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Kowloon Bay HK Cafe: Get A Taste Of New Age Hong Kong Food With A Western Twist At Hillion Mall

Last Updated: April 23, 2018

Written by Alvin Song

Ever eaten a croissant with char siew filing? You can try it out at Kowloon Bay HK Cafe down at Hillion Mall, along with other unique dishes at this Hong Kong restaurant.

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The fusion dishes are mainly a combination of Hong Kong cuisine with a little Western twist, such as the Croissant With Char Siew ($7.90). Of course, there are more traditional dishes if you’re going for a more authentic experience.

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Although the restaurant didn’t look like a typical cha chaan teng, I much preferred its chic design. The brick walls and old-school Edison light bulbs decorating the ceilings gave it an industrial chic feel.

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I quite liked the photos of Hong Kong’s vibrant city life which hung all over the restaurant too.

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The Tea & Coffee Dance ($5.90) was presented in a unique manner. Those black cubes were in fact, made of frozen coffee. There are two ways you can enjoy this drink: either pour the milk tea into the cubes or vice versa. I chose to have the tea poured over as I’d like a more prominent taste of coffee.

Unfortunately, the mix was a little confusing because the combination had somehow neutralised both distinct traits. I suggest getting Ice Milk Tea ($4.50) if you’re a milk tea fan. It was pleasantly creamy and smooth, without being too overwhelmingly milky.

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The Croissant With Char Siew ($7.90) could fit right into a brunch menu. The croissant came with an assortment of greens and some potatoes on the side.

It had an interesting texture, each bite started with the crisp exterior of the croissant leading to the buttery layers of the interior and its sweet char siew core.

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The char siew was already good on its own but it was absolutely delicious when paired with the buttery croissant. How can I ever settle for plain ol’ croissant ever again?

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I also liked how the potatoes were lightly fried with a thin batter. They were lightly salted, just enough to accentuate the natural taste of the potatoes.

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The Li Wan Casserole Ting Zai Congee ($10.90) came in a pretty massive portion. Congee usually wouldn’t be enough for me as a full meal, but this bowl left me feeling stuffed.

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It had a decent amount of ingredients, and each spoonful had an even distribution of cuttlefish, sliced fish and shredded scallops. I liked how the silverfish added some crunch and savoury flavour, which gave a good contrast to the smooth texture of the congee.

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The Triple Roasted Meat ($22.90) is exactly what I’d call a triple meat threat. This platter has roast pork, char siew and rose soy chicken. I could already tell how sinful this dish was by how the meat glistened.

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Just look how the fat layers on this chunk of char siew compared to the meat! The style of the char siew is most closer to the Kuala Lumpur-style char siew, which is much sweeter than its Singaporean counterpart.

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I also liked how the roast pork had a prominent smoky taste with a distinct gamey flavour. The sweet and savoury flavour of the sauce complemented the gamey pork taste rather well.

My favourite, however, was the rose soy chicken. The meat was really soft and tender, almost falling right off the bone. Also, its mellower taste gave a much-needed reprieve from the general richness of the other two types of meat.

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The HK Braised Meat Fried Beehoon ($12.90) was recommended by the head chefA nice slab of braised pork was nestled on a bed of bee hoon. It was definitely a generous portion!

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I liked how the noodles had a rather pronounced gingery taste that wasn’t too overwhelming. I found the gamey taste of the pork to be surprisingly mellow, with hints of smokiness.

It was really surprising as the meat took a backseat and complemented the bee hoon instead of taking the spotlight.


So if you’re around the area looking for a good and affordable meal, stop by Kowloon Bay HK Cafe. The food served here comes in big portions and they’re even bigger on flavours. Try out the Croissant With Char Siew, you definitely won’t regret it.

Expected damage: $12 – $20 per pax

Kowloon Bay HK Cafe: #01-07, Hillion Mall, 17 Petir Road, Singapore 678278 | Tel: +65 6266 2062 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (daily) | Website | Facebook

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