[Bangkok] Time stood still as I was sitting at the back of this café, listening to the live band singing, ”I’m all out of love” while I was looking towards the Chaophraya River.
There is no better way to describe the beauty of being there, than being at Hong Sieng Kong itself.
Perhaps some people may just treat this as another photo-taking spot good for Instagram, but I found this place extremely charming.
Maybe it is due to the old soul within me.
These two centuries old buildings by an alley in the Talat Noi neighbourhood near Chinatown in Bangkok has been given a new lease of life.
After a year-long renovation, Hong Sieng Kong cafe has turned its premises into a modern watering hole, serving caffeinated drinks and desserts to visitors of the popular riverside area.
When my Thai friend brought me around to wander around the narrow streets of car mechanics, I wasn’t really expecting this.
”Here’s the café,” as we stood just next to the 250-year old Zhou Song Gone Chinese Shrine.
To get to Hong Sieng Kong, you can take a train to Hua Lamphong and have a little stroll to Soi Wanit 2. Near Chowsuekong Shrine, the bright blue signage of the cafe is unmistakable.
The front of the café was like a usual hipster coffee joint, but it was until I went all the way in when I realised there was much more to this.
The interior emulates an olden Chinese inn, through elaborate ornate railings and wooden furnishing.
Antique oriental furniture from Dachas Saebae’s family collection are brought in to decorate the cafe, with some pieces tracing its lineage as far back as 500 years ago.
There are two stories in the building.
The first is where the Dachas is the one who brought his vision to life, which sits on a plot of land owned by his mother old. The decor used prior to the renewal are put in display right inside the cafe.
A live band plays international and Thai songs every weekend.
It is in this setting where you can get a nice cup of their signature Talad Noi Orange Coffee (140 THB), Coconut Blossom Coffee (140 THB) or Sparkling Red Peach Tea (160 THB) to mull on.
The orange coffee comes with the fragrance of citrus and injects a freshness into the dense taste of coffee.
Other than the usual Western-style staples, Hong Sieng Kong also serves up a food menu which includes Fried Salmon Fins with Fish Sauce (240 THB), Fried Sun-Dried Beef with Fish Sauce (240 THB), Fried Chicken Wings with Red Wine Sauce (200 THB), Black Pepper Powk Jowl (220 THB) to Fried Chicken Fermented Marrowbones (200 THB).
Select a beautiful, social media worthy dessert from their collection of pastries and tarts.
The Raspberry Tartlet (200 THB) or the Strawberry Tart (180 THB), overflowing with fresh fruits, is the best feast for your stomach and your eyes.
Order a Carrot Cake Bar (140 THB), Salted Caramel Brulee Cheesecake, or a simple New York Cheesecake with you, which are rich and creamy.
Oh, and have a seat in their backyard, where a patio has been erected and decked out with comfortable seating.
There, you will be treated to a panorama view of the majestic riverside where you can sink in to the natural beauty of Bangkok.
Hong Sieng Kong
734, 736 Soi Wanit 2, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Google Maps – Hong Sieng Kong
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