Tomato C Hing
G/F, 255 Ki Lung Street
Sham Shui Po
Tel: 9462 1567
Grub: Hong Kong style
Vibe: The restaurant is small but neat and clean, and unlike the crowded surrounding Sham Shui Po neighbourhood, not too tightly packed – there’s still space between seats.
The owner is very friendly, genuine and willing to talk about his food. You get a sense of being welcome and cared for.
Who to bring: Friends who love tomatoes – as the name suggests, most of the dishes are tomato-based – and who want to eat cheaply.
What’s hot: If you are a fan of tomatoes, you will love the food here. The main dishes all feature noodles with different proteins, served in a strongly-flavoured tomato broth. There is also a choice of noodles – udon, ramen, rice noodles, and Shanghai noodles. We found that the udon best soaked up the broth.
The two side dishes on offer aren’t tomato-based – spicy and sweet chicken wings, and 78-degree satay pork belly. Both are cooked by the sous vide methode, in which food is vacuum sealed in plastic, and cooked slowly in water kept at a constant temperature. We tried the wings, which were pleasantly spicy.
Other non-themed dishes include a range of fried food, including cuttlefish balls, tofu skin and fish slices. We tried the latter, and found them fresh-tasting and al dente.
The drinks list is interesting, and features unique offerings concocted by the owner. The lemon and pear drink has a good ratio of sweetness to sourness, while the cold-brew honey Xinyang Maojian tea is refreshing and, according to the owner has a lower caffeine content due to the way it’s prepared. For an extra HK$5 you can take the signature drink bottle home.
What’s not: The menu is small, and if you’re not into tomatoes, there is even less choice.
Cost: Noodles range from HK$48 to HK$88, and tomato broth is HK$28. Sous vide snacks are HK$28 and fried dishes are HK$24. All drinks are HK$18. No service charge.