HK Eats – Australia Dairy Company; When Scrambled Eggs Get the GOLDEN TreatmentJune 1, 2011 | 5,128 views
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Rich, creamy and golden scrambled eggs from Australia Dairy Company @ Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong. Not just any other eggs, this is legendary.
Jumping back to the Hong Kong posts (alternating between all the others, if you don’t mind), let’s see how we finally made it to Australia Dairy Company; the #1 eatery on the Openrice‘s good food list. Back in 2008, we missed this as the shop was closed for some reason. Did not feel that it was a huge miss, until we were back and read up on the massive number of rave reviews on the net.
Then I shot myself in the thigh and vowed to return. With a vengeance.
And we did. Early in the morning on a weekday in fact, only to face an immensely packed environment; so much so that we had to literally squeeze behind a pillar, and seated side by side facing the wall while ‘relishing‘ the priceless Hong Kong’s ‘char chaan teng‘ atmosphere …..
If you’re a ‘banana’ like me, no sweat. Everyone orders the same stuff. Just point to any of the 3 combination on the wall (actually, I don’t even know what they are now, but I had in mind what I wanted)
This place has been granted merits from thousands of fans, but not without earning the ire of the other hundreds. Mainly from the lacklustre service (what do YOU expect when the turnover’s so damn fast you can’t even remember your neighbouring patrons’ faces?), the over-hyped breakfast sets (really?), and the sheer lack of space. Okay, the last one does not count, since you can never stretch your legs to their fullest extent at any ‘char chaan teng‘ (Hong Kong style of cafes) anyway.
Macaroni in Soup with ham slices (comes with the set) – Still, after the subsequent repeated servings of this in the coming days, I started to warm up to this idea of a fusion pasta dish. Though for a start, you might not appreciate the salty broth dunked with soft macaroni and slices of briny ham.
Steamed Milk Pudding, and Egg Custard at the back. Both served warm, almost scalding hot initially. So don’t go gobble this up before testing the temperature of this. Not as brilliant as the famous Yishun, but still the milky pudding was a tummy-warmer of a breakfast. These did not come with the set, but was priced at about HKD20/RM8 per bowl.
Milk Tea, Hong Kong style. You can see the bottles of fresh milk in the glass display in the second picture from above. In Hong Kong, they only put fresh milk, or evaporated milk in their beverages, resulting in a creamy, milky drink rather than using condensed milk like what we do here. (This one came with the set too)
Essentially, a breakfast set (from HKD26/RM10.40 onwards) consists of toast and scrambled eggs (or fried egg), a cup of milk tea or coffee and a plate of macaroni soup with ham. The locals can really eat, and you’ll bear witness to how they can wallop everything in record time. The table next to us came later, and I was halfway snapping before they were already finished and zoomed off.
You cannot even afford to stretch your legs here. And you’d better not take your own sweet time and read papers or such.
The queue started building up just as we were leaving. Australia Dairy Company is opened from 7.30am until 11.00pm daily. Avoid the rush hours (breakfast and lunch), and come at the in-between hours. Like how you should do for Tim Ho Wan dim sum in Mong Kok.
Crisp toasts and golden scrambled eggs go together like bread and butter?
Verdict? Just go for the scrambled eggs with toasts (optional : you can also request for eggs + ham + toast), and you’re good. Skip the macaroni if you’re too full, as they don’t do an exactly impressive version. The milk tea was okay, but a far cry from the few others I’ll be writing in the near future. Though I was having extremely high hopes of being wowed out of my boots, the eggs were just being good. Not exceptional nor deserving of an award of the highest accolade, I felt.
AUSTRALIA DAIRY COMPANY
47-49, Parkes Street,
Jordan, Hong Kong.
Tel No : 2730 1356
Exit from Jordan’s MTR station, at exit C2 and walk towards Parkes Street. Just over the corner.
Motormouth’s Hong Kong Food Map
*By the way, next to this shop is the famous Mak Man Kee Noodles, but they open slightly later. So we gave them a miss. Famous for their wanton noodles etc. So if the macaroni in soup does not appease you, then save some space for some good old Hong Kong wanton noodles next door.