Mido Cafe: A glimpse of Hong Kong yesteryear in a cafe


Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Copyright: Lionel Lee

Destination Revisited: Hong Kong


Stepping into Mido Cafe in Yau Ma Tei area of Hong Kong is like a walk back in time to Hong Kong in the 1950s, preserved in the building, interiors and food.


Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Copyright: Lionel Lee

This old school local cafe or "Cha Chan Teng" has over 60 years of history, and provides the ideal time period setting for many Hong Kong movies and dramas.


Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Copyright: Lionel Lee

The bygone era is inherent in the walls, windows, seating, floor and ceiling. Its well preserved interior is a stark contrast to the contemporary Hong Kong cafes.


Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Copyright: Lionel Lee

The menu is a list of the local interpretation of Western-style cuisine made popular in the 1970s.


Milk Tea, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
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Some of the classic to try items include the beef brisket with macaroni in tomato soup, French toast, milk tea, red bean ice and coke with lemon and ginger.


French Toast, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
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The French toast is a thick slab of bread heavily soaked in egg and fried to a crispy coating and dripping with melted butter and honey. It was fragrant and delicious to the bite.


Beef Brisket Macaroni, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
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The contrasting flavor of Cantonese style braised brisket swimming in a tomato broth paired with soft macaroni is uniquely Hong Kong.


Hot Coke with Lemon and Ginger, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Copyright: Lionel Lee

Perhaps the most unusual in flavor is the Coca Cola boiled with lemon slices and julienne ginger.


Address: 63 Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2384 6402