"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness." - Carl Jung
Sometimes, I get sidetracked by what's of the moment - what other people want / need / demand - and I forget what's important to me. (The rest of the time I might have become a bit unapologetically self-centered...). Which is my round about way of coming to the point of why I'm writing about a place that has already closed - sorrow. For a place that brought such happiness - and the post that I meant to get to, celebrating the insanely good find that everyone in Hong Kong already knew and loved - that kept being superceded by 'more urgent' ones until I realized that I had waited so long, the place had ceased to exist. And that it's a place that I can return to, nevermore. RIP, Tse Kee - this is my remembrance of you.
There was a story behind the restaurant's curious name as well - it literally started out as a food stand in front of a cave, in the early days of Hong Kong history. Word spread quickly of the quality of the family's handiwork, and the business rapidly grew into a full fledged restaurant - full fledged meaning a dai pai dong style, tiny hole-in-the-wall spot in Aberdeen.
If there had been any way to ship these back to LA fresh, I'd have spent my life savings to do it. It was that good. And now it's gone :( I will always remember and miss you, Tse Kee - you have left a hole in this food lover's heart that cannot be filled by anything else. I will try to think positively and be grateful that I had the chance to experience you before your unfortunate departure. I will take this as a reminder to appreciate what is and remains in my life. But I still hope that someone from the family will open another incarnation of this place someday - maybe even by the time I make it back to Hong Kong again. I promise, this time, I would celebrate you while you are here.
Shan Loon Tse Kee Fish Balls 山窿謝記魚蛋
80-82 Old Main Street, Aberdeen
Tel: 2552 3809