Modern Cha Chaan Teng at HOOMAN HOUSE on Tseung Kwan O Waterfront
Tseung Kwan O’s waterfront promenade has seen a slew of new openings this year – and it’s just in time for summer. Opening its soft launch this month, HOOMAN HOUSE serves modern cha chaan teng variations from Kaya French toast to rainbow Cheung fun. The all-day dining hub welcomes pets too, in line with its sister establishments HOOMAN Cafe in West Kowloon Cultural District and Superhooman in Tin Hau. We drop by this neighbourhood gem to try some of the innovative curations which take cult classics, that are ubiquitous to Hong Kong, with a modern spin.
In Britain, it's pubs. In America, it's the old-school diners. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's version of the morning fry-up is none other than the traditional cha chaan teng scene—the humble Cantonese diner categorised by its casual setting and charm of buttery toast, egg-topped instant noodles and the iconic pineapple bun. Of course, there's more to the list of cult classics, but at HOOMAN HOUSE, favourites on the menu get an update. The restaurant, helmed by a previous cha chaan teng chef with years of experience, infuses modern fare in its dishes while paying tribute to traditional techniques and ingredients.
E-fu noodles are made fresh every day onsite (and will even be available to purchase and bring home soon). The prawn e-fu is an indulgent dish, served with a hearty portion of the noodles. There are many e-fu options to choose from, so for the non-seafood folk, try the beef brisket e-fu.
Cha chaan tengs often feature a number of sandwiches to choose from, stuffed with egg, ham or spam, or in different combinations. At HOOMAN HOUSE, it's all-in-one, with a few added bonuses. Part of the 'bigger bites', the Deviled Toastie features corned beef, bbq pork, 3.6 Hokkaido milk, scrambled eggs and peanut butter. We recommend sharing this one—it's quite a meaty and hefty dish. The peanut butter complemented well with the towering of toppings, lending a subtly sweet surprise to the dish.
For dessert, kaya toast and French toast enthusiasts will perk up for this—the kaya French toast. As scrumptious as it sounds, the French toast was filled with creamy kaya spread and soaked in mouthwatering honey. A few berries were dotted around the plate, although, we would have preferred more fruit to balance the sweetness.
And for those nostalgic with milk tea, the ice cream is served with a pour-in sauce to replicate a western sundae with a Cantonese twist.
Located on busy Tseung Kwan O waterfront promenade, HOOMAN HOUSE is set to attract the likes of locals and visitors at all times of the day. Plus, it's super dog friendly.
Shop No.17 G/F Papillons Square, 21 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwun O, NT, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, +852 2618 8277, thehoomangroup.com