While walking around Central during our Hong Kong trip last year we chanced upon a line forming in one of the side streets on our way back from the Mid Levels Escalators.Upon closer examination at the front of the line, we found out that the place was called Lan Fong Yuen and its claim to fame was its creation of the HK milk tea.
We quickly joined the line and after around 10 minutes was asked to sit in what is part of their storage area with boxes for drink containers beside and under our table. There’s an outdoor takeout stall which also serves as drink prep area. After that is a small hallway/sidewalk then you will see a fairly wide indoor seating area. Be sure to check out the 2 mini stools that people sit at in front of the take out stall.
Irene and I each got a glass of iced HK milk tea since it was lunch time already and the weather was quite hot. The drinks were strong and milky.
I actually had no idea what to order but found the Assorted Lo-Ting, made up of chicken wings, spicy meat and fried egg on top of instant noodles. Hong Kong people has a fascination with adding instant noodles to their food. The dish was pretty good and filled me up for the walk down.
Irene and I shared the noodle dish above so I could order another thing, the Pork Chop bun. A popular food that hails from Macau, its prevalent in many HK eateries. The pork was well cooked while the bread was perfectly toasted. I also got a kick out of the interesting plate.
While walking around the area beside our hotel, we chanced upon another branch of Lan Fong Yuen but this was much nicer yet still had old world touches. There are also two small stools but this time I think it was just for decoration. This was at the basement of Woodhouse, across the street from iSquare, be sure to check out the first store on your right filled with lots of knickknacks from Japan.
We decided to have brunch there the next day, since Woodhouse does not open until 10:30am, good thing since we woke up quite late too. Tables are small with wooden stools all and pictures of old HK actors and singers all around. They have English menu so ask for them so it will be easier to order.
Since it was cooler here, Irene and I decided on getting hot HK milk teas. We both felt that the milk tea here was better than the one in Central, maybe the ambiance was a contributing factor or they just paid more attention sine the place was not as crowded.
We had the Fried Pork Chop with Macaroni soup and a Macaroni with ham set which came with the greasiest sausage and egg I’ve ever seen. Lauren liked the fried pork chops and I’ve developed an unusual liking for the macaroni with ham soup, another quirky HK breakfast food.
It’s a good adventure to visit the original branch of Lan Fong Yuen in Central but I’d recommend the in Tsim Tsa Tsui for a better dining experience. They also have another branch in Sheung Wan, at the Shun Tak Centre, where the Macau ferries are located.
Lan Fong Yuen2 Gage St., Central
Hong Kong LG Chung King Mansion (Woodhouse),
36-44 Nathan Road ,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong