Samsen Sheung Wan is Hong Kong’s cool new Thai Street Food destination
The much awaited Samsen Sheung Wan is officially open. Expect authentic Thai street food from across the country with bold flavours that pack a punch, set against the backdrop of retro graphics and vintage accessories. The vibrant destination perfect for families and larger groups, is now taking reservations for tables of ten or more.
Samsen Sheung Wan brings a distinctly new taste to Hong Kong with a focus on one of northern Thailand’s most loved dishes, Khao Soi, and an expanded offering of authentic Thai street food while Samsen Wanchai continues to be Hong Kong’s home for the beloved boat noodles. Both destinations bring guests fresh ingredients and sharing-style dishes.
Adam Cliff, Co-founder and Executive Chef, Samsen Sheung Wan says, “We opened Samsen Sheung Wan with families in mind. Guests can expect authentic Thai street food with fresh ingredients and the same vibrant atmosphere you get in the markets in Thailand.”
Highlight on the menu is “Khao Soi” of curried chicken or beef with fresh egg noodles (HKD 148) hailing from the new Curries section. Originating from Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, this classic dish features a flavourful curry base made daily using fresh curry paste fried with freshly squeezed coconut cream. Poured over chewy noodles flown in fresh from Thailand, the signature dish is full of textures and is topped with crispy noodles, pickled mustard greens, spring onion and a lime wedge.
Other curries on the menu include the fragrant Spicy southern curry of tiger prawns and betel leaf (HKD148) with a refreshing squeeze of calamansi, coconut milk, Thai chillies and a dash of turmeric and Spiced yellow curry of chicken and potatoes (HKD138) topped with fried shallots and tangy cucumber relish. Fresh made roti (HKD38) perfectly accompanies the dishes and is best enjoyed when dunked in curry sauce and eaten with hands. Cooked on a customised griddle flown in from Thailand, the roti features layers of crispy and chewy goodness brushed in clarified butter for a flaky finish.
Exclusive to Samsen Sheung Wan are the Starters + Sides which consists of a selection of sharing-style dishes perfect for larger tables. The kitchen features a dedicated charcoal grill section which cooks up Grilled coconut and chili prawn skewers (HKD 118) brushed with a coconut curry and served with a side of pickles. Caramelized coconut & prawn, betel leaf wrap (HKD 88) is a popular Thai street food item designed to be eaten in a single bite. Bursting with flavour, the wrap is sweet, sour, spicy and crunchy topped with crushed peanuts, ginger and refreshing pomelo. For a kick of spice, guests can opt for the Fried pork fritter and Thai herbs (HKD 78) served with a tangy spicy lime dressing of chili, garlic, lime and fish sauce.
Loyal followers of Samsen Wan Chai can tuck into crowd favourites at the new venue with the ever popular Pad Thai of tiger prawns (HKD 138) and Thai omelette of crabmeat and spring onions (HKD148), alongside others.
Fresh roti also stars amongst the Desserts and comes with a wide selection of choices such as the all-time classic Banana roti (HKD78) with a drizzle of condensed milk and the Young coconut and sesame roti (HKD88) with toasted cashew nuts. Guests can also add Nutella (HKD18) or Young Coconut ice cream & toasted peanuts (HKD34) for the perfect end to the meal. Other popular dishes for sweet tooths include a traditional Thai mango sticky rice (HKD 78) and Pandan and coconut dumplings (HKD 68) served with a side of warm salted coconut cream.
The Sheung Wan outpost lends itself to a Thailand of the past and takes inspiration from the country’s heritage and history. Warm wooden doors and tile-paved floors reminiscent of local Thai shop houses frame the open entrance which is highlighted by a pop of colour with turquoise panels and sunny yellow cupboards. Vintage posters and retro Thai knick-knacks sourced by founders Adam Cliff and Bella Kong are dispersed around the space, creating a vibrant and lively buzz.
Now officially open in the heart of the foodie neighbourhood, Samsen Sheung Wan offers guests a vibrant taste of Thai street food with authentic flavours, bold spices and fresh ingredients. Catering to various dietary needs, Samsen Sheung Wan offers a vegetarian menu as well as gluten-free dishes. Serving dinner with lunch to come, the atmospheric energy, casual retro vibe and extensive menu offers guests a true Thai experience.