Apart from its urban living that is easy to adapt to, and affordable wholesale shopping, food is another major reason tourists flock to Hong Kong each year. Alongside its traditional dim sums, the culinary scene is getting bolder and more exciting.
Food culture in Hong Kong should never be overlooked and these are some of the stalls you must check out when you’re there!
1. Kam Wah Bakery
Hong Kong is well known for some of its pastries – egg tarts and Polo Buns (Pineapple Bun) – and to look for the best is not difficult. Kam Wah Bakery is renowned for its Polo Bun and you will know it when you reach the bakery – overwhelmed with the aroma; and crowd too.
The crust is light and is perfect with the soft and warm centre of the bun; with a thick slab of butter melting in between. The butter is not an overkill with a tinge of lemon zest.
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward
2. Tai Cheong Bakery
But you can’t say you’ve completed your Hong Kong pastries experience until a visit to Tai Cheong Bakery. Tai Cheong Bakery has been producing legendary egg tarts since its colonial period in 1954.
The smoothness of the piping hot egg custard and crumbly crust are justified by the endless queue of both tourists and locals. Luckily for us, there are a few outlets around Hong Kong.
Don’t forget to try the Wife’s cakes and pork pastry buns too!
1. 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
2. Shop No. 2, G/F, 74-80, Johnston Road, Wanchai
3. Shop No. 4&5, G/F, Goodview Centre, 12 Wu Pak Street
4. Shop 2A, G/F, Hornhill Plaza (North), 1 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay
5. Shop No. 19, L2, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road
6. Shop B, G/F, Kin Yick Mansion 1-11, Holland Street
7. Shop No. 1,1A & 2, G/F Galaxy Plaza, 2 Mong Lung Street
3. Australian Dairy Company
You might have seen this all over food blogs and Instagram accounts and wondered what’s the hype over scrambled eggs and steamed milk.
Although Australian Dairy Company is just another typical Hong Kong Café, its scrambled eggs and steamed milk are definitely not of mediocrity. It is precisely for its scrambled eggs and silky, fragrant steamed milk that keeps people coming back for more. Since the place is small, expect a cosy breakfast with the other patrons.
Address: 47 Parkes Street, Kowloon
4. Lan Fong Yuen
When in Hong Kong, be like the Hong Kongers and partake in the ‘Cha Chaan Teng’ experience – Hong Kong’s Cafes.
If you’re craving for aromatic stocking tea, Lan Fong Yuen is the place you should go to. It is believed that they are the pioneers of the stocking milk tea from its street side stall days. Also try its famous Pork Chop Burger that is highly raved.
Address: 2 Gage Street, Central
5. Mak’s Noodles
Hailed as the best Wanton Noodles in Hong Kong and you’ll see endless throngs of patrons throughout the day. If you don’t already know, yes, Mak’s Noodles is the World’s Cheapest Michelin Starred Restaurants!
Though some have complained about the smaller serving compared to other shops, this is actually to prevent the noodles from sitting in the soup for too long and losing its bite – which is why everyone loves its Q noodles!
Address: 77 Wellington Street, Central
6. Yat Lok Roasted Meat
Clad like any other humble Hong Kong restaurant, Yat Lok Roasted Meat is even better received compared to other Michelin restaurants. It does not just boast the quality – the thin layer of skin with a crisp over the succulent, flavourful meat – the price is reasonable too.
The roast goose is a must have!
Address: G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street
7. Kau Kee Beef Brisket Noodles
Beef Brisket Noodles is another staple in Cantonese cuisine, and the broth usually determines the best bowl. Kau Kee has been around for nearly a century and it is no wonder why.
Be prepared for a wait because guess what? The queue starts even before the opening hours. And don’t expect 5 star service, it is tough love in this crammed space. But it’s all worth it when you receive generous portions of tender beef that melts in your mouth.
Address: G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central
8. Hing Kee
Hing Kee Claypot Rice’s popularity is evident, spanning a few shop fronts and even has makeshift dining space to ensure quicker turnover.
The menu is extensive and a variety of claypot rice is served here – from the traditional chicken with Chinese sausages to some with a contemporary twist; such as curry or seafood.
Most would recommend the traditional one, chicken with Chinese sausages, to get the most authentic Cantonese taste – the fragrant black sauce that envelops the rice and tender chicken meat.
Address: G/F 14, 19, 21 Temple Street & 48 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei
9. Mui Kee Congee
Located at the fourth storey of Fa Yuen Street Market is this Congee-gem. This dining area is depicts Singapore’s food court and Mui Kee is one of the many independent stalls.
The congee served here is well-simmered; thick and silky smooth and you can barely feel the rice grains. It is best paired with the well-marinated fresh fish skin.
Address: Shop 11-12, L4, Fa Yuen St Market, Mong Kok
10. Via Tokyo
This new Japanese dessert café is getting hyped in Causeway Bay and gaining attention from the youngsters in Hong Kong. Although there are numerous Hong Kong sweets waiting to be gobbled down, this is the place to get your soft serve ice cream craving fixed.
Forget the icy, crumbly soft serve ice cream because Via Tokyo promises one of the creamiest and thickest you’ll ever taste. Its signature is the Matcha soft serve ice cream; and non-Matcha fans can indulge in other Japanese desserts such as Mochi.
Address: Shop 1A-B, G/F, Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
11. Lee Keung Kee North Point Eggette
Eggette, or more commonly known as egg waffle, is a popular street snack in Hong Kong. Though made from simple ingredients such as flour, eggs, and milk, a tasty one is not easily attained.
The one at Lee Keung Kee North Point is crispy and light on the outside but its semi-hollow middle is warm and soft where you can pluck the egg shaped balls off easily.
Don’t be put off by the queue, it takes only a few minutes before you get this goodness.
Address: 178 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui