This may sound a bit strange, but I actually don’t have much experience with Asian food outside of mainland Chinese (where my parents are from). The primary reason for this is mom, being a cheap Asian, typically refuses to eat out at other Asian restaurants because she finds them to be a rip-off and thinks that she can make the food easily at home for a fraction of the price (while my dad’s the pickiest person I’ve ever known and refuses to eat anything other than plainly cooked vegetables, seafood and rice). Hence, I’ve never had Kong-style food before until my visit to BT Cafe this week. The place looks a bit shabby on the outside, but is actually quite neat and clean on the inside. You get served complimentary tea when you arrive. Now, I’ve never had baked rice/spaghetti before so I just HAD to order one of these dishes. I decided to get their Baked Spaghetti with Cheese, Meat Sauce & Sausage.
Baked Spaghetti with Cheese, Meat Sauce & Sausage ($10.50):
This came in a fairly large plate, piping hot and literally sizzling. The spaghetti was cooked to my liking, being tender while still maintaining some texture and chew. Although I’m generally not overly excited by tomato sauce, I quite enjoyed theirs: it was not too acidic, quite flavourful, and contained a nice amount of ground meat. The “sausage” wasn’t really sauce per se but rather Asian-style hotdogs that probably contained more processed stuff than meat but whatever, I really liked the way that they tasted. The main gripe that I have is that there wasn’t enough cheese. I absolutely LOVE cheese and I honestly couldn’t find any of it at all in the dish. Nonetheless, this was still a quite tasty dish, and a generous, filling portion.
So now that I’ve tried Hong Kong-style food I’ve got to say that I fully support Hong Kong’s bid for independence! Okay, okay, I know that I’m just being silly here, but I’m glad to see places like Hong Kong and Taiwan being able to develop their own culture and cuisine that’s unique and quite distinct from the rest of China. Politics and bad jokes aside though, I’ve enjoyed my visit to BT Cafe. The food was tasty and I now can add baked rice/spaghetti dishes to my already massive list of food obsessions. The prices are quite cheap, and the staff relatively friendly and although they seem to prefer Cantonese, they seem to be quite proficient in English as well. Just be warned, they don’t take cards, so be sure to have some cash on hand.