We stumbled into this establishment on a hot Saturday afternoon. We were sightseeing around Wan Chai neighbourhood and a stop at the famous Kam Fung cha chaan teng was high on the agenda. Kam Fung is one of the highest rated cha chaan tengs in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. They are especially famous for their chicken pie and polo bun. Their chicken pie was unfortunately sold out when we arrived despite their ovens working at full capacity. It is that popular. We did come back in half an hour for it. So how did Kam Fung’s polo bun and chicken pie fare?
As we were on a tight schedule (there’s really too many things to do in Hong Kong), we did not have the leisure to get a table inside. We ate both items on the go and as such please pardon the less-crazy-than-usual photos.
Kam Fung Polo Bun
The polo bun, or bo lo bau in Cantonese, actually means pineapple bun. Yet there is no pineapple in the bun, it is the top of the bun that is made to resemble a pineapple. It is a kind of sweet bun which is crunchy on the outside and softer on the inside. In Hong Kong the polo bun is usually served with a piece of butter inside the bun. This is called bo lo yau in Cantonese, or buttered pineapple bun. We had previously tried the polo bun at another famous cha chaan teng in Hong Kong’s Mongkok area, but we were pretty disappointed with the taste. So we did temper our expectations here.
BUT! The polo bun was delicious. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. When you take your first bite the taste explodes into your mouth, with the sweetness complementing the butter very well. When you come to Hong Kong you must try their polo bun at least once, and you should come to Kam Fung for it. I give this a 4.2/5. This item costs a cheap HK$5.
This chicken pie! I’m usually not a fan of chicken pie but Kam Fung’s iteration is pretty unique. Instead of the usual soft flaky pastry around a chicken pie, I was met with crumbly pastry goodness, much like a butter biscuit. Kam Fung’s chicken pie has crumbly buttery pastry with piping hot chicken inside. I found it pretty good, but my partner Sheryn fell in love with it. She said that Kam Fung’s chicken pie was the best food item she has had in Hong Kong. We ended up buying 6 pieces back to Singapore. My rating is 4/5, Sheryn’s rating is 4.8/5.
I would later find out that Prima Deli’s chicken pie has a similar type of crumbly pastry to Kam Fung’s iteration, but it isn’t as delicious as the original. Given my partner’s rating on this item, it is definitely a must try for Hong Kong. You can get Kam Fung’s chicken pie at HK$10 each.
We did find sightseeing about the Wan Chai neighbourhood on a Saturday afternoon a bit plain and unexceptional, but the food at Kam Fung made up for it. This is a place you have to go to try Hong Kong’s famous polo bun and Kam Fung’s unique chicken pie.