Cheap Eats : Eat Fresh Hong Kong Famous Street Food

We all know that Hong Kong is the place to be when you want to go on an ultimate food trip. I always tell people that it doesn't matter where you end up eating as more often than not, you'll always have a good meal. From the corner kiosk selling all sorts of street food to the posh French-inspired cafes, three meals is definitely not enough when you're in Hong Kong. The best way to go is to take smaller meals as you eat your way around.

While we sadly do not have the luxury of time and budget to hop on the plane to visit Hong Kong more regularly, I'm glad that there are a number of nice Cantonese restaurants locally where we can have a good dimsum or wonton noodle lunch whenever the craving hits.

Recently, a new restaurant opened in the neighborhood. The set-up appears to be more like a carinderia where cooking is done facing the street and a small dining area can be found behind it. We never have encountered Eat Fresh Hong Kong Famous Street Food before but were so surprised to see a crowd on its first day. Since then, we've been wanting to give this a try. Yes, curiosity may have killed the cat, but it can also bring this foodie to try it out one late afternoon.

Together with my dear friend and kumare Sab, we tried Eat Fresh while catching up with one another. I haven't seen her for months and I missed her so much. The menu was pretty extensive. I chose the clay pot rice while Sab took care of the skewered snacks.

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Since my last trip to Hong Kong, I've been craving for their famous Chinese Sausage with Mushroom Clay Pot Rice (Php. 135) thus I immediately pointed this out the moment I saw it on the menu. This has been my favorite rice dish whenever I get the chance to order it in Hong Kong and I prayed that was just as good.

Well, sadly it failed miserably. The rice had zero flavor in it and not even the 12 pieces of Chinese Sausage could save it. They just added one tiny slice of mushroom which I hope they just omit the word "mushroom" all together as this made me imagine that there were at least just as much amount of mushrooms as the number of sausage present in the pot. Sab wasn't impressed too as she had to sprinkle salt (yes, salt!) on her bowl of rice to perk up the sad, boring taste. *sigh*

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Sab, on the other hand, did a better job in ordering our Hong Kong Snacks on Sticks. We had the following: Fishballs (Php. 25), Lobster Cheese Roll (Php. 25), Fish Tofu (Php. 35), Special Squidballs (Php. 35). I got to admit, they all tasted the same perhaps due to the same oil being reused in frying but among the four, I enjoyed the Lobster Cheese Roll the most. The Fish Tofu was also surprisingly good.

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We also tried the Hong Kong Pancake Balls (Php. 60) which was pretty close to the one that I would wait in line for whenever we're in Hong Kong. Eat Fresh' version was pretty okay but I still miss the real thing nonetheless.

To be honest, the quality of the food was forgivable. It's really cheap and there are some that I liked. However, one thing that somehow ruined our experience was the poor service. The server assigned to us was obviously having a rough day as she was so snooty, would ignore our requests and was downright rude. We also noticed that there were a lot of pesky flies flying around making it so hard to concentrate on our food and to have a good conversation as we always have to keep an eye out for them all the time.

I'm only going back to Eat Fresh if I seriously am craving for some quick snack to fill my hunger and there's no other options open nearby. Otherwise, I'd be better off buying a pack of frozen fish balls and cheese rolls and to fry them all at home. That would save me from serious hygiene issues, snooty servers and pesky flies at least.

Eat Fresh Hong Kong Famous Street Food is located at 691 J. Abad Santos street cor V. Ibanez street, Little Baguio, San Juan City. Call them at 296-6573.

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