🌟
Except for Hainanese chicken, roast chicken is also one of the popular Thai dishes available on most street corners in Thailand. Its characteristics are crispy, savory and tender. Come back to the Sawali Roast Chicken, it was nicely seasoned, quite salty but savory. Perfect to eat with rice! The chicken was perfectly cooked, which the skin was crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. The only thing I was disappointed they didn’t cut up the chicken well.
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Location: 3/F, 22 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay