Old skool teh tarik session@Mido Cafe, Yao Ma Tei, Hong Kong


It took me a whole lotta’ sweat and speed walking to get here in a span of only an hour’s time to spare before my airport transfer arrives. It was no fun walking so much, cramming your way through this densely populated metropolitan in this hot and humid weather. I failed to find the branch shop of Tai Cheong bakery at Mongkok station (along the way to Yao Ma tei station) and that wasted me a good 20 minutes already.

By the time I got to Mido Cafe (after a few wrong turns), my entire face was covered with sweat, soaking my working attire all the way to my feet.

It didn’t motivate me more when the cashier lady (I assumed she was the owner) was being quite rude to shoo me off the table on the ground floor itself and told me to head upstairs.

I obeyed along and jusy quietly went up, mainly because I was just too tired. I found a spot near the window and quickly sat down. This was my view for a good 30 peaceful seconds.


As this place was widely known for its old skool style of kopitiam like the locals, and if you are lucky, you may also spot some local celebrities too as it is known as one of the foodie spots for them. Oh well..I was not in luck this time. Not that it mattered much of course.

The chairs, floor tiles, ceramic walls and rusty windows did give a really old skool chinese kopitiam feel. Nonetheless, it ain’t like I had never seen something like this before in Malaysia.


Funky artsy tiles by the wall. Overlooking the park filled with elderly people doing their exercise and taichis. I admit, it was quite calming to just stare blankly outside while you cool off from the heat outdoors.


I have yet to have a cuppa “si mart lai char” (stockings milk tea) which is so often spoken about in Hong Kong, until now. It came in a funky old looking cuppa, much like some kopitiams in the rural areas. Thumbs up to the old skool feel. However, in terms of quality and taste, big time let down for me. I think our local Malaysian teh susu panas is wayyyyy better than this one. Cost me nearly RM10 ringgit over. Madness!


As lunch was only served to us about 2 hours before, I was still quite full. Thus, I ordered the french toast (was also told that this is famous here). And I was in a way, quite surprised at its looks when my toast arrived. It was not quite like what I had in mind though.

The bread was so severely overfried with used oil and it so oily so much so, it became borderline freaky to see so much oil seeping out once the bread was pressed.

They added honey and butter as well. And I thought that the oil was more than enough, without the butter.


There was a slit sliced cheese in the middle of the bread and that ruined the taste for me. Having it sweet and buttery (minus off the over oily part) was probably a good enough combination. Adding on with a cheese layer in the middle just upsetted the flow of the taste for me. I could only finish 1 slice as it was just a little too “jelak”/ nauseating to the palate if I finished both slices.


I should have ordered the red bean ice instead of the hot tea after reading some other blog reviews. Oh well…

The tea and french toast cost me a whopping RM35 over. Great reminder of our weak currency, yet again.

A view of the cafe before I left. And it was an unpleasant note as well. The cashier lady, didn’t even bother to smile or say thanks to me after I paid my dues. Gee, thanks for reverting towards a customer who tried hard to pay a visit to your cafe.

Overall: I foodieventured here to experience what it was like to dine old skool food in an old skool manner. If I would revisit? Likely not. Average food. Unpleasant experience. That is my take.

63 Temple Street,
Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
(油麻地廟街63號地下, 香港)
Tel no: (852) 2392-6830
Opening hours: Open Daily: 8:30 am – 9:30 pm


The ABC combo : Afternoon+Burger+Coffee@Buns burger bar & Olle Cafe, Desa Sri Hartamas


It was a cloudy day. I felt like I needed an ABC combo: An Afternoon with Burger and Coffee! There’s this new burger joint that just sprouted up in the Desa Sri Hartamas neighbourhood. Buns Burger bar. They’ve done a good job in the decor of this bar. Rustic feel, brick walls, cool high and low metal chairs, artsy fartsy paintings and retro interior decor with books and bottles on the brick-themed wall.


I took this shot from where I was seated at. From this view, no one could tell that I was actually in Klang Valley, as it looked like I was having my meal in a cool cafe along the streets of St Kilda, or along Paris. It would be quite nice to just chill here after your meal with a book or catching up with work on weekends with your devices.


The menu reminded me so much of BEN’s menu. The brown paper, typewriter fonts and no frills design. I ordered the top two favourites of Buns: Beef burger and Champ burger. This afternoon would be a all-out indulgence one!


The RM 20 Champ burger came with a turkey ham, sunny side, 100% freshly ground home made beef patties and fries as side line. I guess this tagline would be the same in all other burger joints. If your patties are not home made, your competitive edge against others would gravely drop. The seasoning of the burger patty was not bad, not too salty and they did a fairly good job with the grilling. It was quite juicy.


The sunny side egg did do its served purpose, the oozy woozy job but I think Red Bean Bag’s croque madame won the oozy challenge. Don’t you think so? You can see the link below:


This was the RM 16 beef burger. Slapped in with cheese and vegs, and fries as sidelines. The beef patty, although reddish looking (I requested medium rare) it was just a little dry, and slightly crumbly. The juicy effect just a few notches down. It was not bad in general, but the “oomph” factor was a little deviated. Nonetheless, I’d still rather pay for this than any burgers in Burger King, which may even cost more than RM 16. This burger comes in handy on one of those days where you crave for a juicy burger and don’t mind topping up a couple more dollars on top of the fast food burgers.


Now comes the two downsides I noted on my burger chomping moments here:
1) the brown oiled paper on the bottom of every served burger. They were not designed for durability… against sauces! I am a huge fan of mustard, hence you see a huge blop there in the photo. After a while, the paper started to soften and eventually tore through. I had to dig out the torn bits of paper off my sauce before putting them in my mouth. It may be even better off without the paper actually.

2) The metal plates. Nothing against metal plates of course. But they were just too smooth for the tables. I was having a spinning burger meal haha. Everytime my knife and fork dived in, the plate spinned and I had to stuff tissues beneath to stop the plate from moving, like how we stuff papers/tissues under the leg of a table while your are in the examination hall. Frankly, it was really quite hard to enjoy my burger with a spinning plate.

Other than that, pretty price worthy burgers and the ambience was lovely. I would come back for another burger trial. Hopefully, no more spinning burgers?

Buns Burger Bar
48, Jalan 27/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 12pm-11pm
Website: http://www.bunsburgerbar.com
FB Page: https://m.facebook.com/bunsburgerbar


Next stop : Coffee! Just a stroll down several shops and next to Spicy Corner, there lies an awesome coffee joint. OLLE Cafe. Take a look at this awesome, gigantic, chilli red coffee beans roasting machine. Seeing this, and all the packs of coffee beans surrounding the machine in front of the shop, you know that this place takes coffee seriously to a whole new level. The cafe is owned by a Korean, and a few of my close church friends who are coffee enthusiasts as well had become friends with him. After walking around Hapjeong, I can honestly believe that Koreans do love and appreciate GOOD COFFEE. You can see it from here:


This place serves me one of the best long blacks ever.. even better than Artisan’s in my personal opinion and tastebuds. After a greasy meal 30 minutes ago, it was just so nice to cleanse the palate with a cuppa. No frills of milk, no thrills of sugar. Just plain black. Sipping a good cuppa.. while people watching, listening to the background Korean music was sublime.

Coffee Olle
26, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10.00 am-10.00 pm (except Mondays)
Tel no: 03-6206-3121
FB Page: https://m.facebook.com/ollecafe

This was one good ABC Combo on a weekend!