Category Archives: Tea House

Bite Unite. Kitchen, Dining Space. Chefs for hire.

After our lunch at Maureen’s, we decided to walk off a bit of those noodles. SW suggested we walk up towards the Pak Tai temple where he had noticed a new cafe. 


Just when you’ve walked up as far as you can go on the tarmac, the road bends to the left (straight ahead is a path that takes you up to Kennedy Road). Here was a promising sign under the street sign. It was a blackboard with a fairly simple menu touting coffees, tea and a few pastries.


Encouraged by the menu, we proceeded down the street. Lung On Street really is a beautiful street. The banyan trees, conserved and cared for by the temple, provide shade and a sense of nature’s calm. 


At the end of the street is a cul de sac, and this is where the cafe is located, looking all cool outfitted in black and glass. 

It really reminded me of neighbourhood cafes I’ve been to in London, New York or Sydney. Simple, with some alfresco seating areas and a signboard that isn’t screaming full attention. Nicely designed. 

There was a kids cooking class that was going on. About ten children were creating a ruckus just talking to each other. All equipment had been laid out, they were definitely doing some baking. 


There wasn’t a whole lot of space internally as half of it was devoted to a professional kitchen. There was a proper large stacked oven for breads, pizzas or grilling a whole suckling pig. A nice looking fridge and some pots and pans. Importantly there was a deep wide sink and a work top. Bite Unite offers chefs a licensed kitchen for hire.


Khun Tanarak, the owner, is there as the site also serves as his office (he’s a photographer specialising in weddings). 

I asked him about his choice of location.

“Wong Chuk Hang where most kitchens are, is too far away. Most chefs just need a convenient space to pop in, prepare and get back to whatever else they need to do..”

Since he lives up on Kennedy Road, it is also convenient for him to site his office within walking distance.

He apologised as the coffee machine was under maintenance. Well, that’s a perfect excuse to come back to try the cafe another day.

Breakfast at the Hoko Farm, Hennessy Road

If you’re a guest at the Ozo hotel or you need a place to have a meal or a drink off the tram line, Hoko Farm might meet your small snack needs. It’s basically a dressed up Hong Kong style Cha Chaan Teng

  
Bright interior decor with a fun feel makes this a good place to head to with kids. There’s a ramp access to the restaurant, you can wheel your stroller right in. 

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The restaurant is quite large, you can choose to sit on the left or the right of the entrance, the right has wall-bench sofa seating which works well for children and larger groups. 

  
The menu for breakfast is quite limited but the afternoon menus seem more extensive. I went for the featured breakfast set.

    
It reminded me of a McD’s breakfast… Pancakes which were slightly stodgy, a skinny sausage that was over condimented and undercooked, a twisted up omelette which looked appetising but had a tad too much water in it. (Ok, I am fussy about my breakfasts, I admit it.)

The pancakes are served with some syrup in a small pan handle bowl which is a nice touch. When I asked for butter, it came partially melted in a similar bowl which worked great for dipping the pancake pieces. I had to ask for the sausage to be re-cooked as it came positively pink inside when cut. The staff did replace the sausage and topped up my cup of hot lemon water.

It was a mediocre breakfast but the small person enjoyed it tremendously and pretty much polished everything off. I can’t really complain very much, the service was decent and the price was equivalent to what I would pay at any other HK style cafe.

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She also loved the mural. 

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Ok so here’s the menu in case you’re in the neighborhood and want to give this place a try. 

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Here’s where it is:

On the ground floor near Caffe Habitu and after the 759 snack store.

  

Sugar cane juice and five flower tea on Johnston Road

Situated between two property agents at the Southorn playground government building, a little shoplot plies its trade in simple Chinese herbal teas and the better known turtle herbal jelly.

 

Gong li herbal tea shop
 
Their specialty is sugar cane and the fresh sugar cane juice is absolutely delicious. I buy them in bottles. Refreshingly sweet, cold and thirst quenching. It’s a wonderful summer drink.

 

delicious five flower tea
 
In the wintertime, they can warm up any tea you want. Today we had the five flowers tea (五花茶) which was so good we had two cups of it.

 

Menu & price list
 
They were promoting a special sugarcane water chestnut dessert for Chinese New Year. 120 HKD a pack. I plan on giving it a try. They’re accepting orders already, usually for collection the same day.

If you need to rebalance your yin yang energy levels in Wan Chai, this little tea shop is a good stop. At least they have two or three small tables for you to sit and enjoy your drink… A luxury that most of these herbal tea shops cannot provide.