Streets Café Restaurant 街头茶餐厅 (Raffles City)
Within the last few years, there are just too many Hong Kong Cafes sprouting around following the success of a few. While Central, Xin Wang and Tong Shui have gained a following with their distinct look and theme, I am not too sure about Streets Café Restaurant.
With already two other branches at IMM and Bukit Panjang Plaza, I would not have noticed it if it wasn’t beside the prominent Shokudo at Raffles City.
The fact that it is named “Streets Café Restaurant “ sound like an oxymoron, each term having its own unique feature. If an eatery wants to go Street, then think ‘dai pai dong’ 大排档 where the selling point of such hawker food is in its fragrant and tastiness of the ‘wok hei’. Such food is strongly flavored due to the smell from frying in a very heated wok.
The selection here doesn’t differ much from the usual ‘cha can teng’ 茶餐厅. Snack munchies, dim sum, Hong Kong style pasta, western, thick toast, nissin noodles, baked rice and fried rice are rather typical.
Their difference is their menu of ‘exotic street specialities’ – Sweet and Sour Pork ($8.80), Spicy Hunan Spare Ribs ($10.80), Shanghai Style Stir Fried Chicken ($8.80), and Szechuan Style Prawns ($14.00). Hardly exotic, though very Chinese.
The Cheese Baked Rice with Pork Chop ($8.50) was unsatisfactory as the meat was tough, with rice rather dry. It could do with a richer portion of the creamy white sauce. I find that cheese baked rice should arrive very hot so that you can still taste the melting cheese blend with the moist rice.
The Nissin Noodles with Chicken Chop and Egg ($6.50) was a better choice. Though you may say that people can’t go wrong with instant noodles, many eateries tend to overcook their noodles. This version still retains its bite, and the brown sauce complimented well with the meat.
I ordered a Steamed Pork Siew Mai ($2.80) as I wasn’t feeling very satisfied. But the small size and mass-manufactured taste reminded me that I could be better off buying the pre-packed ones.
A lot more prompt than many of the other Hong Kong cafes I have been to, it’s the main serving grace.
While I couldn’t pin point anything extraordinary bad about here, the reverse is also true. Sometimes it’s more dangerous to stay in the middle, and being rather unmemorable and forgettable.
Streets Cafe Restaurant, 252 North Bridge Road #B1-44C Raffles City Shopping Centre Tel:+65 63387445
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