HK Snapshot(106) – Hoi On Cafe, one of the oldest Cha Chaan Teng in HK 香港隨拍(106) – 海安咖啡室，全港最老茶餐廳之一none
Since I moved to Sheung Wan for work, I started to look for good restaurants in Sheung Wan. One day I found this old restaurant representing the old Hong Kong – Hoi On Cafe.
Hoi On Cafe is a traditional old Hong Kong style Cha Chaan Teng. Cha Chaan Teng means restaurant in Cantonese. Hoi On Cafe was opened in 1952. It is located next to the old Triangular Pier and it’s the reason the name “Hoi On” comes from. “海安 Hoi On” means “safe sea” in Cantonese, which wish customers who were mainly sailor a safe trip.
Today, Sheung Wan is one of the busiest commercial centers of HK. What we can see are only skyscrapers and you can never imagine there is still an old restaurant waiting for you to enjoy their food.
From the photo, we can see the traditional decoration of the HK old restaurant: Rusty Iron Gate, Air conditioner, and delicious cakes and bread as a display! In the restaurant, we have historical floor tiles and red wooden seating. The word on the Chinese paper decoration is “福“, which means “happiness/blessed”.
I ordered a 鍋仔公司面, which means a pot club noodles. It’s a dish of beef, egg, cha siu, sausages, spam and spiced pork cube with noodle. I can only say the noodle is not so special but the tea is good! I can feel the strong taste of tea without too much milk. I like it!
Beside noodle, you can also try local food like HK-French Toast, Egg Tart, buttered Pineapple Bun and Red Bean Ice Tea (red bean ice in tea)!
Before leaving, I took the name card of the restaurant. Even we in Hong Kong can seldom see such style of name card now. I believe it can already be a souvenir for tourists!
As what I said from previous HK Snapshot, Sheung Wan is the first place developed with Central in Hong Kong. I can find a lot of old restaurants in Sheung Wan. I think I can a Sheung Wan Restaurant Series haha. What do you think?
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