We spent a total of 5 days in Hong Kong, and on the last day of our morning, we finally had the chance to try this one of a kind chee cheong fun. Hop Yik Tai is located in Sham Shui Po and was awarded The Plate in 2018 by Michelin. The Plate means fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal. What makes their chee cheong fun aka rice rolls special is due to their sauces.
Looks normal, right? But it’s heavenly. The sauces that rule them all!
We arrived around 8.30am and were seated right away. When we left, the place still has empty seats. This is good. Apparently, they’re busier in the afternoon (according to Google). We shared a table with another customer, and from what I can tell is a local. I knew the menu is in Chinese, so again I prepared beforehand by translating the menu to English prior to the trip and then deciding what I want to order.
Our order sheet. I spoke Cantonese during ordering. The lady who took our order were pretty rude. Gah, not again?
Lean pork porridge @ HK$20. It was alright though I kept thinking about the wonderful porridge I had at Tim Ho Wan on the previous night.
Chee cheong fun (small) @ HK$8. The cheong fun comes in 3 sizes; small, medium and large. For me, small is just nice. The rice rolls look like any regular rice rolls, however when slice this way (slightly longish), they look more like tteok (떡) aka Korean rice cakes.
Notice the two sauces on the chee cheong fun? They are soy sauce (dark color) and sesame sauce (light brown color). What a super unique yet weird combo! Did it work? OH YES!!!! It was really good. That’s not all. While it’s really good like this, there are more things to be added.
Add the sweet sauce and sesame seeds, and use the bamboo pick to give it a go. WHAMBAM! The warm rice rolls together with the three heavenly sauces make this even better! Wow man.
I got generous and added more sweet sauce thinking it’ll be MORE better but it was a bad move. Add the sweet sauce in moderation so you don’t overpower the other sauces. And if you like spicy, add some chili on it.
After the amazing egg tart from Happy Cake Shop, this is the next place I would gladly come back to Hong Kong for.
The chee cheong fun is best eaten warm, so grab a seat and try it. Besides chee cheong fun and porridge, they are also selling various other food such as siu mai, dumplings, fish balls, etc.
Customers come and go pretty quickly during the morning. Also, the cashier lady was really sweet and that made me forget about the rude lady earlier that took our order.
The place is narrow and small, yet they serves one of the best chee cheong funs I’ve ever eaten.
合益泰小食 Hop Yik Tai
121 Kweilin Street,
Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2720 0239
Opening time: 6.30am-8pm, daily
Nearest MTR station: Sham Shui Po, exit C2