I was pleasantly surprised by the little gem by the name of Flori Flower & Korean Café. Located in Causeway Bay, it’s already been circulated quite a bit on social media, nothing new, but I didn’t expect it to actually be opened by a Korean family. They serve traditional Korean snacks with a modern twist and hold flower-cake workshops regularly.
A little backstory on why I was in Causeway Bay: My iPhone died again (and this time, it didn’t even fall into the MTR gap) all by itself, so I had to go back to Apple in Causeway Bay twice in two days to get it fixed. Luckily, it was free of charge, and since I’d bought Apple Care, I just got a new one. Again. That’s three new iPhone 6’s in the space of slightly more than one year.
After “repairing” my phone on the second day back to Apple, I knew I was getting sick. I hadn’t been feeling well for a while and I even had a small bout of fever the night before. But I kept my mouth shut so my parents wouldn’t suspect anything because I wanted to go to Flori Flower & Korean Café, which was nearby.
Oh, and after visiting… I fell super sick with the worst case of flu since primary school or something. I was bedridden with a fever, a sore throat, no voice, and plenty of phlegm and snot for more than a week.
Flori Flower & Korean Café is a girl’s paradise. Well, that’s a bit of a generalisation – it’s not my cup of tea, but I can see why so many teenage girls flock there for pictures. And paired with the K-pop craze that’s still going strong in Hong Kong after more than six years (I lost interest after three years, and honestly it lasted that long only because I had a Korean boyfriend at the time), it’s no wonder that the humble eatery is a huge hit on social media.
I’ve seen the Flori All Day Tea Set many times on Instagram, which is essentially a British two-tired afternoon tea topped with an assortment of small, flowery cakes, pastries and macarons. Mum and I settled for something easier on the wallet: a Korean-style dessert pancake called a hotteok and a salad.
First up, we ordered the Korean Raspberry Dessert Pancake or hotteok with came with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, whipped cream and fruits on the side. It was the Korean parallel of a Chinese glutinous rice cake. If you’re unsure of what that is, we call it 年糕 nian gao in Chinese, which is a dense cake made of glutinous rice grounded into a paste then molded into a specific shape. The texture is chewy and very filling – one is enough for a girl. I didn’t particularly like it as I don’t like nian gao, but it did have a sweet fruity taste.
For the salad, we had a choice of three: the Flower Salad, the Fresh Seafood Salad and the Well-being Salad. Since we didn’t feel like seafood and had no idea what the “Well-being Salad” was, we chose the Flower Salad. It was a beautifully presented mixture of greens, fruits and edible flowers.
I liked the girly, relaxed atmosphere of Flori Flower & Korean Café, but I know it might be different if I were to go on a weekend. The staff was likeable enough – they were really cute, actually. I wouldn’t mind returning if any of my other friends wanted to go. Maybe next time I can pretend to be a total lady and for a flower cake workshop or try their afternoon tea set, haha.
Flori Flower & Korean Café
G/F & 1/F, Giok San Building, 31-35 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 9157 5178
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