After the rapid de-hydration from the overly salty rice noodle from AY-TU Flour Rice Noodle 阿土麵線, I rushed to the nearest 7-11 for an immediate re-hydration! As soon as I was partly re-hydrated, I saw huge line up at the stalk next to AY-TU. Based on the name of the food stalk, it is the branch of the famous eggette (雞蛋仔 - "gai daan jai") outlet from North Point. (yes, there is actually an English word for 雞蛋仔 and has a wiki entry too!) While it is quite normal to have a long queue for the eggette, what captured my undivided attention was the SECOND queue directly next to it. Apparently, the tiny shop/stalk has been divided into two parts, one selling eggette and the other half selling "beef entrails" (牛雜). "Beef entrails" is another new word to me, never knew it is used to describe this traditional Hong Kong / Cantonese delicacies.
My friend said this particular "beef entrails" (牛雜) stalk is pretty famous as well so why wait? I had my re-hydration drinks with me just in case anyhow. The staff carefully pick various parts of the beef entrails from the pot of dark brownish soup with his worn out tongs. I had no idea which piece was which because I was more focused on the scissor the staff was using to cut the big pieces into smaller bite size pieces. Well, sometimes there are things better unknown, ie: the age of that scissor and what else it is used for. Among the many items in such "beef entrails" serving , the most sought after is the pancreas (牛膀) and there were plenty in this bowl. In terms of taste, all items were under-flavored. Texture wise all items were slightly too firm. These two characteristics, under-flavoring and firmness, were likely due to the shortened braising time.
It has been a long while since I last had street food in Hong Kong and on this day, I had just a bit too much. After my sodium overdose, I had my calorie overdose! But then again, I think we can spoil ourselves once in a while with sodium, calories or even MSG overdose because it is part of the duties of a food lover to explore different food and cuisines. (Note: regular detox sessions may apply !!)
- Pancreas (牛膀)
- Calories overdose
- Under-flavored and a bit too firm
利強記北角雞蛋仔 [Beef Entrails (牛雜) Stalk]
G/F, Southom Center
3 O'Brien Road, Wan Chai
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