Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities because there’s always something different each time I visit. Of course, each trip means a new set of dishes and restaurants to experience. And yet, for some reason, I’ve never had the chance to try Honolulu HK Cafe, the original and oldest tea restaurant in the city. Since it opened in 1940, it has charmed locals and tourists with its egg tarts and other pastries. I got to try it for the first time here in Manila.
I went to the Robinsons Manila branch and the first order of business was to try the restaurant’s Honolulu Egg Tarts (P50). Their version is flakier and has a creamy texture that has just the right flavor. It doesn’t overpower so you can definitely have as many as you want!
A great alternative is the Honolulu Bo Lo Bun with Butter (P60), a pillowy-soft bun filled with a thick slab of butter. It’s decadent, it’s generous, and oh so glorious. Those who like their caffeine can try the newly-launched Coffee Bun, which adds a coffee crust on top.
For something savory, you can try the Bo Lo BBQ Pork Bun (P60), which takes their buttery-soft sweet bread and stuffs it with barbecue pork. There’s also the Luncheon Meat and Egg Bun (P60), an excellent choice for those who like their breakfast food.
All of these pastries can be enjoyed with Honolulu HK Cafe’s drinks, which includes coffee and Hong Kong-style milk tea. If you can’t choose between the two, you can try the Yuan Yang (P130), which conveniently combines tea, coffee, and condensed milk!
Like what I mentioned in my title, there’s more to Honolulu HK Cafe than its pastries. They also have a range of savory dishes that will transport you to the cosmopolitan city.
For light snacking, I highly recommend the Curry Fish Ball (P198). It tastes exactly like the ones being sold in stalls in Hong Kong and my first bite brought me back to the last time I ate it for breakfast at Nathan Road just before sunrise last year.
Those who would like something heavier can try the Deep Fried Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk (P488). I’m a fan of the trend so this was a hit for me. I also enjoyed the Beef Brisket Curry in Casserole (P328), which comes with a rich and flavorful sauce.
Honolulu HK Cafe in Robinsons Manila holds the distinction for being the only branch in the Philippines to have a roast menu. I loved the Crispy Roast Pork because the meat was juicy and the skin crunchy. It’s best paired with a piping hot bowl of steamed rice! The Chinese-Style BBQ Pork is also good, offering succulent and tender pieces of pork drizzled with sweet sauce.
There are plenty of dishes to try at Honolulu HK Cafe. You can come in the morning or during the afternoon for a light snack of an egg tart and a cup of Yuan Yang. You can drop by during lunch or dinner for some roast pork or some curry. Whatever time you go, there’s always something for you here.