Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Retro Mido Cafe

When you're at Temple Street in Kowloon, there's this place that you'd really, absolutely, positively, have to go to. Really. Seriously.

This little cafe was opened about 50 years ago. If you think about it, that's half a century ago.

You could tell right away once you step inside. Everything's old.

Over the years, it has maintained the same kind of furniture, same kind of wall & floor tile designs, same kind of toilet, & probably the same people working there.

This place is so old that you'd feel as if you're being served by your grandpa & grandma.

But I'm sure it was once the grooviest place in town. I'm sure everyone wanted to be there just to be seen.
Judging from the people around us, it seemed to be a place for intellectuals, with very deep philosophical & artistic thoughts.

It's also important to note, especially for Hong Kong TVB series addicts, it's also a very famous shooting location for a lot of the drama series.

But obviously Greg & Nee weren't there to be seen. We were also not there for the psychedelic philosophy. We're there for the grub man.

When you're there, you've got to try the famous polo bun that comes with a slice of butter.

If you can, eat as much as you can so that it'll last you till your next trip back to Hong Kong.

Then you must try the just as famous yun yong (cofee milk tea).

This is an excellent place to unwind after all that walking. Everyone's sitting upstairs, & if you can get a seat by the window, you can see the hustle & bustle of people down there.

Also worth trying is their signature dish, Spare Ribs Baked Rice (HKD48). Love me tender baby.

Fried Noodles with Sliced Pork (HKD40). Smooth criminal.

Address: 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2384-6402
Opening Hours: 8.30am-9.30pm
Directions: Yau Ma Tei MTR Station, Exit B2


Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

gem of a place, marked this for my trip in august. will thank u if it's good. if not, watch out!

Greg Wee said...

Hi Terri. I think many people find the food to be just a little above average. The pork was tender & the noodles/vege was smooth. The polo buns are excellent though. But I think it worked for us because of the environment. It was a little bit like a discovery, being able to come across a place like this, very European feel, somewhat French cafe feel? That made it a very exciting experience.

Unknown said...

So cool, very hk drama!! I'm definitely going this coming trip... Thank for the address,etc!!

ladysuki said...

hey temple street is in exit C of yau ma tei stn~ :) i juz came back from hk~ i went to mido cafe too! GREAT PLACE!! So retro and so hk drama!

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