While researching food places to eat in Hong Kong, I noticed that many food bloggers recommend Australia Dairy Company. Do you think food bloggers copy one another? Why are their recommended eating places so similar? Or is Australia Dairy Company that fantastic?
There was only one way to find out. We had to eat there. Plus my friend likes the food as well and I know she doesn't waste calories on bad food.
cha chaan teng, a Hong Kong cafe. There's nothing remotely Australian about it. The name is very misleading. It is so widely written about in the internet that it doesn't require its own website. Other people does the free advertising for them. What is Australia Dairy Co famous for? Scrambled eggs. Yep. Scrambled eggs. It is also well known for bad service, particularly for people who are unable to communicate in Cantonese.
With these in mind, I decided we would go to Australia Dairy Co the first thing after we left our luggage in the hotel. The timing, around 4pm was perfect as I suspect it wouldn't be so crowded. I was right! There was no queue and we got a table right away!
At first none of the waiters in white approached us. Hubs and I were getting nervous because the menus were in Chinese. I wondered if I should ask for an English menu. But I had come prepared because I knew exactly what I wanted to order. I had written down the order in my notebook in Chinese.
When we first sat at our table, we were given two glasses semi filled with tea coloured water. As I'm writing this post, I'm just remembering some food blogger mentioning that the water might have been given to us to wash our utensils? I'm now a little wary of food blogger's advice so it could easily have been drinking water. Anyway, I did drink the water.
Even before we could relax, our food came. Australia Dairy Co is in its own league. Super fast food.
If I remember correctly, the all-day set costs HK$36. It's value for money for tea, toast and eggs. In my opinion, there is way too much egg and not enough bread. Another slice would have been perfect. Anyway, I felt really full afterwards.
We did not try the steamed milk pudding. I wanted a taste but hubs wasn't keen so we skipped it. Overall, we enjoyed our first experience in a cha chaan teng. It is really different. The noise is crazy. Constant activity and people talking, talking away. It's not a place where you go to relax. You eat, you pay, you go. We didn't get scolded at all. I was really bracing myself for it. What a letdown. I'm kidding. I just don't know why food bloggers are calling the scrambled eggs to-die-for, legendary, the world's best, etc. It's just okay-okay.
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(nearest MTR is Jordan station, exit C2)
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Read my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong
Read my other Hongkong food posts here:
Breakfast at Capital Cafe
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