Missing Hong Kong?
While traveling to Hong Kong is still not possible for now (but I am hope the day will come very soon), you can still satisfy those food cravings with famous Hong Kong food brands in Singapore.
These include Hang Heung, Jenny’s Bakery, Joy Luck Teahouse (which houses Hoover Cake Shop, Kam Kee Café & Tak Hing Fishball Company) Kam’s Roast, Mui Kee, and Social Place. Here’s more:
Perfected over three generations, Mui Kee’s founder Mak Mai started the first stall in Hong Kong during 1979. This is the stall at Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok.
Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, #01-12. Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 67372422
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 9:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
I have previously tried Mui Kee Congee 妹記生滾粥品 in Hong Kong, located at Level 3 of Fa Yuen Street Market Mong Kok, and was impressed with the bowl’s heartiness and incredibly smooth texture.
The founder Mak Mai started the first stall in 1979; and the business is now taken over by third generation owner Choi Kok Tung or “Ah Tung”.
While the Singapore store is at the glitzy Orchard Road at Shaw Centre with a 50-seater restaurant, the Hong Kong Mui Kee is located at the 3rd floor of a less-than-glamorous food centre – but that is part of the charm as well as you can watch the cooks in action working with big fires.
What makes each bowl of congee special is that it is prepared from scratch.
Regular favourites at Mui Kee Shaw Centre include Parrot Fish Belly Congee ($11.80), Sliced Beef Congee ($9.80), Homemade Pork Meatballs Congee ($9.80), while premium options include a decadent Alaskan Crab Leg Congee ($22).
The signature fish belly congee in particular is well-loved for a delicious smokiness with wok-hei; best paired with dishes such as Drunken Chicken in Shaoxing Wine ($10) and Poached Kai Lan ($8).
Hong Kong’s Social Place outlet is famed for its signature Roast Pigeon.
Social Place 唐宫小聚
583 Orchard Road, Forum the Shopping Mall #01-22, Singapore 238884
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Seen those cutesy and wobbly Small Pig Puddings on Instagram?
This is from Social Place 唐宫小聚 was first established in Hong Kong at Queen’s Road Central during 2014, and has four outlets there now.
Over in Hong Kong, you can find them at Central (The L. Place 2/F), Tsim Sha Tsui (Silvercord Shop 3030), Tsuen Wan (Citywalk Shop UG43 & 81), and Sha Tin (New Town Plaza III Shop A333).
Social Place is known for its contemporary Chinese cuisine and modern dim sum items that pushed the envelope.
Many of their Chinese dishes do bring in some surprises (do get your cameras ready) such as the Flamin-ple’ ($28) in which a whole pineapple is set aflame at the table before you dig into the beef brisket with curry gravy within; Sweet & Sour Pork on Ice ($24.80) served with crushed and cubed ice that keep the battered pork crisp.
Newer items to look forward in Singapore’s menu include the Shanghai Steamed Buns ($6.80), and the Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao ($7.80) filled with sweet-spicy crab fillings and topped with tobiko.
For fans of “Liu Sha Bao”, do not miss out the Charcoal Custard Bun ($8.80) with ebony-black exterior and gold brush strokes. Break it apart to reveal velvety custard fillings within.
Kam’s Roast culinary tradition began in 1942 when Yung Kee Restaurant operated on Wellington Street in Hong Kong. This eatery at Wan Chai is helmed by the 3rd generation of the family.
9 Scotts Road, #01-04/05/06/07, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
78 Airport Blvd, #02 – 210 Jewel Changi Airport Mall, Singapore 819666
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Kam’s Roast Goose is founded by Mr Hardy Kam, the 3rd generation of the founder of the famed Yung Kee Goose in Hong Kong, who wanted to continue with his family legacy.
Within four months of opening, the 36-seater restaurant at Wan Chai earned a Michelin star, and continued to receive the honours in subsequent years.
When I visited the Hong Kong outlet, Hardy mentioned he chose to keep his 36-seater stall small as a tribute to his grandfather and father, whose business began as a humble entity. It is his hope to offer families and friends the chance to bond over good food.
The Roast Goose at Hong Kong outlet packed with succulence and meaty tenderness, is indeed one of the best I ever had. (Roast Goose is not available in Singapore’s outlet.)
The Kam’s Roast Singapore branch is its first outside of Hong Kong; there are now outlets at both Pacific Plaza and Jewel Changi Airport.
If this is your first time trying out Kam’s Roast, there are the “4 treasures” which includes the Signature Roast Duck, Soya Chicken, BBQ Pork (Char Siu), and Crispy Pork.
Kam’s Roast uses top quality, free-range ducks for their signature dish. Roasted Cantonese style, the meat is marinated with time-honoured secret recipe from Yung Kee.
Meaty yet tender, with thin and golden-brown skin.
As for the Soya Chicken, the marinate which the chicken is immersed in is prepared with a blend of herbs which lends depth of flavour. The succulent chicken is then brushed with maltose for added flavour and a beautiful sheen.
Egg Tarts, Pineapple Buns and Milk Tea are recognised on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong list.
Joy Luck Teahouse
2 Orchard Turn, Ion Orchard, #B4-61, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction, #B1-K25, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Joy Luck Teahouse 歡樂冰室 serves up food from 3 iconic F&B brands from Hong Kong, including Hoover Cake Shop, Kam Kee Café and Tak Hing Fishball Company.
The Egg Tarts from Hoover Cake Shop has been listed by The Guardian as the “Top 10 dishes to try in Hong Kong”. The bakery shop is also famed for being Chow Yun-Fat’s and Liza Wang Ming-Chuen’s favourite.
Founded in 1975 by Chow Ping-kuan, you could always spot a line around the block with its unmissable buttery aroma at Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City.
The person behind the Joy Luck Teahouse concept is none other than veteran Singapore-born TV producer Robert Chua, who has persuaded over a year for the long-standing brands of to bring their signature items overseas.
There are two styles of Egg Tarts ($2.30 each) offered here, one with a puff pastry shell and the other with sweet shortbread crust almost like butter cookie.
Both are filled with rich custard made with high-quality eggs and butter, resulting in a rich yellow hue, and creamy-smooth texture.
Pair the Egg Tarts with Kam Kee HK Milk Tea ($3.80 for hot, $3.50 for cold) which follows Kam Kee Café’s secret recipe that calls for a blend of many types of superior-quality tea leaves imported from Sri Lanka.
Hang Heung Cake Shop in Hong Kong was awarded with the prestigious title of a Centurion brand by The Hong Kong Food Council in recognition of its pursuit to preserve the heritage and craft of traditional Chinese age-old delights and bakes.
2 Orchard Turn, Ion Orchard, #B4-33 Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Question: Have you ever packed some of Hang Heung 恒香老饼家’s Wife Cakes from Hong Kong back home? It is possibly one of the most iconic food souvenirs you can get from there.
Hang Heung was actually first established in 1920 as a Chinese-style restaurant in Yuen Long.
Widely known as a household name in Hong Kong, the Wife Cakes were featured across various local and international media, especially those Hong Kong’s TVB dramas.
The iconic Hang Heung Wife Cake needs little introduction, freshly baked in-store, and has that fluffy thin crust and handmade winter melon paste filling which is slightly gooey.
The puff pastry is said to be made with two different doughs, which takes years of diligent practice to master the technique.
Other than the signature Hang Heung Wife Cake ($2.80 for one, $15 for six pcs), other items offered in Singapore’s outlet Mini Pineapple Wife Cake ($2.50 for one, $15 for six pcs), Mung Bean Cake ($2.50 for one, $15 for six pcs), Mini Egg Yolk Cake ($2.50 for one, $15 for six pcs), and Red Bean Paste Cake ($2.50 for one, $15 for six pcs).
Get the Country Egg Rolls ($8 for box of six pcs, $22.80 for 21 pcs tin) made with premium flour, butter and eggs for the flaky, soft and eggy texture.
https://www.jennybakery.sg (FREE Delivery for above $60 Purchase for 1 single location)
Fun-fact: Jenny Bakery is started by a real Auntie Jenny since 2005, and she is in her early 60s this year. Her first shop is at the famous “Stanley Market” as she stays near there.
The current 2 permanent shops in Hong Kong are located at Tsim Sha Tsui (Shop 24 Ground Floor, Mirador Mansion, 54-64B Nathan Road) and Sheung Wan (15 Wing Wo Street); while Singapore’s outlet operates more from an online delivery platform.
All the cookies are 100% handmade since the beginning, and that includes the mixing, forming, baking and packing process (no automation).
I do know of people who buy for the cans as well, and the teddy bear centric designs are changed every month – mostly to prevent counterfeits as well.
To maintain extreme freshness, Singapore import the butter cookies frequently direct from their factory.
The best-selling tin is the 4 Mix Butter Cookies ($40 for large, $23 for small, price differs slightly depending on promo) which includes flavours of Butter Flower, Coffee Flower, Shortbread & Raisin Oats.
My favourite is the Coffee Flower for that distinct coffee-fragrance with melt-in-your-mouth buttery rich texture.
Also look out for the current seasonal special of Chocolate Flower ($18 for small) which was just launched in Hong Kong during September, with limited tins in Singapore. These cookies boast of the same wonderful buttery-ness and airy texture, but has that intensely-rich chocolate flavour.
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