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)
Thai In Town re-opened as Tomyum Mama, and we decided to give it a go~
- Deep Fried Sea Bass with Fish Sauce and Mango Salad ($24.90 nett): Our favourite dish, the fish was deep fried till really crispy, and the meat was tender. The mango salad by the side gave a refreshing lift to the dish.
- Thai Wanton Mee ($5.90): This was not bad, with generous amount of ingredients, given the price.
- Pandan Chicken ($4.90 for 2 pieces): Ah, the sad and dry tiny little chicken chucks. Enough said. =X
- Homemade Meat Balls ($4.90 for 8 pieces): This was surprisingly addictive despite looking rather dry on the outside. The meat balls actually had some juice in them! Do note that there was prawn in the minced meat mixture.
- Baby Kai Lan with Mushrooms ($7.90): This was a rather salty plate of vegetables.
Drinks-wise, we tried the Thai Iced Milk Tea ($2.90), and the Thai Iced Lemongrass ($2.90), which we thought were not bad, but a little on the sweet side.
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
Since we were in the nostalgic mood today with 蓮香樓 Lin Heung Tea House in the morning, we figured we should continue with the mood at 美都餐室 Mido Cafe.
A short but lovely ferry ride from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, plus a short walk later, we arrived at 美都餐室 Mido Cafe!
We went up to the second floor, and as we walked, we were transported back in time, with the traditional tiles and old-school windows. The seating was very spacious, which was really quite rare in Hong Kong!
It was a quiet time at 4+pm, and we just chilled out with a 凍鴛鴦 Iced Yuanyang and 凍奶茶 Iced Milk Tea (HK$20 each). The drinks were nothing to shout about, and the minimum spending was HKD$20 per person. Food items seemed rather expensive (not sure if the portions were huge), but since we were planning to have dinner at 四季煲仔飯 Four Seasons Claypot Rice nearby, so we did not bother trying any.
- Location: 油麻地廟街63號地下 G/F, 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit C and walk 4 mins)
- Hrs: 9am – 9pm (rest on Wed)
While our parents were resting in the hotel after our 淡水 Tamsui trip, we went for a quick date at a nearby cafe.
南美咖啡 Nanmay Coffee is a 2-storey cafe started in 1956 and was the first to import raw coffee beans to roast them in-house to sell to customers. There were many nostalgic items in the cafe and the whole atmosphere seemed to transport us back to the 60s. Many of the customers were old folks and we seemed to be one of the youngest customers here, haha!
Perhaps their customers came here after visiting the 天后宫媽祖图書舘 Tin Hau Temple opposite.
Anyway, we were seated comfortably on the second floor with a nice view of the temple, and had the following:
Since we had an ultra disappointing dinner, we decided to check out the other restaurants and discover this super long queue at 羅麥記 Law Mark Kee. Got queue means cannot be that bad right? So we got ourselves a queue number and begun our 30 minute wait for a seat.
羅麥記 Law Mark Kee is an upscale Cha Chan Teng 茶餐廳 and has quite a few outlets at various shopping malls, and the specialty is… 怀旧 retro… Haha… The walls are decorated with old school posters, and there are plenty of old school TVs, radios, standing fans, telephones, soft drink carts, sofas lying around the corners of the restaurant to bring you back to the 70s and 80s.
And then we saw a few people with Groupon deals, so we were hoping that this was not the only reason for the crowd 😮
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
Polo Pork Chop Bun 菠萝猪扒包
We have been wanting to check out this place as it was always crowded whenever we walked past!
Today we were at nex bright and early, so it was a good opportunity to come here. True enough, the entire place was empty 🙂
We decided on a Polo Pork Chop Bun 菠萝猪扒包 ($6.90 nett, with $1 for egg) and topped up $5.60 to make it into a set, with Iced Macau Milk Tea (UP $2.80) and Chicken Wings (UP $5.90 for 6 wings).
The polo bun was not the crispy hard crust type, but its sweetness was a good complement to the rather salty but quite jucy pork slice. The wings were very juicy and salty, so it would be better to eat it with the rice option. Milk tea was pretty standard fare, but really helped to balance out the saltiness of the food…
This was a rather spur-of-the-moment kind of a trip, where the Whatsapp conversation basically went…
- Me: Scoot having $20 one way ticket sale today and tomorrow.
- Ms. W: Oooo go where?
- Me: Got HK, China, Australia.
- Ms. W: Where u like? U interested?
- Me: Huh? I all like? Lol
- Ms. W: Then must chop chop make decision liao.
And so, in less than 3 hours, we booked tickets for 5 pax, including Ms. Y, who first announced that she could make it, and then asked where we were going and who were going -_-”
We also decided to stay at Royal Plaza Hotel 帝京酒店 since it was rather difficult to find big rooms for 3 pax and we had a good experience with this hotel previously.
Categories: Hong Kong, Travel
Tags: chicken wing, dim sum, egglet, hor fun, Jordan, mango, milk tea, Mong Kok, pigeon, po lo bun, Sham Shui Po, souffle, steamboat, Temple Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei