One of our favorite places to eat in Hong Kong is Sawadee Thai. I originally spotted the restaurant when we were on the upper deck of a bus one day. The bus was stopped at a red light and I looked out the window and up the side of a building. I saw a sign advertising Sawadee Thai and we went to try it out that very night!
That was in 2013 and it became one of our go-to places for fabulous food. Finding this gem taught me that, in Hong Kong, we must remember to look up and not just at what is at eye-level! Businesses don’t spread outward in Hong Kong because of the lack of land. They spread upward!
Sawadee Thai had actually closed the original location that we had first visited, much to our disappointment. They had another location, but it was more difficult to get to. And then in September 2016, we stumbled upon the grand opening of Sawadee Thai in a new location! How happy were we??
We didn’t eat at this new location that day, but we returned with the boys to eat dinner one night. We saw the same wait staff from the original restaurant, and we were so happy to find the same food on the menu.
The grilled pork collar was tasty and tender and the dipping sauce gave a nice bite. The garlic stir-fried morning glory was mildly flavored and perfectly cooked.
We also ordered our usual Butter Chicken…tender pieces of chicken in a rich creamy flavorful sauce, ordered with a side of plain naan bread and some steamed rice. It was perfect and is one of our favorite Indian dishes. My younger son loves it so much, he doesn’t let the remaining sauce go to waste and eats it with a spoon!
The Pad Thai noodles came wrapped in a fancy “scrambled egg net”. Mixed in with the noodles and chopped peanuts and garnish, the whole dish was very tasty.
So if you’re in Hong Kong, get yourself over to Sawadee Thai in Mongkok. It’s a comfortable full-service restaurant with friendly wait staff and fabulous food. And I can’t forget to mention that it’s affordable! Dinner for 4 of us with four main dishes, a side of naan, two bowls of steamed rice, and a drink cost HK$420 ($54USD or $71CDN). How can you not try them out?