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australia dairy company

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We got this as a recommendation for a good Chinese breakfast. Because we’re lame, we expected soy milk and pastries. Whoops. That’s Taiwanese breakfast not Chinese breakfast. Let it be known that I’ve never had such fear at breakfast before.

The food here is good but I’ll warn you if you’re a tourist, this is not a tourist-friendly establishment. It’s a neighborhood eatery frequented by locals. We’re talking grandmas sipping milk tea and younger types running to work. If you can’t speak Cantonese or read Chinese, you will be struggling. Luckily, we had both the Mandarin speaker/reader and the Cantonese speaker to guide us.

We were seated and the waiter pointed to two combo items on the menu that is sandwiched under the glass table top (pictured above, thanks MG). He pointed and left. Predicament. The menu is entirely in Chinese and there are no pictures. We looked around to what other people were eating as Jlin read the Chinese and spit out random translations. He came back and we asked him a few questions. He told us to hurry up with the order. Jlin and Julia confused him with both Mandarin and Cantonese instructions and questions. Scary? Yes. Funny? Yes.


For HKD22 we each got a combo meal that started with a hearty helping of noodles in what I think is chicken broth topped with ham. Not my favorite thing ever but simple and warming on a cold morning.


Next up was perhaps some of the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had. You would think they couldn’t be that different from any other scrambled egg. I would agree except they were very good. Light and airy but with an oily sheen. I dusted them with pepper and finished ’em off. I also loved, loved the thick crust-less bread toasted with butter. I finished both slices first. If I ever come back here I will order just 8 slices of toast and milk tea.


Legit milk tea. I didn’t like milk tea in college and I rarely order just plain old milk tea when I get boba. The original kind sipped in a busy Chinese restaurant is way better than anything you can get in California. Its thicker (from evaporated milk, I think) with stronger tea flavor kind of like Thai tea but not as sweet or heavy.

If you’re brave and/or Cantonese-speaking, visit the Australia Diary Company. Less than USD4 for a complete meal.

Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司): 47-49 Parkes Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (Jordan MTR, exit C2)


Written by joann

January 23, 2008 at 8:02 pm

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  3. The hot or cold egg white custard is to die for and they now have a hard bound English menu. Just as for “Ying mun” (English).



    November 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

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