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Friday, October 3, 2014

SIN: Central Hong Kong Café

Rice ladled with flavourful soy sauce!

Central Hong Kong Café claims itself to be the first HK style café chain in Singapore which has been in operation since 2004. Well, the Central District of HK has always hold a place in my heart, more so after the student exchange programme in 2012.


Not knowing what to eat for dinner, my BFF and I ended up dining there after grocery shopping at Giant Hypermarket. The menu features quite a large selection of HK dishes.


Crispy Fish Skin S$3.00
Taste: 8.5/10

For a start, I enjoyed the fish skin which was truly crispy. Being lightly salted, each piece was devoid of any repulsive fishy smell. 


Hong Kong Rickshaw Noodle S$4.50
Taste: 6/10

One of the popular comfort food for Hongkongers turned out to be somewhat lacklustrely executed by the café. The noodle was half as chewy as I expected it to be, and the soup was nothing to rave about. The saving grace was the flavourful soy-marinated egg, which unfortunately only came in half.


Crispy Duck, Chicken Wing, Sausage and Salted Egg Rice S$6.90
Taste: 8.5/10

The term 'crispy duck' that appears on the menu is truly a misnomer, but I wouldn't complain about the aromatic smoked duck. While the chicken wing could be juicier, the soy sauce bathing the dish was sweet and rich. The beautiful yolk of the salted egg was awesome.


Grass Jelly with Watermelon and Pearls S$3.00
Taste: 7.5/10

Even though the grass jelly didn't have any distinctive taste, I was pleased by the fact that the watermelon cubes were icy cold and bursting with natural sweetness. The pearls weren't sticky on the teeth, but they could be chewier.


Brown Sugar Soya Milk with Pearls S$2.80
Taste: 7/10

I guess I've mentioned it somewhere in the blog before that I'm not a fan of soya milk. The mild aroma of the brown sugar used did manage to mask the slight raw smell of the beans. It came with the same pearls as those in the dessert.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7.5/10
Ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 6/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Most people gripe about the service level. While our dishes were served quickly, I agree that the servers were cold and seemingly disinterested in performing their jobs, but they were by no means rude. Pika's advice: You can get HK style skewers at the café!

Central Hong Kong Café

1 HarbourFront Walk
#B2-13/14 VivoCity
Singapore
(Daily: 10.00am - 10.00pm)

*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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