Some few week back, on a Saturday morning! I had sent Gill to meet a website client of ours, as I was not involved so I drove to an old breakfast hunt, Hock Ban Hin Cafe. It is located at the corner of Anson Road and Siam Road. We used to go there for breakfast when my previous company office was still at that vicinity.

Hock Ban Hin Cafe basically serves drinks, soft boil egg, toast and curry puff(if your are early or lucky). Last time the curry puff used to cost around RM 1.00 or RM1.20, I am not sure how much is it now and whether the supplier is still supplying. The curry puff were quite tasty and value for money with egg, potato and chicken meat (which can be seen in chunk). But the main attraction there is the soft boil egg and toasted bread. The white bread is about half an inche thick, toasted on an open flame charcoal stove. It heat from the stove browns and crisps the outer surface of the bread and still leaves the middle slightly soft. The toast is either served with spreaded butter and sugar on the side, or butter and kaya (coconut jam). If you like soft boil egg to go with the toast, theirs ain't bad either. The soft boil is cooked to how you want it, soft and watery, medium and fluffy, or just 80% done. To me it actually depnds on my mood, but my favourite is the 80% done type because of the texture of the white and the yoke. The yoke is still under cooked, the texture is like cream cheese and taste creamy. The soft and watery type is not forte. The medium and fluffy eggs are good for dipping your toast, it tends give some added smooth texture to the crisp toast.

Other than the above mentioned is served at Hock Ban Hin, there is a Wantan Noodle stall run by an old aunty and an Indian Rice stall there. I have not tried the Indian stall because it only opens for lunch. The Wantan Mee stall serves up a very traditional Wantan Mee dry and soup. I will keep this wantan mee for my future blog.

On average, I would give this place:
  • 3/5 for value
  • 3.5/5 for taste & texture
  • 4/5 for service
  • 3.8/5 for cleanliness
  • 3/5 for atmosphere

GPS Coordinates: N5*24'56.3" E100*19'12.5"۫

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  1. Allie // November 23, 2008 at 10:37 AM  

    Sugar on top of the bread, and dip into the half boiled egg. Yummy yummy.

  2. Little Inbox // November 23, 2008 at 11:13 AM  

    I like the Benggali roti's QQ mouthfeel.

  3. 550ml jar of faith // November 23, 2008 at 11:15 AM  

    Mmmm! Goes to show the best things in life are the simple stuff!

  4. New Kid on the Blog // November 23, 2008 at 3:18 PM  

    Looks good!!!

  5. Food Paradise // November 27, 2008 at 9:53 AM  

    well..... I know another alternate place for my gal if she craving for roti bakar. Thanks for sharing!

  6. gill gill // November 27, 2008 at 10:44 AM  

    Guys, their breakfast hour will be usually packed with working groups around that area. after 10am would be our recommendation. :)

  7. QuaChee // December 4, 2008 at 9:42 AM  

    love roti bakar. oh btw, know this is a lil off topic, but the building do seem nice (with the balcony) :)