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Feb 24, 2011 08:22 PM

Hong Kong breakfast

Aside from dim sum and Western style breakfast, what are your favorite Hong Kong breakfast foods -- and where do you eat them?

I think that a lot of tourists and foreigners in HK tend to stick to their native cuisines in the morning, and thereby miss out on some good food.

When I was in Shanghai we had fresh soy milk and spring onion pancakes. In Guangzhou I had tea and cheong fan of various kinds.

What breakfast foods should visitors to Hong Kong try?

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  1. Jook. I despite the Ramen with a slice of Spam.

    1. There are tons of selection for breakfast - congee, noodle, cheung fun, toast ......

      Not sure if you have visited all these, but just to list out a few where I like :

      1. My favorite is Australia Dairy Company at Jordon for its breakfast set. Ham and macaroni noodle soup, egg and toast (really nicely done) and HK style milk tea for like $25. My favorite place. No.1 in my list.

      2. Ton Dat Eatery (通達食店) at Yau Ma Tei just for its "mixed sauce" cheung fun, plain congee and curry fish ball.

      3. Popular choice is Tsui Wah for it's breakfast set. Probably you have been there too ? $26 a set for 3 items - egg and crispy bun (豬仔包), Satay beef noodle soup and HK style milk tea. There are many Tsui Wah branches.

      Just a note that all these places are very local, especially 1 and 2, almost no English. Australia Dairy Company can be really busy, suggest to go there in weekday before 9:00am, otherwise there will be a long line. And you will have to share table with others, it is an amazing place.

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      1. re: skylineR33

        Second the Australia Dairy Company recommendation. Their steamed milk puddings are pretty good as well although I've also had an excellent example of milk pudding at a chain called "Daniel's Restaurant" (many branches) of all places.

        Also, I like a good bowl of congee (tang jai jook if it's available) or some cheong fun (for total carb overload: zha liang, great but needs to be eaten immediately as it's wretched when it cools down).

        1. re: harryrodgers

          I third Australia Dairy Milk Co. - the milk pudding is really the best, the steamed egg pudding too. If still hungry afterwards, you can head to Mak Man Kee a few doors away for Beef Brisket Noodles or Wanton Noodles, again one of the best.

          1. re: mikey8811

            Yum, I have only been to Australia Dairy Milk co for the ginger milk pudding. But need to go back...

            Does Hokkaido Dairy Farm Milk Restaurant fall in the same category? I've only had beef noodles there for afternoon tea, but I saw someone eating a massive omelet sandwich that looked tempting.

            1. re: mikey8811

              I used to like Mak Man Kee ( photo#1 ) too. However, after doing a comparison tasting with its closest competitors, Mak An Kee ( Central )photo#2, Mak's noodle ( central )photo#3 and Mak Sui Kee ( Happy Valley )photo#4, this month, I found all the 'Mak's' have more superior and 'finer' noodle products.
              Not downloading other two photos? Need another posting!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                Photos #3 and 4

                Please note Mak Man Kee's noodle is quite a bit thicker than the other three Mak's

          2. re: skylineR33

            Well there's always Cafe de Coral for cheap and variety of choices.

            1. re: PeterL

              well, yeah, also Fairwood, just not my choice for breakfast.

            2. re: skylineR33

              A bowl of ' Wong-Sa pig's liver with thousand year egg' congee and a plate of greens is my favourite!

            3. Sing Heung Yuen (Central, a dai pai dong very close to Gau Kee famous brisket noodles) seems like a pretty interesting eclectic place even for breakfast (lots of pictures on even English side), and you can even get their signature tomato beef or egg with macaroni (the emphasis is in their tomato based broth), or instant noodles in the morning. They have this round toasted cripsy bun called 油檸蜜脆脆, which has honey, lemon, and butter on it. Lan Fong Yuen on 2 Gage Street opens at 8 am, although mostly known for their milk tea (where it was invented).

              Wai Kee in Sham Shui Po (Fuk Wing Street), famous for their pork liver instant noodles, supposedly has a very interesting 加映 toast or 西多(French Toast), and they open from 6 AM.

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              1. re: K K

                I've not had the french toast at Wai Kee. Is it good? I must try it next time I'm there (the pork liver instant noodles seems to be what everyone's there for).

                1. re: harryrodgers

                  Never had either at Wai Kee, but I've read that their French toast is made with both chicken and duck eggs as well as some coconut milk then slow cooked on their metal grill, and if it is really that good, could be the ultimate dilemma to pick between savory (pork liver instant noodles) vs sweet (french toast).

                  Some HK French toast fans like Mido Cafe's, but it is deep fried..

                  1. re: K K

                    Ah that does sound good. Different to the french toast at Mido Cafe which I have tried and as you say, is indeed deep fried.

                    1. re: K K

                      Duck eggs and coconut milk sounds really good ;-)

                      I will try Sing Heung Yuen some day this week after the lunch rush. Tomato beef and crispy bun with lemon, honey, and butter actually sounds like a nice combo (even if they're not meant to be eaten together).

                      1. re: chloehk

                        Tried Sing Heung Yuen...

                        The bun was very pleasant. A light crust of buttery-tanginess on a roll with almost no crumb.

                        Tomato broth had a powerful, straight-forward flavor.

                        Overall pleasant, but not fabulous. I didn't feel great after. Stomach was fine, I just had that low energy feeling as if I'd gone to McDonalds. Too much white flour and sugar, I guess.

                      2. re: K K

                        Follow up:
                        I was in Wai Kee again yesterday and ordered a side of the french toast along with the pork liver noodles. It was much lighter than the fried version I had in Mido Cafe. Thumbs up. Then it was on to Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong for Doufuhua and fried tofu. yum!

                        1. re: harryrodgers

                          I am just going to say this (photo on Flickr)

                          Egg sandwich HK style... Mmm.

                          Is there no way to add Flickr pics by link to CH? Would be v useful.