Restaurant review: Couple and The Bao- get your ciabatta and chicken wing fix at this lovely joint
With the West Rail line of the MTR, you can travel from Tsuen Wan to Yuen Long in 12 minutes! Yuen Long to me has always been an under-explored space in Hong Kong: there are numerous small shops and stories to be found, not to mention the hidden food gems in narrow alleys.
Couple and The Bao has been on my bucket list since a year ago; my best friend and I were always dragged to somewhere with seats since we needed space to talk. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon right before it opened- we nearly walked away (Phew!)! Let's just say I am already planning for my next visit, I can't wait to try the other items on the menu.
Shop 1C, G/F, Hing Wong Building, 2 Sai Ching Street, Yuen Long
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 12:30-20:30
Left: Honey Chicken Wings Ciabatta
Right: Garlic and spice Chicken Wings Ciabatta
These two are the signature items on the menu. The food can't go wrong when everything is made from scratch: the bones of the chicken wings have been removed by hand, marinated with honey, and coupled with fresh lettuce to complete the sandwich. They also make their ciabatta by themselves.
It was a mouthful filled with several flavours that go well together- the honey has a slight garlic taste to leaven the sweetness, sauce was dripping on the sides, so messy yet good. The Garlic and spice one had a mild wasabi mayonnaise sauce to balance the stronger pepper spices, great for lovers of heavier tastes.
The drinks are worth mentioning: all are made from honey sourced from Malaysia and there are different flavours to choose from, such as Green Tea & Chrysanthemum Honey. You could add $8 to make it a set with the ciabatta. The special sodas on the menu cost $20, I would say they are worth a try on a summer day!
As you look at the pictures you may wonder what these cute wooden boxes are: in fact this is a thoughtful gesture of the shop owners, the wooden boxes made eating on the benches way easier than putting the buns next to our thighs. They also hung a friendly reminder sheet to advise people to hold the ciabatta with the paper bag so that the juices won't fly all over the place.
These lovely mom-and-pop stores are giving life to the city, don't you think so?
P.S. And much credit has to be given to the biggest clickbait in the thumbnail (dumroll) the cat in the rows of wet market stalls few streets away!