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Eat Like a Local: What and Where to Eat in Lantau Island

With quite a number of activities to do (read: Ngong Ping 360) in Lantau Island, it’s easy for any tourist to feel famished. Thankfully, this charming island in Hong Kong has notable restaurants and food stalls that showcase both local and international cuisines at prices that are relatively more affordable than those in mainland HK.

You can effortlessly find dining venues on the island. However, if you don’t know where to begin, we have three suggestions on where to go. We’re pretty sure there will only be two possible results: your tummy will be satisfied or ultra satisfied.

1. Ngong Ping Garden Restaurant

Specializing in Cantonese and Chiu Chow cuisines, this 8,500-square ft restaurant can hold up to 380 diners at a time. Eating here feels like taking part in a wonderful feast.

Must-Tries:

Cantonese Siu Mei

Cantonese siu mei

Basically a roasted meat dish, Cantonese siu mei is usually cooked over an open fire or a rotisserie oven. What makes it delectable is the special sauce that coats the meat.

Among the varieties of siu mei include char siu (barbecued pork), siu ngo (roasted goose), siu yuk (charcoal-grilled pork), and soy sauce chicken.

Dim Sum

Dimsum at Ngong Ping Garden Restaurant

Dim sum is easily a favorite among travelers wanting Chinese comfort food. It’s available everywhere, it’s budget-friendly, and of course, each bite is delicious.

Ngong Ping Garden Restaurant has a selection of these appetizing treats that will get you drooling. Pair it with a snack platter or a steamed lotus seed paste bun and you’re good to go.

Location: Shop No. 4, Ngong Ping Village, Ngong Ping
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM; Saturday: 10 AM to 6:30 PM; Sunday: 9 AM to 6:30 PM

2. Wo Kee Loong Snacks Express

Located at Ngong Ping Village, Wo Kee Loong Snacks Express is a half-century-old traditional bakery that sells a diverse array of classic local snacks.

Must-Tries:

Hong Kong Style Egg Waffle

HK Style Egg Waffle

Egg waffle stalls are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong, but in Lantau Island, you can find one of the best ones in Wo Kee Loong Snacks Express. This honeycomb-shaped treat is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, making for a unique blend of textures with each bite.

Siu Mai

Siu Mai

A popular street food snack in Hong Kong, these steamed dumplings are hard to resist. These traditional Cantonese bites are usually stuffed with pork and shrimp meat, but other variations are just as equally tasty. Grab a plate of siu mai to fuel your exploration of Lantau!

Location: Shop No. 1, Ngong Ping Village, Ngong Ping
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM; Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays: 9 AM to 6:30 PM

3. Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O Fishing Village

Located close to Ngong Ping 360, Tai O Fishing Village—the oldest fishing village in Hong Kong—is a must-visit if you want to try local delicacies. After eating, you can take snaps of the Chinese stilt houses and stroll through the modest streets there.

Must-Tries:

Tai O Donuts (Highly recommended!)

Tai O donut

Unlike the donuts most of us know, Tai O donuts (or “sa yong” in Cantonese) don’t have holes. Instead, this deep-fried pastry is a chunk of bread rolled over a generous amount of sugar. Other ingredients include lard, eggs, and flour.

Tai O Bakery on Kat Hing Street is the most popular store selling these saccharine treats.

Fishballs

Tai O Fishing Village fishballs

Looking for an afternoon snack? Grab a stick of these jumbo fishballs and savor its saucy goodness. We recommend that you have it with spicy dip, but if you can’t handle the heat, you can go for the mild sauce.

Tofu Pudding

Tai O Fishing Village tofu pudding

Perfect as a dessert, tofu pudding is a velvety snack made from filtered soy milk. It’s sweet, soft, and silky, but if you want more texture, add brown sugar on top. Some add syrup instead to make it aromatic.

If you want to give your palate a little surprise, combine tofu pudding with black sesame paste. They have two different flavor profiles, resulting in an explosion of taste in your mouth.

Get your serving of tofu pudding at Station Tofu Pudding at Tai O Fishing Village.

 

Mouthwatering, right? Fly to Lantau Island to have a taste of these chow choices! Traveloka has awesome flight deals for you!

 

 

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