Shop B, G/F Oriental Centre
67-71 Chatham Road South
Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 3525 1055
My first morning in Hong Kong involved me walking around Tsim Sha Tsui East not knowing where I was going. I knew I wanted breakfast but I didn’t know where to get it and to my surprise, most of the outlets around my hotel were still closed at 7am. Surprised, because everyone I knew who had been to Hong Kong told me that there are plenty of places that open at the crack of dawn – I later found out that those so-called places were nowhere near where I was staying and in order to get a decent feed, I had to venture out.
Luckily there was a place that was open on Chatham Road South, two blocks from my hotel. Simply called Yunnan, this joint specialises in Yunnan-style hot noodles for lunch and dinner. For breakfast though, they offer a small cha chaan teng menu.
I was craving sweet toast, something that I never have when I’m back home, so I ordered a condensed milk toast and a white coffee. Coffee here costs HKD$10 but apparently it’s free if you order food. Score.
While the coffee wasn’t fantastic (it was like a frothier cup of Nescafe), it did the job – and boy, I certainly needed it for I was to later spend 12 hours shopping around Hong Kong and Lantau Islands with the family (not as fun as you think, trust me). The bread may not have had much nutritional value but like the coffee, it hit the spot. Loved the combination of salty butter and warm condensed milk on plain ol’ white bread – yum.
This place may not specialise in CCT cuisine but surprisingly, there were a lot of occupied tables that morning. I’m sure they do alright in the Yunnan-style food as well and I guess I’ll return if I ever feel like Yunnan cuisine in Hong Kong.