Apart from shopping, business and Disneyland – one thing that Hong Kong is popularly known for is its food. Considered a must-go destination, there are lip smacking dishes available for budgets of all kinds.
Whether you’re penny pinching or willing to indulge, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a list of Hong Kong food you should try and where to find them:
Crispy roast duck or Peking duck in Chinese cuisine dates back to the 13th century when it was first prepared for the Emperor of China.
Over the years, chefs and cooks have put their own spin on how to prepare this dish – nevertheless, it has remained a staple in Chinese cuisine and is often the center piece for special occasions.
This one-star Michelin restaurant is best known for its noodles, roast meats, congee dishes and more. Everything is made to order, though the dish that keeps patrons coming back for more is their roast duck.
This multi-awarded restaurant has come far from its once lowly stall food days. Nowadays, it is best known for its Guangdong cuisine and its roast duck which is such a crowd favorite, that people buy it and bring it with them on the flight home.
Popular in Cantonese cuisine, it’s no surprise that this has made our list. Char Siu is a flavored and barbecued pork that is often found hanging alongside other meats in restaurant windows.
Best eaten with rice or in a bun, Char Siu is either eaten as a single meal – or one can order an entire slab of the meat, so that it can be sliced up for sharing at home.
Living up to its name, Kwan Yu is a roast meat shop that sells duck, chicken and pigeon. Of course, it sells char siu – making sure that each slice of meat is sumptuous and not too sweet.
Established during the Qing dynasty (late 1800s), Joy Hing first opened in Guangdong before moving to Hong Kong in 1941.
Nowadays, the humble establishment still manages to draw in long lines of customers and still depends on using one’s hand to feel the meat in the oven to check if it’s been properly cooked.
Considered comfort food, a bowl full of broth with thin egg noodles, handmade dumplings, minced pork and garnished chopped green onions never fails to put a smile on a local’s face.
The same can be said for tourists and foreigners alike as the dish has become a favorite in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, as well.
Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodle is famous for its Jook-sing noodles which are made with duck eggs. The chef makes use of a bamboo log to press the flour, eggs and other ingredients – a method that isn’t so common in Hong Kong anymore.
This no-frills Cantonese restaurant is best known for its wanton noodles. This is because it is currently being run by descendants of “wanton master” Mak Woon-chi who brought the dish from Guangzhou to Hong Kong.
Former leader of China, Chiang Kai Shek and celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain are just some of the famous names that have had their go at the dish.
First battered and fried, these bite-sized pieces of pork are then stir fried with bell peppers in a sweet and tangy vinegar sauce. Best served atop a bowl of piping hot rice, this is a favorite during get-togethers and is especially popular with the kids.
Best known for its seafood, Sing Kee has made a commitment to only using the freshest ingredients, produce and catches – ensuring a delectable dining experience. Even then, they are also known for their sweet and sour pork dish which is served with sliced pineapples.
Every bite of sweet and sour pork here is an experience in itself. Perfectly coated and fried, each bite has the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. The coating leaves each piece crispy on the outside, but juicy in the inside.
Popular in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Britain, and various Asian countries, egg tarts consist of a pastry crust, is filled with egg custard and is baked. In Hong Kong, there are several variations of egg tarts including green tea, bird’s nest, and ginger- flavored egg tarts.
Established in 1954, Tai Cheong Bakery is best known for its egg tarts and Chinese donuts. Popularized by former governor, Chris Patten, people start lining up for a box of these treats as soon as the shop opens.
Because their Pineapple buns with butter and egg tarts are in constant demand – you can expect quick and efficient service here.
Contrary to popular belief, the Pineapple Bun doesn’t get its name from its filling – but instead is named after the pattern it has on its top crust which is reminiscent of the epicarp of a pineapple.
Better known as “Boh Loh Baau“, the pastry’s top crust is made with sugar, eggs, flour, and lard. It is usually served as is, but there is also a butter variant, wherein the bun is filled and slathered with butter in the middle.
Along with their egg tarts, Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery is best known for their pineapple buns. So much so that people line up for box of these treats, pushing employees to work quickly to hand them out.
Nothing beats sitting at your table waiting for the cart of dimsum to come around. These bite-sized treats are often enjoyed with tea – and the practice of doing so is referred to as “yum cha”, which in Cantonese translates to “drink tea”.
Favorite dimsum dishes include dumplings, rice noodle rolls, cha siu bao and egg tarts.
Once a low key joint in Prince Edward, this Michelin star restaurant remains with locals and tourists alike who either keep coming back for their dimsum or who are trying it for the first time.
The no-frills establishment seats 30 – which is why people may find themselves lining up for 30 minutes or so just for a seat! But the wait is worth it.
This restaurant offers contemporary Cantonese cuisine with a gorgeous view of the harbor and Hong Kong’s skyline. If you’re looking to treat yourself, this is the place to be – especially since it’s the only Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong that’s received three Michelin stars.
Typically offered in tea houses, Hong Kong’s variant of french toast has either peanut butter or fruit jam slathered between slices of bread. It is then dipped in egg, fried and served with butter, honey or syrup on top. Other variants include either meat floss, kaya jam, or beef satay instead of peanut butter.
Known for its Hong Kong French Toast and milk tea, this small restaurant is run by Mr. Cheung who loves to serve and chat with his customers.
Despite its name, Australia Dairy Company is a traditional Hong Kong restaurant that specializes in steamed milk pudding, scrambled eggs, toast and more. It was named after its founder who worked on an Australian farm during the 1940s.
A definite must-try when it comes to Hong Kong Food is pork chop with rice. The combination may be simple, but is a knock-out, with several variations often coming out. The pork chop can either be deep-fried or cooked after being marinated in a sweet soy sauce.
This Shanhainese restaurant serves delicious and juicy pork chop rice for a friendly price despite being located in a fairly swanky area. The pork chop is glazed with honey and is juicy despite its crunchy batter.
Despite being a curry house, Sun King Yuen is best known for its pork chop rice. An order gives you a very generous portion of pork chop, rice and curry sauce good for two.
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Delectably smooth, light and delicate, milk custard is a dessert that is often enjoyed after a filling meal. While several variants have come out over the years, the classic milk custard with a thin layer of milk on top will always remain both a classic and a favorite.
Known for its creamy and gelatinous texture, Australia Milk Company’s milk custard makes up for the “horrid customer service” the establishment is known for.
This isn’t your typical dining spot where you can kick back and chat with friends. You are literally seated at a communal table, given what your order and are expected to pay your bill and to step out as soon as possible. Don’t be fazed though, apparently the rude air is part of an act.
Known for its Double-skin steamed milk pudding, patrons keep coming back for more of its velvety smooth milk pudding with a layer of milk on top.
Made from buffalo milk from China, this dish has a hot and cold version. Other variants include Ginger Milk Pudding, Lotus Seed Milk Pudding, Coffee Milk Pudding, Chocolate Milk Pudding and Steamed Egg.
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