[Hong Kong] For many Hong Kong locals, Danish Bakery 丹麥餅店 brings back fond memories of their childhood school days… famished after a long day at school, craving a freshly made burger and getting their fried food fix with their pocket money.
In fact, you can still see students in uniform queuing up there for an after-school meal.
(The shop is also just steps away from the famous dessert shop Via Tokyo.)
Danish Bakery has been around since 1958 and as you can tell from their exterior 60 years later, nothing much has changed.
The shop is located in the busy Causeway Bay area, but in a building as vintage as its history.
Although the shop is named Danish Bakery, there’s nothing really Danish about the food they sell.
On one of side of the shop, you will see some classic Hong Kong style baked goods like coconut tart, bolo buns and egg tarts, but those are not really what they are known for.
On the other side of the tiny shop, you know see a small open kitchen where the various fried food, which they are popular for, are being prepared.
Even though the shop is tiny without any seating options, regular customers are used to a certain system there.
First, you have to place your order with the granny at the cashier by the baked good counter.
Next, she would shout your order across to the ladies doing the cooking. Subsequently, move across to the cooking area and wait for your food to be ready.
Most people come for their pork chop or fish fillet buns and chicken legs and I ordered all three to try since they were really inexpensive.
The Pork Chop Bun 豬扒包 (HKD19, SGD3.30) was freshly made upon ordering, served in a little brown paper bag.
The pork chop was thin with a very nicely fried crust. As for the buns, they were smeared with mayonnaise on one side and ketchup on the other, giving the burger a very simple old-school flavour.
The Fish Fillet Burger 石斑魚柳包 (HKD19, SGD3.30) was crispy on the outside, piping hot on the inside.
I was surprised that “real fish”, not the fish paste variety, was used for the fillet, considering the low price tag.
Although I felt it tasted a little fishy, it could be because they use the grouper fish, which could lead to that slight funky taste.
I particularly enjoyed the Fried Chicken Leg 炸雞脾 (HKD19, SGD3.30), which was juicy and just the right amount of seasoning.
The chicken leg wasn’t overpowered with marinate, really simple like what grandma would make in her kitchen.
I can see why Danish Bakery is still such a favourite with the locals and has been for the past 40 years.
For nostalgic Hong Kong style fast food, Danish Bakery would be the cheapest place in Causeway Bay to try since the prices here have not inflated as quickly as the sky-high rental in the area.
Just remember to leave your calories counter at the door and enjoy the greasy goodness in these burgers.
Danish Bakery 丹麥餅店
G/F, Leishun Court, 106 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (Causeway Bay MTR Station Exit F1)
Tel: +852 2576 7353
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 7:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Danish Bakery
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* Written by DFD’s Hong Kong Correspondent @kara_the_explorer, who is the Singaporean “tai tai” living the foodie dream in Hong Kong. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.