There is never a moment when Australia Dairy Company is NOT packed with people. When you see no lines outside, you may think there aren't many people inside. Swing out the door and look inside, the clientele messily sit across the room, waiters yelling and writing and passing through. Don't fret, everyone has their first time, right? There is nothing to be scared about the ADC, maybe a little on the service if you're not used to the no-second chance (of changing your mind) ordering. No worries, after a few times, you'll realize that what you experience in ADC is in fact very much alike as whatever you experience in the outside world, only that in ADC, you get nice food instead of salary.
I stumbled into Jordan for no apparent reason one afternoon when, a long queue which bent around the corner of the street attracted my attention. I followed the queue, and came to arrive at the entrance of ADC. I asked around, and I got these strange looks even from a foreigner who speaks no Chinese...She gave me a quizzical look as she claimed that ADC has the best scrambled eggs in town. In less than 2 minutes we arrived at the same table, and in fluent finger-pointing technique she pointed at the "fast meal" (快餐), while I settled for the "set meal" (常餐). The U-shaped room was packed at all times, from morning to afternoon to late at night, there is never a time when ADC is not overcrowded. People who wander around inside will get what they deserve -- yelling from the short-tempered waiters and a possible spill of hot soup or milk tea all over them if they don't keep their eyes open or ears perked up.
"Quick, quick, did you order? " A waiter with wrinkled white uniform with the area around his shirt pocket stained of blue ink from the pen, writing pad in hand, rushed his speech addressing to our entire table of 6. It took less than my head to turn for the macaroni with BBQ pork too arrive. Steaming hot, the macaroni were exactly how I had it when I was little. The pork was merely a decoration of the entire dish, not meant to be the star of the show. Nobody should come to Australia Dairy Company for BBQ pork, that's like ordering seafood in a steakhouse: you'll get them eventually just not good. The macaroni was soft and immersed in the hot broth. Quickly spooning the macaroni into my mouth, I could see people rushing by, and waiters edging their ways through the waiting crowds who were anticipating the attention from other waiters.
As I looked up, my plate of toast with scrambled eggs arrived -- 2 thick slices of crustless white bread toasted on one side and smeared with butter. The golden glow of butter smelling like a promising breakfast I'd dream of having every single day but aren't. Two slices of ham spread across the steaming scrambled egg -- ever so golden, richly flavoured and not to be compared with the fast food variety. The scrambled egg was soft, and slightly more firm than creamy. It has a fine texture and well seasoned with the slightest bit of sweetness. I placed a small morsel of egg onto the toast and took a bite, the scrumptious egg's softness contrasted with the firm crispy toast. It's truly a simple pleasure to be enjoyed. No wonder so many people line up for their eggs every single day!
Downing the eggs and milk tea may not be filling enough. The Dynamic Duo were not to be missed. One being "Steamed milk with egg whites" and another the "Steamed egg custard with almond" (Both at $18, hot or cold). The Steamed milk is velvety smooth with a uniform whiteness so white it makes the bowl look rather dull. The milk is creamy as it's just set when served, slightly sweetened. 'Steamed egg with almond' is equally popular, I heard one of the waiter say, It arrived jiggling slightly, like softly set jelly, but steaming hot. The egginess is pronounced and the consistency is cream and appropriately thick without a cloying sweetness that mask the rich taste of fresh eggs. A whiff of almond sneaked up on the palate as you swallow, not overpowering the egg too. Beware what you order, you'll have better luck with piping hot orders of the dynamic duo, since they're fresher and apparently better. The chilled version tends to be a little more set and it resembles somewhat like panna cotta, but lighter.
Everything comes and go in full speed inside of the Australia Dairy Company, the service is prompt and fast. It is also rather unlikely to have second chances in your orders, so you should get your first time right. If you want scrambled eggs but not sure, don't order yet. Do your homework and know what you want. You say it fast and loud and clear, better yet, say it before the waiter nags at you. You do your job right, it helps the waiter do theirs. Ever since my first time here at ADC, I have frequented here every now and then.
Ham, Egg, and Toasts
Steamed Egg with Almond ($18)
Steamed Milk with Egg White, Steamed egg with Almond
Spending per head: Approximately HKD46(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4