[Hong Kong] Old-fashioned HK breakfast at China Cafe

China Café is one of those old utilitarian “cha chaan teng” (teahouses) which serve sandwiches and simple rice or noodle dishes to the residents of the neighbourhood they are located in. 40 years old and counting, we stopped over at China Café enroute to Langham Place in Mongkok for a cuppa and some sustenance.

The almost featureless façade of this eatery was very much obscured by the makeshift stalls of the Mongkok morning market:

  1. What I had: Nissin instant noodles (Nissin brand is BIG in HK, much like Maggi is in Singapore), topped with luncheon meat and eggs.

  1. The quintessential breakfast pairing: “Bolo bao” (“pineapple” bun) with milk tea.

  1. The humble Swiss roll - very popular in HK (and Singapore) back in the 1960s/70s, but getting rarer these days as people go for more elaborate cakes/desserts.

Address: China Café, G/F, 1077A Canton Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Tel: +852-2392 7825.

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― Jonathan Gold

Market stall in Lima
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