Hong Kong-Style Western Cuisine?
Are there any restaurants in the area that serve Hong Kong-style Western cuisine?
I grew up in San Francisco, and I miss the baked spaghetti with ham, rice with tomato cream sauce, french toast, lemon tea, and red bean ice. I know there are many places that have traditional Cantonese/Hong Kong food or the tea with lemon slices and red bean ice, but all these places make it so differently from the Hong Kong Western cafes.
The only place to find an extensive Hong Kong Western style cuisine menu in the Washington Metro area is at Maria's Bakery and Cafe in Rockville. It's a perfect blend of east meets west. They serve the typical HK/Western style breakfasts with eggs, hot dogs, ramen, and pretty good milk tea. The menu also has casseroles, baked spaghetti, macaroni ham pea soup, congees, chow mein, shrimp won ton soup, and a variety of snacks and beverages. They also have special lunch and dinner set menus. One of my favorite snacks is their decandent peanut butter french toast made from their bakery fresh bread and then deep fried served with gooey maple syrup.
I frequent this place with my Hong Kong friends craving this unique adaptation to Western style dishes. It's a small place of only around 50 seats, so get there early on the weekends. It's unfortunately not San Francisco quality, but pretty good nonetheless. Happy eating!
Maria's Bakery Cafe, Congressional Village, 1701-B3 Rockville Pike, Rockville; call 301-984-2228.