This is the ultimate foodies’ guide to eating in Hong Kong.
If you’re on a quest to find the best Cantonese restaurants, Hong Kong is certainly the place to be. In addition, Hong Kong boasts national cuisine from many other countries, offering variety to all who want an adventure for their taste buds. It’s the city of endless possibilities and options. From the likes of cheap clothes at Mongkok or the cheap flowers at Flower Market Road, to the luxury boutiques of Louis Vuitton and Prada, Hong Kong’s got it all.
But before we dive into our guide and take a sneak peek at some of the hottest spots for dining, let’s clear grounds on some of the ’rules’ in their dining culture.
- At most places you’re expected to eat fast and leave. It’s known as the ’touch and go’ principle, and although it might be considered rude in some cultures, it’s completely normal in Hong Kong.
- Sharing a table is also quite common in most dining places. Although most of us prefer to have our own space, you’re most likely to share your dining table with somebody else
- Often, you won’t get a receipt with a list of dishes you’ve ordered and the exact pricing. You’ll pay at the counter and you may have to do your own calculation.
- The waiters aren’t as friendly as you’d like them to be. Most of these restaurants are always crowded, and the waiter won’t tend to you every time you raise your hand.
Now that we’ve gone through the basics of eating out in Hong Kong, let’s look at the delicacies are waiting for you and where you can try them in their full glory.
1. Lung King Heen
Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, it offers peerless service and a view to remember. The Cantonese food here could not get any better, especially if you get a chance to try their signature scallop dumplings and divinely juicy steamed lobster. This restaurant is sort of a big enchilada in Hong Kong, so don’t miss out on the exotic tastes and the presentation.
2. Din Tai Fung
It’s ranked as the number one dumpling restaurant in Hong Kong on Foursquare, and no wonder. Although they have branches in Singapore, you might be very tempted to try the real deal there! Their truffle pork dumplings are real taste teasers. Although the wait can be long sometimes, once you actually get a taste of noodles with scallions, fresh and crispy turnip jellyfish salad, and other juicy delicacies, you’ll realise the wait is worth it.
3. Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling
If you’re looking for a place where they make fresh dumplings every day make sure to stop by Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling. Their presentation is superb, and the pan fried cabbage and pork dumplings as well as shredded pork with pancakes are the best in Hong Kong.
1. Ebina Tsukemen
If you’re already in Hong Kong, it would be a total waste if you didn’t visit a joint that serves noodles. The combinations are endless, and it is nothing like the stuff we heat up in the microwave. The best combination at Ebina Tsukemen is shrimp sauce and noodles. It’s your basic ramen place, with a twist. The broth and noodles are served separately, and you get to dip the juicy noodles into a deliciously creamy sauce. Hint: The Uni Ramen is another must-try!
2. Kau Kee Restauran
Located in the Central and Western District, it’s always packed with tourists and locals trying to get a taste of the best noodles and barbecued meats in the city. The most popular dish is the curry beef noodle soup, which is a complete game-changer, but the staple of Cantonese cuisine, the beef brisket noodles is a serious competitor. Don’t get put off by the long queues; the service is super-speedy!
3. Mak Siu Kee
Once you’re done experimenting in Hong Kong, it’s time to sit down and try one of the best wanton noodles in the city. Out of the entire menu, their wanton noodles are a real no brainer. Plus, if you’re into congee (Chinese porridge variation) this place will suit your taste.
1. Mott 32
This is a place that serves traditional dim sum with a contemporary slant. Some must-try dishes include the succulent Iberico pork and the Peking duck. Be sure to taste their inventive cocktails as well, all of which have been given a twist with Chinese ingredients.
2. One Dim Sum
The “one” in the name of the restaurant, definitely doesn’t stand for the number of times you’ll want to come here. It’s mostly known for delicious steamed siew mai. Don’t skip the desserts, because they serve some mean deep fried sesame balls and fried egg sticks with honey! And if serving out-of-this-world dim sum isn’t enough, the prices here also surprisingly wallet-friendly.
3. Dimdimsum Dim Sum
Try saying that a few times and try not getting hungry. After you’ve done trying to memorise the fairly tongue-twisting name, you’ll be ready for their mouthwatering dim sum options. Steamed shrimp dumplings (har gow) are plump and oh-so-delicate. If you like #InstagramWorthy food, make sure to order their specialty, Piggy Custard Buns, which are buns shaped and decorated like little pigs, and filled with creamy egg custard. Cuteness and deliciousness overload.
1. Sea View Congee Shop
While many people claim that Sea View’s fish and century egg congee is to die for, others swear by the beef congee with eggs. And we can’t blame them. They are genuine and strive to deliver food straight from the oven. With such a wide selection of congee, your mind will be blown from the moment you start reading the menu till the very end of your meal.
2. Law Fu Kee
Smack in the middle of Central District is this authentic family restaurant, serving soul food perfect for both lunch and dinner. Choose between one of the top three customer choices and you’ll become a congee fan forever: fish slice congee combined with pork innards, congee with lean meat and century egg, and congee with pork slices. It’s the place to go for a quick meal that’s both savoury and satisfying.
3. Sang Kee Congee Shop
You can’t beat the generous portions of congee at Sang Kee Congee Shop. Just choose your ingredients and get ready for a real foodie adventure! The hot and flavourful congee melts in your mouth, and is always fresh, accompanied with aromatic soy sauce and ginger that kicks your already yummy dish up a notch!
Dai Pai Dong
Once the lifeblood of the city, now these open-air street food stalls or what Hong Kongers call “ Dai Pai Dong” seem to be going extinct. The ones that are left are still worth a try, because they offer something you can’t find in restaurants. Don’t expect fancy dinner service but you can definitely count on a delicious meal in a very traditional Hong Kong style.
1. Sing Heung Yuen
With a tradition of 50 years serving Hong Kong passers-by tasty and quick delicacies, it still remains the staple of the neighbourhood. Tourists, businessmen, and students alike gather during lunch hour for a taste of the delicious macaroni in tomato broth, topped with a crispy bun. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can always go for noodles, lavish meals of pork chops or chicken wings.
2. Oi Man Sang
It’s not the most romantic setting for a restaurant, but the sweet and sour pork here sells like hot cakes. After all, if you really want to experience the authentic vibe of Hong Kong, Oi Man Sang will definitely enable you to do so with its tantalising stir fried beef and potatoes with black pepper sauce.
3. Leaf Dessert
The real appeal of these food stalls lies in the swerving crowds, enchanting aromas, and sizzling food everywhere around you. Next time you’re in Elgin Street, treat yourself to a sweet treat from Leaf Dessert where the desserts are unmatchable. Take your pick between the famous black sesame soup, or the red or green bean soup
Now, who’s hungry?