香港新发烧腊茶餐厅 – Shenzhen, China


Seems like many first times… if not I will not be writing about them haha… I was heading to my favorite coffee place and was looking for some food before that and I found this place. Apparently it’s a famous chain in Hong Kong since 1974 and they have expanded into Shenzhen since 2002. This place can get quite crowded and there’ll be lots of seats outside this place for those who wanna wait.

I didn’t try a lot as I’m controlling my food intake and was alone. So I tried what a Cha Can Ting should be good for; the pork chop bun and century egg porridge. The pork chop bun was really good, at least the pork chops were not dry. Well seasoned and juicy. The porridge was just awesome. With shreds of pork, and a lot of it, to flavor the porridge totally. These 2 items alone I give it 5 stars. Will check out their roast meats the next time.

Check out my ratings and video below:

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Sunflour – Shanghai, China


A friend brought me to this place and didn’t know such a nice bakery cafe exist.  The owner of this place is a Hong Konger and family line came from Jiangsu, China. Went to the Pudong branches, both branches were close on Sundays. So had to catch a cab back to their main branch in Puxi.  We were pretty lucky ‘cos at 12.30pm, we managed to get seats as I heard this place has really long queues. I really like bakery cafes as I aspire to open one myself in future… but for now, no capital.. ;P Anyways see my comments with the pictures below:

Cafe front
Cafe front
Glorious breads!!!
Glorious breads!!!
Cakes and dessert section
Cakes and dessert section
Love the display
Love the display
Friend's smoke salmon ona slice of homemade walnut bread
Friend’s Salmon Tartin… smoke salmon ona slice of homemade walnut bread… a wee bit salty.
Grilled Chicken Salad for me
Grilled Chicken Salad for me
The latte was good. Milk used is not the sweet type. They use illy beans... can't go wrong.
The latte was good. Milk used is not the sweet type. They use illy beans… can’t go wrong.
Shortly after we got our seats... told you we were lucky!
Shortly after we got our seats… told you we were lucky!
Their famous coffee eclair
Their famous coffee eclair
With loads of filling
With loads of filling
Their famous Sun bread.
Their famous Sun bread.
Bill... pretty affordable as compared to Element Fresh
Bill… pretty affordable as compared to Element Fresh
I went to the outlet at first address... the other 2 are in Pudong area.
I went to the outlet at first address… the other 2 are in Pudong area.

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Excellent. I couldn’t try their croissants, sun bread, lemon tarts and cheese cake because I’m on diet, but they are highly recommended.

Portion: Average.

Service: Pretty good.

Ambience: Comfy.

Price: See second last picture.

RTE (Return To Eat): Yes!!!

Location: See last picture.

MQ Coffee Slayer Lab – Shanghai, China


After reaching Shanghai in the afternoon today, I rushed to check out this cafe which has a roasting factory, 2 cafe outlets and a training center for aspiring baristas. I found them online and know that they roast their own beans. I took the cab and headed to their training center and realized they don’t serve coffees there after I made a call to them. Then I headed to their outlet at fengxian lu which is the only outlet that opens on weekends.

The walk under the 39 deg celsius sun is no joke even though it’s like only 3 blocks away. When I reached the cafe, I was drenched. The cafe is really a very small shop and when I was there there were already some customers there occupying the inside of the shop. So I had to sit the outer area which was serious super warm!

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I first ordered the Mandheling which has mild acidity and quite a medium-high body. But tasting the dripped coffee in such a warm space is really uncomfortable.

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Shortly after, some of the customers inside left and I moved my ass inside to catch some aircon… And I had to give some lesson on ‘how to adjust the aircon to cool mode’. I then ordered a latte, which was made from the branded Slayer espresso machine. The latte has some acidity, fruity and pretty full body. I found the milk they used is a little on the sweet side like the HL milk in Singapore and Malaysia. Nevertheless, it was a pretty good combination for their House Blend No.5, which is a mix of 3 different beans that I shall not disclose.

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The cute thing about the small shop is that they have a vintage typewriter there for customers to type in their greetings! Very innovative!

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Rating: 4.5/5. The temperature control in the cafe is very important.

Taste: Great!

Portion: Average.

Service: Excellent. The barista over the counter offered me a cup of water when I came into the cafe, all drenched. And she keeps refilling when I sat inside. Very good conversationalist too!

Ambience: Inside is alright but outside is not cool. Very small space but in a very prime area.

Price: RMB28 for the Mandheling and RMB25 for the latte.

RTE: I don’t mind if I’m in town next.

Location: 2 outlets

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