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The Best Of Hong Kong
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By Yannie Chan | August 31st, 2015
  • Casual Dining
  • Sheung Wan, HK Island
  • Address: ,17 Connaught Road West,Sheung Wan
  • Open Hours: Monday-Saturday, Breakfast, Lunch; Sunday, Closed
  • Phone: 2540-6340
  • Rating: 3.5
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Cantonese
  • Ambience: Traditional, Casual

Bing Sutt: First opened in 1952, Hoi On Cafe is a quaint cha chaan teng close to Western Market in Sheung Wan. Located near the sea, “Hoi On” literally means “sea safe” in Cantonese, a phrase that’s used to wish people safe return from sea fairing voyages.

Iced milk tea with red beans
Mmm iced milk tea with red beans

Look & Feel: Red wooden booth seating, historical floor tiles, spinning fans hanging from the ceiling… Hoi On is a beautiful relic from old Hong Kong.

On the Menu: The classic bing sutt serves authentic Hong Kong dishes like lo men ($38), along with baked goods like pineapple buns with a big fat slice of butter ($20 with set drinks), and local beverages such as red bean drink.

Service: The service varies depending on time of day and the person serving. We’ve experienced grumpy staff during lunch hours, a server who simply refuses to remember to bring us chili oil, but also a server who was cheerful and extra helpful. It’s all over the map.

Jeng: Soaking in the nostalgic interior was incredibly relaxing, and observing the cozy community that comes to the cafe certainly made us appreciate Hong Kong’s past and culture.

Not So Jeng: While the food isn’t bad, none of the dishes really make an impression, aside from the sweet icy offerings.

Great for: A relaxing afternoon tea, weekend treats, family time.

This writeup was based on an independent tasting. The Loop doesn’t guarantee/sell restaurant review coverage. See our editorial policy here.