Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets: all-day breakfasts for HK$48 in a sleepy border village
Full English breakfast, including tea or French press coffee, is a bargain at a Luk Keng stall - handy for cyclists and bikers heading for Bride’s Pool nature trail but equally good for whiling away an hour
It’s not difficult to find a satisfying full English breakfast in urban Hong Kong, but few would expect to find one in a remote village near the border with China.
Luk Keng, a sleepy enclave nestled between Plover Clove and Pat Sin Leng country parks in northeast Hong Kong, has two neighbouring cha chaan teng, each with typically unpretentious plastic chairs, that serve cheap and cheerful rice and noodle dishes.
The first one, on a bend in the country road, is Chan Fung Kee, which serves an all-day full English breakfast for less than HK$50.
Although only 3km from the border town of Sha Tau Kok, Chan Fung Kee has a proudly Anglophile “greasy spoon” streak.
The menu, which also includes fish and chips (HK$80), is plastered with Union flags. Toothpick tins carry motifs of red telephone boxes and Coldstream Guards, and breakfast is served with a bottle of HP brown sauce.
Combined, the breakfast choices have everything expected of a proper English breakfast: two eggs, sausage, bacon, baked beans, toast and a hot drink. Depending on your menu pick, you can also get hash browns, tomato or mushrooms.
Besides two HK$48 options, there’s also a “deluxe breakfast” for HK$58 – two fried eggs, two rashers of bacon, a pork sausage, hash brown, baked beans and toast, with a mug of English breakfast tea or even French press coffee to wash down the grease.
It may seem a long journey for a breakfast, but it’s a welcome stop-off for those exploring the nearby Bride’ s Pool nature trail, as well as cyclists, bikers or anyone enjoying a leisurely drive.
It’s also a pleasant way to while away an hour. It’s a quiet place lost in time, where feral cattle roam the fields as you gaze over the mangroves of Starling Inlet to high-rise Shenzhen in the distance.
It can be reached from the south via Tai Po, through to Tai Mei Tuk and scenic Bride’s Pool Road, or from the north via Sha Tau Kok Road from Fanling.
Chan Fung Kee, Luk Keng Village, Luk Keng Road, North District, New Territories.
Open seven days a week, 9am until 6pm; tel: 2674 0931