Hoi On Cafe
Locals love cha chaan teng food, a uniquely Hong Kong cuisine which mostly consists of pseudo‐western concoctions like macaroni with ham in soup; deep‐fried peanut butter sandwiches are known as “French” toast; and sweetened condensed milk poured over red bean paste and a compressed ball of shaved ice, a concoction that's halfway between a dessert and a beverage. Hoi On was once the cha chaan teng of choice for sailors docking at the nearby ports. Several years ago the owner’s daughter gave the place a good scrub up and, to bring the place back to its former glory, hired new staff — including bakers to make their famous coconut tarts. [$]
Step back in time to the 1950s at this quaint neighbourhood café. The simplistic layout, rustic furnishings and the loyal crowd perfectly personify the Hong Kong of yesteryear. A cup of their smooth, slippery and gloriously creamy milk tea is guaranteed to hit you with a wave of nostalgia as well. Their enticing HK-style French toast is the perfect accompaniment to the milky cha, with the thick slabs of toast coming with generous portions of maple syrup and a huge slab of fragrant butter. One of the very few authentic old-school HK diners keeping it real in this fast-moving cosmopolitan city.