After almost losing Lin Heung Tea House last month (we’re mostly relieved, but we did roll our eyes a little at the false alarm), we have news that another beloved restaurant is on the chopping block. Boasting more than 60 years of history, Lok Heung Yuen Coffee Shop is set to close this coming Monday, March 18.
The historic establishment originally started out as a small coffee shop on Pedder Street. It relocated to a relatively hidden spot on Gilman’s Bazaar in 2009 and became known as the “snake den” of Central, attracting true locals with its iconic dishes. The menu here is famously small, serving only items such as rice with scrambled eggs, homemade sandwiches and an abundance of pastries.
Due to the consistency of the meals and the relatively low prices, Lok Heung Yuen has become the go-to restaurant for office workers at all hours of the day. For most, lunch is all about the barbecued pork and scrambled eggs ($42). With silken eggs combined with a generous serving of rice and green onions, the dish has long been considered one of the most perfect comfort foods you can get in the heart of Central.
If you want to bid a fond farewell to Lok Heung Yuen and its delicious scrambled eggs, be sure to head down early this weekend for a final meal. Expect it to be crowded with fans, and if you don’t manage to get a table, at least be sure to grab the last of its buttery pastries displayed in the front of the restaurant. By Elaine Lok