SquareMeal Review of
Cha Chaan Teng
With blaring house music and punk-style murals greeting you in the foyer, things get off to a quirky start at this post-war Hong Hong-inspired basement diner. The dimly-lit room and sprawling bar is oddly reminiscent of a school canteen, with the food and pricing following suit. An erratic selection of dishes includes macaroni soup (a warming, ramen-style dish lacking in flavour), crispy Spam rolls and Singapore noodles. Our bao buns were light, spongy and packed with sweet and sticky beef, while the curried egg spring rolls with wasabi have a clashing spice flavour – quickly soothed by a sweet tea-based cocktail. The friendly, eager staff guided us to peanut butter French toast for dessert, a gooey, melt-in-your-mouth creation covered in condensed milk, while our cinnamon doughnut bao was crisp and fluffy, oozing thick custard and egg yolk. Portions are plentiful yet underwhelming, so we say come for the desserts and a fascinating tea list.