#Wait, what’s “Singapore’s first Hong Kong movie-themed café”?

The new Hong Kong Stars Cafe 港星茶餐厅 piqued my curiosity as I am not entirely sure what being a HK movie-themed café entails.

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Located at Jalan Besar, it took over the space of the now-defunct Hai Wang Seafood 海王鱼头炉.

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There was a wall adorned with photos of Hong Kong celebrities from the golden era, giving the place a more distinctive character. But that’s about it.

Wait, no Andy Lau?

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There is Cantonese music playing softly in the background, evoking a sense of nostalgia. I felt that the songs were a little on the old side, and something more ‘current’ from the 90s onwards could work better.

The dining area has an old-school vibe, with red cushioned seats and gold trims on the chairs. This design choice attempts to recreate the atmosphere of a classic Hong Kong restaurant.

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The menu offers a variety of dishes, including BBQ, dim sum, wok-fried items, soup, and dessert.

I had anticipated more traditional Cha Chaan Teng-style offerings, such as Baked Pork Chop Rice, Satay Beef Instant Noodles, Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, and French Toast. But these weren’t available.

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While the BBQ Honey Pork Noodles ($12.80), did not quite match the Hong Kong-style noodles (the thin, springy sort) I had expected, it was a decent dish.

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The char siew was succulent, and the dark sauce was flavourful, complementing the noodles well.

Following a recommendation, I also tried the Fragrant Butter Pork Chop Rice ($14.80) which came with a drink.

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The pork chop was tender, covered with a wok-fried butter sauce. Taste-wise, it was okay; though the presentation was a bit plain and unremarkable. Maybe add a fried sunny-side egg or something?

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The handmade dim sum appears to be their strength, offering a range from Signature Siew Mai, Shrimp Dumplings, Dumplings in Chilli Oil, Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce, XO Sauce Carrot Cake, Century Egg Pork Congee, Crispy Prawn Roll, and Steamed Honey Pork Buns.

Each basket is generally around $6.80 to $8.80.

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While it may not entirely capture the essence of a traditional Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng, the food (especially the dim sum) could be worth a visit. Hong Kong Stars Cafe offers a nostalgic dining experience.

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Hong Kong Stars Cafe 港星茶餐厅
369 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208997
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

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