After an awesome congee breakfast, we were walking along Jervois Street back to our hotel to check-out, and sighted Barista Jam!
So obviously we must try the coffee here. But besides coffee, Barista Jam’s menu also includes breakfast, pastries, pastas, salads, and sandwiches, and serves them in a cozy, chic place with friendly baristas.
I tried a Skinny Latte (HK$36) and it was pretty good! A pity our stomach capacity was limited or we would try out some of the pastries! 🙂
- Location: Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan 上環蘇杭街126-128號地下D舖 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Sheung Wan Station 港島綫上環站 (Take Exit A2 and walk 5 mins)
- Website: www.facebook.com/baristajamhk
- Hrs: 8am – 6pm (Tue-Fri), 10am – 6pm (Mon, Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)
I was craving for congee and so on our last morning at Hong Kong Island, we made a trip to 生記粥品專家 Sang Kee Congee Shop. They also have a noodles shop along the main road, and the congee place is actually located in the little alley nearby.
It was a tiny place, but apparently very popular with foreigners, for they do provide English menu when required. We opted for 魚腩豬心粥 Fish Belly and Pig Heart Congee (HKD$52) and 牛肉粉腸粥 Beef and Pig Intestines Congee (HKD$48). However, because it was outside lunch hours, we got a discount 😀 (There is also discount for takeaways.)
The congee here was so delicious, and we wondered how it managed to retain its heat till the last drop. The ingredients were very fresh and they were quite generous with the ingredients. Nothing beats a lovely bowl of piping hot congee for breakfast on a cold morning 🙂
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!
We kept passing by this cafe whenever we exit the MTR at Sheung Wan. Today was the last time we would be travelling by this station, so we figured that this would be our final stop before leaving Hong Kong island!
18 Grams is a chain of specialty coffee that has branches in various parts of Hong Kong. They brew coffee using Pour Over, Syphon, Aeropress, Cold Brew, Clever Cup, Chemex and french press, as well as the usual Expresso coffees.
I wanted a Matcha Latte (HKD 45), while hubby decided to try an original Shakerato (HKD 45). Ah! What a wonderful balance between the sweetness of the milk, and the bitterness of the matcha… Loved it! 🙂 The cold Shakerato looked innocently pretty but was very intense! Woah! I totally woke up with a tiny sip 😮
- Location: 香港島上環永樂街77號, 77 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Website: www.18grams.com
- Hrs: 8am – 6pm
- Nearest MTR: Sheung Wan 上環
Stick to latte
We were walking up and down the many slopes in Sheung Wan looking for this special dead end – an intimate café that could sit about 20 people indoors, with 4 more tables for outdoor seating.
Hubby had a Cafe Latte (HKD 40), while I decided on a Homemade Ginger Lemon (HKD 45). Hubby described the taste of the ginger lemon to be “the same as 白花蛇草水”, which is an almost tasteless Chinese herbal cooling drink, haha! I stirred very hard, and finally got a slightly gingerish, but very spicy and non-sweetened soda.
The cafe latte fared way better, and was much better than the one we had last night; more aromatic, stronger, less acidic, with a slight bitter and acidic aftertaste.
Conclusion? Stick to the coffee 🙂
- Location: 香港島上環普慶坊72號地下, 72 Po Hing Fong, Hong Kong
- Website: www.cafedeadend.com
- Hrs: 9:30am – 6pm (Tue-Sun)
- Nearest MTR: Sheung Wan 上環
Located literally less than a minute away from our hotel, at 8:45am on a Sunday morning, this place was practically empty! We decided to pace ourselves and try a few items:
- 四寶滑雞扎 Chicken & Chinese Mushroom in Beancurd Wrapping (HKD 23): Flower mushroom, chicken and fish maw wrapped with bean curd skin, much better compared to Lin Heung!
- 鮑菇棉花雞 Abalone Mushroom, Fish Tripe and Chicken (HKD 26): a bit duplicated as the above, abalone mushroom, chicken and fish maw separated, slightly on the saltier side.
- 南翔小籠包 Shanghai Steamed Dumpling (HKD 24): lots of soup, slightly on the salty side. Skin not too thick.
- 聚點坊鲜蝦餃 Shrimp Crystal Dumpling (HKD 26): oooh! Chewy skin that is not too thick, fresh prawns, nice!
- 春風得意腸 Rice Rolls with Spring Rolls (HKD 22): The rice rolls were very smooth and soft, and the spring roll inside super crispy! With the fillings inside, this was even better than those youtiao cheong fun 炸兩!
Tea is HKD 3 per person, replenished very frequently. No additional service charge.
This place is definitely a more tourist-friendly dim sum place, with the menu on each table with both Chinese and English descriptions and pictures so that you know what you are ordering! The pace is also more relaxed, and the seats relatively spacious. A great way to start our day! 🙂
Established brand in Hong Kong
We stepped foot on Hong Kong again!
Our last trip here was Mar 2014 (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3) and we were Scooting early into HK again this time!
We touched down at 6am, and took no time to breeze through the custom and immigration (since we have no checked-in luggage), bought Octopus Cards, took Airport Express, and changed to MTR! By 7:16am we were already at The Mercer Hong Kong dropping our backpacks as we started off with our first day at the land of dim sums!
Lin Heung Tea House 蓮香樓 is very near the hotel, and we reached at 7:25am but the place was already packed with the morning crowd, especially when it opens it’s doors from 6am everyday!