Polo Bun, or Pineapple Bun is one of very typical HK food which is not only locals' favourite but also tourists' must-try. Some may think it is a bun with pineapple filling or flavour, but they are completely wrong! It is actually a sweet round bun with crunchy crust on top, and has nothing to do with the pineapple! I guess why it's called Pineapple Bun in Cantonese, is because of the crust which looks a bit like a pineapple.
You can find Polo Bun in any bakery shop in HK. However if you wanna try one of the best, you must not miss the Polo Bun of Kam Wah Cafe located on Bute Street in Prince Edward. It is a very popular traditional local style tea restaurant which is always packed with people.
Their famous items are Polo Bun, egg tart & HK style tea with milk. The restaurant has always been covered in different local magazines. It was weekends when I went there last time. Fortunately to get a table right away when I arrived but had to share the table with others. Well, it's a very normal phenomenon in local tea restaurant anyway. I've ordered 2 kinds of Polo Bun and a cup of hot milk tea for my afternoon tea.
Couldn't wait to try their famous Polo Bun with Butter (HK$6) at first! It's freshly baked and warm, with a cold thick slice of salted butter stuffed in the middle. Crunchy top and soft bread plus the rich buttery taste, without being too sweet, this is what I called a heavenly taste that I've never tasted anywhere else before! It's served on a plate and a fork. Suggest you not to mind the manner and leave aside the fork, use your hands, open your mouth wide and give it a big bite, you will be very satisfied! (Eat as soon as you can, don't let the butter melt completely otherwise you can't taste the real taste!)
Tried another version of Polo Bun - Polo Bun with Pork Chop (HK$14), which was really a surprise. Never thought of Polo Bun can be eaten with salty things like pork chop, but it's proven a perfect match. The pan fried pork chop was boneless & tender enough to bite together with the bun with no difficulty. With some lettuce & mayonnaise inside just like regular filling of a burger, I was really amazed with this new twist of a traditional bun. Again, eating this bun, I would suggest you to eat it in the most natural way, use your hands and widely opened mouth even fork is provided..
To match with the Polo Bun, a cup of hot tea with milk is a drink that cannot be missed. Kam Wah's hot tea with milk (HK$12) is very smooth with rich aroma of the black tea. The proportion of milk and tea is balanced and just right that you won't feel sticky in the throat 'coz of too much milk.
It was a classic simple local tea restaurant, so don't expect too much on the service. Staff are all very busy but still friendly and very efficient. Suggest to visit on weekdays off-peak hours (avoid lunch time at 1-2pm) so you wouldn't need to wait for a table, but overall their turnover is quite fast and I think it won't need too much time to wait even the restaurant is full. Sit down and look for the menu on every table & walls around. Price range is very reasonable and affordable. Highly recommended!!
Website : N/A
Address : G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward
Remarks : No 10% service charge is needed