Old Hong Kong Tea House – Good only when you need a late night supper


I first came into contact with this Hong Kong café at Marina Square Food Loft, serving superb Hong Kong milk tea but sad looking trolley noodles. Opened by Victoria Lee, a Honger Konger who moved to Singapore, she brought in a team of Hong Kong chefs to ensure authenticity.

The truth is I did hesitate a little before traveling all the way to Katong, due to the bad experience at Marina. (Though the strange thing is I order the milk tea there regularly without fail.) It’s hard not to miss Old Hong Kong Tea House as it is located within the preserved Katong Village with white walls and striking maroon signboards.

Upon entering the ‘cha chan teng’, you feel like you traveled back in time framed pictures of Hong Kong celebrities from the 70s and 80s, such as Danny Chan, Leslie Cheung and Jacky Cheung. It is interesting yet ‘cheap’ because the décor designs are obviously torn from old magazines and records. This is what I call ‘fei wu li yong’ (recycling).

Customers patronizing such Hong Kong cafes often get spoilt for choice, as this particular one offers more 500 dishes! Old Hong Kong’s specialties include Trolley Noodle, Bamboo Basket Baked Rice, La Mian (hand-pulled noodles) and their drinks.

Trolley Noodles is one of the more prominent street hawker fare. You can choose a base noodles ($2.20) with additional ingredients costing between $1.00 to $2.00. Unfortunately, it is no where close to the piping slurping noodles you will have in the streets of Kowloon.

This café obviously does not care about the art of food presentation. The Braised Ee-Fu Noodle with Brown Sauce ($8.80) was sickly looking in its flaxen yellow, with curry sauces spilled at the side. The brown sauce was also obviously M.I.A. A through disappointment.

The dim sum was actually quite tasty, but unfortunately losing out in its appearance with undrained oil on the plate.

The signature is the Hong Kong Milk Tea, apparently made from 5 different tea leaves, filtered water and imported evaporated milk. The blend was perfect along with a smooth texture, ending off with a slight bitter tea aftertaste. So good that I ordered another round.

If you crave for after midnight supper, rest assured this café is open 24/7 for the entire year. With no service charge included, prices are still rather affordable.

Old Hong Kong Tea House, 86 East Coast Road #01-09/10 Katong Village S(428788) Tel: 63451932
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily

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8 Responses to “Old Hong Kong Tea House – Good only when you need a late night supper”

  1. Angie
    May 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    Love your honest review…I’ve actually tried this place before and you’re spot on. You should check out Aston Specialties across the road, great place for burgers and beef.

    Keep the reviews coming :)

  2. May 29, 2008 at 11:11 pm #

    Yes, I heard about them. But their branches seem to be too far east or west. But will venture there one day!

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  3. Gavin
    June 1, 2008 at 12:41 am #

    Cool food blog :). I haven’t tried this branch yet but I really liked the ‘yuan yang’ at the marina square food court outlet. By the way, Astons is at serangoon gardens too but alas still far for u 😛

  4. 1003 listner
    June 1, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    this is cafe gd.. try katong laksa, the real one is at the bridge that links raxy square to the shophouse !! (not advertising for them)

  5. Veronica
    November 7, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    I’ve tried some HK cafe but still agree that Old Hong Kong at Katong Village is the best. 1) It has a lot of choices (more than 500 items) 2) Prices are affortable and no service charge 3) it operates 24 hours a day and even Chinese New Year 4) food is good and authentic. 5) Car park is just behind the restaurant, very convenient.

  6. robin
    December 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    I find that the xiao long pao is nice. just went over there recently and i think the xiao long pao is the better than din tang feng. haha


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