Hong Kong, a land of diversity, embraces oriental and western cultures. It is not exaggerating to say that there are so few cities in the world that you are willing to travel only for food. Hong Kong is such a place you can’t help falling in love with. If you were there, you would be amazed by the good food from street hawker, greasy spoon, Cha chaan teng ( Hong Kong-style Diner ) to Michelin-starred restaurants. No matter Cantonese dim sum, Japanese Okinawa soba, Vietnamese pho, Indian curry chicken with biryani, or Hongkong-style western French toast, they probably are the ones you are hungry for.
Here are some tips to discover the food paradise within budgets.
From 0 to 25 Euros
Hong Kongers cant live without Yum Cha, a time-honored ritual. Specifically, in the morning family and friends share dim sum dishes in bamboo steamers, such as shrimp dumpling, shaomai, beef roll, rice noodle roll, Haam seui gok. Lin Heung Kui, a Michelin bib gourmand awarded restaurant, wins a high admiration in nostalgic culture. Lin Heung Kui keeps the traditional serving style of trolley, which means that after you got the menu stamp card, you go to a trolley for fresh dim sum dishes and got stamped. Probably the dishes don’t look fancy, but they are tasty enough. Please not to miss the signature dim sum dishes, including phenix claw, Cantonese sponge cake, char siu bun.
Lin Heung Kui
2-3/F, 46-50 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, HK
Little Bao offers extravagant Chinese burgers, so probably you will regret if you don’t drop by. May Chow, known as 2017 Asia’s Best Female Chef, has created innovative steamed bao buns in Hong Kong since 2013. Inspired by Chinese bao buns-typical Chinese comfort food, the Toronto and US raised young female chef pays a tribute to the Western and Oriental gastronomy.
Chef Chow create Chinese little bao with unlimited inspirations, ingredients and cooking techniques, but to deliver bold flavors with Chinese soul. Take Pork Belly bao-a signature dish for example, Chef Chow was inspired from Taiwanese style bao, but she decided having the pork belly slow braised instead of stewing it. Meanwhile, she selected Cantonese hoisin ketchup. If you are a super fan of burger, don’t hesitate to bite others, such as Szechuan Fried Chicken, Fish Tempura, Sloppy Chan.
66 Staunton Street, SoHo, HK
The Old Man was one of the most anticipated cocktail bars when it debuted in 2017. Only two years running, the bar tops The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019. Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale who are veterans of Hong Kong’s bar scene co-founded the Ernest Hemingway-themed speakeasy bar. To celebrate the spirits of the legendary author, both the name of the bar and menus are inspired from his novels, for instance, In Our Time-1924, The Sun Also Rises-1929.
The Old Man
37 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, HK
From 25 to 50 Euros
The Michelin plate awarded French bistro Bistronomique is located at the tranquil Western District where is just miles away from the hustle and bustle of Central and Sheung Wan Districts. The bistro is a great representative of French slow cooking philosophy, such as the slow-roasted rabbit. The mini bar is on the 1st floor, so you and your friends can chill yourselves with great food, drinks and ocean view in the front. Luckily, Hong Kong Disneyland is on the right opposite of the bistro, and the ocean is in between. fireworks from the Disneyland at night will light up your mind.
Shop 1, G/F, Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis Street, Western District，HK
From 50 to 100 Euros
The Cantonese restaurant is regular awarded by Michelin Guide and was named as number 11 of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list. The culinary excellences are that it presents the finest and freshest local ingredients, the disappearing Cantonese dishes or cooking techniques, and the sustainable system that a small farm is built to provide organic products by itself.
No.18 Kau U Fong, Central, HK