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Hong Kong – Star Café 星座冰室: Eat a bowl of culture

Star Cafe 星座冰室

Eat a bowl of Hong Kong…in tomato broth
As I set out to document Hong Kong’s authentic eats, I came across this bowl of broth made with fresh tomatoes and eggs. It wasn’t easy to find at all, and I found the place only when my Hong Kong friend brought me there.

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Located in the same nondescript building as another famous eat Sun Kee Cheese Noodles, Star Cafe is even more hidden as it is located underground, known only to the locals.

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Look out for Dadol Hotel’s sign and turn right into the flight of downward staircase. I hope the hotel never closes down, else I will have to find a new sign marker LOL

Star Cafe 星座冰室

Go right down the flight of stairs with the “Moon Spring Foot Massage” sign above. You will see 星座冰室, the Chinese name for Star Cafe.

Star Cafe 星座冰室

Welcome to a piece of Hong Kong’s local culture :)
Started in 1966, Star Cafe is part of a unique Hong Kong dining culture called bing sutt (冰室) popularized around the 1950s as a result of the convergence of cultures. After the 2nd World War, Western food became increasingly popular in Hong Kong with the British colonization. However, such food remained beyond the financial reach of many people. Local diners started offering dishes with Western influences at affordable prices (this must be one of the earliest versions of fusion food).

Star Cafe 星座冰室

This type of fusion cuisine or “soy sauce Western 豉油西餐” (adding of Chinese ingredients into Western dishes) started the trend for cha chan teng 茶餐厅 and bing sutt 冰室 (smaller menu than 茶餐厅), serving localized versions of Western comfort food as well as iced drinks, coffee, and tea. Such places are no-frills, low-priced and operate round-the-clock. The perennial air of boisterousness is characteristic in such places.

Star Cafe 星座冰室

Star Cafe is so well-known for its tomato noodles that a large portion of their menu is dedicated to it
It is one of the few places which use fresh tomatoes to make their special broth while most others use Campbell soup.You have a choice of macaroni, instant noodles, vermicelli or spaghetti, as well as to add ingredients such as beef/chicken, luncheon meat, vegetables, etc.

Star Cafe 星座冰室

At HK28 (USD3.60) a bowl, it is an affordable eat for anyone

Star Cafe 星座冰室

I had my fave Nissin instant noodles with pork chop and luncheon meat
Funny how the humble instant noodles tastes so good in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong - Star Cafe

Star Cafe 星座冰室

The spaghetti version – eaten with chopsticks
Don’t let the gooey appearance of the broth put you off – tuck in and slurp it all up! The taste is light without a presence of sourness from the tomatoes.

Star Cafe 星座冰室

Hong Kong-style milk tea or Si mutt lai cha 絲襪奶茶 (served hot/cold)
This iconic drink made from a mixture of strong black tea and a lot of evaporated/condensed milk and sugar (added by the customer), is also called ‘silk stocking tea’ after the shape of the sackcloth bag used to filter the tea leaves. The smoothness of its taste, or how creamy and full-bodied it is (香滑), distinguishes a good cup of tea.This beverage is very much ingrained in Hong Kong’s culture – Hong Kongers consume a total of 900 million cups a year, and rank it No. 4 of representative Hong Kong cuisine (Top Eat 100, Feb 2012). 

Star Cafe 星座冰室

Bon appetite! :)

Star Café 星座冰室
Shop No. 36, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀金巴利道16-20號香檳大廈地庫36號舖
Tel: +852 2724 4408
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00AM – 9:30PM
Nearest Train Station: Tsim Sha Tsui station (red line) Exit B1 or B2 (5 mins walk)


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Look of the Day – Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Hat – From BKK
Knit top, Pants, Shoes & Bag – Kenzo
Location – Ocean Park’s Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Trying out a new profession as a high-class fruit seller

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Shoe shine, anyone?

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong

Now I know where Goods of Desire gets their inspiration from

Ocean Park - Old Hong Kong


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Hong Kong – Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳: Irresistible Cheesy Goodness

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳It’s such a simple dish of instant noodles, grilled pork neck and cheese sauce, but it remained on my mind after I tasted it for the first time. Now it’s the first thing I scoot to once I land in Hong Kong. Call it comfort food :)

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Nestled deep in Champagne Court, neighbourhood cha chan teng (teahouse) Sun Kee is quite a legend for its signature grilled pork neck with instant noodles dribbled in a specially concocted blend of cheese sauce. Don’t let the building appearance scare you – there’s plenty of good food and 2nd-hand camera shops hidden within.

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Go straight to the end of the alley after Dadol Hotel then turn left to find the golden goodness…of cheese noodles

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Voila – Sun Kee!
They have a shop in Tsim Sha Tsui and another in Wan Chai, but I usually go to this one in TST since it’s near my shopping haunts.

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

The shop seats only 20 and is always crowded, so don’t be surprised if you are asked to dap toi (share a table). It’s a Hong Kong culture, and sometimes you get friendly locals who will tell you more good places to eat/visit so I am usually happy to share tables.

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Sun Kee has won over many fans, including a giant following of local celebrities as seen from the photos plastered all over the shop. Try spotting your favourite HK star when you are there *wink*

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Ordering is a no-brainer for the first time – definitely the cheese noodles with grilled pork neck (top left)!

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Other items on the menu. I am always intrigued with HK beverages such as boiled Coke, Coke/Seven-Up with lemon and watercress with honey. And I can never understand how they can make a teahouse culture out of instant noodles, luncheon meat and just buttered bread.

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

My perennial HK beverage – the silky smooth yuan yang (mix of coffee, tea – and me!)

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

Cheese noodles with egg and sausage
Nothing beats the fragrant grilled pork neck, but why not try something different if you are with a few friends.

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳

The owner definitely loves his dogs, and I always check this ‘wall of fame’ behind the cashier for new photos of the pooches. Try Sun Kee the next time you visit Hong Kong! :)

Sun Kee 新記餐廳
Address:

Tsim Sha Tsui shop: 13-14 Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Road 金巴利道, Tsim Sha Tsui尖沙咀, +852 2722 4555
Wanchai shop: Shop G11-G14, New Century Plaza, 151-163 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, +852 2574 3988
Nearest Train Station to TST shop: Tsim Sha Tsui station (red line) Exit B1 or B2. Champagne Court just opposite The Mira hotel.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30AM – 11:00PM; Sun 12:00PM – 6:00PM