Every once in a while, we see joints that plastered with celebrities' photos or posters. To some extent, Lung Kee is no exception as one of these joints. But there, the big shots they pinned on the walls of an otherwise austerely decorated dining room are rather unorthodox. There are three reasons behind it. First, on the first catch of gander, you may taken aback to think that you've stepped into a gem instead of an eatery for noodles. Second, these iron-pumping celebrities the shop is worshiping make a very improbable association with such dining establishment, or any at all -- for none of them can be a good diner material -- in fact, these icons may be the incarnation of anti-foodies. Third, none of them, I am pretty damn sure, has ever been to the restaurant in topic.
All these lead we to the conclusion that Lung Kee is one of its kind for shops that play the 'celebrity card.' Figures like Ronnie Coleman, seven time Mr. Olympia, and Dorian Yates, Mr. Olympia six timer; think contestants from that league of gentlemen. Yeap, in this shop famous for pork trotters, they have world class professional body-builders, characters we would associate with simmered pork trotters (with chue hau sauce) very lastly, plastered all over the place.
Happily, the food's a lot better than you'll find in most eateries that play the celebrity card. Come to think of it, watching the muscle and flex of all these muscle maniacs posters here and there makes a great preamble for the devouring of the tasty trotters here.
In case you're served by the owner cum chef brothers, don't be intimidated by their 'crouching tiger and hidden dragon,' all too Triad-ish tattoos, as well as their sizable biceps. Believe it or not, the service is one of the friendliest among noodle vendors I have ever come across in Hong Kong. The pork trotters are all simmered exceptionally well -- just like the muscles and flex you see in the walls -- meaty and bouncy, not fatty at all. The home made wontons, freshly wrapped by the brothers massive arms, are equally celebrated around the neighborhood.
Michelin Hong Kong on the cheap rating: **