Café Hong Kong @ Rekindle Dim Sum Memories of Yesteryear

Finding a all day dining Dim Sum in Hong Kong is quite unusual especially when you are craving some. Central are known for one of its most exquisite dining districts in Hong Kong, by finding a Dim Sum especially in SoHo neighborhood that serves a la minute Dim Sum is rather a blessing indeed. With the philosophy of “rekindle the memories of yesterday”, Café Hong Kong celebrates its official opening recently.

The nostalgic slice of old Hong Kong “bing sutt” (coffee shop) on 15 Hollywood Road, Central strives to restore the city’s lost charm and spark the continuation of the 1960s/70s-era tradition and delivers a traditionally classic Hong Kong "chaa chaan teng” menu while taking a trip down memory lane and bask in the sweet memories of old Hong Kong.

Designed by Hands Hospitality, Café Hong Kong sports a vintage-meets-modern décor, this nostalgically recalled a retro 60s “bing sutt” juxtaposed against a contemporary silhouette. Dark wood furnishings exude a typical rustic “chaa chan teng” vibe. The spacious interior adorned with mood lighting sets the tone for a relaxing dining experience. Look around to find vestiges of local Hong Kong culture: antique radios and vintage posters; good old tunes of the yesteryear's music played in the air.

MSG-free cooking promotes a higher level of “bing sutt” fast food spirit of “efficient servers, good food and great value” in Cafe Hong Kong yet during our second visit, the service really brought it down to a regular "chaa chan teng" standard to no different. With unwilling attitudes towards to the service and reluctant to bring on the additional orders was a big turn down.

Assorted Dim Sum like Steamed Shrimp Dumplings and Pork Dumplings is always a must order when you are going for "Yum Cha". Quality was assured they turned out to the table quite palatable and enjoyable.

US grain-fed pork chop, Thai jasmine rice, farm fresh egg, tomato, onion, mushroom, vanilla and mozzarella cheese are used in this Portuguese influenced <Baked Pork Chop Rice with Cheese>. Handpicked Thai jasmine rice is boiled with a small dose of lard before sautéed until it gives a heady aroma.

Eggs are then added to coat the rice in golden yellow color. Blanketing the rice are finely marbled boned US grain-fed pork chops seared to tender and homemade tomato sauce made with pork, tomato, onion, mushroom, vanilla and gravy. A generous sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on top and in the oven it goes. Each scoop is a scrumptiously flavoursome.

A signature glass of Café Style Ice Milk Tea can be seen at almost every table.

Six <Traditional Steamed Rice Pot> recipes are specially designed by Café Hong Kong. The rice pot is divided into two layers: main dish on top and rice at the bottom for your convenience and a neater presentation. When steamed, the flavourful meat juice drips from the top layer down to the rice at the bottom through the little holes in between. Top quality ingredients from reputable brand names are selected, including the premium Wing Wah preserved sausages in Wing Wah Chinese Lap Cheung (Preserved Pork Sausage) and Chicken Steamed Rice Pot, Yang Jiang preserved beans and fine spareribs in Steamed Rice with Chicken Feet and Spareribs.

Nissin instant noodle, premium soy sauce from Kowloon Soy Company and shallot oil are the most essential ingredients to bring this delicious <Soy Sauce Chicken Drumstick with Tossed Instant Noodles> to live. Café Hong Kong strives to ensure the highest of quality in all dishes served. The ensemble has pushed soy sauce tossed noodles to a new high, giving you a truly extraordinary local café culinary experience. A must order. The <Curry Chicken> was rather a disappointment in taste as they still yet to find out the essence of making a real curry right after so many years of chaa cha teng's style of curry. It was less fragrant and bland always overcook the meat and lacking of the aromatic complexity. This happen to most chaa cha teng in Hong Kong and unfortunately this is what the diners have to deal with in the past and now when such dish is ordered. Starting from now until 29 February 2016, Café Hong Kong has launched a 90-min all-you-can-eat opening promotion. You can enjoy 32 items including signature dishes and Dim Sum, and 11 types of “bing sutt” beverage to your selection. 

Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 3/5
Food & Beverage: 3/5
Service: 2.5/5
Value For Money: 3/5
Experience: 2.5/5

Soy Sauce Chicken Drumstick with Tossed Instant Noodles 
Traditional Steamed Rice Pot 

G/F, 15 Hollywood Road
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2806 0220

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