Posts tagged: Hong Kong cafe

美都餐室 Mido Café – Old Nostalgic Hong Kong Cafe

By , October 8, 2013

My friend who stays in Hong Kong says Hong Kong directors actors like to hang out at the old and nostalgic Mido Café. Sure enough, I spotted veteran actress Zheng Pei Pei in the corner, silent and dignified.

Some of the recommended food at Mido are the Spare Ribs Baked Rice, Fried Noodles with Pork and Ying-Yang, a mixture of coffee and tea. Many Hong Kong cafes are becoming a part of history. Before Mido would ever disappear, just go to experience this ‘time machine’.

Tip: Take the corner booth. That’s the ‘Hong Kong celeb’ corner.

美都餐室 Mido Café
G/F, 63 Temple Street (Yau Ma Tei MTR Exit B2) 油麻地廟街63號地下, Tel:+852 2384 6402
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9:30pm

5 Best Hong Kong Cafes – Discover The Cha Chaan Teng Culture

Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司 – One of Hong Kong’s Most Popular Cha Chaan Teng

By , October 2, 2013

At one of Hong Kong’s most popular and famous Hong Kong café (Cha Chaan Teng) Australia Dairy Company, expect attitudes, partly rude service, chaotic ambience, long queues, and a very good plate of scrambled eggs.

The morning set at HKD$28 consisted of a buttered toast, scrambled eggs, macaroni soup with ham and coffee or tea.

The eggs are fluffy and tasty, some say the secret ingredient is canned cream soups. The café is a frantic battle zone during peak hours. Tip: Join the queue, get your way in, squeeze into a table, order and enjoy your food.

Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong (MTR Jordan Exit C2) 佐敦白加士街47-49號地下
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11:00pm (Closed Thursdays)

5 Best Hong Kong Cafes – Discover The Cha Chaan Teng Culture

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng 旺角茶餐厅 (Bugis)

By , July 29, 2008

200 Victoria Street #02-50 Bugis Junction

Hong Kong’s Roger Kwok (郭晋安) better known to many as idiot-boy Ah Wang on the HK drama series endorses this café. For a hefty 7-figure sum. Now, that’s worth a lot of baked rice.

Located at the Bugis Junction’s extension, it’s hard to miss this café with a huge cupboard figure of a welcoming Ah Wang.

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Old Hong Kong Tea House – Good only when you need a late night supper

By , May 30, 2008

86 East Coast Road #01-09/10 Katong Village S(428788) Tel: 63451932

I first came into contact with this Hong Kong café at Marina Square Food Loft, serving superb Hong Kong milk tea but sad looking trolley noodles. Opened by Victoria Lee, a Honger Konger who moved to Singapore, she brought in a team of Hong Kong chefs to ensure authenticity.

The truth is I did hesitate a little before traveling all the way to Katong, due to the bad experience at Marina. (Though the strange thing is I order the milk tea there regularly without fail.) It’s hard not to miss Old Hong Kong Tea House as it is located within the preserved Katong Village with white walls and striking maroon signboards.

The Ambience
Upon entering the ‘cha chan teng’, you feel like you traveled back in time framed pictures of Hong Kong celebrities from the 70s and 80s, such as Danny Chan, Leslie Cheung and Jacky Cheung. It is interesting yet ‘cheap’ because the décor designs are obviously torn from old magazines and records. This is what I call ‘fei wu li yong’ (recycling).

The Food
Customers patronizing such Hong Kong cafes often get spoilt for choice, as this particular one offers more 500 dishes! Old Hong Kong’s specialties include Trolley Noodle, Bamboo Basket Baked Rice, La Mian (hand-pulled noodles) and their drinks.

Trolley Noodles is one of the more prominent street hawker fare. You can choose a base noodles ($2.20) with additional ingredients costing between $1.00 to $2.00. Unfortunately, it is no where close to the piping slurping noodles you will have in the streets of Kowloon.

This café obviously does not care about the art of food presentation. The Braised Ee-Fu Noodle with Brown Sauce ($8.80) was sickly looking in its flaxen yellow, with curry sauces spilled at the side. The brown sauce was also obviously M.I.A. A through disappointment.

The dim sum was actually quite tasty, but unfortunately losing out in its appearance with undrained oil on the plate.

The signature is the Hong Kong Milk Tea, apparently made from 5 different tea leaves, filtered water and imported evaporated milk. The blend was perfect along with a smooth texture, ending off with a slight bitter tea aftertaste. So good that I ordered another round.

The Good To Know
If you crave for after midnight supper, rest assured this café is open 24/7 for the entire year. With no service charge included, prices are still rather affordable.

The Verdict
Good only when you need a late night supper. 2.5*

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