Man Sing, 16 Wun Sha St., Tai Han, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Tin Hau
Opening Hours:daily 3:30pm-6:30am
Man Sing is a tiny shop with a truckload of character. Patrons spill out onto the streets come mealtime, sitting on plastic stools by rickety wooden tables. Queues are a given, but that doesn’t seem to deter anyone who wants to eat here.
The food is homestyle Chinese, just like grandma makes. Meat, seafood, stir-fries, veggies—you name it, and Man Sing’s probably got a dish for it. For us, the nostalgic factor is off-the-charts. A bite into their Chinese-style minced pork pie, piled like a pyramid and topped with a bright, salty egg yolk, instantly transported us back to our simple childhood days in this city. The pork had just the right amount of fat and flavor, and the texture was somewhere between a marshmallow and a hamburger patty—divine with a spoonful of soy sauce on top. The steamed tofu with scallops and black bean sauce also hit all the right notes. OK, so the tofu wasn’t smooth as silk, and the scallops weren’t from Hokkaido, but really, who cares when it comes drowned in that perfectly balanced sweet-savory pool of black beans and soy?
The Southeast Asian-style balanchan water spinach and ketchup jumbo prawns were spot-on, too. In fact, Man Sing makes everything exactly as you would expect it to taste—the place is like THE archetype of Chinese small-dish cooking. It’s a restaurant that would make grandma proud.