Modern cha chaan teng: Hong Kong cafés (AKA cha chaan teng) are ubiquitous to Cantonese culture. Yet, excitingly, Hooman House takes a modern approach to the nostalgic cuisine. The dog-friendly venue is another curation by The Hooman Group, the same brains behind Hooman By The Sea and Superhooman.
Look & Feel: There’s a minimalist-chic tone to the newly-opened joint. Hooman House creates a humble merge of cozy and cool. It retains the authentic charm of traditional Hong Kong diners, yet feels more modern thanks to its refined interiors and unique menu of reinterpreted classics.
On the Menu: There are many familiar favorites on the menu, from toasted sandwiches to homemade e-fu noodles. But what’s unique about Hooman House is that the dishes take a fresh spin – like the photogenic rainbow cheung fun and the deviled toastie, a reimagined layering of BBQ pork, peanut butter and more. The kaya French toast is an obvious must and childhood classic for many, revamped with its fusion between two staples. For milk tea enthusiasts, ice cream comes with the cherished beverage to pour over the cold dessert. Drinks include red bean-coconut variations and ice cream-topped coke.
Jeng: It’s always exciting seeing modern interpretations of traditional cuisines – although, sometimes, it isn’t done right. At Hooman House, it feels like there’s a warm embrace of the traditional cha chaan teng that doesn’t get lost in the menu. Classic dishes are still available to order and there are only minor tweaks in the ingredients and techniques. Even the setting feels homey. It’s a popular spot for breakfast for moms and dads after dropping their kids off at school.
Not So Jeng: Much like all the restaurants in Tseung Kwan O, Hooman House isn’t trying to be fancy. The waterfront space is brimming with casual eats, so don’t expect anything formal. Plus, it’s a cha chaan teng, after all!
Meet the Chef: Chef Steve has years of experience with a previous famous cha chaan teng before helming the kitchen at Hooman House. The chef takes a modern approach to authentic Cantonese dishes.
Great For: Dog day out, a casual breakfast, mid-day snacks.
FYI: Yes, dogs are welcome inside too! There will also be a dedicated dog food menu.
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