We wanted a simple breakfast before heading out for our half day trip to 西貢 Sai Kung, hence we settled for a 茶餐廳 cha can teng near our hotel.
We got ourselves Breakfast Sets B 牛油方包香腸煎蛋+沙嗲牛肉麵 (HKD28) and Breakfast Set D 營養麥皮牛油方包+雞蛋, 餐肉 (HKD29), which could be customised, e.g. butter toast or bun, noodles options, and side dishes options.
For this price, it was really quite a spread, and in particular, we enjoyed the satay beef noodles!
- Location: 17 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong 香港九龍油麻地窩打老道17號地下 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit B1 and walk 1 min)
We had initially wanted to have porridge at 生記粥麵 San Kee Porridge which has a branch just opposite our hotel, but the place was closed today 😦 So, we headed to the 茶餐廳 cha chan teng beside it instead.
We had the 早餐A Breakfast Set A (HK$28) and the 营养早餐 Nutritious Breakfast (multiple options, HK$29), and were pleasantly surprised by the food. Our first time trying out a relatively unknown cha chan teng (usually we go to our favourite haunts, or those rather popular with tourists type) and the food was not bad at all!
- Location: Tung Yu Building, 6-8A Tung Fong St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong 香港九龍旺角東方街8號地下A舖 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Kwun Tong Line/Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 觀塘綫/荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit A2 and walk 2 mins)
- Website: OpenRice
- Hrs: 7:30am – 10:30pm (Mon-Sat)
After our hearty lunch, we strolled to 銅鑼灣 Causeway Bay, and found 義順牛奶公司 Yee Shun Milk Company… Perfect timing for a break 🙂
It was mandatory to order an item each, so we ended up with:
- 馳名雙皮燉奶 Double-layer Steamed Milk (HKD$32): It was such a hot day today, so we opted for the cold version. Smooth, rich and not overly sweet, it was a lovely dessert on a hot day!
- 雞蛋三文治 Egg Sandwich (HKD$20): This was pretty normal, with the egg not too dry, and strangely, there was a slight hint of peanut butter sauce…
Near our hotel was the old-school 海安咖啡室 Hoi On Cafe which we noticed when we were on Ding Ding.
Established since 60 years ago, the name of the cafe was meant as well-wishes to the sailors, as the cafe was located near the pier. Nowadays, this place seem to be quite popular with tourists.
The staff understood Mandarin well enough, and were extremely patient and kind, e.g. there was a group who wanted to change tables after their orders had arrived, and the staff helped them to shift the food without complaints; they gave us water when they saw that we were about to take our medications with coffee / tea, which was much appreciated!
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There were not many breakfast options near our hotel on a Sunday morning, so we decided to try the chain restaurant 翠華 Tsui Wah at Central before taking the bus at Exchange Square for our hike on Wilson Trail.
There were plenty of seats available, and we decided to share a 冰鎮菠蘿油配奶茶 Pineapple Bun with Iced Butter served with Milk Tea (HK$28), and a set with 沙爹牛肉即食麵 , 嫩滑炒蛋，牛油豬仔 配咖啡 Satay Beef Instant Noodles in Soup, Scrambled Eggs and Buttered Crispy Bun with Coffee (HK$36).
Taste-wise, you cannot really go wrong with instant noodles in Hong Kong 😀 The beef was also quite tender.
They forgot our pineapple bun, and we had to chase a couple of times. Served warm, it was not bad at all.
- Location: 中環威靈頓街15-19號地下至2樓 G-2/F, 15-19 Wellington Street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Central Station 港島綫中環站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 4 mins)
- Website: www.tsuiwah.com
- Hrs: 24hr
We had wanted to try the polo bun with butter and milk tea here, but alas, by 6pm, the polo buns were already sold out. Since the minimum order was a drink per person, we decided on:
- 原裝凍奶茶 Iced Milk Tea (HK$20): This was served cold without ice, and it was smooth and strong and not overly sweet. Since there were no ice cubes, the tea remained flavourful throughout. A really lovely cup of milk tea!
- 熱檸啡 Hot Black Coffee with Lemon (HKD$20): Hubby did not add any sugar to his drink, so it was a very interesting blend that was aromatic, bitter and sour.
Being near to closing time, it was relatively quiet and we had a relaxing time chilling in the little bench seats with our drinks, in this little quaint place.
- Location: 灣仔春園街41號春園大廈地下 G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Wan Chai Station 港島綫灣仔站 (Take Exit B2 and walk 4 mins)
- Hrs: 6am – 7pm
After getting a queue number at 甘牌燒鵝 Kam’s Roast Goose, we crossed the road to 檀島咖啡餅店 Honolulu Coffee Shop for a quick lunch first. At 2pm, it was fairly crowded, but there were still seats available. Once settled down, we opted to share a main and of course, the famous egg tart.
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Mr J told us that his cousin has opened a cafe here, so we thought that we should pop over to show some support 🙂
Tried the Philly Cheese Steak Bun 费城芝士牛仔包 (RM5.50) and Tomato Based Luncheon Meat & Egg Macaroni 餐蛋通粉 (RM6.50). For drinks, we shared a Iced Hawthorn 山楂水 (RM1.90). We had initially wanted to try one of the sets, but alas, egg tarts were already sold out by the time we arrived just past 1pm.
For this price, they were certainly quite generous with the amount of minced meat and cheese in the cheese steak bun. We also liked that the bun was quite soft. Overall, this bun was slightly on the saltier side though.
The macaroni arrived shortly after we downed the bun. The tomato gravy was tangy and sweet, whetting up our appetite. There was a generous amount of luncheon meat strips, that looked more like ham. The pasta was cooked just nice, and was slightly bouncy, not bad at all.
The iced hawthorn provided a refreshing relief as it was a really hot day today, but I preferred the nutmeg drink to this.
- Location: 165, Lebuh Campbell, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Contact: +60 4264 3168
- Hrs: 7:30am – 5pm (closed on Sat)
Iconic red and green push cart
What is a trip to Hong Kong without going to a Cha Chan Teng 茶餐廳?
Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園 started as a dai pai dong 大排檔 in 1952 and is supposed to be very famous for stocking milk tea 絲襪奶茶 and pork chop bun 豬扒包 and we just gotta come here after our latte 🙂
Pork Chop Bun, Yuen Yong and Milk Tea
The small eatery kept the iconic signboard and dai pai dong cart (which you can instantly recognize from many travel magazines) and had only a few tables within the full-of-Alan Tham-pictures-wall. We had 金牌豬扒包+凍絲襪奶茶 Pork Chop Bun + Iced Milk Tea (HKD 34) and 凍秘製鴛鴦 Iced Yuen Yong (HKD 20).
I loved the strong milky tea! I’m really not sure how they do it, but it was oh-so-smooth, happiness in a cup! The yuen yong and pork chop bun were pretty standard fare though.
- Location: 香港島中環結志街2號 2 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Hrs: 7am – 6pm (Mon-Sat)
- Nearest MTR: 中環 Central