HK Eats – BEST ‘Polo Bao’ in Hong Kong @ Kam Wah Cafe, Mong KokJune 4, 2011 | 13,626 views
Today’s a Saturday gone wrong. Somewhat. The incessant travelling and crazy weather started to take its toll on me. Not to mention this viral bug roaming around the office. So let’s do a pictorial, shorter post (finally?) on one of the BEST ‘char chaan teng’ (Hong Kong style of cafe) in Mong Kok in Hong Kong.
Polo Bao (Pineapple Bun; literally) contains NO pineapple, but the resemblance comes from the sugar-crusted top with a significant crunch. At Kam Wah Cafe; they do them BEST.
Since I wrote extensively about them in my 2008 post; from not one but TWO breakfast sessions at the buzzing, quintessentially-Hong Kong, yet friendly cafe on Bute Street in Mong Kok, I guess I don’t have to go all out and sing praises for their famous Polo Bao.
But read on for the various types of Polo Bao they offer, and how the staff here are generally more pleasant, attentive and minus the usual attitude anticipated in busy eateries in Hong Kong …..
Kam Wah Cafe – Perpetually packed, but most locals drop by and take away the buns, tarts and various breads sold at the take-away counter in front. For those with an ample amount of time (like us), we sip on smooth warm milk tea and enjoy the session tremendously.
The shouts of “Polo Bao out from the oven!”, “Charn Bao out from the oven!” etc renders this experience a most memorable one; almost akin to the scenes in Hong Kong movies/dramas.
This one came with slices of lean, barbecued pork, shredded lettuce and streaks of mayonnaise lent a savoury touch to the usually sweet buns.
I am not kidding you. Kam Wah Cafe was instantly on my TO-EAT list when I was preparing the itinerary (yeah, always the designated food planner …)
And some might argue that Lan Fong Yuen, Kam Fung or Honolulu serve better milk tea (Nai Cha in Cantonese), Kam Wah has a strong legion of fans too. Not bad, and aside from Kam Fung, I actually thought Kam Wah serves better milk tea than the other two. More on the other reviews in the next few weeks.
Stir them up and marvel at the smoothness, the right consistency and proportion of black tea to milk and sugar, and the sheer pleasure from pairing the beverage with the famous buns.
If you’re not a fan of fresh buns from the oven (why shouldn’t you?!) then opt for the Western style of ham, sausage and egg set.
Don’t get discouraged. For HKD23/RM9.20 per set, the portion’s just right for breakfast. And if you’re going for something more substantial, don’t forget that they do serve noodles, macaroni in soup, etc.
*More elaborate review and dozens of tantalizing shots here – Kam Wah Cafe @ Bute Street, Mong Kok & Lantau Island Trip.
KAM WAH CAFE
47, Bute Street,
Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Motormouth’s Hong Kong Food Map
*Exit Mong Kok MTR station at B3 and walk northbound on Sai Yeung Choi Street until you reach the 2nd junction. 1st junction is Mong Kok Road, and the second one is Bute Street. Turn RIGHT and you will see Kam Wah Cafe on your LEFT soon enough. Or you can exit Prince Edward MTR station at B2 exit and walk southbound towards Bute Street.