Cha chaan teng (茶餐廳) is on almost every corner in Hong Kong. In the United States, they are known as “Hong Kong style café”. Here’s a short description of the term, from Wikipedia:
Cha chaan teng (lit.: tea restaurant) meaning tea restaurant, is commonly found in Greater China, including particularly Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and parts of Guangdong. They are known for eclectic and affordable menus, which include many dishes from Hong Kong cuisine and Hong Kong-style Western cuisine. Since the 1980s they can also be found in the Chinatown districts of many Western countries like Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States.
When visiting Hong Kong, you’ve gotta eat at cha chaan tengs as often as you can! We had breakfast at Fortune City One, a mall in Sha Tin. Yep, we came back for a second day in a row!
At this restaurant, orders are placed at the front counter and picked up at the window when your number is called. The dining area is self-seating and usually packed with several shared tables.
Macaroni Soup w/ Luncheon Meat Breakfast Set
My friend had the above breakfast set. Macaroni or shell soup is very popular in Hong Kong. She chose eggs with sausage and luncheon meat as her sides.
Satay Beef Noodle Soup Breakfast Set
I had the above breakfast set. The standard type of noodle in noodle soups at cha chaan tengs is instant noodle, but you can have rice noodles (vermicelli) as a healthier option. On the side, I had eggs with ham and luncheon meat.
Verdict: I preferred Eight and One‘s satay beef noodle soup. (Eight and One was the only other place I had satay beef noodle soup while in HK. If you have a favorite cha chaan teng for satay beef noodle soup, please do tell!). I also preferred Tsui Wah’s stocking milk tea over Super Fast Food; Tsui Wah’s is bolder and stronger. Overall, Super Fast Food is convenient and affordable for folks in the area to get a cha chaan teng style meal before heading out.