Chungking Mansions

Chungking Mansions is a place in Hong Kong unlike any other. Perhaps, as they say in the movie "Aladdin," it is a "diamond in the rough." From all visual appearances, this complex of narrow hallways filled with Indian food shops and electronics stores does not seem like a good place to eat. But, find your way upstairs (or ask any of the dozens of hawker men outside, who work for many of the restaurants within, to escort you) and a delicious, not-too-expensive Indian meal is yours for the taking.

Some people are familiar with Chungking Mansions because of its role in the film "Chungking Express." It's a great film, and it does provide some great visuals of the place in its footage, too. The complex is located in Tsim Sha Tsui on Nathan Road, most easily accessible from MTR exit D1. There are many hostels inside, as well as restaurants and shops; and though I've never stayed in one, it wouldn't be my first choice of residence during a visit to Hong Kong.

Last night, I went with some friends to eat at Delhi Club, a restaurant in Chungking. Previously, I have eaten at a vegetarian restaurant whose name escapes me and the Taj Mahal, which is quite good. And although we had to wait quite a while for our food, Delhi Club was a great choice as well.

With my vegetarian friends, I tried the dal makhani, channa masala and a paneer dish. Dal is probably my favorite Indian dish, and it did not disappoint. They all were a bit spicy, as curries should be, but not to the point of discomfort. We also had naan and rice galore, and unlike many places in Hong Kong, the restaurant served us tap water for free. Nor was there a service charge! I definitely hope to visit Delhi Club some time again soon.


  1. Just got back from Chung King Mansions WARNING: Stay away from this guy like the plague:

    He's a local illegal immigrant who stands in the front of the building. He almost got into two fights with tourists while I was there for stealing from them. He is well know for lying, cheating, and stealing from tourists.

    I'm surprised he's allowed to stay in Hong Kong honestly. Hopefully the authorities will do what they have to to keep Chung King Safe.

    On the positive side of things, Shop 98 on the first floor has fantastic Indian - not to be missed!


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