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The Hong Kong Foodie Guide

The Hong Kong Foodie Guide

After four years living in Hong Kong I’m still overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice we have when it comes to our wining and dining options. Food is such an important part of the local culture and the city has always been famous for its food tourism. People come from all over the world to visit the many Michelin Star restaurants as well as the cheap-eats from local street vendors and everything in between.

As a lifestyle blogger I pretty much eat and drink for a living so I’ve tried places all over the Hong Kong food spectrum – mostly great but let’s face it there are also some not so good ones. While it is relatively easy these days to find good restaurant recommendations and avoid the tourist traps, I’m all about the good food experiences. Here are a few places I keep going back to again and again for that little something extra.

For the best dumplings

Nope, you won’t find them at a local dim sum house. In my opinion the best dumpling experience in Hong Kong is found at Ho Lee Fook. Served up by Chef Jowett Yu (previously of Mr. Wong and Ms. G’s in Sydney) using his grandma’s secret recipe. Try Mom’s ‘mostly cabbage, a little bit of pork’ dumplings, but don’t be surprised when they’re the most meaty, delicious dumplings you’ve ever had! If you’re after a more local experience, I suggest trying Lok Cha Tea House – the best vegetarian Dim Sum and set in an old colonial house in Hong Kong Park. What more could you want? Ho Lee Fook, 1 Elgin St, Central, Lok Cha Tea House, K.S Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park 

Fine dining

If you’re after a really special night out, Fish and Meat in Lan Kwai Fong is where it’s at. The interiors are stunning (although I’m a little bias as my boyfriend did them), they serve my favourite cocktail in the entire city – The Farmhouse Jam – not to mention the incredible food. My favourite dish is the Duck Egg Ravioli but everything on the menu is good! It’s a little pricey but well worth the amazing dining experience. For a weekend getaway, you can’t miss Limewood in Repulse Bay (also designed by my boyfriend!), which has the perfect beach vibe you’ll want on a Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss their Vietnamese Pork Neck Salad and the Salted Caramel Expresso Martinis. Delightful! Fish & Meat, 32 Wyndham St, Lan Kwai Fong, Limewood, The Pulse, Repulse Bay 

With a view

Hong Kong is littered with roof terraces and sky bars. My go-tos for drinks or dinner with a view are at Aqua, Hutong or The Ritz Carlton in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). If you’re travelling on a budget, just go for one drink before having dinner elsewhere as you certainly pay a premium for the view! These places are on the Kowloon side so you get the incredible views back towards the island and the central city. Aqua and Hutong, 30 and 28F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui 

Eating like a local

Cooked Food Centres are where the locals go to eat out. Tung Po in North Point has a great atmosphere and is really good value. Have a plate of razor clams and enjoy your beer from a Chinese porcelain bowl. Be prepared, it gets a bit rowdy after 9pm. Tung Po, 2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Rd, North Point

Street food

Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok has a great variety of local street food. I love the grilled octopus on a stick and the curry fried fish balls. Perfect for filling up on your way to the ladies market or Sneaker St. There are also some pretty special fresh juice stalls with mango and sago juice (sago is similar to a fine tapioca) and pineapple and coconut juice. If you’re feeling brave, try the stinky tofu (yes that stinky smell is actually delicious food!). Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok, Kowloon

Coffee in Sheung Wan

Coffee culture is relatively new to Hong Kong but there are a few hidden spots that have opened up in Sheung Wan recently. Common Ground, Corner Kitchen Cafe and Barista Jam are a few local spots to get your caffeine hit for the day. If you’re more of a tea lover, you can’t go past Teakha in Sheung Wan, coffee lovers should try the Yin & Yang – a Hong Kong special where teams mixed with coffee. Common Ground, G/F, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central, Corner Kitchen Cafe, 226 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Barista Jam, 126-128 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan

The Hong Kong brunch experience

Hong Kong Brunches are a bit of an institution. They’re usually all you can eat and what we call ‘free flow’ which is a polite way of saying all you can drink! My picks are Zuma for a Japanese style brunch and a dessert platter that will blow your mind, and The Continental in Pacific Place. I just can’t get over the old world glamour of the Bloody Mary drinks cart that gets wheeled past your table – yes please! For a more Chinese-focused brunch, make sure to check out Duddells, it has the perfect tropical rooftop for an afternoon of Dim Sum and cocktails, which could well lead you into the evening! Zuma, Landmark, 5 & 6F, 15 Queen’s Road Central, The Continental, Unit 406, Level 4, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Duddells, Terrace, Shanghai Tang, Icehouse Street, Central 

Regular people brunch

Aberdeen was previously an industrial shipping port but has become a popular residential area in the last few years. When the residents arrived so did the cafes – people gotta eat! Three-3rds and Elephant Grounds are cafes I love for when you actually want to fuel rather than enjoy breakfast cocktails. Three-3rds, 22D, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Elephant Grounds, 1/F, The Factory, No 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang

Dessert tour

The soft serve ice cream craze is the greatest trend to hit Hong Kong since forever! I’m obsessed with them and have tried my fair share before finding the best. Via Tokyo, Small Potatoes, Oddies Foodies and I See I See are fortunately (or very unfortunately) just a short walk from each other, so you can try them all on a dessert crawl! If you have to pick just one make it the Night Wolf from Oddies Foodies, a chocolate chip egg-waffle served with dark chocolate gelato, butter crumbs and caramelized banana ice cream. Via Tokyo, 1A-1B, G/F, Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Small Potato Ice Creamery, G/F, 28-30 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
, Oddies Foodies, 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai
, I See I See, Haven Court, 138 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay

Getting out of the city

Lamma Island is just 20mins from the city by ferry. Head to Yung Shue Wan on the North Side to explore the narrow streets and hippie vibe. Grab a cold coconut from a street vendor before hiking along the path to the other side of the island (around one hour) where you’ll find a strip of cute seaside restaurants – all trying to outdo each other for your patronage. I recommend Rainbow Restaurant. The food is incredible and they will give you a free ferry ticket back to the city from the Sok Kwu Wan pier just outside. Rainbow Restaurant, Sok Kwu Wan First St

Best seafood

This has to be in Sai Kung. The seafood is so fresh it literally jumps out of the tanks in front of you! There are so many great options here but my pick is Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant. Maybe followed by some pineapple buns and egg tarts at the Sai Kung Café and Bakery. Sing Kee Seafood, 33-39 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung
, Sai Kung Café and Bakery, G/F, 6-7 Kam Po Court, 2 Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung

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