Cha-Cha Local

Hong Kong

A testament to Hong Kong’s rich modern multicultural history, cha chaan tengs or Hong Kong style diners are the by-product of American fast-food culture and local Cantonese cuisine. Today, the hectic lifestyle of the city greatly appreciates the old-school ambience, no-frills menus, and lightning fast service of cha chaan tengs—an integral part of everyday Hong Kong. Inject yourself in the jumble of middle-class individuals, tycoons, elderly Chinese, school children, and tourists as you inhale the urban atmosphere through plates of French toast, bowls of noodles, and cups of milk tea.

Updated 8 months ago

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Australia Dairy Company

澳洲牛奶公司

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s fast-paced lifestyle as you start your day at Australia Dairy Company. From conversing with quick-tongued Cantonese speaking staff to constantly transferring seats so everyone gets to sit down, you’re bound to get a kick of energy from the rush of a true cha chaan teng experience. Take your cue from the variety of locals expertly navigating their way along the busy restaurant to savor amongst the—dare we say—best local scrambled eggs in Hong Kong! The smooth and creamy goodness of the well-seasoned fluff of gold is usually paired with toast and macaroni or spaghetti with ham and soup to complete the breakfast meal. Complete your morning with their acclaimed steamed milk for a kick of sweetness!

+85227301356

47 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong

佐敦白加士街47-49號地下

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Kam Wah Café

金華冰廳

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Since 1973, Kam Wah Cafe has served loyal patrons of their famous Bo Lo Yau (菠蘿油, Cantonese for "Pineapple Bun with Butter"), a sweet bread that’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside with a slice of cold butter in the middle. Kam Wah Cafe’s classic cha chaan teng setting makes you forget that you’re in the middle of a city bustling with modernity—until you see suited-up men lining up for their fix of Kam Wah Cafe signature’s Cantonese pastries. Commune with the locals as you all enjoy Hong Kong-style French toast, washed down with Yuen Yeung (鸳鸯, a 50-50 mix of coffee and tea), and finished with So Pey Dahn Tart (酥皮蛋撻, Cantonese for "Puff Pastry Egg Tart").

+85223926830

Ground Floor, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong

太子弼街47號地下

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Lan Fong Yuen (Central)

蘭芳園

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Starting out as a dai pai dong (open-air food stall) in 1952, Lan Fong Yuen claims to have captured Hong Kong by inventing Pantyhose Milk Tea, a rich blend of different tea leaves mixed with creamy evaporated milk—named after the long stocking-like cloth they use to make the tea. At lunch breaks, prepare to witness droves of Central’s busy bodies coming in to grab a plate of instant gratification in the form of chicken noodles and pork chop buns. Seats are limited in the cha chaan teng so many locals pick up their food and go through the take-out counter at Lan Fong Yuen’s classic green stall.

+85225443895

2 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong

中環結志街2號

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Tsui Wah Restaurant (Central)

翠華餐廳

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

In a city that never sleeps, Tsui Wah Restaurant’s bright neon lights welcome the rumbling stomachs of Central’s night owls, characters ranging from drunk teenagers to work-hungry entrepreneurs. Take a peek into your local neighbor’s table where you’re bound to find a feast of their infamous Cantonese comfort food dishes—a plate of Fried Noodles, either with Sizzling King Prawns or Shredded Pork and Mushroom (or both), a bowl of Malaysian Beef Brisket Curry, and a glass of milk tea.

+85225256338

Ground Floor & Second Floor, 15-19 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

中環威靈頓街15-19號地下至2樓


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Sun Heung Yuen

新香園

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Head on over to Sun Heung Yuen to be served a quintessential Hong Kong afternoon tea experience. Couple the city’s best Dahn Ngou Jee (蛋牛治, Cantonese for “Beef and Egg Sandwich”), made with fresh beef and a perfectly-cooked egg wedged between warm crispy toast, with a cup of milk tea and you’re all set to sit by and watch the diverse Sham Shui Po working crowd scurry about. For a heartier meal, slurp into Sun Hueng Yuen’s beloved pork knuckle noodles and satay beef noodles.

+85225444426

Ground Floor, 4 Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong

中環租庇利街鐵行里4號地下

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Mido Café

美都餐室

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Be transported back in time as you enter Mido Cafe’s well-preserved vintage interior, reminiscent of cha chaan teng past. The partially-stained iron-framed windows and vibrant mosaic tiles evoke nostalgia for a Hong Kong untouched by time, making the setting a favorite backdrop for Chinese films. Must-eats include Mido Cafe’s version of French Toast, generously drenched in maple syrup, and Baked Spare Ribs with Tomato Sauce over Buttered Rice. From the restaurant’s second-floor window, delight in the sight of Hong Kongers making their way to Tin Hau Temple across the street.

+85223846402

Ground Floor, 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

油麻地廟街63號地下

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Wing Lok Yuen Restaurant

永樂園餐廳

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

The secret of Hong Kong’s tenacious businessmen lies in a small cha chaan teng on Chiu Lung Street in Central. Wing Lok Yuen Restaurant’s famous hotdogs have powered the city’s working class one bun, sausage, and slap of special sauce at a time. Made for the active Hong Kong pack, the main floor caters to take-out orders but step downstairs for a sit-down meal. Sip on a glass of classic milk tea or try Wing Lok Yuen Restaurant’s innovative drink creations such as milk tea with red beans as you play a guessing game of what kind of person from Hong Kong’s eclectic community descends the stairs next.

+85225220965

Ground Floor, 19 Chiu Lung Street, Central, Hong Kong

中環昭隆街19 號地下


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Star Café

星座冰室

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Despite being tucked away in the inner workings of the building, locals easily find their way to Star Cafe in the basement of a run-down mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. Follow Hong Kongers through the set of dark stairs to find tomato bliss in Star Cafe’s beloved Fahn Kei Tohng Meen (番茄湯麵, Cantonese for "Tomato Noodle Soup"), prepared fresh on-the-spot. Generations have flocked to the retro cha chaan teng and it continues to live up to its fame as a city favorite. As you take spoonfuls of the flavorful bright red soup, bask in the sentiments of old Hong Kong that live on in Star Cafe.

+85227244408

Shop No. 36, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

尖沙咀金巴利道16-20號香檳大廈地庫36號舖

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Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant

祥香茶餐廳

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Cantonese pastries take center stage at Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant. See locals and tourists alike take time off their days to line up for different egg tarts which the cha chaan teng sells thousands of a day. Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant’s crispy and fluffy Pineapple Buns and delectably crafted milk tea also deserve some love! Like most tea restaurants, a take-out counter is available for customers in a hurry but dine in for some classic cha chaan teng combos such as Macaroni with Ham and Egg and Instant Noodles.

+85228171671

107 Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town District, Hong Kong

西環堅尼地城卑路乍街107號

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Mrs Tang Café (Yuen Long)

華嫂冰室

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Pineapple Buns take a savory twist as the favorite sweet buns are packed with tomatoes, egg, and pork chop at Mrs. Tang Cafe. The Yuen Long cha chaa teng’s fame has followed its new branch to Hong Kong so expect fellow pineapple bun lovers as you flock to Kwun Tong. Also worth a mention is Mrs. Tang's rich, thick tomato noodle soup.

+85226172232

Hang Tau Tsuen, Ping Shan, Yuen Long, Hong Kong

元朗屏山坑頭村

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