C Nai Hong Kong Cafe Xpress 师奶茶餐厅 – Crowded Café with a Crowded Menu
“The one at East Coast. Daniel, you must go and TRY!”
When Melissa saw that I was writing on a whole series on Hong Kong cafes, she very excitedly told me to venture to the Far East. “The fried squid’s very good. Number 430. So is the chicken in hot plate. That’s 403. Don’t get confused. Braised E-Fu Noodles too! 101.”
She’s that good that she remembers the number. I don’t know how she does that especially when the items on the menu are jumbled.
A claustrophobic one with different forms of icons –TV/Media Recommended. Chef’s Recommended. New! Must try. Best Seller. Authentic Singapore. Authentic Hong Kong Best Seller. Healthy & Refreshing.
No kidding. If looking at the menu doesn’t give you a headache, selecting what to eat will because almost everything is recommended.
I first had the XO Sauce Fried Seafood Instant Noodles ($8.50). It resembled a plate of Mee Goreng, glazed with a layer of shiny oil with every strand of the noodles. My noodles glistered in the bright light. The addition of fried shrimps raised it from the mediocrity of ‘just another plate of Hong Kong noodles’.
My friend’s HK Café Claypot Rice ($11.80) arrived close to 15 minutes later (that’s 20 minutes in total). That assured me that the rice was cooked in the claypot from scratch and not from the rice cooker. Alas, the whole dish was like a paler fairer cousin of the ones I am familiar with. Without the fragrance of Chinese sausages or dark soya sauce, the generous servings of chicken, dried scallops and mushroom didn’t save the day.
The staff here has definitely went through some form of training as they were a lot more prompt and friendly. Despite the food, this can be a relaxing place to unwind after your cycling session at East Coast.
C Nai Hong Kong Cafe Xpress 师奶茶餐厅, 1000 East Coast Park Marine Cove S(449876) Tel: +65 64440123
Opening Hours: Sun–Thu: 12pm – 12am; Fri–Sat & PH Eve: 12pm – 2.30am
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July 22, 2016