Although the name suggests they serve Chiuchow regional cuisine, this beef specialist's décor is bizarrely un-Chinese but Thai, with murals on the wall depicting the nirvana from Thai Buddhism's myths. In fact, it's kind of spooky -- does the owner here goes that far to practice sorcery to make the ngau nam noodle taste better?
But, hey, if it spook us, do we not eat?
How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none?
So, mercy the décor of this joint and you'll see Ka Lai Yuen is the oasis for all beef lovers in return -- their beef repertoire is as special as their décor is (in much better taste, frankly). The menu is outlandishly long and honors all the regional specialties -- a show of beef exotica: there are more than five cuts (five different parts) for beef brisket alone, a clinic to see how many ways are there to cook it. Stewed, simmered or baked, you name it... It's all beef.
Need not despair even if you don't fancy beef brisket much since the kitchen still delivers some fine varieties of cuttlefish balls, all handmade. In spite of its petite size, the lovable aroma of the cuttlefish permeating your mouth is unbeatable.
Drinks: Typical chahchaanteng drinks
Specials: All sorts of beef brisket noodles
Fare: HK$17-50, cash only
Service: so-so (try to remember the fare you're paying)
Nearest railway: Yuen Long KCR WestRail
Transportation: 5 minutes' walk from exit D2 of the Yuen Long KCR WestRail
Michelin Hong Kong on the cheap rating: **