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Lan Fong Yuen ( 蘭芳園)

For a true Hong Kong style Cha Chaan Teng (teahouse-café), hardly anyone can beat this 50 years old institution...

 

At first site, when you pass by it on the street, it looks like nothing more than just a hole-in-the-wall takeaway, but there is actually an entrance to a dining room, through a "corridor" on the left side of the stall...

The dining room is not too extravagant either, but it's always full of life and busy... and you are seated next to people you don't know, which is actually nice (gives you a chance to chat with the regulars about the food...)

 

The stuff they serve here is a typical Hong Kong style café fare... From their mythological Pantyhose milk tea (which got its rather awkward name from the stockings-like fabric they use, when filtering the tea...), through their delicious Macanese pork-chop bun, Hong Kong style French Toast and Ramen dishes with different toppings (they use instant Ramen noodles, but somehow manage to get the best of them...).  The Ramen with grilled chicken and scallion oil seems to be the best.

 

Try to avoid lunch time if you don't want to queue outside the door... Late morning (brunch time?) is actually the best time to visit this place.

 

Prices are very moderate: You will probably not spend more than HK$ 50 - 70 for a decent meal

 

Open daily 7am-6pm

 

2 Gage St, Central (near the escalator in SoHo)