What are cafes like in Hong Kong? It’s very different to what you would imagine and to what we have in London. These cafes are called cha chan teng which translates to “tea restaurant” – and they serve fast affordable food. The menu is simple but gives you a variety from breakfast to dinner and they often have set menus which include a drink – perfect for those who are in a rush and can’t decide on what to eat. These cafes are usually quite small, sometimes you have to share tables with others and you don’t expect to stay there for long either – each table is turned around quickly. It’s a great place to grab a quick bite with friends.
Below are a few cafes which we visited and we really liked it.
Kam Wah Cafe
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward
Kam Wah Cafe is a short walk from Prince Edward MTR and it’s well known for its award winning pineapple buns and egg tarts.
The pineapple buns have a crispy outer layer almost like a thin layer of cookie, and the inside is warm, soft and fluffy. The egg tarts have a flaky pastry and the egg filling has a gentle wobble in the centre – nice and eggy. These all cost under £1 each! There’s a minimum requirement that all customers order one drink each so we ordered a iced HK style milk tea and a lemon tea – our perfect afternoon.
HK style French toast which is sandwiched with peanut butter then dipped in egg and deep fried. Served with a slab of butter on top and then drenched with syrup – guilty pleasure, it goes nicely with a cup of tea. But we were slightly disappointed as there wasn’t enough peanut butter inside the toast.
All the buns are available for take away – they have a take away counter just outside and service is very quick. Apart from pineapple buns they also have cocktail buns, Mexico buns and coconut tarts. I love the smell of freshly baked goods which have just come out of the oven.
Australia Dairy Company
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan
Australia Dairy Company is a short walk from Jordan MTR station and they are very famous for their scrambled eggs (and bad service). The queues can be quite long but the waiting time isn’t too bad as the turn around is very quick, as they have a number of staff working and the food arrives very quickly.
We ordered the scrambled eggs and ham sandwich – the bread was really soft and fluffy which went really well with the super soft creamy scrambled eggs.
I don’t usually drink milk but this bottle of milk was too cute so we had to order it!
Toasted club sandwich which had minced beef, ham, cheese, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and gherkins. This was really tasty and satisfying – we had no trouble finishing this.
A very satisfying breakfast at 9am in the morning.
G/F, 107 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok
Capital Cafe is a short walk from Mong Kok MTR station, it’s a very popular cafe among the HK pop stars and the walls are filled with photos of pop stars who have visited.
We came here on our last day and enjoyed our last breakfast in HK. The dish which attracted me to visit this place was the scrambled egg on toast with truffle which costs under £4. The eggs were smooth and creamy but we couldn’t taste much of the truffle. I would say that the eggs at Australia Dairy Company are richer in taste and creamier.
On the specials board there was a devils pork chop bun which caught my eye. I asked for it to be spicy and it came with wasabi mayo (so John had to help eat most of it). The bread roll was crusty on the outside and the pork was a little dry but it was tasty.
The HK style milk tea was super rich and creamy – one of the creamiest we’ve had in HK.
We also ordered the club sandwich so we could compare with the one we had at Australia Dairy Company. The sandwich was filled with minced beef, ham, scrambled eggs, tomato, cheese and gherkins. It was pretty good.