Breakfast, the most important meal of the day. When you are in Hong Kong, you need to have breakfast just like how the Hong Kongers does it.
A typical Hong Kong breakfast consist of a soupy bowl of bee hoon or macaroni , toast, luncheon meat and egg then washing everything down with either a cup of milk tea or coffee. For this kind of hearty breakfast, they can easily be found in cha chaan teng which literally means tea restaurants which are just around every corner of Hong Kong. A good thing about this hearty breakfast is that you can simply purchase a breakfast set and share it with a friend if you are not a big eater.
Australian Dairy Company (ADC) and Yee Shun Milk Company (YSMC) are two highly raved cha chaan teng which tourists and locals frequent.
With so many raves on these 2 cha chaan tengs , I just had to try them both to check it out for for myself. It is a good thing that they are just a street away from each other in Jordan and I had to pass by either one to get to Jordan MTR. Clearly I have my hot favourite, read on to find out.
Australian Dairy Company (ADC)
There is the one and only Australian Dairy Company which is located at 47 Parkes Street, Jordan.
Perhaps there is only one outlet, expect long queue right outside in the morning. However do not be scared off by the crowd because the queue actually moves pretty fast.
They have the ala-carte as well as breakfast set menu to choose from. Not sure if they have an english menu but the menus that were pinned up are in Chinese.
Cha chaan teng is Eastern fast food whereby you place your orders with the efficient no nonsense workers and they will deliver your orders to you within minutes. Susan and I were amused that the guy who took our order made an attempt to small talk with us and we managed to reply in our limited broken Cantonese. It is not common to have workers in such environment casually talking to their customers so it was a pretty nice change.
Ordered one of their breakfast set which consist of a bowl of macaroni soup, a toast, scramble egg and a cup of tea topping it up with a bowl of steamed milk.
The most outstanding item off them all was the scramble egg. It is buttery, creamy and melts in your mouth. One of the most delicious scramble eggs I have eaten in my life.
So how did AMD fair? Let’s just say it is the only thing to rave about is their scramble eggs.
Yee Shun Milk Company (YSMC)
There are a total of 4 outlets and the one which Susan and I frequent is located at 63 Pilkem St, Jordan.
No matter what time of the day we visit, we will be able to find seats within minutes. Be prepared to share tables if there are no available empty tables.
The vast difference is that the staff I saw in ADC are mostly young chaps while workers in Yee Shun are mainly women in their late 40s or 50s. Well, the women must have thought our Cantonese were beyond hope because they actually replied us in Mandarin when we tried ordering in Cantonese.
Just like ADC, they have selection of breakfast sets and ala-carte menu. We returned to YSMC 3 times during our 5 days in Hong Kong and each time we tried to order something different to try.
We tried their typical breakfast set, bowl of macaroni/ bee hoon soup with a slice of toast, sunny side up that goes along with a cup of hot tea. Of course to finish it off with their signature steam milk. We also ordered their pork bun too!
I think they have nice their bee hoon soup! For a hint of spicy flavouring in the soup, add in some Tobasco which is available at every table.
I am glad I gave their pork bun a try because the level of yumminess surpassed the one I had in Macau which is suppose to serve really good ones. (Or perhaps I should not buy a pork bun from a random food stall in Macau.) A thin layer of butter is spread on the bun which is slightly crispy on the surface but solft on the inside. The porkchop inside was tender and juicy, it taste heavenly!
Last but not least, the item worth mentioning on their menu is their signature, steam milk! You can choose to have it hot or cold and apart from the orginal, they even offer different flavours such as chocolate and strawberry. We tried the original and chocolate flavoured. Both tasted really good, ok good is an understatement. It is totally to-die for! It brings instant satisfaction smile to my face that derives from the sweetness and richness of the millk that is smooth like tofu that melts immediately in the mouth. It is just incredible! One of my best foodgasm moment!
Well, there you go, I am sure you know which cha chaan teng I will highly recommend now. I am kind of missing their steam milk already.
Have you eaten at Australian Dairy Company and/or Yee Shun Milk Company? Which one do you prefer?
Your breakfast looks so delicious to me! I visited Hong Kong 20 times and I always try something new, but coffee is a must! Missing dim sum a lot these days.
Wow, you must have a special feeling for HK isn’t to to visit 20 times! Oh yeah, the dim sum there is awesome too! Eat some for me when you get there next time. 😀
So yummy and different different breakfast ideas. Glad to see all the options. Really, Hong Kong is full of options.
Hey Allison. Oh yes, you should try them yourself. 🙂