Monday, 29 April 2013

Review: Old Hongkong Tea House in Katong Village

Facade of the place
Few weeks ago, the husband's friend asked if we're interested for a dimsum buffet because she found a good deal. Who could resist a dimsum buffet? With discount?!! Think about har gow, siew mai, bolo bun paired with piping hot chinese tea! Just thinking about it makes me salivate already!

We booked for 1:00pm but some of the friends came 30 minutes late. We didn't order right away because the coupon we got had a time limit of 2.5 hrs. Unfortunately, the server informed us that it's just 2hrs. Tsk, tsk. Robbed of precious 30 minutes!! :(

After about 15 minutes, the husband and I started ordering like crazy. Thinking it's ok to order several items since it might take about 20 minutes before the food gets delivered, just in time for the rest of the group to arrive. 

Chinese Tea
To be honest, the photos I'm posting here are not even half of what we had. I'm just a tad shy to post everything! :))

Some of the items we got were:
  • 2 dishes of pasta melts (which could feed 2-3 people)
  • A fried chicken wing
  • 2 dishes of vegetables in light sauces
  • 5 servings of hakaw (just because it's limited to one serving per customer)
  • 3 servings of siew mai

The mixed meat platter was really good. The duck, roast pork and chicken were cooked to perfection and tasted great. We actually ordered several plates of the roast pork. :) How many? Don't ask.
Mixed meat platter
Just ordered this once. Also the other vegetable dishes such as the greens and the eggplant in thick black sauce. No dish stood out. Sorry. :|
Tofu in thick sauce
I accidentally ordered a cold chicken feet dish. Thinking the other girls in the group liked eating chicken feet, I ordered about two dishes but unfortunately, they were like me, not interested at all! So the husband ended up eating these. :))

Chicken feet
The bolo bun was really really nice. Even compared to Crystal Jade's, it's wonderfully made. The crust on the top doesn't crumble easily and it was served with butter in the middle which made me extra special.
Clockwise: Eggplant in black sauce, chicken curry, bolo bun 

By the time we finished eating, I couldn't move much. My tummy hurt. :)) It was a good experience but 
with regards to the quality of food, I would say, it's just okay. The hakaw, bolo bun and roasted meat platter were wonderful but the rest were just blah. Some servers couldn't speak or understand English so we had a hard time communicating. Like when one of the girls ordered for a Coke, it took 2 or 3 servers to understand and gave the drink after 30 minutes. That bad, huh?

I think I want to go to Yum Cha's high tea dimsum buffet next time! :D

Old Hong Kong Tea House
86 East Coast Road
Bloack A Katong Village
Singapore 428788

Telephone: 6345 1932
Fax: 6345 1438

Open daily - 24 hours


  1. food looks delicious! thanks for sharing:)

  2. nagutom naman ko sa meat platter mo. =)

  3. I don't like the cold chicken feet as well :P Give me the steamed one anyday :D

  4. Wow! This looks like a feast. Ilan kayong kumain? By the way, have you tried Prima Taste's Laksa? Hay naku, I fell in love with that noodles, Tin! Unfortunately it's not available here :(

    1. Yung instant ba yun? Sorry, I'm not a fan of laksa hehe

  5. chicken feet oh my! Favorite ko yan! Gusto ko tuloy mag dimsum!

  6. Language barriers can be a hindrance to customer satisfaction talaga... Looks like some of the dishes were good though!

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  7. omg so yummy >.< i wish i can eat it right now xD

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  9. No dish stood out? I can relate. Reminds me of our lunch in a restaurant near a famous temple in somewhere in HK wayback 2011. I forgot the name of the resto and the temple. Basta.. nothing was memorable with the meal. Ang hirap din omorder cos people there have limited English! :(