There is no lack of cha chaan teng in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. When you ask locals about their favourites, you’d get a myriad of answers—Hong Lin Restaurant in Mong Kok would probably be one of them.
We cannot agree more that it is one local eatery that you must visit if you are on the Kowloon side. Here’s what we loved from our visit, some of the must-orders and some misses.
Hong Lin Restaurant has a dine-in area as well as a take-out counter.
Let’s start with the take-out counter. The traditional way of displaying daily fresh bakes is visually arresting, to say the least. Of pineapple buns, egg tarts and soft breads, the shelves after shelves of golden brown beauties are simple yet comforting snacks if you want something to go.
The Egg Tart (HK$6/ S$1) comes with a flaky, butter case; the curd is smooth and subtly sweet just the way we like it. The Pineapple Bun with Butter (HK$10/ S$1.60)—also known as Bo Luo Yau—is one of the better ones that we’ve had in Hong Kong.
Let’s move on to the mains. There are aplenty for you to choose from in the likes of local favourites; think baked rice/ spaghetti, macaroni in soup, stir-fried rice and noodle dishes etc.
The Hoi Nam Chicken Rice (HK$60/ S$10) was not the most impressive rendition of the usual chicken rice you can find in Hong Kong. The boiled chicken came with skin that lacked flavours and the flesh was tough. But the totality of the set (includes a huge bowl of rice and a local-style hot soup) won us over. It was still pretty satisfying.
What surprised us the most was the macaroni set (HK$43/ S$7) that came with a large bowl of beef macaroni in tomato soup, buttered toast, scrambled eggs and a hot coffee/ tea. The sheer amount of food made it the most value-for-money set to order if you are feeling ravenous. The tomato soup was rich and thick; every sip was a joy. It came with many beef slices, and the side of buttered toast completed the very quintessential Hong Kong meal.
When at Hong Lin Restaurant, don’t forget to try the local-style Milk Tea too!
Hong Lin Restaurant
Hong Kong, Mong Kok, Tung Choi St, 143-145
Tel: +852 2391 8398
Daily: 6.30am – 3am
Nearest Station: Mong Kok