Open as early as 6.30am in the morning, you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at Cafe Honolulu. Upon my arrival at San Francisco, we headed to Cafe Honoulu which had brought us fond memories of our time in the United States.
The last time we visited the place was about two years ago and the place did not change at all. The rustic interior setting, familiar faces and of course the nice aromatic smell of the confectionery warmed my heart. However, since the last time we were here, the cafe has now renamed to Cafe New Honolulu. The familiar faces and the food remain the same.
The cafe serves set breakfast and lunch meals and ala carte menu too. You will be surprised with the wide variety of food and will be too spoil for choice. If you are not familiar speaking Cantonese, the menu comes in two languages - English and Chinese. You can just point the dish you like to order and they will serve you accordingly.
Polo-bun (see photo above) is a sweet bun that is predominantly popular in Hong Kong and Macau. It is popular to eat it during breakfast and afternoon tea. The top layer of the bun is a hard crust of sweet sugar and followed by the soft bread dough. You can see the size of the polo bun, which is bigger than the normal spoon. I like the bun especially when it is very soft. It is also freshly baked and the new batches come in at regular intervals. Apart from the bun, Cafe Honolulu also sells steamed buns, cookies and muffins. (Food rating: 3/5)
When you are feeling cold in early morning, you may yearn to have something warm. I ordered myself a bowl of Macaroni Soup with Ham. This bowl of noodles is a very simple dish. It is made of macaroni, picinic ham and mixed vegetables of green peas and carrot cubes. The broth was very flavourful. It tasted of wonton soup and was delicious. It warmed my body when I ate the simple breakfast. (Food rating: 3/5)
Spicy Minced Meat Noodles with preserved vegetables serves with thin yellow long noodles, preserved vegetables, mushrooms and sliced meat. The sauce tasted like sweet and sour sauce. I fell in love with this dish immediately. The noodles prepared in al dente style and the sauce were great combination. The only thing I dislike was how the noodles were in a lump like entangled hair. It was a little challenging to eat the long, entangled noodles. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
How about a cup of hot honey with lemon slice to warm your body in the cold morning. The generous serving of honey and lemon slice made me feel gay. (Food rating; 2.5/5)
We came back the next day and this time we had lunch at Cafe New Honolulu. We ordered a serving of wonton noodles soup as the weather was very cold. I love the way they cooked the noodles in al dente style. This time, the noodles were nicely spread and were easier to eat. The wontons caught me by surprise. The fresh prawns wrapped in wonton skins were delicious. The broth was also flavourful. The entire dish was simply delicious and satisfying. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
Besides having the usual noodles and polo buns, why not order yourself a sandwich. We ordered a luncheon meat (spam) with egg sandwich. When served, it came with three slices of toasted bread alternating between the luncheon meat and scrambled egg. There was a bonus in the egg - they added cheddar cheese in it. Although this was simple sandwich, it somehow warmed my heart with the familiar taste of luncheon meat back home. (Food rating: 3/5)
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