Hong Kong is not in the least bit lacking in cheap eats. From steamed to breaded, to healthy and very good and to downright bad for you. And if that isn’t enough, Mong Kok comes alive every night with people cooking every type of food imaginable.
You can see people frying all sorts of meat and serving them on little paper plates or wrapped in brown paper bags. I love street food and cheap eats! What I like most about street food and cheap eats is you don’t have to dress up to eat them. Well, you can if you feel like wearing your LBD, black pumps and pearls and strut your way to the crowded streets of Hong Kong but it’s generally not required.
But leaving Hong Kong, there’s only one thing I would truly miss, and it’s breakfast at Lan Fong Yuen. I can’t believe we didn’t eat it here sooner. We’ve been to Hong Kong many times but it was only November of last year that we were able to try the food here.
SIDE NOTE: When dining in Hong Kong, be prepared to share a table with strangers.
Lan Fong Yuen is 61 years old and used to be a Dai Pai Dong before finding a more permanent home along Gage Street in Central. A Dai Pai Dong is an open food stall and is an essential part of Hong Kong’s local culture. Unfortunately, only 30 of them exist in the whole of Hong Kong for reasons stated here. And you can find one in Sheung Wan as well as in Stanley.
Why do we love this restaurant? It’s an authentic Cha Chaan Teng which in English means tea restaurant. Food is simple but delicious. And it’s cheap! It’s also where locals eat breakfast and true enough, we were the only ones “unlocal” during our visits.
Now onto the food…
Lan Fong Yuen is famous for its milk tea (hot or cold) and this Pork Chop Bun. It’s not the best pork chop bun I’ve tasted but it still belongs to my top dishes to order here. In fact, I even ordered 2 for take-away before going to the airport and brought them home for my son to try.
The Crispy Bun is just bread slathered thinly with sweetened milk similar to our condensed milk. You can skip this.
The French Toast, on the other hand, is the stuff of dreams. It’s so good. It looks ordinary but wait ’til you’ve had a bite and you’ll see (or taste) what I mean. It’s not that greasy except for the pat of butter on top. There’s also a thin layer of kaya (coconut custard) between the toast that enhances the overall taste of the dish. Drizzle with honey and it adds another layer of flavor that makes this French Toast more yummy. Hope we have this in Manila. It’d be my breakfast haunt for sure.
If only our stomach could hold more food, we would definitely try the noodle dishes and soft-boiled eggs. But then again, we can only eat so much for breakfast. If you’re ever in Hong Kong, do include Lan Fong Yuen in Gage Street in your Eat List. You won’t regret it.
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