Serving up some of the best of the Middle Eastern food in Hong Kong
Tucked away on Hau Wo Street in Kennedy Town is a lovely little Egyptian restaurant called AZIZA, and it’s bringing delicious – and affordable! – food to the already happening ‘hood.
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Meals here are lovingly prepared daily by Chef Mohsen Gaber Ibrahim and his wife, Zinab Mohamed Hammd. It’s a cosy and quaint space, and because the food here is so well-priced and delicious, it fills up fast, so make sure to make a reservation or call ahead.
We were wowed by the super tasty falafel, the lamb and beef kebabs, and the homemade (made from scratch by Zinab!) couscous that was incredibly light and fluffy. Definitely start with the Mezza platter, as it has falafel, stuffed grape leaves (served warm with rice and a tomato sauce and done just right), hummus, Baba ganoush and a small salad. Served with freshly baked pita bread, this is the ideal dish to share as an appetiser, or even for a light lunch.
We decided to try out the kebabs, and we weren’t disappointed. The lamb was moist and delicious, and the beef was tasty, marinated with just the right amount of spices and grilled to perfection.
Although totally satisfied, we couldn’t resist trying the homemade Egyptian desserts, which included kanafeh (my Egyptian mother would be proud of how well this was made), which is a cheese pastry soaked in a sugar-based syrup. It was flaky and delicious and definitely had the right amount of sweet. We also had an Egyptian pumpkin pie, which is really a béchamel pumpkin pie made with crème and raisins. We were told the chef’s daughter made it, and she clearly has his talent for baking. These treats were the perfectly sweet end to a fantastic meal.
AZIZA, Shop D, G/F, Shun Cheong Building, 28 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, AZIZAHK.com