Taste The World in HKU
Rather than threading the irresolute loop of a literary abstract I will get straight to the point that this post is going to be a series of vignettes authored by some Indian taste buds (due to the sensitivity of the issue that is being discussed in this post, they prefer to remain anonymous!) about restaurants and canteens in and around HKU.
Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant at Centennial Campus.
“Being a pure vegetarian I feel this place is a boon for people like me. It’s quite different from other restaurants because food is weighed and then charged accordingly so that means you get to pay for only what and how much do you want to eat for a meal. There is an array of vegetarian dishes from which you get to choose and fill up your plate (self-serve works here) and it’s up to you how much do you want to eat a particular dish since you are the one who is going to pay for the quantity but I must say its reasonably priced for the quality of veggies that you get here and there is of course the red/brown rice and the soup which has unlimited refill tag on them!”
“It’s a good restaurant and since I am a health conscious person, I usually eat here because they serve organic food.”
Student Union Canteen a.k.a Asia Pacific at 4/F Haking Wong Building (according to official information but for students it’s basically beside the Student Union Building and on the lower level of the University Street!).
“Great food especially the roast meat counter where you get good portions of barbequed chicken and other meats but always remember to ask for extra servings of the green chillies if you love your food to have an extra bit of flare added to it.”
“I love the concept of the two dish set here which includes two portions of dishes from a range of almost 6-7 vegetarian and non-vegetarian options along with a bowl of rice and a drink or soup. It’s cheap (21 HKD), healthy and definitely delicious. They change the menu for the dishes daily so I don’t get bored by it and usually always I have my lunch here. “
“Just after my lecture that ends at 4:30 pm, I rush to this place to have some awesome snacks especially the hot and crispy chicken wings and the curry fish balls. It’s a great place to have some chitchat with your friends over a meal of burger with fries!”
Grove Café at LG/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus.
“I love the salads and fruits that they serve because they are fresh and tasty.”
“Even if the food is kind of good but I like the way they present and decorate the dish. It looks so attractive and worth the price.”
Café 330 at 2/F, Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre, Opposite to ParknShop.
“They have really yummy cakes.”
“They serve really good teas and my favorite is the jasmine tea.”
CYM Canteen at 4/F Chong Yuet Ming (CYM) Amenities Centre.
“I think it’s the best canteen at HKU and I love their pepper lunches. So tasty!”
“I will recommend you to try out their Japanese Teppanyaki, it’s so delicious especially the salmon.”
“They have a tasty barbeque counter so you must definitely give it a try.”
Starbucks (2 outlets on campus) at G/F, Composite Building, Main Campus (In the Students’ Union building) and at G/F, Main Library Building.
“They have delicious Chicken Caesar wraps and I love their green tea latte.”
“I usually complete all of my homework here with a cup of cappuccino and the chocolate muffins. They have a great ambience which makes me focus on my work as well as at times relax.”
“It’s great that at HKU Starbucks outlets you get 30% discount on what you order! Extra pampering for students!”
Delifrance at G/F, Jockey Club Tower, Central Podium, Centennial Campus.
“My favorite is salmon and mix veg spaghetti. It’s so filling.”
“I love the peach pies that they serve, I always make it a point to have it once a day!”
Pacific Coffee at Global Lounge.
“They have really good hot chocolates and quiches. The service is also good.”
“They have different varieties of sandwiches and I must admit all of them taste fabulous!”
Subway at Runme Shaw Podium (Opposite to HSBC branch).
“I always go for the sub of the day and the fun fact is that some of the workers here are actually south Asians such as Pakistanis, Indians and Nepalese so if you are a regular customer here you can befriend any of the worker to get a favor of throwing in some more olives or jalapenos into your sub or salad!”
Super Super Congee at G/F Run Shaw Tower, Central Podium, Centennial Campus.
“They serve different varieties of congee which is a local delicacy, actually it is rice porridge and it is served with different flavors, vegetables and meats. It is good and if you like Hong Kong cuisine then probably you can try out the turnip cake as well which they serve here.”
“Sometimes when I skip my breakfast due to an early lecture I usually bring along a cup of congee to have it during the break. It’s filling and tastes good.”
Ebeneezer’s Kebabs & Pizzeria (they serve halal food) at 1/F, Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre (above Global Lounge).
“They have one of the best pizzas around HKU (even better than Pizza Hut!). I would recommend you to try their chicken pizzas.”
“Although the food is a bit oily but it actually reminds me of my mom’s biryani! Its good and you will always find a lot of desis like us hanging out here.”
U-Deli at G/F, Composite Building (in the Students’ Union building).
“They specialize in Taiwanese and Japanese take away and I love the quick service.”
“I like the bubble milk tea they have here. You must definitely try it.”
I am already exhausted by carrying out the survey for almost a week to gather all this data about restaurants and canteens in HKU and now if you want to know more about the restaurants around HKU then you need to explore them by yourself but like a stranger who mysteriously excited your taste buds I will drop some hints for your taste buds to explore after joining HKU! Search in Water Street (a place near HKU) for a restaurant which serves Beijing dumplings and if you are more adventurous look out for the Michelin recommended restaurant that serves camel meat! If you want to stick to a more conventional side then there are of course McD, Pizza Hut and Sushi hotspots around campus. There are certain restaurants and canteens as well as certain dishes that I and my friends would definitely advice you to not try but that we would do it in person rather than undertake a full-fledged virtual revenge against those places which served us pathetic food! I will conclude by letting you know another alternative which some of my friends do is to visit Chungking Mansion and buy ingredients (yes this place sells Indian dishes, ingredients and other stuffs!) in order to cook Kadhai Paneer and other Indian curries and dishes at their halls or houses to satisfy their temperamental hunger!
(Clicks courtesy: Google Images!)