The One With Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) At Central

Char chan teng is but a culture that is somewhat inherent to Hong Kong. Everywhere you go, if you are craving for a simple local meal, just look out for any cafe-like but Chinese-run eateries around you. The culture is so pervasive that you can hardly distinguish one from another. A good one, a bad one, and everything in between melt into one big dizzying array of food to choose from.

That is until you come across Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) located at Central.

Lan Fong Yuen @ Central

It was late one Sunday afternoon when my friends called me up for a spot of afternoon tea. I have heard of Lan Fong Yuen mainly from my friends’ Foursquare check-ins. Since it was a mild autumnal afternoon, the day was perfect for me to take a stroll from my house to Gage Street where Lan Fong Yuen is located at.

Needless to say, I was late. So we ordered in a haste what the locals would typically order. You won’t go wrong with that rule of thumb!

Lan Fong Yuen @ Central

If I have to choose a word to describe the French toast, it would be fattening. But oh my God, it was so good. The butter seemed to melt right in front of my eyes, and biting into the bread was pure ecstasy. I would have loved the bread to be a bit more on the crunchy side though.

Lan Fong Yuen @ Central

The chu chye bao, literally translated as porky bun has but no pork in it. Instead, it was a pair of toasted buns, slathered generously with (again) butter and then drizzled with a delightful addition of condensed milk. A calories bomb? You bet. But porky bun is a signature dish to the char chan teng culture and here at Lan Fong Yuen they have perfected it to an art. Maybe it is just the health freak in me that found it a little overwhelming, but my tea companions certainly didn’t think so.

Lan Fong Yuen @ Central

Another part of the char chan teng culture in Hong Kong is how you create endless permutations of dishes by combining meat (chicken, pork, beef but surprisingly rarely fish) with any carbs (rice, rice noodles, instant noodles… you get the drift). Add some steamed vege and tada! You got yourself a main dish. Therefore you can hardly find a great combi at Hong Kong char chan teng, but my choice of roast chicken with instant noodle was delightfully good. Perhaps it was my personal preference for instant noodle cooked normally (as in not using the prepacked MSG but with other soup base or just soya sauce), I slurped every single last strand.

A word about the place. Lan Fong Yuen is somewhat middle-sized for a char chan teng and therefore I can imagine it to be absolutely packed during peak hours. In fact, there was a notice on the wall to say that you must spend at least HKD20 to have a seat. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how someone could spend less than that for a meal. Perhaps they buy themselves a glass of iced milk tea (yet another char chan teng signature) and then spend hours reading newspapers?

Loved the place for its un-pretentiousness and simple but great food.

Reviewed Elsewhere: Kampong Boy City Gal, The Puff List & Sesame Tea Eats.

Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)
2 Gage Street, Central
2544 3895 / 2854 0731


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  1. bibi says:

    大家好!我是一名中學學生 都曾經去過蘭芳園吃飯,真不愧是一家正宗傳統的港式茶餐廳。

    不過今次我是要借助蘭芳園做一個問卷調查,題目是從「蘭芳園」茶餐廳與「太興燒味餐廳」看香港文化的特色。

    這份問卷調查需要蘭芳園和太興茶餐廳兩家茶餐廳都曾去過的食客,難度不小,所以請個位有興趣的好心人幫幫忙,幫我填一份問卷,非常謝謝!

    您只需寫上題號和選項代數便可。

    請在適當的□內加√或在_____填寫您的意見。

    甲部:受訪者資料
    1.我的性別:□(1)男 □(2)女
    2.我曾光顧過:□(1)蘭芳園茶餐廳與「太興燒味餐廳」
    □(2)蘭芳園茶餐廳 □(3)太興燒味餐廳
    3.我光顧蘭芳園的頻率:
    □(1)一年3次或以上 □(2)一年1-2次 □(3)一個月1-2次 □(4)一星期 1-2次
    4.我光顧太興燒味餐廳的頻率:
    □(1)一年3次或以上 □(2)一年1-2次 □(3)一個月1-2次 □(4)一星期 1-2次

    乙部:問題
    A食物方面:
    5.我認為「蘭芳園」茶餐廳兼具中西特色食物。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    6.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」兼具中西特色食物。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    7.我認為「蘭芳園」茶餐廳的絲襪奶茶能代表香港中西合璧的文化特色。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    8.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的冰鎮奶茶能代表香港中西合璧的文化特色。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    9.我認為「蘭芳園」茶餐廳的食物種類反映了香港是個國際化城市。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    10.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的食物種類反映了香港是個國際化城市。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    11.我覺得「蘭芳園」茶餐廳能夠推出新產品。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意 □(6)不清楚
    12.我覺得「太興燒味餐廳」能夠推出新產品。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意 □(6)不清楚

    13.我認為「蘭芳園」茶餐廳的絲襪奶茶是港人追求創意的體現。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    14.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的冰鎮奶茶是港人追求創意的體現。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    15.我認為「蘭芳園」茶餐廳的食物種類體現了香港多元化的特點。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    16.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的食物種類體現了香港多元化的特點。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    B經營模式方面:
    17.我認為「蘭方園」茶餐廳的服務體現了港人奮鬥和吃苦耐勞的精神。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    18.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的服務體現了港人奮鬥和吃苦耐勞的精神。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    19.我認為「蘭方園」茶餐廳的服務是港人做事有條理有計劃的體現。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    20.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的服務是港人做事有條理有計劃的體現。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    21.我認為「蘭方園」茶餐廳的服務效率高。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    22.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的服務效率高。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    C用餐環境方面:
    23.我認為「蘭方園」茶餐廳的裝修風格體現了香港人追求生活品味和享受。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    24.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的裝修風格體現了香港人追求生活品味和享受。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    25.我認為「蘭方園」茶餐廳的裝修風格體現了香港人重視保留傳統文化。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    26.我認為「太興燒味餐廳」的裝修風格體現了香港人重視保留傳統文化。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    D其他:
    27.總體而言,我認為「蘭方園」茶餐廳能夠代表香港文化。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    28.總體而言,我認為「太興燒味餐廳」能夠代表香港文化。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    29. 總體而言,我認為「蘭方園」茶餐廳能充分反映現今香港社會的價值取向。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意
    30. 總體而言,我認為「太興燒味餐廳」能充分反映現今香港社會的價值取向。
    □(1)非常同意 □(2)同意 □(3)一般
    □(4)不同意 □(5)非常不同意

    非常感謝!

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