Many first-time visitors to Hong Kong may hear the word “Cha Chaan Teng” everywhere, also known as tea restaurant & house. But do you meant what exactly it is? A Cha Chaan Teng is a Chinese tea dinning place that serves Hong Kong & Western style cuisine with quite cheap prices. Well known Hong Kong-style snacks include rice dishes, wonton noodles, instant noodles with luncheon meat and beef, scrambled egg and ham sandwiches, together with popular drinks such as milk tea, lemon tea, herbal tea, ovaltine, etc. After you sit down by a table, cups of black tea are plunked onto your table before you peruse the menu (both Chinese and English you’ll be glad to hear) and then you can flag down a passing waiter, who will take down your order in a blasé manner, seemingly without paying attention. Here I would like to introduce some best Cha Chaan Teng in Hong Kong for you.
There are always queues waiting at this Cha Chaan Teng regardless of time. This place is famous for its scrambled eggs and the best steamed milk puddings in Hong Kong. Together with ham macaroni, these three are the raison d’etre of Australian Dairy Company. And these are what people usually order here needless to check any menu.
Honolulu Café is another popular Cha Chaan Ten in Hong Kong. Most tourists come all the way here for their egg tarts, Beef Satay Nissin Noodles an Egg Sandwich and Hot drink. The food is nothing fanciful, but that is a typical Hong Kong café culture for you. You must visit it when in Hong Kong.
Capital Café has a no-frills menu and it focuses to get the basics right. You can always find locals satisfying their cravings for scrambled eggs, French toast, macaroni, and milk tea here. Cartons of Hokkaido milk, an essential ingredient for the creamy scrambled egg, are put proudly on display at the kitchen counter. This quiet, little establishment in Wan Chai has cool, retro black and white tiling. Cantopop posters hanging on the wall and a huge spread of the singers’ signatures displayed proudly for every guest to check. Average cost here is around $70.
Kum Wah is known for its excellent milk tea, baked chicken pies, egg tarts and Bo Lo Bao. Bo Lo Bao is the most popular item on the menu, that is the pineapple bun served with a slab of butter inside. With its crispy, sugary top, and the fluffy and sweet bread underneath, the bun is so popular that, trust me, the pineapple buns are worth queuing up for. The baked chicken pies, in particular, are phenomenal. The crust is super buttery and it simply melts in the mouth. Go there early and get it fresh out from the oven.
Lan Fong Yuen was founded since 1952. It is great place to go for milk tea, pork buns and French toast. It is most famous for two items on the menu: Pork Chop Burger and ‘Silk Stockings’ Milk Tea. They are said to be the creator of the pantyhose milk tea, so it is the must-have here, even if it may not be the best. Come here for the authentic Hong Kong cha chaan teng experience.
Tsui Wah Restaurant is the most famous Cha Chaan Teng in Hong Kong. Locals and tourists like flock to Tsui Wah Restaurant for their signature fishball noodles, Hainanese chicken rice, and Bo Luo Yiu. The the pork luncheon meat with fried egg instant noodles or satay beef instant noodles, followed by the absolutely scrumptious ultimate comfort snack, the condensed milk pork chop bun are highly recommended on the menu. A very, very generous spread of sweet condensed milk on buttered lightly toasted pork chop bun (without the pork chop).
Opened way back in 1950, Mido Café is one of the oldest and best preserved “Cha Chaan Teng” in Hong Kong, but the café’s decor still remain the same. You can still see the classic retro furniture, old mosaic flooring and bright neon signs outside the cafe. The recommended cuisine at Mido Caf includes Fried Noodles with Pork, the Spare Ribs Baked Rice and Ying-Yang, Pineapple Bun, French Toast, a mixture of coffee and tea. Many Hong Kong cafes are becoming a part of history. Before Mido would ever disappear, just go to experience this ‘time machine’.
Swiss café is famed for its kaya (Malaysian coconut jam) toast. If you are looking for something treats comforting and quick, this is the right place to go. Average cost here is around $80.
The above are the Ten Best Cha Chaan Teng in Hong Kong. I hope this list will be useful to you when you are visiting the city.