Date Traveled, February 2013
Kam Wah Cafe is a Cha Chaan Teng situated in Mongkok in Kowloon and is my absolute favorite spot for breakfast in Hong Kong, mainly because of their heavenly Bo Lo Yau or pineapple buns with butter. Pineapple buns have nothing to do with pineapples but are so named because the top of the bun is made to resemble pineapple skin.
Pineapple buns are typically sweet and are referred to as Bo Lo Baau in traditional Chinese restaurants and dim sum places and could be either served plain or with other stuffings like pork. The Bo Lo Yau or the variation served with butter is common at Cha Chaan Tengs, a Hong Kong cultural institution, usually small restaurants that serve a mix of Chinese and locally influenced western food items. Kam Wah cafe is famous for its bo lo yaus and baaus. At the front of the store they do steady business with customers who buy their plain bo lo baaus and inside in their restaurant you have the option of a nice sit down meal with several items. Admittedly, not living in Hong Kong I haven't had the chance to try anything else at Kam Wah because I absolutely love their pineapple buns and when we do visit them we make it a point to eat that. We always order a bo lo yau and a cup of Hong Kong style milk tea, which is another highly recommended choice at the Cha Chaan Tengs, tea made with condensed milk.
Kam Wah cafe in Mongkok
The bo lo yau or pineapple bun with butter...heavenly
Cramped seating typical of the tiny but often excellent food places in Hong Kong
The buns are served hot with a large stick of butter and if I haven't stressed the point enough already, they are absolutely delicious. We also have made visiting Kam Wah for breakfast on the day we leave Hong Kong a part of our itinerary so we can order a few plain buns to takeaway with us back home. Not as fresh and nice after a several hour flight but still very good after a short warming up in a microwave oven.
To get there, the closest stop is Prince Edward and then walking a few blocks down till Bute Street. The Address is 47 Bute Street and I do not believe the signboard is in English but it should be easy to spot with the pineapple buns displayed at the front of the store for sale. But just in case, it helps to keep pictures of the place handy to compare when you are there. Like all the little hole in the wall sort of places in Hong Kong, seating is tight and you will be expected to share tables wherever they find a place for you but that is part of the Hong Kong experience. Service is prompt and the food is relatively cheap. You pay at the front register when you are done and would cost about 25 Hong Kong dollars if you just order a bun and the milk tea. May not become your favorite but I am certain you will enjoy the visit nonetheless.