Hong Kong: Indian Food in Chungking Mansions

I’ve been really craving for some legit Indian food for a while. Very fortunate to have a good Indian friend Akash, who was brought up in Tanzania, but reared by his parents both from India. Suppressed by the heavy school work, we went out, during the final period of school, to Chungking mansions, the place most known for its abundance of Indian residence and eateries.

Wikipedia gives us a short introduction on Chungking Mansions:

Chungking Mansions, is a building located at 36–44 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha TsuiKowloon, Hong Kong. The building is well known as nearly the cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong. Though the building is supposedly residential, it is made up of many independent low-budget hotels, shops, and other services. The unusual atmosphere of the building is sometimes compared to that of Kowloon Walled City.[1]

Chungking Mansions features guesthousescurry restaurants, African bistros, clothing shops, sari stores, and foreign exchange offices. It often acts as a large gathering place for some of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, particularlySouth Asians (IndiansNepalesePakistanisBangladeshis and Sri Lankans), Middle Eastern people, Nigerians, Europeans, Americans, and many other peoples of the world. Peter Shadbolt of CNN stated that the complex was the “unofficial African quarter of Hong Kong.”

We hopped off the train at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, and we were confused about the address of the mansion until Akash talked to an Indian guy who obviously knows the way. Before getting into the Chungking Mansion, I was reminded by my friend, ‘You are going to forget you are in Hong Kong after getting in.’

I sure did. The ground floor of the mansions was filled with DVD stores selling Indian movies, Indian fast food stores, and eateries featured Halal food. I need to mention, that if you looking for cheap ‘I Love HK’ T shirts, this is the place to come. Compared to the best deal I’ve heard about before (200HKD for 8 pieces of T-shirts), this place sells at an even cheaper price: 100HKD for 5 pieces!

This is the restaurant we went to:

If you don’t know this place, or you are not guided by anyone who knows the place, I’m sure you’ll be having a hard time finding this restaurant. To access to it, one need to go up to the first floor, break through a exit door, and hike up to the third floor through the steps (they are in crappy condition).

It’s not a big restaurant, but by the time we arrived, it’s almost a full-house. Of course, Akash took care of the order:

Garlic Paneer (Cubes of cottage cheese cooked with chopped garlic):

Mutton Kadai (Mutton cooked with tomato & Masala in Kadai, a type of food container):

A Indian style alcoholic drink with milk-y taste:

and Nan, a kind of chinese rice’s equivalence.

It was my first time eating Indian food, and I definitely love it. Devouring the dishs while enjoying the Indian MTV, we sat back to our chairs, cramming with the nutrition. The food is really filling, and I think I’m coming back to the restaurant in the future.

After the dinner, we came back to the ground floor, searching for some after-meal desserts.

We had this: 

One word suffices to summarize all these dessert: sweet. I ate burfi amd gulab jamun, they are just so sweet that after one bite, you felt like your teeth are loosen.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Curiously, a well written blog.

  2. He Shan says:

    I loooove Indian food!!!!!Especially rice pudding and some sort of soup with rice, which looks pretty much the same as the ‘mutton kadai’ mentioned above. Every time I went to the Indian restaurant in Oxford, I would order that dish with SUPER SPICY chili sauce.Trust me, it was amazing!
    BTW, I was wondering the place is called ‘Chung king Mansion’. Is there any connection with the city Chongqing?

    1. Michael Xu says:

      3姐!!!您翻墙真勤快:D I can’t trust you, cuz i think eating SUPER SPICY chili sauce would be freaking killing me. LOL for the chungking mansions, I really have no idea why they name the mansions Chongking, and wikipedia doesn’t give us an explanation as well. but i’m sure you’ve heard of 梁朝伟’s 重庆森林?

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