Unfortunately Cheung Hing closed down late last year. This is a rerun of a post I first posted in 2007, and a video I made as Wok with Nana just before it closed down. Enjoy!
Ok ok, I do not exactly live in Happy Valley now, but I did so for about fourteen years since I first moved to Hong Kong. Ok ok, then again I did not exactly live IN Happy Valley but above it, but I did go to school there and had been going to lunch at Cheung Hing for as long as I could remember. Cheung Hing therefore holds fond memories for me, especially memory of that once when we, as fourteen year olds, got to share a table with Michael Wong!
When most people think of Cheung Hing they think of old Cheung Hing with its 70s 阿飞正传Hong Kong old school drab look and autographs of celebrities pinned up all over their walls. Old Cheung Hing does exude an old world charm hard to replicate in modern Hong Kong, so if you are looking for that particular experience look nowhere else. However, for good cha chaan tang food the new Cheung Hing is the way to go. At old Cheung Hing the noodles are on the soggy side and the Hong Kong style iced milk tea watered down. At new Cheung Hing however (with my old friend Mr. Ma, who has worked at Cheung Hing for almost twenty years, providing excellent service), the food is always (apart from the occasional Saturdays when there is horse racing in Shatin and the chefs therefore get distracted), the noodles are al dente and the iced milk tea perfecto. The 茶走 (cha chaan tang language meaning 茶走糖, i.e. tea without sugar and instead with condensed milk) here is also the best I have had anywhere in Hong Kong. My favourite is 五香肉丁出前一丁(with one egg). The 五香肉丁 comes straight out of a can but I am a firm believer in the fact that the simplest foods are often the most difficult to make, even when it is as simple as cooking a pack of instant noodles and pouring canned meat on top of it. Believe me. The五香肉丁出前一丁 here is unparalleled.
Next time you are in Happy Valley I advice you to fill up your stomach with food from the new Cheung Hing, then hop next store to the old Cheung Hing for some pineapple buns with butter and egg tarts.