BalCafe is based on my memory of a Cha Chaan Teng (tea cafe), a word for fast-casual restaurants in a Cantonese-speaking region. Despite the lack of franchising, Cha Chaan Tengs are widely known for their neon signs, late hours, and one-page laminated menus. Menu items usually consist of traditional Cantonese cuisine and interpretations of Western dishes unique to the region.

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