Besides the reputation as a world-famed shopping paradise, Hong Kong is also a gastronomic city where the East does really meet the West.
From Michelin-stared street foods to five-star dining and cuisines, it offers unique local delicacies, authentic Cantonese cuisines and everything else from every corner of the globe.
- Fish Balls Flavor - Juicy, Smooth, Chewy, Salty
- One of the most popular snacks in Hong Kong mixed of minced fish and sweet potato powder. Two flavors available for options, the spicy balls are cooked in a curry or satay juice, while the plain ones are stewed in a clear soup. They also appear in many other dishes, like fish ball noodles.
- Typhoon Shelter Fired Crabs Flavor - Crispy, Spicy, Salty
- A traditional dish of Cantonese cuisines highlighted by the perfect balancing of the flavors of garlic, chilli and fermented soya beans into the fired crabs. And to bring out the best of the taste, only Taishan crabs and Vietnamese meat crabs are selected for their thin shell and thick meat.
- Siu Mei Flavor - Chewy, Intense, Salty
- A barbecue food and a classic dish on local's daily menu, which generally refers to the soy sauce chicken, Char siu (roasted pork), roasted goose, galantine boneless pork shank and so on. In Hong Kong, a tasty meal would be simply made with a bowl of rice and one or two sorts of Siu Mei.
- Claypot Rice Flavor - Crispy, Salty, Luscious
- A simple snack of Cantonese cuisines favored by Hong Kongers, which has pork, chicken, beef or other meat laid over the rice before cooked with low heat in a claypot. Two things matters for the taste: the sauce poured on the meat and the layer of crispy fried rice crust at the claypot bottom.
- Beef Brisket Soup Flavor - Fresh, Salty, Luscious
- A traditional Cantonese soup with clear look and rich taste. Duration and degree of heating is the key of taste: the essences of beef bones and brisket could be only fully dissolved in the soup after hours of gentle simmering. Chopped white radish is another trick, which enriches the soup with inspiring freshness.
- Cart Noodles Flavor - Smooth, Tender, Rich in Flavor
- Rich ingredients (dried pig skin, fish ball, sausage, marinated egg, etc.), delicious taste and cheap price have made Cart Noodles a real star on the daily diet of common Hong Kongers. With various kinds of soups, noodles and ingredients free to choose, people would enjoy the fun of customizing their own dish.
- Wonton Noodles Flavor - Refreshing, Tender, Salty
- An indispensable part of Hong Kong’s food culture. Similar to the Wonton in mainland, it is a cute upgrade plus egg-based noodles. The fillings are mainly shrimp and pork, with a rate of seven to three. The soul of this dish is the soup, which have pig bone, fresh fish, shrimp and more brewed for several hours.
- Silk Stocking Milk Tea Flavor - Silky, Creamy, Sweet
- Known as Hong Kong milk tea for outsiders, it is a unique drink in Hong Kong famed for its intense flavor and silky texture. Each cup of tea is an extraordinary combination of sweetness and bitterness, and only Ceylon black tea imported from Sri Lanka should be applied to ensure the most authentic flavor.
- Pineapple Oil Flavor - Crispy, Creamy, Sweet
- An upgrade of the famed Hong Kong desert “Pineapple Bun” added inside with a thick cut of butter. Mainly served at cafes and restaurants, it is the traditional match for coffee and milk tea for Hong Kongers to spend a relaxing breakfast or afternoon tea.
Gathering Zones of Food Delights
In Hong Kong, there is no need to define a place as a food street. This is because cafes, restaurants and food stalls just fill every corner of this city - they are everywhere like the air you breathe. However, if seen from a broader perspective, it may not difficult to define some food zones based on their distinct characters.
Lan Kwai Fong, SoHo Hornan Food District - Upscale Restaurants with Exotic Atmosphere
- Foreign cuisine is the highlight of both Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo Hornan Food District. Crammed full of high-end restaurants, bars and cafes, they provide a good chance to enjoy exquisite dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Italy, France and many other places. Some of the restaurants are designed with open-air cafes.
Wherein, Lan Kwai Fong is also a popular bar street for high-quality nightlife, while SoHo Hornan locates right beside the Central-Mid Levels escalator, the world's longest outdoor escalator.
Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui - Authentic Hong Kong flavors
- Causeway Bay, one of the most bustling shopping areas in Hong Kong, has long been the top place to indulge in local flavors for gathering so many famed food stalls, tea restaurants, cafes and dessert shop serving authentic Hong Kong cuisines.
Frequented by both tourists and locals, Tsim Sha Tsui is where to enthrall you with the first-class Cantonese cuisines with nice restaurants booming not only in thoroughfares like Nathan Road and Canton Road but also side treets such as Ashley Road and Granville Road.
Sai Kung, Lei Yue Mun, Lamma Island - Freshest Seafood at Lower Price
- Where to enjoy a feast of seafood just caught by fishermen? Here are the answers.
Once a fishing port, Sai Kung is now a scenic spot crawling with seafood restaurants along the coast. Lei Yue Mun is an ancient fishing village where the style and features of old Hong Kong are well preserved. Here, restaurants are mainly open air. Lamma Island, especially its two main ports Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan, offers a great chance to savor seafood over the stunning views of seaside.
Must-try Restaurants for Local Flavor
Joy Hing Roasted Meat (再興燒臘飯店) Michelin 1-Star
- With a history of more than 50 years, it is no doubt the top choice for authentic Siu Mei in Hong Kong. Popular Siu Mei such as Char siu (roasted pork), roasted goose, ribs or chicken are all crispy outside and tender inside, and the taste is even better if dipped in the special scallion oil sauce.
Average price per person: 43 RMB.
Add: G/F, 265-267 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Kua Kee Restaurant (九記牛腩) Michelin 1-Star
- A time-honored restaurant where the famed Hong Kong delicacy "Beef Brisket Soup" was originated. As the top brand for beef brisket dish in Hong Kong, it always has a long queue outdoors, waiting patiently for the incredible fresh soup with tender meat.
Average price per person: 52 RMB.
Add: 21, G/F, Gok Fu Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Tim Ho Wan (添好運點心專門店) Michelin 1-Star
- A gathering place of all kinds of authentic Hong Kong snacks. The top-rated dishes include steamed dumplings, soy sauce steamed chicken feet, glutinous rice chicken, Cha siu bao and fried spring roll, all tasty and "freshly prepared as ordered". Just notice not to bite your tongue!
Average price per person: 60 RMB.
Add: 9-11, Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Ming Court (明閣) Michelin 2-Star
- In a bustling business area teeming of snack bars like Mong Kok, Ming Court is a real star for its upper-scale positioning. Here, perfectly cooked Cantonese cuisines are served in two distinct environment: the old Chinese style dotted with bronze wares and the modern, contemporary style with broader space.
Average price per person: 838 RMB.
Add: 6/F, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Lung King Heen (龍景軒) Michelin 3-Star
- A pioneer of new-style high-end Cantonese cuisine famed for its gorgeous seafood and snacks. Everything here is exquisite and dreamy, from foods, tableware to decorations. And the chic silverfoil ceiling perfectly brings out the best of the stunning scenery around the Victoria Harbor.
Average price per person: 848 RMB.
Add: 4/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Financial Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Recommended Restaurants for Global Flavor
Western restaurants, or precisely the restaurants for gourmets from all across the world, bloom everywhere in Hong Kong much due to its role as an international port city and the history of British colonization.
No matter you are a fan of cuisine from France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Russia, America, Brazil, Mexico or any other places, there are always more options to satisfy your stomach than you could expect.
And as always, when it comes to paradise, the hardest bit is choose what to try first. Following commendations are merely the top restaurants of its kind to give you some inspirations.
The Peak Lookout (Global Cuisine)
Average price per person: 537 RMB.
Add: G/F, 121 Peak Road, Central and Western District, Hong Kong.
Aqua (Italian Cuisine)
Average price per person: 798 RMB.
Add: 29-30/F, 1 Beijing Road, Tsim Sha Tsui , Kowloon, Hong Kong.
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo - Bombana (Italian Cuisine)
Average price per person: 1273 RMB.
Add: 202, 2/F, Lishan Building, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (French Cuisine)
Average price per person: 1253 RMB.
Add: 41, 4/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong.
Caprice (French Cuisine)
Average price per person: 1175 RMB.
Add: 6/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Financial Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Daikiya (Japanese Cuisine)
Average price per person:209 RMB.
Add: 5/F, Wenson Building, 74-78 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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