For our trip this year, we went to Hong Kong! To be honest, it was my first overseas trip after so long that I have forgotten how it feels like to sit in a plane and get all excited like a kid when the plane took off and went into the clouds. Eyes glued to the window, I frantically whipped out my phone, accidentally jabbing my asleep bf a few times in the process 😂. But I knew I just had to take some typical plane window shots of the sky and the clouds. I mean don’t they look picturesque? I wish I could just lie on those fluffy white pillows.
And yes, this post will mostly be about food, as our food hunting activities probably took up more than half of our trip itinerary.
P.s This will be an extremely long post that comprises mostly of food and some of the fun activities we had. For the summarised version of our food trips, check out my post over at what to eat in Hong Kong.
So after a 4 hours plane journey, we reached our destination – Hong kong.
Fast forward from the airport, we took the airport express train to Hong Kong Station, where we hopped onto our designated shuttle bus and reached our hotel, Hotel Ibis in Sheung Wan.
Tip: You can get your portable wifi router from Changi airport at S$5/day for 500MB/day (fee waived for the first day), or if not you can get yours from HK airport. Pick up your octopus card (bus+ mtr card) at 150HKD (50HKD for the card itself and 100HKD for topup). Grab the city map or any Hong Kong guides from the counter if you can. The airport express train will cost at 60HKD/pax, and took only about half an hour or less to reach Hong Kong station, where most of the hotel shuttle bus services are at. We took the H1 shuttle bus (which arrives every 15 minutes) to our hotel, which only took another 10 minutes to reach our hotel.
Our room for the next 7 nights was quite compact and small. The picture above shows almost the entire room, with a small bathroom on my left, a television and full length mirror on my right, and with a few steps backwards to reach the door. But the harbour view from our room on the 32nd floor (their highest floor) makes up for it. And well the room was small but extremely cozy too.
Our first food stop of the day wasn’t a cha chaan teng or a dim sum place. It was…
#1 Sinmei Tea 川善茶居
Address: 5/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 3690 8238
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 19:30 (Mon-Sun)
They say Sin mei tea cafe is one of the places that is like a paradise to matcha lovers. A modern tea house cafe that sells pretty and delicious matcha desserts? Yes ✓ We placed this at the top of our list since it was the nearest dessert cafe from our hotel with less than a 15 minutes walk. It would be easy to navigate isn’t it? We thought. We held onto our phone navigation for dear life as throngs of people swarmed by us on the narrow streets. It was hard to even stop for a while and check our gps for directions without blocking almost the entire narrow walk way.
The inconspicuous CS tower, which takes the form of an unassuming narrow building along the road was finally found in the end. Take the elevator inside up to the 5th floor, and the cafe entrance will be directly in front of you. There was no queue on a weekday afternoon. I didn’t manage to take pictures of the cafe interiors, but it had a rather unique tea house ambience with traditional chinese chairs and furniture, in contrast with the pink western style chairs. The small balcony outside the cafe had a refreshingly laid back vibe and cooling atmosphere with the temperature outside at 18 to 20°C.
We had a few of the must-tries: Sizzling matcha brownie, Matcha Cheesecake and Iced matcha latte. I took a instant liking to the sizzling matcha brownie. Though rather pricey at S$14+ for its size, it was definitely worth a try with its distinct aromatic matcha taste, a fine balance between sweet and bitter. The combination between the warm matcha brownie, along with cold ice cream drizzled with more cold matcha sauce that sizzled upon touching the hot pan was also something else.
#2 Oddies Foodies
Address: 45 Gough Street, Central Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 10:30 (Mon-Sun)
We choose to hop over to Oddies Foodies as it was only about 10 minutes away from Sin mei tea cafe. The seemingly short journey involves many steep stairs, slopes and turns, posing as a test to our stamina. I’m pretty bad at navigating, so my bf practically become my personal gps and we reached our destination within a shorter time than predicted.
We had their Night Wolf and The Mob.
The Night Wolf [60HKD] basically consists of a small size cup of italian soft serve twirled with 66% dark chocolate sauce, with buttery crumbs, caramelized banana ice cream, passion fruit panna cotta, brownie and chocolate chips eggettes and crunchy flakes.
The Mob [65HKD] consists of a small cup of Italian low fat milk gelato, apple yuzu jelly, homemade matcha ice cream, citrus crunchy flakes, drizzled with rich matcha sauce and served with black sesame mochi eggettes.
The gelato was rich, smooth and velvety, and I like how their eggettes have a slightly crispy texture outside with a more chewy interior. The many layers of toppings may seemed a little overwhelming that complicate the taste rather than working well together, but the crunchiness of the crumbs and flakes works well with the smoothness of the gelato and chewiness of the eggettes, while the citrusy of the passionfruit fruit panna cotta balanced out their sweetness. Overall, I personally didn’t felt it was as amazing as what to others say. But Hong Kong eggettes with gelato checked ✓
#3 Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists
Address: 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
Tel: +852 2788 1226
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:30 (Mon-Sun)
When people talk about Hong Kong, the first thing that comes in mind food-wise is probably the land of dim sum right? For dinner, we headed to Tim Ho Wan (Their main outlet at Sham Shui Po)
We both agreed that the BBQ pork baked buns here fared better than the ones we had in Singapore, as they boast a crisper outer skin and juicier meat inside. However, the other dim sum paled in comparison to my favorite buns, and probably are similar to the ones we had in Singapore. Some may say that Tim Ho Wan is overrated, but they do serve pretty decent dim sum at reasonable prices in Hong Kong, and best of all, there was no queue at all when we ate there at supposedly peak dinner timing.
#4 Australia Diary Company
Address: G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 07:30 – 23:00 (Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun, Closed Thu)
We went to Australia Diary Company for our first cha chaan teng experience. This name probably doesn’t sound at all foreign to you. Even though there is no lack of cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong, most people who had been to HK would probably have this as their mandatory food stop to have a try at their much-lauded scrambled eggs breakfast. Does it live up to its hype? To find out, naturally we had to come here to taste it for ourselves too. We arrived early about 15 minutes just after it opened, at 7.45am to avoid the queues. There was no queue at that time, but the place was already so packed that we were immediately ushered in to share a table with two other people at a small four-seater table.
Basically, the downsides of our experience here are: the awkwardness of facing strangers just right across you in quite close proximity, the space you are sitting at is so small that you can’t even move your elbows, the table space in front of you being so small that you could place one plate and maybe one drink in front (anything more will exceed your part of the table and infringe on others’ spaces), and also the possibly rude but fast service, especially if you don’t understand the chinese words on the menu and don’t understand the cantonese they speak. To prevent unnecessary misunderstandings, we just showed them pictures of the exact food items we want on our phones. (To be most honest, we did it for all our orderings at all the cha chaan tengs we went to and it’s 100% effective! 😂) However, they may be a little impatient due to the overwhelming crowd of customers. It was like a war zone here.
This was only picture of our food I managed to snap because we ordered two sets of breakfast, so our food was arriving plate after plate and there was no space to place all our plates, hence we had to chomp down our food fast. Even the girl right in front of me was mumbling something about not getting a proper picture of her food due to the limited space and time to eat. It sounded exactly like me, but on the inside 😂 The highlight of our experience would be the famed fluffy, soft and smooth scrambled eggs that had a unique milky taste (Hokkaido milk?). A perfect balance of all the ingredients for a good scrambled eggs, which was nothing like the ones I have tasted before. Now we understood all the fuss behind the popularity of this place.
We also had their french toast, paired with the maple syrup provided which was quite good as well. The moment we finished our food, we had to quickly pay and make way for the queue that was forming outside. Despite all that, I still felt satisfied having tried the most famed scrambled eggs in Hong Kong and underwent the true speedy-paced HK style cha chaan teng experience.
#5 Elephant Grounds Starstreet
Address: Shop D-L, 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2778 2700
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00 (Mon-Thu); 08:00 – 22:00 (Fri); 09:00 – 22:00 (Sat); 09:00 – 21:00 (Sun)
We came to Elephant Grounds for our first cafe experience in Hong Kong. Initially we planned to have brunch food there, but the ones I wanted were only available on the weekend brunch menu so we decided to just have cake and coffee instead.
What caught my interest is the relaxed laid back vibe of the place and the beautiful interior.
The Blueberry cheesecake and Swiss Mocha were not too bad. We ordered the rainbow hot chocolate (seasonal special) [60HKD] out of curiosity, and realized that it was solely for aesthetic purposes rather than for taste. With little hints of white chocolate in its milky white base and colours that stain, it is probably wise to just order once for the inquisitive souls.
#6 Via Tokyo
Address: Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 28951116
Opening Hours: 09:30 – 22:30 (Sun-Thurs), 09:30 – 23:00 (Fri-Sat)
Another cafe famed for its matcha desserts ✓ After shopping in the Causeway Bay area, we made our way to Via Tokyo… only to find out that they don’t serve matcha on Wednesdays, and only other flavours like Hojicha and Royal Milk Tea are served. Now, I wished I had done more research before we went 😅
We were probably not fated for matcha desserts that day but it’s okay, because the royal milk tea soft cream cone we had was really smooth with an aromatic rich milk tea taste. Nevertheless, it was still worth a trip down.
#7 Capital Cafe
Address: Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel:+852 2666 7766
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00 (Mon-Sun)
We went to our second cha chaan teng the next morning for breakfast. Since we just had breakfast at Australia Diary Company the previous day, we thought there could be a better comparison made.
The 128 digits written on a piece of paper at the top right hand corner of the picture above indicates the total bill for our meal [128HKD]. There is no indication of the dishes ordered and you have to do your own calculation. There is no gst nor service charge as well.
We arrived at the cafe only about half an hour after opening. It was not as crowded as Australia Diary Company, with the place only less than half filled. (However, it gets a little more busier by the time we left) We didn’t have to share table this time round, nor was there immense pressure to finish our food fast, so I was able to take a proper flatlay shot of my food successfully.
Though Capital Cafe sells similar breakfast items as like Australia Diary Company, there was a noticeable difference in their food. I personally felt that the scrambled eggs we had at the former were not as smooth and creamy as the one we had at the latter. However, the harshbrown, bacon, corns and beans were tasty complements to the scrambled eggs and toast.
As for the black truffle scrambled eggs [42HKD], the black truffle bits might have slightly elevated the taste of the scrambled eggs, but I felt that it was still not strong enough though overall I still enjoyed my fluffy eggs.
Their iced milk tea was sweeter and has a stronger tea taste as compared to the one at Australia Diary Co. But we still think the one we had at Kam Wah Cafe is still the best. (Read about our cha chaan teng experience at Kam Wah Cafe at the later part of this post). Overall, it still suffice for a good cha chaan teng experience, especially without the hustle bustle and table-sharing.
We headed to OCEAN PARK HONG KONG for the rest of the day. Tip: Download the Klook app and get your ticket at only S$61/pax (Prices may vary on different days) while enjoying the convenience of a bus pick up straight to the Ocean Park entrance from 3 spots in the city, which is much cheaper than just buying the ticket directly from the official website and bearing the trouble of navigating a way there yourself. [Usual price: 385HKD/pax; about S$70/pax]
#8 Common Ground Cafe
Address: G/F, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2818 8318
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Mon-Fri); 09:30-19:00 (Sat-Sun)
We decided to make a visit to Common Ground cafe for brunch that morning (which was also the first morning that we could wake up late after playing so hard at Ocean Park the other day😂) We chose this place for brunch, as it was quite well known for its food especially among cafe-goers, and this goes all the way up to the top of my list of to go to. This cozy neighbourhood cafe though, was quietly hidden and a bit difficult to find. I think I might have just given up navigating if not for the bf.
In frame, we had their Fresh Chicken Burger [105HKD], CG All Day Breakfast [128HKD], Cold Salted Chocolate [52HKD] and Hot Mocha [48HKD].
Pricing-wise is similar to the cafe food in Singapore, but I can’t say the same for standard-wise.. Because the food here is really just too good. I like the all day breakfast platter which has a huge portion consisting of all the essential breakfast ingredients of sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and potato wedges, and with every single thing executed perfectly. The highlight would be the chicken patty right there. Juicy, tender, and full of flavour. I only wished it was bigger in size so that I could savour more of it. As for the Chicken Burger, I like their idea of adding a slice of freshly grilled pineapple onto the chicken patty, as the combination works well together giving a sweet touch to the savory dish. Overall, we were very satisfied with the food we had there, and enjoyed the chilled vibe of the place while dog/dog owner- watching.
Please move to Singapore so that I can eat it again?
#9 Teakha Cafe
Address: Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2858 9185
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Mon-Fri); 09:00-20:00 (Sat-Sun)
Located in a quiet alley of Tai Ping Shan street, Teakha cafe is a small tea house cafe that specializes in a range of organic tea like Masala Chai, Keemum Rose Tea, and Hoji au Lait, as well as a variety of brunch items, and a fine selection of pastries and cakes. I have seen too many mouthwatering pictures of their signature matcha cheesecake on instagram that I had to come down to try it for myself. We decided to make our way here after brunch at Common Ground, as it was only a short distance away.
Only the tea menu was available, while the cakes were on display. Check out Teakha official website for more info on their food menu instead.
As it was a weekday early afternoon, there were not many customers around and we got to hang out at the alfresco seating area and enjoy a quiet tea break. In frame, we had their Matcha Cheesecake [50HKD], Matchmallow Chiffon Cake [52HKD], Thai Iced Tea [45HKD] and Ippodo’s Matcha Soy Latte [60HKD]. The light fluffy chiffon cake had a more subtle flavour and sweetness, with the creaminess and sweetness of the cream balancing out the overall taste. The cheesecake on the other hand embodied a richer matcha flavour and was creamier in taste. The Thai Iced Tea we had was strong flavoured (if not a little diluted by the melted ice), and imparted an aromatic frangrance, yet not being overly sweet.
A hidden gem in Shueng Wan, Teakha cafe is a must-visit for tea lovers, or if not, for their lovely pastries and cakes.
After filling our tummies, we headed to SKY100 for a bird eye view of the beautiful Hong Kong cityline. We spent S$23/pax (for daytime viewing before 6pm) using the Klook app (Price may vary on different days), which is much cheaper that its original price at S$32/pax.
#10 Dim Sum Icon
Address: L308, 3/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00 (Mon-Sun)
For dinner, we headed to Dim Sum Icon which was famous for their cute dim sum. Originally known as the world’s first Gudetama Dim Sum restaurant, its dim sums had evolved from Gudetama to Little Twin Stars, to Kobitos, and then finally to Crayon Shin Chan. 蜡笔小新! which is the latest addition to the menu (A Gudetama cafe has recently opened in Singapore, and I still like that yellow lazy egg character best) Shin Chan is still very cute though. Coming to this trendy dim sum restaurant has completely changed the way we eat traditional dim sum, as we are indirectly encouraged to “play” with our food.
In frame: we ordered Shin Chan Special Peach Drink [39HKD], Shiro Chocolate Special Drink [39HKD], Friend’s steamed milk custard buns [49HKD], Shinchan Steamed Chocolate Buns [49HKD], Shinchan Watermelon Cakes [35HKD] and Lovers’ Milk Tarts [35HKD].
Dim Sum Icon also has other offerings from the eggs’ family series, and the normal dim sums. Of course, the highlight is Shin Chan and we went straight for that. Price-wise, it was considered quite acceptable with prices of the food ranging from 30+ to 40+HKD. (S$5+ to S$8+) We thought it would be just gimmicky and average or even below average tasting, but we were surprised to find that they were actually not too bad. Out of the food we ordered, I feel the Milk Tarts were pretty normal, while the most unique one goes to the watermelon cakes, which were made from real watermelons so they were not just three blocks of cheap jelly with a “fake” watermelon taste. Instead, I felt like we were eating real watermelons that was partially in a jello form, so refreshing and not overly sweet. Also, the milk custard buns did not flow, with the fillings being quite solidified and tasted not as satisfying, so if you have to choose one, go for their chocolate buns instead!
#11 Kam Wah Cafe
Address: G/F 47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2392 6830
Opening Hours: 06:30 – 00:00 (Mon-Sun)
The following morning we went to Kam Wah cafe for breakfast. Another cha chaan teng yay!
We arrived at 8am and were early enough to avoid the queue. Famed for their polo buns, egg tarts and milk tea, we decided to order those in addition to our mains of luncheon (+egg+ham+sausage set) meat doll noodles, and also a side of french toast that looked so tempting from another table, ultimately resulting in a big table of food for two pax. It was so much that we had to occupy a four-seater table instead of just a two-seater one, and also we were sitting just in front of the entrance where customers were fast flooding in. (I’m pretty sure we were judged by the people there.) The restaurant started to become more packed as people filed in for some good breakfast over at Kam Wah Cafe. So, lucky we only ordered one polo bun to share, as it was unexpectedly huge. The exterior had a slighty crusty top layer and the bun itself was fluffy with a slab of butter in the center. It tasted not bad, but also not particularly amazing as well. Same goes for the egg tarts. However, we were more impressed with their milk tea, and it was better than the ones we had in the previous two cha chaan tengs, as it embodied a thicker texture with a very aromatic milk tea taste. The meat doll noodles (hong kong style noodles gong zai mian) was also simplicity at its best. Overall, the food sufficed for a good breakfast, and we left feeling satisfied.
We went to take a look over at Ladies Market and Sneakers Street after breakfast. The former offers a variety of cheap bargains like clothing, accessories and souvenirs, while the latter has stretches of sneaker shops that offers the greatest variety of sports footwear.
Address: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Directions: MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks.
Address: Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Directions: MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit D3. Walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street
#12 Check in Tokyo
Address: Shop 9B, G/F, 43P-43S Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00 (Mon-Sun)
While shopping at Ladies Market and Sneakers Street, we came across this tiny take-away shop that sells japanese soft serve ice cream, and was instantly attracted to the picture of their rainbow softserve at their shop.
The Rainbow softserve [50HKD] consists of Ramune, a limited edition flavour of the day (nutella), uji matcha and hokkaido milk flavor, stacked one on top of the other on a black charcoal cone. Presentation-wise, it was very appealing with its tall tower of colourful and beautifully twirled softserve. Ice cream was also smooth and not overly sweet, but lacked the strong distinct taste of flavours, especially for the nutella one.
What looked most interesting was the blue coloured ice cream, Ramune, which is defined as “slightly lime flavored carbonated soft drink enclosed in Codd-neck bottle”, also known as a kind of Japanese soda. I guess it was supposed to be the highlight of the softserve, given its biggest sized portion resting at the top of the ice cream stack. I agree too. I found it really interesting, refreshingly light with a slight sweetness. However, one of my favourites, the portion of Uji Matcha ice cream could be proportionately bigger instead. As the overall portion of the softserve is huge, it is more advisable to share it.
#13 Mak’s Noodle
Address: G/F, 55 Parkes Street, Jordan
Tel: +852 2302 0908
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 00:30 (Mon-Sun)
After hearing many things about the famed Cantonese wonton noodles from the “Mak”, we decided that we should check this place out. But the problem is… Which “Mak”? We initially planned to visit Mak Man Kee Noodle instead, but didn’t realize that in fact, Mak’s Noodle is just a shop away from it. We ended up going into Mak’s Noodle by accident, and ordering their dumpling wonton noodles.
“WHAT We had the wrong place???!” But it was too late since the food were arriving. We finished it anyway and decided to hop over to Man Man Kee Noodle next door, as the portion of their noodles was really too small to be filling for our dinner.
#14 Mak Man Kee Noodle
Address: G/F, 51 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2736 5561
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 00:30 (Mon-Sun)
Stepping into the restaurant, we immediately found the first difference. There was a significantly a larger crowd in Man Man Kee Noodle with the place completely packed, while there were only a few customers in Mak’s Noodle. We were ushered to our table, and ordered their dumpling and char siew wonton noodles.
I mean look at that comparably bigger portion of noodles and generous amount of meat on our plates. That was the second difference. We preferred the springier and tastier noodles from this place, and the dumplings are bigger, fresher and had shrimps in it as well. With the differing standards of taste and texture, we thought it was good enough already till we paid the bill and realized that our dumpling wonton noodle from Man Man Kee Noodle costs lesser than the one from Mak’s Noodle. (I can’t remember the exact price but it was slightly cheaper)
Mak’s Noodle has got quite a few branches in Hong Kong. Maybe it was the differing standards between outlets or it might be due to our own subjective tastes and preferences, but my heart has already gone to Mak Man Kee Noodle that’s for sure.
#15 Chau Kee
Address: Shop H1, G/F, Tung Lee Mansion, Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2559 2389
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 17:00 (Tue-Sun, closed Mon)
Another dimsum + cha chaan teng restaurant highly recommended by many, for its sinfully good “Golden Lava French Toast” (Salted egg french toast).
We also ordered the Fried Silver Pin Noodle with XO sauce [35HKD], Steamed Rice with Chicken & Chinese Sausage + egg [31HKD] and their iced milk tea as well. But the highlight was definitely that french toast [28HKD] which was also their best seller. I couldn’t understand what the rave was about this french toast till I finally tried it for myself. When the toast was sliced opened to reveal the golden liquid that instantaneously flows out, I was impressed with the presentation and rich taste of the generous salted egg sauce that complemented so well with the eggy and fluffy toast that encase all that goodness. It was so incredibly addictive that I started forking up pieces of well golden soaked toast and sending them into my mouth non-stop till a good three quarters was gone when I was supposed to share it. Oops.
For the rest of the day, we headed for an impromptu trip to Macau for the day. Tickets are sold at 177HKD for one-way trip from Hong Kong ferry terminal to Macau Terminal at the official counter. We wanted to use the the Klook app to purchase two-way tickets (cheaper in price and flexibility in choosing the time of the day for departures, instead of of buying a specific ticket that specifies the time) but it was already fully booked in advance. Hence, we just went ahead with the spontaneous trip and improvised on the way.
So we ended up at The Parisian, a new paris-themed hotel located in Macau, and scaled the Eiffel Tower (without going to Paris)! Okay so it was only 37 floors high. 😂
#16 Classified Cafe
Address: 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2525 3454
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 00:00 (Mon-Sun)
We were exploring the streets of Sheung Wan while navigating to Common ground Cafe the other day when we stumbled upon this busy cafe along the quiet street, bustling with crowds of mostly caucasions. I could see the scrumptious looking brunch food from the tables of those in the alfresco seating area that I could have almost just given up that day and settled for brunch here instead. But of course I was glad we persevered. We decided to come down here on an early weekday again for brunch to avoid the crowd.
In frame: We had their Eggs Royale [110HKD], Classified Breakfast [108HKD], Iced chocolate [47HKD] and Caffe Mocha [44HKD].
To our delight, they have quite an extensive range of brunch items that sounded really tempting. We settled for our usuals in the end with their eggs royale and big breakfast. Our food and drinks were served in take-away cups and plates, which were probably catered for busy working class on the go. The food tasted not bad, though not spectacular. But the breaking point came when the bf took a sip of his iced chocolate and found it an utter disappointment. (He always made it a point to order the chocolate drink at every cafe we go so he’s the chocolate expert now😂) But we unanimously agreed it was the most diluted iced chocolate we had.
Nonetheless, it was an still a decent impromptu brunch place that we came to without researching on it first, and had somewhat gratifying food to fill our tummies for the morning while enjoying the cool breeze and people watching. If only I could sit here and enjoy my breakfast everyday like this.
#17 Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉香港店
Address: No. 3005-9 3/F Miramar Shopping Centre 132 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2156 1168
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00 (Mon-Sun)
The matcha craze arrived in Hong Kong when Nakamura Tokichi, a renowned Japanese Tearoom opened its first outlet outside Kyoto, Japan in Hong Kong last year. Known for its high quality authentic green tea desserts, and with ingredients especially flown in from Uji daily, it was no surprise for all the media hype, and green tea enthusiasts queueing for hours in line just to have a taste of their wide selection of exclusive offerings ranging from noodles, jellies, mochi, ice cream and many more. After eyeing on this place for ages, I was ecstatic to be finally able to take this opportunity to see what the fuss is all about. We arrived at lunch time, and there wasn’t any queue nor was it crowded. Maybe the craze has already died down after over a year? Anyhow we were relieved as there were mentions of long queues from many reviews on this place. (Note: it has reopened at The Miramar Shopping Center after its closure at The One.)
In frame, we had the Matcha Warabimochi [88HKD], Kyo no Fukiyose [98HKD] and Uji Kin Ice Matcha & Hojicha [98HKD].
Upon entering the restaurant, the waitress immediately asked if we wanted to get a set of their warabimochi. Apparently, the shop’s signature dish is the warabimochi, and they are only available in limited quantities per day. It was served along with two side selection of matcha brown sugar syrup or brown sugar syrup for dipping before consumption. Not only was the extremely soft and chewy texture of the warabimochi totes addictive, that right balance of authentic matcha bitterness and sweetness when eaten along the sauces was just amazing. Their Kyo no Fukiyose consists of light and fluffy matcha and hojicha chiffon cakes, mochi balls, matcha ice cream, sweet red beans, fresh cream and glazed chestnut. The combination of all the items on our plate works so well together no wonder it was the first one to be wiped clean! We also chose the matcha and hojicha combo for our order of Uji Kin Ice. It came as a mountain of smooth and fluffy shaved ice with a velvety soft-serve twist of both flavours perched on top, along with Hokkaido red bean paste and mochi balls, and served with two sides of matcha and hojicha sauce for us to pour into the ice ourselves.
I am absolutely in love with their heavenly green tea desserts. This place is definitely high on my list of hong kong food recommendation to all matcha lovers out there!
We were supposed to head to Little Bao for dinner that night but my stomach was unwell so I had cup noodles later on instead. Oh the regret 😭
#18 Cafe deadend
Address: G/F, 72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 6716 7005
Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 (Tue-Sun, closed Mon)
I realized there were so many nice cafes in Sheung Wan, and almost all the cafes we went to are located within walking distance from our hotel. On our last day in Hong Kong (actually only less than half a day left as we needed to check out by noon that day), we headed to Cafe Deadend for our last brunch (actually technically not the last one because we couldn’t help but hop over to another final one later on, read on about my #19 below 😂) Located in a secluded ‘dead end’ corner in Sheung Wan, this place has a lot of climbing obstacles and navigation difficulties. But it was worth every muscle climbing and waking up early for, as this quaint cafe with a charming atmosphere has plenty of appetizing delicacies to offer.
In frame, we had Poached Eggs with Prosciutto [95HKD], Cinammon French Toast [85HKD], Iced Chocolate [55HKD] and Hot Mocha [50HKD].
You know that moment when the food tastes as good as it looks? Covered in a smooth layer of creamy yet light hollandaise that complemented well with the saltier prosciutto, it was an added bonus when the perfectly poached eggs were slit open to reveal the flowy golden yolk it contained. Also, that soft and fluffly brioche bun drizzled with maple syrup to give it a slight sweetness and paired with a side of fresh cream just raised the bar for a good french toast in my life. Goodbye.
#19 3rd Space
Address: G/F, Tai Hing Building, 22A Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2547 4149
Opening Hours: 10:30 – 18:00 (Mon-Sun)
No. That was not the end yet. We hopped over to 3rd Space cafe which was just a few steps away, before we had to go back to our hotel to check out at noon. We came across this charming space while finding our planned brunch place at Cafe Deadend, and it was just nice that it opened around the time that we finished our first round of brunch too. I’m sure we were fated for a second round.
In frame, we had their Uji Matcha Pancake [108HKD] and Cocoa & Hershey Pancake [108HKD]. I know I did mention about food tasting as good it looks. But, looks can be deceiving as well. Heavily dense are those stacks of pancakes, and flavours so subtle it was hard differentiating any hints of matcha/chocolate in our pancakes. Furthermore, at almost 108HKD/S$20 per stack, I don’t think it’s worth the bucks. In the end, we left with our pancakes half eaten.
I think I like my pancakes best when they’re softer and fluffier and it might be a personal opinion, but taste-wise there are definitely still spaces for improvement.
So this marks all 19 places we had eaten at in Hong Kong (not counting all the late night suppers of Japanese food/Macdonalds/cup noodles), and the shoppings, markets, Ocean Park, Sky100, Macau and Eiffel Tower trips!
We almost missed our flight as we underestimated the actual time taken to reach our plane seats from the Airport express at Hong Kong Station. Departure took longer than when we arrived in Hong Kong with the baggage check, further train rides to different terminals and even further train rides to different gates. Also, our gate was located at the very end of the terminal so imagine all the runnings we had to do.
(っ◕‿◕)っ♥ Goodbye Hong Kong.
There are certainly a lot more other places recommended by foodies and which are famed for their food as well that we didn’t visit. Familiar names may probably include Kau Kee Beef Brisket Noodle, Yat Lok Roast Goose, Lan Fong Yuen cha chaan teng or Yum Cha dim sum restaurant etc. We didn’t even pay a visit to Tai Cheong Bakery in Hong Kong. There may be a never-ending long list of must eats in Hong Kong, but I’m already contented for all the good food we had eaten for the past 8 days there, some of them which even exceeded my expectations and gave my life a new meaning 😂 (And thanks to the bf for accompanying me and travelling to places here and there just for food despite not being much of a foodie)
For a summarised version of our food trips, check out my post over at what to eat in Hong Kong.
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