I am sure many of you would have known by now, that they are here to stay! Yay!
You could probably imagine our wide-eyed salivating faces waiting eagerly in line for the delicious egg tarts once again. Here’s the thing, it’s even better now because they serve Hong Kong cafe food, on top of the nomnom egg tarts. We don’t know about you but there’s just something about (authentic) Hong Kong cafes and its lovely, lovely food…Read on. . .
Honolulu Cafe has jumped onto the bandwagon setting up a store in Singapore, fueling the Hong Kong egg tarts craze. It is said that the famous egg tarts contains 192 layers of flaky crust and gets sold out by noon. Let’s see if this is worth the queue..
Woke up bright and early as we anticipated a queue on a Sunday morning. Reached Centrepoint at 10.10 am and there were already a few people in line.
Queue at 10.10 am
Not bad at all.
At about 10.50 am, this was the queue. (Honolulu Cafe in Singapore starts operations at 11 am.)
Queue at 10.50 am
In no time, we were greeted by a waiter at the entrance, taking our orders as we selected our food items from a flimsy menu shaped like an egg-tart.
Overzealous as we were, we ordered quite abit of food.
Flaky Egg Tarts: $1.70 each
Of course, the famous egg tarts were a must. As the poster says, it has 192 layers of flaky crust. Did someone really count? How do we know it’s really 192? Does 192 layers make it yummier?
Maximum 3 Egg Tarts Per Person
As the poster says, the purchase of these egg tarts are also limited to dine-in customers only.
Cross Section: Nomz eggy filling (boing boing)
Turns out, it wasn’t as yummy as we thought it would be. The eggy filling was pretty nomz, but the crust was… alright. Would we queue an hour again for this? Sadly, nope.
Chicken Wings With Swiss Sauce: $6 for 4 mid-joint wings
It was an instagram-worthy dish no doubt, but sad to say, it fell short of its looks.
Swiss sauce was pretty okay… but the wings weren’t the freshest. Quite frankly, $6 for 4 wings… was not worth it. Perhaps if it were yummy, it would have been a different story. Bah!
Plain Pineapple Bun: $1.50
Somehow ours didn’t come with a slab of butter, it was plain… Looking back on the menu, I think we had to ask for the butter. SOBS
Plain, dry pineapple bun is just sad no matter how soft the bun is. (We miss Hong Kong, sobs)
In Hong Kong, scrambled eggs in Cha Chan Tengs are always insanely delicious. Initially, we thought it was only at the famous Australian Dairy Company, then we had another round of scrambled eggs at Tsui Wah and it was yums. So, bearing that in mind, we ordered one serving of scrambled eggs at Honolulu Cafe too.
Scrambled Eggs: $2
I cook better eggs please.
Macaroni with Pork Chop: $5
This was a decent bowl of comfort food. One of the better ones out of the lot…
We suspect they added butter into the soup so it tasted buttery/creamy. But it’s okay, you can pretend you didn’t read that. #lifestooshorttodietremember?
Tender pork chop, nomnom.
Pork chop was pretty tender, perhaps the closest to the texture of pork chop we can find in Hong Kong. #welikey
Luncheon Meat and Egg Sandwich: $3.50 for 2 (basically 2 slices of our Gardenia bread, then cut into rectangular sandwiches)
Luncheon Meat and Egg Sandwich: $3.50 for 2
Reminiscing on the soft and fluffy bread sandwiches in Hong Kong, we couldn’t help but order this.
Was probably one of the better-tasting items at the cafe, luncheon meat can rarely go wrong…right?
We actually asked for a portion for two ($3.50), but the server gave us two sets of the double portion ($3.50 x 2 = $7 -.-). Basically, we were carb-full by the end of the meal. If only we had scrutinised the bill earlier. #ourbad
Watercress Honey Drink: $3.20 (Cold) $3 for Hot!
Speaking of order screw-ups, we also ordered the Watercress Honey drink, which was actually one of our favourite drinks to order in Cha Chan Tengs. And the server gave us Iced lemon tea. When we brought it up to her attention, she told us we ordered wrongly… when the drink item number is clearly H8.
Honolulu Drink Menu
Zzzz. Then she motioned for another colleague to come over, and repeated that we ordered wrong. IT’S YOU, NOT US. Seriously. #needtoworkonservice
But the drink is nice and refreshing so we felt a tad better after that. AND, I like my Yuan Yang drink 😀
Yuan Yang: $3.50 ($3.30 for hot!)
In retrospect, the service in Hong Kong eateries have always been known to be… not good. Rude servers, grumpy cashiers. I guess that particular server has lived up to its name.
Rest of the servers were pretty okay though. #tobefair
But you know how they always say one mistake is enough to ruin an impression.
Sorry Honolulu Cafe, we ain’t coming back anytime soon.
But we are hoping for you that things will get better as time goes by. #wehavefaithinyou
Honolulu Cafe Singapore
Address: The Centrepoint, #01-33F, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
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