Best hole in the wall – Thai Hut, Wanchai
Thai Hut is always there when you need it – they have seen me at my office best and at my Wanchai worst. I can go at lunchtime for a quick $35 lunch-box of curry and rice, at supper for pad ka prao, tom yum gai, and a papaya salad, and at kicking out time for a Laos sausage, chicken satay, or deep-fried chicken skin.
The Hong Kong fun police have stopped the snackery from setting up tables and stools outside which is frustrating, so as it’s a tiny spot you have to cross your fingers and hope there is some free bottom space. On the crossroads of Luard and Hennessy it is my favourite Wanchai people-watching joint – the hookers, the sailors, the conference goers, the mamasans, the tourists – sit as near to the pavement as possible to goggle at the goings on.
Food: Homely thai fare. Rock solid, hot as you can bear, caters to the Thai community in Wanchai so it’s proper stuff like. You have to try a Laos style (or Isaan I suppose it might be here) sausage if you haven’t ever had one. It is the “rustic” looking one with the big bits of garlic and fat. Also, my favourite supper dish is the Pad Ka Prao - steamed rice, minced meat and long beans, with chilli, basil, garlic etc, topped off with a fried egg. Massively hot and yumtious.
Drinks: Great value for money as they sell beers and soft drinks in cans at basically 7/11 prices. Can also have lime sodas, iced lemon teas, lots of Thai favourites.
Ambience: Eclectic clientele, Thais (girls, boys and ladyboys) and people who know this place serves some of the best Thai food in town. You’re basically on the street, so it’s that Wanchai feeling all the way.
Service: Always friendly, always quick, seems like the whole family are involved in some way.
Price: Cheapness. Rarely more than $100 per head if you have a mix of dishes to share and some drinks. At lunch I struggle to spend more than $40 including a drink.
Location: Opposite Mes Amis in the same strip as Ebeneezers etc on corner of Luard and Hennessey Road, Wanchai. 2866 8528
Open: Almost constantly. Seems to close around 5am until brunch-ish.