Honolulu HK Cafe at SM Aura

Some weeks ago, hubby, the kids, and I spotted a new restaurant at SM Aura — Honolulu HK Cafe. We were hungry and there was a line outside, so we passed it up. Established in 1940, Honolulu HK Cafe is actually known as Honolulu Coffee Shop in Hong Kong. The place is famous for its Egg Tarts. I made a mental note to visit the place soon.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraToday is the day I finally get to try Honolulu HK Cafe. I was invited to a food tasting with a few other bloggers and media people.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraI compared the interiors of Honolulu HK Cafe in SM Aura to the interiors of their Hong Kong branches based on photos online. What can I say? The Philippine version is so much better in terms of aesthetics.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraWe had their star product as our starter, the Honolulu Egg Tart (P50). This is the famous Egg Tart that always gets sold out in their Hong Kong stores. Mmmm what can I say? The crust is incredibly light and flaky. To say that the center is creamy is an understatement… it’s almost molten! Most importantly, it’s not overly sweet. Definitely a must try.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraThis is the Honolulu Bo Lo Bun with Butter (P60). Other places call this type of bread Polo Bread / Bun. OMG. This is THE BEST Bo Lo / Polo bread I’ve ever eaten. It’s got this crispy texture going on outside but it’s super soft and chewy inside. And the butter! Whoa, the big slice of butter in the middle makes it so heavenly. So sinful. Sooooo good!

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraNext up was the Crusty BBQ Pork Bun (P60). I find it reminiscent of Tuan Tuan’s Pork Bun, not so much Tim Ho Wan’s. I liked that it isn’t greasy nor is it too sweet. Tim Ho Wan’s is a tad too oily for my tastes and I get umay all too soon.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraThis is another popular dish in Hong Kong, Curry Fish Ball (P198 for 10 pcs). I’m normally not very fond of curry but I enjoyed this. The curry is comforting, not too strong nor spicy. Definitely a kid-friendly dish.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraStir Fried Hong Kong Style Noodle with Pork Chop in XO Sauce (P268) is really delicious. The noodles are perfectly cooked and they have this toasty flavor I couldn’t get enough of. The pork chop is equally good.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraI don’t know why but this is a standard offering in almost all eateries in HK — Hong Kong Style Noodle Soup with Fried Egg (P198). Lol, they forgot to say Luncheon Meat. I’d name this Instant Noodles with Luncheon Meat and Fried Egg because that’s what it tastes like. I’m pretty certain they used Ma Ling Pork Luncheon Meat, which is good because it’s not too salty. The broth has a predominantly sesame oil taste.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraI love the flavor of Deep Fried Honey Garlic Spareribs (P288) but I found there’s too little meat and too much bone.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraThis is Beef Brisket Hong Kong Curry in Casserole (P328). It’s very saucy and packed with lots of meat and veggies. If you like curry, this is a must-try.

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraWe also had Baked Rice with Pork Chop in Tomato Sauce (P298). Alternatively, you can have Baked Spaghetti in place of Baked Rice for the same price. This dish is a meal in itself because it’s already complete — rice, veggies, meat, and lots of yummy gooey cheese. I love the tomato sauce!

Honolulu HK Cafe SM AuraWashed down all the food with the Hong Kong Style Milk Tea (P120), which can be ordered hot or cold. This is best described as light and refreshing but with the depth of real brewed tea. It’s very easy to finish a glass.

What I’ve tried today is not even half of the Honolulu HK Cafe menu but I can say that everything was good. I can’t wait to go back with the whole family! Their breads are all take home worthy too. Prices are reasonable and there’s a pretty diverse selection of food.

Honolulu HK Cafe
LG/F SM Aura Premier
26th St. cor. McKinley Parkway,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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  • Reply Cris Vergara March 13, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Ang sarap nung tart nakakatakam po .
    parang kapag kumain po ako nyan kulang ang 10 pcs sa sarap hehe…

    • Reply animetric March 14, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Waaah lol ang dami naman ng 10 pcs!

  • Reply Julieanne Francis Ugay March 14, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I agree, Ms. Row. Masarap kahit di ko pa natitikman, sa photos pa lang nakakatakam na. Pwedeng ipasalubong ang mga breads sa loved ones… Affordable naman.

    • Reply animetric March 14, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Yes reasonable naman prices nila 🙂

  • Reply Queenie Mance March 14, 2019 at 9:32 am

    HI Ms Animetric Yummy dito sarap dito kumain affordable pa ang layu lang Sm aura sana merun sa marikina hehe

    • Reply animetric March 14, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Sana magbukas pa sila ng maraming branches 🙂

  • Reply Love Compoc March 17, 2019 at 12:25 am

    take note ko to Ms Rowena ☺️ Minsan nagpupunta kami Aura kasi malapit eto yung na sight namin. Gusto ko yung egg tart, ung place kasi mamahalin so i thought mahal sa loob

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