There is something about Singaporeans and our insatiable ‘love’ for milk tea.
So the famous Lan Fong Yuen Milk Tea is now available in Singapore, found at 7-eleven stores and NTUC outlets for $2.80.
As expected, people will be making a beeline for these cups. Remember what happened when 纯萃喝 Chun Cui He was launched in Singapore a couple of years ago?
Hong Kong Milk Tea has that certain character of the bitter lingering tea taste, which Lan Fong Yuen has.
Therefore, there is also a warning of not to consume the cupped-tea late at night as that will likely cause insomnia.
The cups have gone out of stock at several places, but give it a month, and everything should be back to normal again.
[Hong Kong] When you talk about a “must-visit” Hong Kong cafe aka cha chaan teng in Hong Kong, Lan Fong Yuen蘭芳園 would be a shoo-in due to its historical significance.
You find tourists aimed with guide books and cameras, taking loads of food photos and selfies, making it one of the possible top 10 Hong Kong food destinations for first-timers.
Opened back in 1953, Lan Fong Yuen is one of the oldest and most famous cha chaan teng in Hong Kong, where you can experience the old-school vibes and bustling energy. (For those who not know, a cha chaan teng is practically a basic Hong Kong breakfast place.
They are also said to be the creator of the pantyhose milk tea (wonder how they even got it started) so it is the must-have here, even if it may not be the best around the city.
Lan Fong Yuen’s main branch is located on Gage Street, and there is another found at Kowloon side at the basement of Chung King Mansion at Tsim Sha Tsui.
The nearest MTR station for the main outlet is Central. Come out from Exit G and go for a short walk towards Queen’s Road Central. Once you cross to the opposite side of the road, turn left to D’Aguilar Road.
Continue walking until you reach the Wellington Street. Make a left turn into Lyndhurst Terrace and soon you’ll reach Gage Street where Lan Fong Yuen is located.
The café started as a ‘Dai Pai Dong’, thus the inconspicuous shop entrance.
You are likely to walk past and miss it. Look for the shop sign ‘Lan Fong Yuen’ and walk all the way inside. Don’t assume it is closed even though it looks like it.
The interior of this Hong Kong eatery is as nostalgic as it gets – crowded, possibly claustrophobic for some. The likelihood of you sharing a table with strangers is very high.
You will be passed a menu. Tip: Be sure what you want to order, don’t make changes, don’t hesitate. Be quick and swift before the server shows signs of impatience.
Lan Fong Yuen is most famous for two items: Pork Chop Burger (HKD36) and ‘Silk Stockings’ Milk Tea (HKD21 for hot, HKD23 for iced).
The other recommended dishes include French Toast (HKD32), Condensed Milk Bun with Butter (HKD32), Chicken Chop with Instant Noodles (HK38). There is also the strange-tasting Salty Lime 7-Up (HKD25).
While I suspect that the Pork Chop Burger may not be the best in the city, it is still worthy to get for that tender, juicy, yet thin slab of pork chop in the middle.
I found the bun slightly dry for my liking, and had trouble finishing it all together.
The other signature food item is the Chicken Chop with Instant Noodles (HKD38), a fuss-free dish made more appetising with the addition of scallion oil and addictive soy-base sauce.
The chicken chop, was also done well here, nicely pan-fried and moist to the bite.
As for the Hong Kong Milk Tea (HKD21 for hot, HKD23 for iced), it made a suitable thirst-quencher without an overly strong bitter tea taste, though I wished it was milkier and less diluted.
Not the best, but okay.
Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園
2 Gage Street Central, Hong Kong (MTR Sheung Wan Exit E2 or Central)
Tel: +852 2544 3895
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 6:00 pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Lan Fong Yuen
Lan Fong Yuen – Tsim Shai Tsui Branch
Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Nathan Rd, 36-44號, Chungking Mansion, B1
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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