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Published September 24th 2012
Clash of the cultures
The Hong Kong Jade Café in Box Hill captures the essence of a fusion between Hong Kong and western style dishes.
Steak on hot plate with mushroom sauce and fries on the side
There are more traditional Hong Kong foods such as the Yeung Zhau fried rice, Chow Gwai Diu and Barbecue pork with rice or rice noodles in soup, as well as fusion western dishes like the steaks with Black Pepper sauce on a hot plate, various pastas and rice dishes with a choice of cream or tomato sauces.
'Ying Yang' rice (rice with pork in tomato sauce & seafood in cream sauce)
The unique thing about the western food, like pasta found in Hong Kong style restaurants, is that they are completely different from their original counterparts and may come as a surprise to many people who have never tried it before.
The Hong Kong Jade Cafe also serves food from other cultures and countries too. On the menu you can expect to find Japanese curries and dishes of deep-fried pork cutlet or eel served with rice, cold soba noodles or udon noodles in soup. Malaysian and Indonesian dishes include the Curry Laksa (noodles in soup), Nasi Goreng and Mi Goreng.
If you just want to enjoy a quick snack in between work hours or at tea-time after school or work, there is an assortment of sandwiches, salads and soups available. There are cream soups (of mushroom, chicken, or whatever specials they have on that day), vegetable soups like Borsche and traditional Chinese soups.
The Café is also known for its 'Hongky' style breakfast with set deals. Macaroni in soup served with bacon, sausages or luncheon meat, egg (scrambled or fried sunny-side-up) and buttered toast and Satay beef with macaroni soup are very native Hong Kong café styles of breakfasts.
The price of Jade Café is reasonable with dishes around $8-10. There are also lunch and dinner set meals, which are around $9-10 and come with tea or coffee and ice cream. Cold drinks or sodas may have an additional cost of around $2.
Ox tongue with rice in Portuguese sauce & a cold Ovaltine drink in the background