Lung Wah Hotel (龍華酒店) in Sha Tin, Hong Kong is known for their deep-fried pigeons. My little sister loves to eat pigeons, so the relatives made sure we had pigeon during our trip. The restaurant is located in the middle of nowhere, so you can either take a long walk from the MTR or take a short taxi ride.
It does have a lot of history as it opened in the 1950s and is still in operation today. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a hotel since the 1980s. The dining room is usually hustling and bustling with people wanting to eat pigeon. Rumor has it, Bruce Lee stayed here during the filming of his movie “Big Boss”.
From the main street, we walked up this long covered path to the hotel. You are in the right place if you see this path.
The interior is very out dated, so you kinda feel like you have gone back in time. The service is very horrible and the staff are always grumpy. If you only order the pigeon, the food comes fairly quickly since they specialize in that dish and is the most ordered.
We ordered additional dishes beside the pigeon but they lost our entire order except for the pigeon. Apparently this is a normal occurrence.
Deep-Fried Pigeon arrives all on one plate depending on how many you order for your table.
It comes with the head as well, so it can be a bit scary for some people. If you don’t want to stare into the eyes of the pigeon, you can just rip the head off. I know it seems cruel, but these pigeons were farmed especially for human consumption.
You are given gloves to eat the pigeon because it can get quite oily.
The meat is very flavourful and tender. The exterior skin is crispy and thin too. It’s way better than duck or chicken!
After our table devoured the pigeons, all that was left were the discarded bones and used up gloves. That’s what happens when you’re eating with a bunch of carnivores. Yum Yum.
Big Boy Tsingtao Beer is a great drink to accompany the food. It cuts through the greasy oily feeling of the pigeon.
Fried Noodles with mushroom, chicken and vegetables was very yummy! One of my favorite dishes since the crispy texture of the noodles blend well with the savory sauce.
Salt and peppery tofu was firm on the outside with spices on top. When you bite into it, it’s very soft and silky on the inside.
Rice noodles with beef and vegetables has very tender beef, but the sauce that accompanied the dish was a bit salty.
Tofu Pudding is another one of their specialty items.You just scoop some into the bowl and add some ginger syrup.
Afterwards, we walked about 15 minutes to the entrance of the Shatin Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. It looked a little bit awkward with barbed wires, but it was not too scary. It wasn’t too steep compared to some other places I’ve been, but it is a workout when it’s 35 degrees outside.
Remember, if you see any monks asking for money, they are just beggars. Do not pay them money! There are signs posted all over the trail telling tourists not to fall for their tricks. On our way up, we were approached by 3 fake monks, but we just said “no” to every single one.
The walk up is very beautiful and is lined with a lot of statues. Each statue is different and some are very cool to look at.
The top has a few sights and the pagoda type of structure.
You also get a nice view of the town of Shatin.
Overall, it was an awesome day here! Having pigeon and going on a short hike was very memorable. I would still go back to Lung Wah Hotel for some pigeon!
Words of Wisdom:
- Deep Fried Pigeon and tofu is a must!
- Very horrible Service
We Rate Lung Wah Hotel:
22 Ha Wo Che Chuen,
Sha Tin, Hong Kong