08 June 2010

Hong Kong Street Food Tour ~ Day 4.1 Hong Kong Coffee Shop

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4

The finest hard planking and mulled Coke in Mong Kok.


We eat so much on day four of our Hong Kong trip we have to split our feeding frenzy into four blog posts. At lunch time we stop at a random Hong Kong style coffee shop for a breather, we don't eat anything flash but we find the funniest menu in Mong Kok.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4



The coffee shop staff spoke not a word of English but proudly presented us with an English menu. The menu was printed on loose sheets of A4 paper, sometime around 1992, with exhaustive sticky tape restoration undertaken in 1997 for the Hong Kong handover, and again in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics. The menu was expertly translated into incomprehensible English, I mean Engrish. Culinary delights include:
  • Coconut tree sesame oil food
  • Silk seedling plan rice
  • The lucky row pig eats
  • Oil salt water soak of a cabbage
  • Buns the chicken juice to eat
  • The lucky row pig eats
  • Lucky row lithosporic food
  • Black willow tree cowboy bone food
  • Furnace ducks linked to rice
  • Open fire example soup
  • West the cold cow eats
  • Smoked hoof meal
  • The ouijon Mandarin duck eats
  • The meest egg exempts governs the best food
  • Hard Planking (a whole section of the menu was devoted to hard planking, it must be top shelf stuff)

We weren't hungry, we'd eaten at a one star Michelin restaurant just a couple of hours ago, otherwise we would have ordered some black willow tree cowboy bone food and lucky row lithosporic food just to see what we got. We wish we did just for photos.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4

We also wish we tried this fine beverage on a poster next to our booth. The mystery beverage appears to be warm, spiced Coca-Cola, or mulled Coke if you're posh, somehow I think it might actually taste ok, at least it looks very happy.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4

But we're not so sure about this one, some kooky strain of Horlicks perhaps. We also loved the space age formica on the walls.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4

I get a coffee tea, that curious Hong Kong mixture of tea and coffee that tastes pretty much as it sounds. The baked egg tart is a winner.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4

Pork chop bun with thousand island dressing, so 1970s.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4

If you want to find this place, we have no idea of what it is called or where in Mong Kok it is. But we can assure you they do the finest hard planking in town, and their 'the meest egg exempts governs the best food' is the food of kings. The locals dining next to us stuck to fried rice with a slice of ham on top, a wise example. For more great Engrish menus see http://www.engrish.com/category/menus/, brilliant.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 4

Banner advertisement for a very happy yet cannibalistic fish.

6 comments:

  1. Hot "mulled" Coke is a tremendous cure all - excellent during a cold wintery night or a pick me up when mildly ill :-).

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  2. Yeah, gotta get me some of that Black Willow Tree Cowboy Bone Food. Sounds delicious

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  3. I wanted to change the name of the blog to "Furnace Ducks Linked To Rice" but Miss Chicken reckons it's not politically correct...

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  4. Lol, black willow tree cowboy bone food is actually black pepper fillet t-bone steak on rice, and lucky row lithosporic food is grouper fish in breadcrumbs on rice. LOL. I think the cafe owners used literal translation! gosh this did make me laugh.

    And the cola drink boiled with ginger, to be drunk hot. it's good for those with a cold as the hot ginger helps circulation =)

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  5. A mystery sold - thank you so much Lucy!!!!

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  6. And just for the record, Buns the chicken juice to eat is bbq suace chicken breast on rice and The lucky row pig eats is pork chop in breadcrumbs on rice hehehe

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