Vegetarian dosa, early morning dim sum, Thai food that takes you right back to Bangkok - favourite restaurants of a New Delhi native in Hong Kong

Vegetarian dosa, early morning dim sum, Thai food that takes you right back to Bangkok - favourite restaurants of a New Delhi native in Hong Kong

New Delhi native Vidur Yadav is a partner in Bengal Brothers (6 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, bengal-brothers.com), which serves grab-and-go Indian street snacks, kati rolls and rice bowls. He talks to Andrew Sun.

I consider myself quite easy-going and adaptable when it comes to food. Trying local fare is always big on the agenda. In India, I’d be just as happy grabbing a beer and street food as I would be enjoying a nice glass of wine at a fancy restaurant. Indian street food is close to my heart, as you can probably tell.

Samsen (68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, tel: 2234 0001) is one of my favourite restaurants. I go for the delicious Thai fare and the fun setting that takes me right back to the streets of Bangkok. I especially love the grilled coconut and chilli prawn skewers and khao soi.

Another favourite of my girlfriend and I is Francis (4-6 St Francis Street, Wan Chai, tel: 3101 9521) for a date night. We love the chicken schnitzel and all the vegetable options.

Vegetarian dosa, early morning dim sum, Thai food that takes you right back to Bangkok - favourite restaurants of a New Delhi native in Hong Kong

Vidur Yadav is a partner in Bengal Brothers, which serves grab-and-go Indian street snacks, kati rolls and rice bowls.

Close by, in my neighbourhood, is Chino (1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, tel: 2606 0588) where I go for a casual bite and a highball. Lastly, Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant (Shop 1-5 & 31, UG/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2640 2123) for dosa on Sundays is a tradition in my family and always reminds me of home.

I take visitors for late night or early morning dim sum at Sun Hing (8 Smithfield, Kennedy Town, tel: 2816 0616). The fresh-off-the-trolley dim sum baskets at 2am and the diverse setting of customers is part of the treat, encapsulating everything I love about Hong Kong. I also take friends to Rajasthan Rifles (Shop G01, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, tel: 2388 8874) to enjoy the view of this beautiful city with a gin and tonic on the terrace.

Yardbird (154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2547 9273) is my go-to celebration spot. What’s not to love about delicious yakitori and highballs? The team there is also so welcoming.

Vegetarian dosa, early morning dim sum, Thai food that takes you right back to Bangkok - favourite restaurants of a New Delhi native in Hong Kong

Oyster chicken with sea salt at Yardbird in Sheung Wan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A secret spot I love is Jing Alley by Flower Drum (Dawning House, 145 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, tel: 2868 9801) for the Sichuan food. Their crispy roasted pork belly, shredded Sichuan-style cabbage and stir-fried noodles are yum.

When we can travel again, I’d first make a trip back home to India since it’s been almost two years. Bengal Brothers has helped me to feel more connected to my roots.

I would go straight to my old neighbourhood street vendor called Prince’s Chaat (M-32, Greater Kailash 1 Road, M Block, Greater Kailash, New Delhi 110048, India) for some lip-smackingly good chaat, then some charcoal-grilled kebabs, kati rolls and curries. I would count it as research for my own concepts here.

Vegetarian dosa, early morning dim sum, Thai food that takes you right back to Bangkok - favourite restaurants of a New Delhi native in Hong Kong

Dishes from Francis in Wan Chai. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A favourite destination of mine is Mexico City. I can’t wait to go back for a meal at Gabriela Cámara’s Contramar (Durango 200, Colonia Roma, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, CP 06700, Mexico City, tel: +52 55 5514 9217). Everything on the menu is special, from the tostadas to the butterflied whole grilled fish.

I’d also love to revisit Tipo 00 (361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia, tel: +61 3 9942 3946) for the delicious pasta and Italian food. I first went for a casual lunch on a busy Monday – and ended up eating six courses.

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