Hong Kong: Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園

8 Jun

I’ve heard a lot about Lan Fong Yuen’s 蘭芳園 legendary silk stocking milk tea/pantyhose milk tea and I wasn’t leaving Hong Kong without laying my hands on some! According to CNNGO, the tea got its name from the sackcloth strainer used to “pull” the tea, after it looked like a flesh coloured stocking after much straining. And apparently even now, each cup of tea at this cha chaan teng is strained 8 times to get its smooth texture.

We first went to the very atmospheric branch in the basement of Chungking Mansions, complete with old posters of the many famous people who dined there. I was digging the retro mosaic tiles! As we went during tea time, we were lucky that we didn’t have to wait for a seat.

I believe the Cui Cui Zhu 脆脆猪 (literal translation: cripsy pig??) is a Hong Kong cha chaan teng staple. cripsy A toasted bun with butter and condensed milk, it could not have been a more perfect snack.

I was a bit disappointed that 4 of us had to share ONE Pork Chop Bun, because it was good! Well, not the plebian sesame bun but the pork chop was super tender and had great flavour.

The husband was craving for the Instant Noodles (a weird craving that often hits me too) and we got it with the awesome pork chop. It was very, very salty soup though! I had to stop the hubs from finishing every ounce of the MSG-laden soup :( A lot of people were actually eating the Lo-Ting 撈丁, which is like Lo-Mian 撈麵 but with instant noodles instead. So maybe we should have gotten that instead.

The silk stocking milk tea 丝袜奶茶 was ridiculously smooth as expected! There was a perfect balance of tea and milk which I find rare as often a lot of the milk teas are heavier on the milk side.

Some of us weren’t feeling well, so a hot ginger and lemon drink would cure the sniffles away!

We loved the milk tea so much that we couldn’t resist buying some for takeaway at their other outlet in Central on another day. Be prepared to queue and make yourself heard though ;)

I would definitely go back for the milk tea and snacks, but I’m sure there are better places for proper meals elsewhere in Hong Kong.

Price: $

Locations: 1) Shop No.26, B/F, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon 2) Shop 2, Gage Street 3) 4A-6 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong

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