As far as canteens go, Wing’s is nothing out of the ordinary. The MDF furniture, tiled flooring, and self-service cutlery are as simple as it gets. But we're here to try out their chicken steak with meat patties (pictured) made famous in their Causeway Bay shop and their earlier incarnation one block over.
You can have it in any combination you’d like: over rice, in a bowl of glass noodles, with a side of eggplant, whatever. You’ll soon notice that everyone around you is eating some variation on this, no surprise when you consider it’s quite the deal: $46 ($34 at lunchtime) buys you the soup of the day, in our case a watery borscht-like broth made with pork bones, the main, and a drink.
The night we went, the place was packed with curious diners checking out the latest opening on Landale Street; so much so the restaurant turned over twice within 30 minutes.
We ordered the glass noodles in soup combo. The medium-sized portions were topped with sliced zucchini and cabbage. On its own, the MSG-laden broth and noodles is a sorry looking affair, but with the addition of a charred chicken thigh, and pan-fried meat patties dotted with lotus root, it became a meal. The chicken was what grilled meat should taste like; juicy, smoky, and tender. As for the patties, we wished they would’ve chopped, instead of blended, the meat in the food processor; while the lotus root gave it a crunch, nothing could save the over-processed paste.
On an upbeat note, we really enjoyed the pre-reclamation sepia photos of old Wan Chai hung on the walls; we had no idea that the tramline used to run along the coastline. They added charm to an otherwise sterile place.
G/F, 2 Landale St, Wan Chai, 2823 8387. Daily 11am-9pm. Meal for two: around $98.
G/F, 2 Landale St, Wan Chai