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12 Places to EAT in Hong Kong

12 Places to EAT in Hong Kong

Hong Kong.

A place well known by its reputation of being a food heaven for many. It is not uncommon for foreigners to flock to Hong Kong just for a taste of its food.

During my trip in Hong Kong, I have been hunting down all the good food in a limited time. Despite bearing the risk of turning into a fat panda, just like the one in HK Ocean Park, my appetite was truly satisfied by all the delicious food.

In this blog, I will be showing you all the cafes and restaurants that I went during this short trip. Before we proceed, let me prep you with a few dining tips in Hong Kong.

  1. Dining in Hong Kong is busy and with its vast population, it is a norm to share table with strangers in typical HK coffee shops.
  2. Dining is usually fast in Hong Kong - you get into the restaurant, grab a seat, make your order, eat and leave. All these usually last less than 30 minutes or 45 minutes top. So make sure you make your order before you warm the seats to avoid causing frustrations to the staff. Unfortunately patience is not their strength.
  3. Don't expect exceptional dining service in Hong Kong (other than more up-market or high end restaurants), especially in those typical HK 'cha can teng'. Smiley face is almost non existent.
  4. Queuing for food is common especially for those good ones. However the queue usually moves pretty fast (refer to point no.2 above) so it won't take up too much time.
  5. Instant noodles is regarded as not-so-healthy food by many but it is common in Hong Kong. It is no surprise that they take instant noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Let's get to the yummy food......!!

Places to eat around Kowloon Area

Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司

Address: G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan

Nearest MTR Station: Jordan - Exit C2 - 2 mins walk

Opening Hours: 7.30AM - 11.00PM (closed on Thursday & Public Holiday)

Payment Method: Cash

This place is famous for its 'fast & furious' service. Act quickly or be prepared to receive some scoldings (works well if you don't understand Cantonese, lol). Menu is pretty simple and people usually go for their set meals (breakfast, lunch and express). We ordered the express meal which consists of toasts with butter, choices of fried or scrambled eggs and a cup of warm or cold milk.

Never miss the SCRAMBLED EGGS when you are here (the sets come with fried eggs so make sure you change them to scrambled eggs or 炒蛋). Seriously, they serve one of the best scrambled eggs that I have eaten so far. I know, you must be thinking, pfft, it's just scrambled eggs. Yes I know! But this one is pretty darn amazing.

My next love goes to their STEAMED MILK. Smooth, silky and with the right sweetness. A must have for me whenever I am in Hong Kong.

 

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新记芝士捞丁

Address: Champagne Court 16-20, GF 13-14, Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui - Exit B1/N5

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7.30AM - 3.00AM

Payment Method: Cash

This is totally meant for cheese lovers! Looks simple but simply delicious! Its matchless GRILLED PORK NECK CHEESE NOODLES is definitely a MUST-TRY! Add an egg for an extra kick!

Looking for 'Sun Kee' can be quite tricky as it is not visible on the street. Rely on Google Map until you see this exterior, walk in straight and you will be able to see the entrance of 'Sun Kee'.

Branch #2: Shop C&D, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 4-6C Heard Street, Wan Chai, HK.

Nearest MTR Station: Wan Chai - Exit A4 - 7 mins walk

Opening Hours: 7.30AM - 11PM

 

Lady M, Harbour City

Address: Shop OT215K, Level 2, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10AM - 9PM ; Saturday 10AM - 10PM

Payment Method: Cash / Card

A perfect spot to take a rest with a slice of delectable millie-crepe after all the tiring walking and shopping!

Lady M is known for their MILLIE-CREPE CAKES and has been considered as one of the finest and most celebrated patisseries in New York City.

We sampled the Rose and Earl Grey millie-crepes and I instantly fell in love with them! The cakes don't come cheap though, at HKD75 per slice. But yes, I would go back again (maybe to try out other flavours) when I am in Hong Kong next time!

Branch #2: Shop 2096A, 2/F, IFC, 1 Harbour View St, Central, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Hong Kong - Exit C - 6 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM-9PM ; Sunday 10AM-8PM

Branch #3: Shop C, G/F, 1-3 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Causeway Bay - Exit E

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 11AM - 10PM ; Thursday to Saturday 11AM - 11PM

Lan Fong Yuen 兰芳园

Address: Shop 26, WK Square, Basement, Chungking Mansion, 36-44, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui Station - Exit D1/L1 

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10AM - 9.30PM

Payment Method: Cash

A retro-designed 'cha chan teng' (coffee shop) which brings you back to the old days.

Lan Fong Yuen's famous milk tea & Red Bean Ice

Lan Fong Yuen is popular for its 'SILKY STOCKING MILK TEA' as they are said to be the inventors of it. Living up to its reputation, the thick and fragrant Hong Kong milk tea does leave a good impression.

We also tried their signature dishes, PORK CHOP BUN and CHICKEN CHOP NOODLES (葱油鸡扒捞丁). The pork chop bun was decent but not amazing, comes with a thin slice of pork chop and tomato slices. I kinda enjoyed the chicken chop noodles for its springy noodles and tender chicken. Eat together with the accompanied spring onion for the best kick!

Lan Fong Yuen

Another tricky location - Although the address says Chungking Mansion and Google Map will bring you to the building, don't go into Chungking Mansion building but head down the escalator beside Bonjour shop, which is just next to Chungking Mansion.

Branch #2: 2, Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Central - Exit D2 - 7 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7AM - 6PM

Branch #3: Shop 304D, 3/F. Shun Tak Centre, 169-200, Cannaugh Road Central, Sheung Wan

Nearest MTR Station: Sheung Wan - Exit D

 

Yee Shun Milk Company 义顺牛奶公司

Address: G/F, 513 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Yau Ma Tei - Exit B1 - 2 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8AM - 12AM

Payment Method: Cash

I never order other things on the menu whenever I am here other than their popular DOUBLE SKIN STEAMED MILK and GINGER STEAMED MILK.

Well, to be honest, I can't tell which is which (lol). But both textures are as silky as tofu!

Their textures felt very much like bean curd pudding (豆腐花). However, comparing to Australian Dairy Company (ADC), Yee Shun's steamed milk has a more watery texture and a slightly milder flavour. If I must compare the two of them, ADC wins by the slightest margin. But if you love ginger, opt for Yee Shun for its ginger steamed milk which is not available in ADC.

Branch #2: G/F, 506, Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Causeway Bay - Exit C

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12PM - 12AM

Branch #3: 63, Pilkem Street, Jordan, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Jordan - Exit C2 - 2 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8AM - 12AM

 

Kai Kei Street Food 佳记小食

Address: 41, Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Yau Ma Tei - Exit A2 - 3 minutes walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12PM - 12AM

Payment Method: Cash

Located along Dundas street, Jia Ji is not difficult to locate at all. Find it right opposite of the big H&M store. Offering a varieties of famous HK street food like curry fish balls, assorted beef innards, BBQ squid etc, this stall is always seen crowded. In fact it is pretty easy to find street food in Hong Kong around Yau, Tsim, Mong (油尖旺) area.

I was so into the DEEP FRIED PORK INTESTINE! Oh my, the pungent taste is still lingering on my mind, literally. If you fancy pork intestine, trust me, this is NOT something you want to miss out! 

 

Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

Address: G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Prince Edward - Exit B2 - 4 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 6.30AM - 12AM

Payment Method: Cash

Photo credit : Tripadvisor.com.my

An ideal place to devour a typical Hong Kong breakfast!

Look at this golden pineapple bun and that piece of butter! Yums!

Must order : POLO BUN, FRENCH TOAST (so sinful but delicious!) and EGG TART (we only hoped it was warmer when we ate it). If you can take in more, try the SWISS CHICKEN WINGS too!

 

Places to eat around Hong Kong Island

Kau Kee beef noodles 九记牛腩

Address: G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Sheung Wan - Exit A2 - 6 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 12.30PM - 10.30PM

Payment Method: Cash

Beef noodles expert that attracts diners queuing up for it even before it opens.

The ORIGINAL BEEF NOODLE SOUP gives a light yet flavourful taste.

The CURRY BEEF NOODLES is special (something you don't often get back home), and we totally adored it.

The only drawback was the meat. We reckon it was a little on the dry side. It would be perfect if the meat was more tender instead.

Do note there is a minimum spending of HKD48.00 per person

 

Sing Heung Yuen 胜香园

Address: 2, Mei Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Sheung Wan - Exit A2 - 6 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8AM - 5PM ; Sunday and Public Holiday, Closed

Payment Method: Cash

So we saw this rave going on with food bloggers, saying how amazing the TOMATO SOUP NOODLES is. We also checked from multiple sources for the reviews and it is quite highly rated.

We were being skeptical at first because we thought it was just noodles in tomato soup? However, we decided to give it a shot (since it is located just opposite of Kau Kee).

We read the menu and there is a choice between noodles and macaroni. We chose the latter as we just had noodles in Kau Kee.

Verdict?

We didn't think it tasted as amazing as how the bloggers or diners reviewed it. Probably a little overrated I would say. To us, it was literally macaroni in canned tomato soup, while we were actually hoping for something more than just this.

BUT......

First time drinking sprite with salt and lemon, salty and refreshing, ha!

When I was wondering what's the hoo-haa about, I saw a bowl of tomato noodle soup that was ordered by someone sitting beside. That soup base didn't look as thick as our soup base for macaroni, and I wondered if they taste differently as well. I initially thought they should share the same soup base for noodles and macaroni but apparently that's not the case. So MAYBE the noodles would taste better than the macaroni because of the different soup base? I don't know about this but there must be a reason when everyone is so crazy over this tomato noodle soup? But one thing for sure, I will go back to try out the noodles (and I shall keep you guys updated then).

 

i-Cremeria

Address: Shop F-9, 1/F, 11-19, Great George Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Causeway Bay - Exit E

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12PM - 11PM

Payment Method: Cash / Card

Now, this is by far the most expensive fruit/dessert that I ever had.

JAPANESE PREMIUM MELON DELUXE SOFT CREAM PARFAIT = HKD220! 

Despite the hefty price tag, the imported fruit from Japan is sweet and refreshing. Something that would lighten your mood (well, it did to me, haha!). 

Branch #2: Shop OT-G03A, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, HK

Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅

Address: G/F, 34-38, Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Central - Exit D2 - 4 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM - 9PM ; Sunday and Public Holiday 10AM - 5.30PM

Payment Method: Cash

Yat Lok is a no-frills one michelin star restaurant serving ONE OF THE BEST ROAST GOOSE in Hong Kong! Don't expect anything exquisite here except for the food. Impeccable service and fancy interior is non existent, it feels more of a local 'cha can teng' in the neighbourhood instead.

The goose drumstick rice costs nearly double the price of the goose breast rice (HKD102 vs HKD58). Does it justify the price? Hm, I am not so sure about that but I can tell you the drumstick is definitely juicier and has fatter content, with crispier skin too. I definitely prefer the drumstick but to pay nearly double for it, hmmm, it's gonna be a tough fight here.

 

Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌烧鹅

Address: G/F, Po Wah Commercial Center, 226 Hennnessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR Station: Wan Chai - Exit A4 - 3 mins walk

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11.30AM - 9.30PM

Payment Method: Cash

A little bit of Kam's history. Kam's Roast Goose is founded by Hardy Kam, the 3rd generation of the founder of the famed Yung Kee Roast Goose, who wanted to continue with his family legacy. Apparently there was some dispute and court trials going on in the family, and Hardy Kam decided to come up with a fresh start. The famous goose restaurant went on and earned a Michelin star within 4 months of opening.

Just look at the crowd! And this was only around 7pm :/

If you want to dine in Kam's or get a seat quickly, it is recommended to come at odd hours eg. between 2 and 5pm. We made a mistake by heading there at dinner time, just to see a pool of people outside the restaurant, and was told that dine-in is already full. Luckily, take-away was available and we were really lucky to take down the LAST half goose (HKD270).

We could smell the aroma of the roast goose when the take-away bag reached us. Made our journey back to our hotel seemed so much longer!

The meat was still lukewarm when we had it. It was delicious and the accompanied sauces further complimented the meat. I would imagine eating that on the spot in the restaurant would be another level of awesomeness!

***Comparing Yat Lok & Kam's***

Yat Lok has better meat texture in terms of fattiness and crispier skin, while Kam's has a better aroma (crispy skin is not really Kam's style anyway); It is really difficult to pick a winner and it really depends on your personal preferences. Unfortunately this may be an unfair comparison as I did not dine in at Kam's. I would imagine dining in at Kam's would give a different experience.

Have a wonderful trip and Happy Eating in Hong Kong!


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