Cafe diners or Char Chan Teng are the most common and popular eateries in Hong Kong, and stepping into Kowloon Café at Box Hill, Melbourne is probably the closest you’ll get to a truly authentic experience in Melbourne.
Even Hong Kong people in Australia come here regularly for a taste of home. Tantalising photos menu graces the friendly glass façade. Happy handwritten fonts welcome you to a cup of hot milk tea at the front door. Inside, a small and cosy space awaits with chairs and square tables by the wall decorated with mirrors for spatial ambience, bright-lit with shaded ceiling lamps. Board on the patterned wall by the counter features set-meal options at the time of the day.
The menu is extensive: divided into categories of stir-fried noodles, soup noodles, fried rice or rice with sides, cheese-baked rice and spaghetti, set meals, plus a variety of hot and cold drinks. All made in true Hong Kong style, with ‘street’ café flavours different from classy Chinese restaurants elsewhere. Most food here is served fresh and warm, straight from the kitchen; and all at an affordable price.
Must have highlights include the pineapple bun with fresh butter, deep-fried chicken wings, cheese-baked pork chop with fried rice in tomato sauce, and curry chicken with spaghetti. Also, be sure to savour the Hong Kong milk tea and lemon tea for the true Hong Kong dining experience.
If you’re looking for a nice, warm meal with authentic flavours, Kowloon café is the place to be.