First of all, I’m not sure who named this restaurant or why this restaurant is even named “Ho Garden” considering that we are in a country where English is one of the two official languages. I would understand if we were in Hong Kong or Asia where the translation of the names from one language doesn’t exactly correlate well, but this is just funny. Ho Garden is really just a typical HK-style Chinese restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner sets. It has nothing to do with “ho’s”. In fact, the Chinese name of the restaurant is pronounced as “Bun Doe” which means “half island”. Chinese restaurants sure have interesting names…
Anyway, The first two times I was here, I actually ordered the same two dishes — which is so rare of me because I like to try different dishes every time I go to a restaurant and even try not to visit the same restaurant twice. But here, everything was very mediocre in a good way that I didn’t feel like I had to try everything all at once. I really enjoyed my satay beef with vermicelli! The sauce was more like Chinese spicy sauce rather than true satay sauce. The second time I was here, I also tried their egg sandwiches which was good!
Their wontons were so-so; more fatty than I liked and not very fresh.
Ho Garden in essence is all very affordable food that tastes good (I mean you can get a full meal with a free drink for less than 4 dollars!). The restaurant is no frills which means that you shouldn’t expect exceptional service or fancy decorations. It’s a casual restaurant for retirees and anyone to grab a quick meal.
I’ve been here several times since then and one of their popular dishes is their Hainanese chicken with rice. Mmm, I liked it! The rice was flavoured just right!
I know I’m going to return again and return every so often to dine here because it’s so close to where I live! 🙂