[HK] Australia Dairy Company | 澳洲牛奶公司

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Notorious for its poor customer service but good dairy products, we decided to give it a try to see how bad it could possibly get. Upon arrival, we were told to wait, albeit in an acrid and coarse tone, outside the eatery due to the cramped entrance. When a table was finally available after some 15 minutes, we were waved to our seats, packed like sardines beside the service aisle.

Toasted ham and egg sandwich (蛋腿治)

The toast had a slightly crisp surface and soft inside which met expectations. The scrambled eggs sandwiched between the toast was velvety smooth, creamy and rich. The texture of the eggs was staunch and the slight firmness was enhanced with a well-seasoned flavour which made it the highlight of the day. The sliced ham was just like any other but the slight saltiness helped complement the richness of the eggs and the overall savouriness of the dish.

Verdict: 8.5/10

French toast (法国土司)

The fragrance of the toast upon being served would certainly titillate the senses of any diners. The surface of the toast was deep fried to a golden brown crisp yet the inside remained soft and moist. The sliced butter atop was melting as the picture was being taken and when drizzled with the maple syrup provided on each table, it was divinely sinful yet delicious. Tasted on its own, the french toast lacked flavour from the egg-coated batter but coupled with the condiments, it was certainly some comfort food for the stomach. For the calories-conscious, do not expect this to go easy on the waistline!

Verdict: 8.0/10

Steamed egg whites and milk pudding (蛋白炖鲜奶)

The light flavours of the egg whites were enhanced by the richness of the milk. Despite the smoothness of the pudding, we felt that it was too sweet for our liking after repeated scoops. It was pleasing to the tastebuds upon the first try but the richness was a tad too creamy and saccharine to the effect that it satiated our appetite after a while. It might appeal to those with a slightly more tolerant sweet tooth or a preference for rich creamy desserts.

Verdict: 7.0/10

Steamed almond and egg pudding (杏汁炖鸡蛋)

Like the steamed egg whites and milk pudding, this version was equally smooth and rich. With the addition of the egg yolks, this tasted slightly denser than the former. It was also slightly firmer and was pleasing to the palate. The downside was again the sweetness, which could be taken a few notches down but again this was owed to personal preferences.

Verdict: 7.0/10

As we were seated beside the service aisle where waiters were scurrying in and out of the kitchen to bring orders to the diners, they stopped at nothing to make sure a din was created. Whenever they cleared emptied plates and bowls, it seemed like there was a special effort to drop them at height into the collecting buckets. It was a noisy and chaotic fare to say the least. Suppers are meant to be comforting but it seemed that you could not afford to take a break here, starting from the impatient waiters pressurizing to take one's orders. You seriously cannot expect all diners to already know what is on the menu, can you?

Despite the good food served, this eatery is but another one of those classic HK 'Cha Chaan Tengs' with little patience and embodiment of the ethos that 'Customers are always right'.

Australia Dairy Company - 澳洲牛奶公司
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street
Hong Kong
Tel: 2730 1356

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