Correct me if I am wrong, but people do not go to Hong Kong style Char Chan Teng expecting gourmet delicacies and super-great tasting food. These fuss-free cafes typically offer many-items in various combinations under the sky, for a quick and affordable meal.
I ventured to Havelock2 Mall, right next to Clarke Quay Central, which is still very empty in terms of tenancy occupancy.
During the weekend dinner, Wong Kok Char Chan Teng was two tables full. I reckon that weekday lunches would be their peak hour due to the many offices around.
The good thing about Char Chan Teng is that it boasts a huge variety of food items (say more than a hundred) for breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner as well as supper.
So if you are bored with eating the same dishes, you will be still inclined to give them another chance, and another.
One thing to note is that Wong Kok Char Chan Teng originated from Malaysia, rather than ‘home city’ Hong Kong itself.
The typical Hong Kong style dishes served include Rice, Spaghetti, Fried/Dried Noodles, Noodle Soups, Western Delights, Snacks, Desserts, Toast, Sandwiches, Burgers and various chilled and hot drinks.
I ordered a Cheese Baked Rice in Hong Kong style ($11.90) with sliced beef fillings. The choice of beef rather than pork chop, chicken chop or fish fillet, was because it seemed more uncommon.
In typical Char Chan Teng fashion, the food arrived within 5 minutes of ordering. Fast.
However, served in a dim sum basket, I thought that the portion was small relative to its price. While the beef slices were somewhat tender and had some taste, the mix of sauce was not even, and rice between lukewarm and cold at parts.
Enticed by the photo of Cheese Baked Spaghetti on Hot Plate ($9.20), with the option of Angel Hair pasta replacement, I quickly made my choice.
Let’s just say that it was half a plate of pasta, half a portion for everything else, and food saved by the black pepper sauce on a sizzling plate.
The highlight of the meal was the Hong Kong Iced Milk Tea ($4.70) served in a bowl of ice – so that the drink won’t be diluted by ice, yet still stayed cold. Not too bitter, not overly sweet, smooth… but note the price.
There are few hundred items on the menu. Maybe I just didn’t order the right ones. Then again.
Wong Kok Char Chan Teng
#01-02 Havelock2, 2 Havelock Singapore 059763
+65 6532 2173
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm Daily