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It’s not hard to find a cha chaan teng in Singapore, though they usually come with mod decor and menus. Since opening earlier this month, new Hong Kong teahouse Friends Cafe has been attracting a queue for being, well, an authentically traditional cha chaan teng that looks like it was transported straight out of Kowloon City.

Also known as bing sutt (‘ice chamber’ in Cantonese), these cha chaan tengs originated in Guangzhou and gained popularity in Hong Kong for being air-conditioned spots where diners could enjoy snacks and a cup of milk tea.

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