Australian Dairy Company – Long Queues, Short Service & Very Good Scrambled Eggs
[Hong Kong] At one of Hong Kong’s most popular and famous Hong Kong café (Cha Chaan Teng) Australia Dairy Company, expect attitudes, partly rude service, chaotic ambience, long queues, and a very good plate of scrambled eggs.
This is my fourth visit to Australian Dairy Company at Jordan, the first three times they were closed. Lesson learnt: Come early to queue, don’t come during the first 8 days of Chinese New Year, and don’t come on Thursdays.
At about 8am in the morning, there were about 20-30 odd people in front of us, but the line cleared swift and fast. Come alone and you are likely to get a seat pretty soon. It took us about 15 minutes to get in what we describe a ‘café war zone’.
What’s the deal? “You mean that’s all they sell?” my friend exclaiming very puzzled, hoping there was a larger variety like what the other Hong Kong cafes offered.
The morning set at HKD$28 consisted of a buttered toast, scrambled eggs, macaroni soup with ham and coffee or tea. The lunch set at HKD$33 offered similar items and had spaghetti with char siew. Rule of thumb: Don’t be fussy, don’t appear lost and just order. If not, you may get scolded something in Cantonese.
We mumbled something in bad Cantonese. But the old waiter knew exactly what we wanted, quickly disappeared and returned throwing plates of scrambled eggs and toast on our tables – all happening in a span of 20 seconds. I am not sure to describe them as rude, plain busy, or just super at ease with customers. It’s a matter of perspective.
And yes, the buttered toast was soft and aromatic, and eating it with the famed scrambled eggs in the middle is just evidence at how the simplest food on earth can taste so blissful. The eggs are fluffy and tasty, some say the secret ingredient is canned cream soups, while I also heard Hokkaido milk.
I think frying it on high heat in the Chinese stove makes all that difference. Never mind if the sweat of the person frying seems to be dripping downwards. You won’t want to see.
“You mean we woke up so early just to have this?” This same friend could not understand the fuss behind Australia Dairy Company. He says that even the Cold Steamed Milk Dessert (HKD$17) was milkier and smoother over at Yee Shun (just a street away). But the breakfast over there was nothing to shout about.
The very moment we finished our desserts, we were hurried out. I left feeling satisfied, that I tasted one of the best scrambled eggs toast in Hong Kong, and went through the fanatical cha chaan teng experience.
Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong (MTR Jordan Exit C2)
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11:00pm (Closed Thursdays)
June 20, 2017