I am a lazy person and I hate sleeping late. That is why I always go to watch a movie early in the morning since this will leave you with plenty of time in the rest of the day, and you can have more than enough time to plan as much as you want to do.
Before going to see "Mobfather" in Kowloon Bay, I still had plentiful time. Driving is convenient as you can go wherever you want. Being alone is another catalyst for me to choose some places which does not seem appealing to everyone.
It is definitely a wrong decision eating near EMAX where I went for the movie, so I decided to go to Kwun Tong first where there are more restaurants offering classic and typical Hong Kong old style food, like Sham Shui Po.
That is why I am here since Ying Fat Café is the Cha Chaan Teng in Kung Tong which I wanted to go for a long time. It is somehow easy to eat alone as you don't need to worry about how your company thinks, as you know, sone girls really don't like the Cha Chaan Teng idea (sometimes even for boys). I am here finally and am ready to enjoy my lonely breakfast.
Like the tradition of every Cha Chaan Teng, there are lots of different set menus for you. If you have watched the movie "Mcdull" before, you should know them well. Here, in every single Cha Chaan Teng menu, you would always see different kinds of toasts, omelettes, fried eggs, ham, satay beef… Here, everything is at your choice, and you can pick the most favorable set for yourself.
I like the traditional Cha Chaan Teng decorations here. Ying Fat Café has got the late 60s-70s style and this reminds me of Wong Kar Wai’s "In the Mood of Love”. It’s another timezone and it's just like travelling back into the past by a time machine going back to 1970s. I like the menu on the wall and these font style tells you the profound history of the café. You will never find it in the modern Tsui Wah. It’s sad that these cafés are
disappearing one by one.
At the same time, Kwun Tong looks more modern after the rehabilitation projects by Urban Renewal Authority. It’s more irony that you are sitting in this kind of restaurants and thinking way back into history. I guess I am too sentimental. However, things always change. Am I right? We don’t need to wait after 50 years to see how things are changing, entirely and dramatically.
I ordered a set from the menu with Satay Beef Noodles as this is the signature dish in Ying Fat Café. However, I guess the waiter made a mistake and gave me another different lunch set which I didn't order.
Anyway, I am not some troublemaker and I wanna give a try to something special, though it is not my all-time favourite Satay Beef Noodles. I accepted it finally. It’s just like the movie "Ten Years". Sometimes, one just has to accept your fate since you don’t want troubles and have to accept the truth to change. I am just an ordinary guy who only wants a simple breakfast.
Milk Tea is definitely one of the best in town. The taste is smooth and the mixture of tea and milk is in good proportion. You will never complain about Cha Chaan Teng old style milk tea as they always give a good performance in general.
When you see their freshly baked hot bread selling outside the café, you can smell it and can even enjoy a bite. However, the Bread with Ham Omelette is not that kind of the story. The bread is cold with a bit of butter spread inside. I am sure they can do it better. I just ate a bit and I am sure the bread has been put aside for quite a long time and you don’t want to waste any effort to eat the bread.
But I like the Omelette. It’s delicious and very juicy. Although the ham is not too hot, the taste is still good. I like it served in a high temperature when the melting eggs still lingering in the mouth.
The Roasted Pork Spaghetti is good with the same old style. But I am definitely sure their Satay Beef Noodles will be much better. However, I still finished the food on my table, wishing that I could try their Satay Beef Noodles next time.
It’s still a good experience at a fairly cheap price. Cha Chaan Teng is one of the Hong Kong's unique traditions. I really hope it will never change in the coming 50 years.