[Hong Kong] Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery 金華冰廳 on Prince Edward Road is known for its Pineapple Polo Buns and Egg Tarts. (It is technically near Mongkok MTR Exit B3 as well.)
Contrary to its name, a pineapple bun 菠蘿包 does not contain any pineapple, and it is so called because the outer layer resembles the texture of the fruit.
Kam Wah is like a typical Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng, which means service can be straight-forward or curt depending on how you look at it.
Business is usually brisk, and so you must like have to share tables with others as the server would hurry you to quickly sit down. Rules of the game: Decide what you want to order FIRST, or patience will be lost.
But they serve food faster than you know it. ”Didn’t I just order?”
Some tourists appeared looking very lost. I didn’t see any English menu, and so will try to do some translation.
Other recommended Kam Wah items included Large Pork Chop (HK$21), Pork Chop Polo Bun (HK$21), Club Sandwich (HK$37), Hot Dog Bun (HK$17) and Satay Beef Bun (HK$21).
There are other fuller meals available such as Sing Chow (Singapore) Bee Hoon (HK$44), Stir-Fried Beef Rice Noodles (HK$44), Yang Chow Fried Rice (HK$44) and Chicken Chop Fried Rice (HK$46).
Order by saying “Bo Lo Yau” with a piece of butter stuffed inside. The plain version is called ”Bo Lo Bao”.
There was something about the signature Polo Bun (HK$10) which came with a slab of butter sandwiched in between – the contrast between hot bun and cold butter, sweet and savoury was alluring to the palate.
Best to go with some Hong Kong Milk Tea to ‘wash down’ some of the oiliness.
I wished that the outer crust was crispier and overall hotter – it was lukewarm at most, though the inside was fragrant and fluffy. Simple, good stuff.
Over-rated? Perhaps slightly, because there are other Cha Chaan Teng serving up decent Polo Buns as well.
Kam Wah’s Egg Tart was less impressive as the egg custard fillings could have been smoother, though I still enjoyed its mildly crumbly buttery layer.
Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery 金華冰廳
47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong (Prince Edward MTR Station Exit B2, 5 – 10 min walk)
Tel: +852 2392 6830
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 11:00pm Daily
Google Maps – Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery
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