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The only time our entire family has been together since Mother’s Day, plus a hankering for Chinese food (and a laziness to cook) ,saw us eating at Cafe de Hong Kong, a Hong Kong-style cafe in Carlingford Village (the Asian version of Carlingford Court). It was an accident that we ended up here, but I guess Cafe de Hong Kong gets a lot of customers that way …being situated at the mouth of the carpark stairs & all.
Putting ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘Carlingford’ in the same sentence might already give you some idea about what kind of place Cafe de Hong Kong is like, but who knows ? You might be pleasantly surprised one day. :)
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I never have any qualms with drinking that tea-coloured hot water that you always get at these places. My mum and my sister think otherwise, though – they only ever use the tea as washing water for cleaning their chopsticks/bowls (as you do in HK) – and think I’m dirrrrty for even wanting to drink it. :(
I know a few people who’ve been here think that the service is lousy, but I definitely say that for dinner, it was super duper fast service! :) The waiters don’t really seem to do more than serve you, though, and I was banged into a few times, but I don’t mind :)
Hot lemon tea – $2.80
The sweetness is at your own discretion >=) You’ve got the power ! Free to control your honey/sugar intake for those with sweet tooths/watching their weight or just plain diabetic ! (and note the chip on the cup .. looool)
Although I’d say my favourite honey lemon drink EVER is at the Sunshine Crepe cafe in Broadway – honey lemon juice :) sooo good !!
Hainan chicken rice – $8.80
My dadsy ordered this, & he said the chicken wasn’t fresh ..but seriously, how can you tell ? It tasted fine to me, a bit oily, and soft and fleshy the way I like it >=) But then againnn, since he used to own his own restaurant so I guess he’s in a better position to say than I would be o.o …especially on account of my having practically no tastebuds and all -_-
Hainan Chicken Soup
This is the soup they give with your Hainan chicken rice …and ooooomg it was disgustinggg. It tasted like what you would boil your chicken in, sooo oily (actually on second thought, I think that’s what it actually is). After a sip, I was grossed out ..seriously. It just tasted like diluted oil & cinnamon
Serving this to your customers is a big mistake, it’s like you’re asking them not to come back. Can you SEE the layer of oil on top (and all the way through -_-) ?
Stirfried spaghetti with 3 kinds of meat and vegetable – $7.60
This was pretttyyyy oily as well (oily in the sense that the noodles were actually glistening in the bulblight), but still good nevertheless ! And really good value for $7.60.
I’m hazarding a guess at the three kinds of meat and vegetables here: BBQ pork, ham & chicken breast; and capsicum, mushroom & beansprouts ?? Plus the usual onions/shallots/egg/blah dee dah
Iced taro milk with pearls & Iced milk tea with pearls – $3.80 each
The taro milk tea was just as sweet as the Easyway taro milk tea :D but the milk tea was pretty bitter. If you’re not a fan of the overly sweet Easyway milk tea (which I looove), then you’d probably like this one ! Authentic Hong Kong style milk tea, though I like it sweeter.
Pearls are rubbery, not very chewy and not much flavour – but Cafe de Hong Kong is pretty generous with their pearl servings – and since when did tapioca starch ever have flavour, anyway (aside from added sugar)?
Beef and onion in black pepper sauce with rice – $6.80
Onions, orange chilli, and capsicum from all colours of the spectrum ! (Except blue), as well as shallots
Haha, I love how this dish looks like the cook just splashed the sauce on top – not helped, of course, by the telltale sauce marks on the edge of the plate.
It was REALLY spicy, though, with lots of black pepper! I already thought it was too much after the first bite (then again, I have a terrible chilli/spicy thing tolerance), so if you can handle pepper reallyyyy well, then this is the dish to get !
Baked seafood with rice – $10.80
egg whites, prawn, squid, mussel, fish, onion, shallot, crabstick, & cornflour on rice
I wouldn’t have ordered this, but I’m glad my mum did ! It was sooo good, a cornflour & egg sea of seafood on rice, swimming in a shell-shaped bowl XD nice nice
If you’re not a picky eater, then Cafe de Hong Kong is probably a place you’d loooove ..good value for money if you don’t have the VERY HIGHEST quality standards ..but I don’t think anyone comes here expecting five-star degustation, anyway.
Cheap food, sizeable portions, good service, oily taste. Whooo (don’t have an aversion to things TOO oily)… And kudos for their attempt to French it up ;) haha
Cafe de Hong Kong 香港茶餐廳 (visited 24/05/09)
Carlingford Village Shopping Centre
Level 1, Shop 2
372 Pennant Hills Rd
Carlingford NSW 2118
Ph: (02) 9871 1878