Q: What comes to mind when you hear “Hong Kong”?
A: Food! And Shopping. Then lights… and its fast-paced lifestyle.
If you’re reading this post, I believe FOOD is at the top of your list too. Or maybe second? Pushing it to third place is injustice! No waaaay!
During my most recent visit, a friend asked what my plans were. Like a woman on a mission, I showed my “itinerary” and we just laughed because it admittedly looked like a foodcrawl guide! I listed down different restaurants from different districts; and tried to follow through during my stay. To all the people messaging me, convincing me to share my videos and asking about my trip, this food guide’s for you.
As mentioned in my previous HK article, Hong Kong is divided into 4:
1. Lantau Island (where the airport is),
2. Kowloon (the shopping and tourist capital),
3. HK Island (where consulates and main offices are), and
4. New Territories
In this article, I’ll be writing about my must-eats in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon side. Ready?
HONG KONG ISLAND
I find this part of Hong Kong more peaceful and organized. Most of the people I encountered are the working population, OFWs, expats, and students.
- Elephant Grounds
On relaxed afternoons, I would walk along Pedder’s Food Street and spend hours in this cafe. Try their torched salmon donburi, salmon eggs benedict, nitrogen brew, swiss mocha, and ice cream sandwiches! They also have a branch in Sheung Wan’s Gough Street.
- BAKE cheese tart
Hokkaido’s best cheese tart made with 3 kinds of cheese and double baked tart. Make sure to try this, and bring home boxes for your loved ones in the country. It’s found in B2 of SOGO.
- Yee Shun Milk Company
When I heard that their bestseller was steamed milk pudding, my first reaction was: “Mehhh. Yun lang? Would I really line up for that?” But then I found myself queueing with the crowd, curious as to why everyone’s tormenting themselves just to try steamed milk puddings. I ate my words. I LOVED IT. Perfect snack/dessert.
- Streetfood outside Times Square
Comfort food while strolling along Causeway Bay. Bite into Hong Kong’s famous eggettes and waffles!
- Wing Kee Noodle
One of the top cart noodles in Hong Kong, this restaurant is always packed and long queues are its norms. This noodle place wasn’t for me though. Pairing their yellow noodles with blood cake, pig intestine, pig skin, tendon, cuttlefish tentacles, etc. didn’t jive well with my palate.
- Ichiran Ramen
Reminiscing my trip to Osaka, I felt the familiar sensation of being in Dohtonbori again. However, everything was a disappointment. The ramen wasn’t as savory, sliced pork was dry and tough, and the egg was overcooked. I included this on the list so you can avoid it. Get it in Japan instead.
- Kam’s Roast
It was founded by the 3rd successor of Yung Kee, but they cater at a lower price. First time I went here, they ran out of roast meats because of the holiday take-outs. Second time, it was closed. Third time I was 600th+ in line (no joke). But good things come to those who wait (kahit 2 hours nila ko ginutom haha). The roast goose and pork bbq were delicious!
- Che’s Cantonese Restaurant
This is a hit for families who wish to experience authentic Cantonese cuisine. Food’s good and the servers were attentive. I’d love to go back to try more with a bigger group.
When I visited my mom at work, she told me we’ll eat at one of the dimsum places in their building. I imagined a canteen, but it turned out to be a huge hall that has all the dimsum and roast meat I could think of. I had my filling of suckling pig too! Too bad everyone (except the manager) can’t speak English. One was even rude enough to repeatedly give me a dismissive gesture when she couldn’t understand my order (of course, kinulit ko pa rin sya. Wag ako, girl. Hahaha).
- Tim Ho Wan
I included this on the list to tell you that their dishes and pork buns taste the same as the ones served in their Philippine branch. But if you’re really craving for good ol’ pork buns, you know where it is!
- The Cupping Room
Home of barista champions, and a staple in every HK food vlog, Cupping Room sticks to its reputation. Get your coffee fix here!
- Yung Kee
Hands down, the best roast goose! My mouth waters just by thinking about it. Don’t be intimidated with the steep price; set aside a handsome budget for this because you can’t leave HK without sinking your teeth into their perfectly cooked roast meat selection.
- Yat Lok
Featured in Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and famous for its yearly Michelin stars, their roast goose did not disappoint. I didn’t get to try their soy chicken, but my friend vouched for it. The restaurant’s small and kind of shabby, but nothing else mattered after they served my food. Not to mention, their roast meat is cheaper than their competitors.
- Mak’s Noodle
Unfortunately, it faced the curse of the Michelin. More stars and recognition lead to an increase in rent and increase in the price of their tiny bowl of wonton noodles. I find it overpriced. The servers were also rushing me, collecting my bowl and drink even before I finish. It’s good to try once; it was served to Chiang Kai-shek after all. But if you ask me, I’ll choose to go to Tsim Chai Kee.
- Tsim Chai Kee
Situated right in front of Mak’s Noodle, this wonton noodle shop has stolen the hearts of its customers. The price (cheaper than Mak’s) was made lovelier by the right amount of serving. The servers were courteous as well.
- Shore Steak
A must-try for steak lovers! This was one of our fanciest dinners but they’re the only restaurant that serves dry-aged-beef in Hong Kong. Everything we’ve tried met our expectations. This is perfect for date nights and birthday celebrations. Their al-fresco, for those who want to drink outside, offers a spectacular view as well.
- Little Bao
The waiting time was worth it! Try their mouthwatering and sinfully delicious szechuan fried chicken, pork belly bao, truffle fries, and deep-fried ice cream bao!
- Starbucks at Duddell Street
There are plenty of quality cafes in HK but I wandered to this specific Starbucks to see its interiors. Definitely Chinese!
- Soi 7
BEST MOJITOS! Their signature passionfruit mojito was so good that I had to order it twice before heading to the rowdy parts of LKF. Their tuna tartare wonton taco was beyond exquisite as well. Now I’m craving…
- Kau Kee Restaurant
Prepare to queue because this 90-year-old noodle shop, though low-key, serves excellent beef brisket noodle that everyone’s been raving about in Gough Street. You can also try their curry beef brisket noodles for a spicy kick!
I love Gough Street and its stylish boutiques and restaurants. This dessert place with a small door may be easy to miss, but once you’re inside, you can’t leave without a serving of their eggette (egg waffle) + gelato. The interiors would even make you pull out your camera in a second (I dare you not to!).
- Sun Hing Restaurant
My favorite dimsum place in KTown! On nights when I don’t feel like hopping on trains to eat in other districts, I’d walk to this dimsum restaurant and tick as many as I could from their order list. Priced at less than 25HKD per order, it’s a lot cheaper than other dimsum places; which is also why locals, students, and expats flock here all the time.
- Catch on Catchick Street
Melbourne style breakfast, anyone? I love having sinful french toasts for breakfast; and Catch on Catchick Street is happy to serve. Big Bad Ben (poached eggs, bacon, avocado, chorizo, hash browns, hollandaise, chili oil) is also a winner.
Strategically situated with a view that’s perfect for sunsets or night caps, my parents and I would sometimes have cocktail sessions here. This restaurant makes delicious burrata Pugliese and sesame kale salad as well.
- Waffling Beans
They cater more to the expats’ taste, and most of the diners are students from universities who are studying while having brunch. Try their waffles, mushroom soup, wild mushroom & parmesan risotto balls, and ribs. Food is expensive but great! Their coffee also gave me a good morning kick start.
- Summer Ice
This is a famous dessert and waffle place. Lines are always long and the cafe’s always full, even on cold winter midnights. Try their signature purple waffles and Japanese green tea waffle. Coffee was unremarkable; skip it.
TSIM SHA TSUI
- Spring Deer
Don’t forget to get a reservation. They have THE BEST PEKING DUCK. The chef would carve the duck in your table (as if I’m not salivating enough; it looked so good!) and it’s served with a pancake wrap. Waiters were attentive but one accidentally poured tea on my wrap because she was on a rush taking our plates.
- Din Tai Fung
Xiao long bao! Don’t order anything else, go here for XLB.
- Coffee Academics
Caffeine fix! Try their signature espresso-based coffee drinks: Okinawa (in the video; caffe cappuccino with Okinawa dark brown sugar), Agave (caffe latte with raw agave nectar from Mexico and ground black pepper), Jawa (latte macchiato with gula jawa from Indonesia, exuding a hint of coconut and pandan), and Manuka (caffe latte with natural organic honey from New Zealand).
- Macau Restaurant’s Portuguese Egg Tarts and Cheung Hing Kee’s Shanghai Pan-fried Buns with Black Truffle (Yee Shun Milk Company is in Causeway Bay)
Macau Restaurant is also my family’s favorite in TST! Ample servings, savory dishes (curry please!), delicious french toasts, and Portuguese egg tarts that would put every egg tart in HK to shame (Macau’s Lord Stow and Margaret Cafe e Nata’s egg tarts are still my winners; but they’re sadly unavailable in HK).
- Yum Cha
I bet you’ve seen photos of their adorable custard buns making rounds on social media. There’s a fun vibe in the restaurant, with giggling ladies and instagram boyfriends taking photos of this highly “instagrammable” place. They also have a branch in Central.
SHAM SHUI PO
Get ready, we hardly found anyone who could speak English in this district. No English menus as well, so prepare to point to the server your Chinese seatmate’s dishes (not kidding, hahaha). I had to scout tables in restaurants and decide which visually-appealing food may actually be good (here goes my takaw-mata skills).
- Dai Pai Dongs/ street food stalls and soy milk
While you’re along the old streets of Sham Shui Po, these are perfect snacks.
- Lau Sum Kee Noodle
Highly recommended. Get a filling of their wonton noodle soup & tossed noodles with dried shrimp roe!
- Sun Hueng Yuen
Try their specialty milk tea and sandwiches for another down-to-earth food trip in Sham Shui Po.
- Australian Dairy Company
You have to try it once (though again, prepare to fall in line) to have a cha chaan teng experience. It’s a popular yet cheap all-day breakfast place. They specialize in scrambled eggs, toast, custard dishes, and steamed milk puddings.
- Temple Street Night Market
After shopping, end your day by experiencing traditional street-food restaurants or Dai Pai Dong starting at 6pm.
There’s always something new to try in Hong Kong. Every trip is full of surprises, and the marvelous gastronomic adventure here needs to be experienced by everyone. Until our next travel-eats, Hong Kong!!!