10 Must Eat Food In Hong Kong – Where To Eat in Hong Kong!

10 Must Eat Food In Hong Kong - Where To Eat in Hong Kong!
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, I love you. A very large reason is due to your amazing food choices, and the culinary scene just get more and more exciting.

Early morning I wake up, I crave for some scrambled eggs at Australian Dairy Company, perhaps yum cha at a dim sum restaurant, savour after char siu, chat with friends at a cha chaan teng, and end the night with seafood dinner and cold mango dessert.

You see, one of the reason why Hong Kong can be vastly different and still remain interesting is its unique cultural makeup, with east-meets-west influence. And Hong Kongers are bold to be different. Where else can you get satay instant noodles sold in cafes?

I get frequent requests for a “Hong Kong food guide“. These are some of my favourite food and haunts whenever I visit Hong Kong. The 10 must eat food in Hong Kong!

Dim Sum
Dim sum means ‘touch your heart’ and it is impossible to go Hong Kong without trying out one of their celebrated dim sum items, from steamed, baked, pan-fried to deep fried. When in doubt, order the classic ones – pork dumplings, BBQ pork buns, shrimp dumplings, rice rolls and egg tarts. (Read: 10 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In Hong Kong)

Fook Lam Moon 福臨門
Shop 3, G/F, Newman House 35-45 Johnston Road, Wanchai Hong Kong Tel: (+852) 2866 0663 (10 min walk from Wan Chai MTR)
53-59 Kimberley Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Tsim Sha Tsui MTR, Hong Kong Tel: +852 2366 0286
Tel: +852 2866 0663 $$$
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am-3pm (Mon-Sat), 11am-3pm (Sun). Dinner 6-11pm Daily

Tin Lung Heen 天龍軒
102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon MTR)
Tel: +852 2263 2270 $$$
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon to Fri), 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Sat to Sun)

Lung King Heen 龍景軒
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Podium 4, 8 Finance Street, Central (Hong Kong MTR)
Tel: +852 3196 8888 (Reservations 1-2 months ahead required. www.fourseasons.com) $$$
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30 pm; 6pm – 10:30 pm

Wanton and Beef Brisket Noodles
Nobody makes wanton noodles, and can I add beef brisket noodles like the Hong Kongers? There are still shops that preserves the craft of handmade bamboo-pressed noodles. Most of the noodles are springy thin, with the soup bases cooked with powdered dried shrimp, flounder and pork bones that makes such a punch. Wanton with big fat prawns, and beef that melts in your mouth. Yes.

Mak’s Noodle 麥奀記
G/F, 77 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong. $
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11am – 10pm

Tsim Chai Kee 沾仔记
98 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2850 6471 $
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm

Kau Kee Restaurant 九記牛腩
21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong Island (MTR Sheung Wan Exit E2, moving to Bonham Strand and walk uphill for about 5 min) $
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun

Roast Meats
Hong Kong’s Roasted Meats consist of four known mouth watering treasures – Char Siu (barbecued pork), siu yuk (roast pork belly) and roasted goose. Char Siu is definitely my favourite, shiny glazed, beautifully charred, and sweet tender pieces that complete a bowl of fragrant rice or noodles. You can get them at high end Chinese restaurants, or Tai Hing, Maxim and Café de Coral chain stores found at most parts in the city.

Joy Hing Food Shop 再興燒臘飯店
Shop C 265-267 Hennessy Road Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island (MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A2 and walk along Hennesy Road, turn left to Stewart Road and walk for 5 min)
Tel: +852 25196639 $$
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm

Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose 深井陳記燒鵝
427-427A Reclamation Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2491 0722 $$
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm

Yung Kee Restaurant 鏞記酒家
32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island (MTR Central Exit D2, walk up D’Aguilar Street and turn right into Wellington Street)
Tel: +852 2522 1624 $$$
Opening Hours: 11am – 11:30pm

Hong Kong Cafes, Cha Chaan Teng
Hong Kong’s Cafes, better known as Cha Chaan Teng, are a class of their own not found in other parts of the world. Many sell almost everything under the roof, from toast, instant noodles, barbecued meat, congee, curry, steak to desserts. Order the sets if you are lost. Due to their colonial influence; food generally has an east-meets-west twist. Like curry spaghetti, or pork chop burgers. Some cafes open till very late. (Read: 5 Best Hong Kong Cafes)

Australian Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong (MTR Jordan Exit C2) 佐敦白加士街47-49號地下 $
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11:00pm (Closed Thursdays)

Capital Café 華星冰室
Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (10 min walk from Wan Chai MTR) 灣仔克街6號廣生行大廈地下B1號舖
Tel:+852 2666 7766 $
Opening Hours: 7am – 11:00pm

美都餐室 Mido Café
G/F, 63 Temple Street (Yau Ma Tei MTR Exit B2) 油麻地廟街63號地下
Tel:+852 2384 6402 $
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9:30pm

Hong Kong Milk Tea
Hong Kong Milk Tea is said to be made of a combination of tea leaves. Sometimes they are called “Stocking Milk Tea” because the filter bag reputed to make the tea smoother, gradually develops an intense brown colour which looks like a pantyhose. My criteria for a fulfilling cup of 香港奶茶 are the 5 ‘S’s – silky smooth, satisfying, sweet, and ‘siap’ (slight bitter aftertaste). At Tsui Wah‘s branch at the Hong Kong International Airport, you can even buy takeaway bottles back home.

Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園
2 Gage Street Central, Hong Kong (MTR Sheung Wan Exit E2 or Central) 中環結志街2號 Tel: +852 2544-3895/ 2854-0731 $
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Mon-Sat)

Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳
Various locations, including 15-19 Wellington Street, GF-2F, Central, Hong Kong Island (Central MTR)
77-81 Parkes Street, Jordon, Kowloon $
Opening Hours: 24 hours Daily for certain locations

Star Café 星座冰室
36 Basement Champagne Court Block A 16 Kimberley Road (Next to Mira Hotel)
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: +852 2724 4408 (MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui Exit B2) $
Opening Hour: 8:00am-9:00pm

Congee
Most congees in Hong Kong are painstakingly cooked for many hours, resulting in a thick, creamy, smooth bowl that warms the tummy and the heart. The favours of the congee come from pork bones, and you can top it with ingredients such as meat slices, pork ball, fish belly or fresh prawns. Know not what ingredients to get, a ‘boat’ or ‘sampan’ congee will contain the vastest assortments.

Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop 何洪记
1204-1205 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay (Causeway Bay MTR, near Times Square, take elevator or lift up to Level 12) $$
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm

Sang Kee Congee Shop 生記粥品專家
7-9 Burd Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island (MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit A2, turn right and walk about 5 min along Hillier Street)
Tel: +852 2541 1099 $
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 9pm (Mon-Sat), 6:30am – 6pm (PH) Closed Sun

Congee King 粥麵軒
7 Heard Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island (MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A4, turn right and walk down Hennessy Road and turn right onto Heard Street for about 10 min)
Tel: +852 2882 3268 $
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:45pm (Mon-Sat), 11am- 9:45pm (Sun)

Egg Tarts
There are many local snacks you must try in Hong Kong – pineapple buns, mini egg puffs, wife cake, white sugar cake and not forgetting the egg tarts. Oh, that smooth bright yellow egg custard, seated inside crumbly fragrant buttery crust. Get them freshly baked, eat them warm! You can easily find these decadent tarts at old-school confectioneries.

Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌餅家
G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Tel: +852 2544 3475 $
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9pm (Mon-Sat), 8:30am-9pm (Sun, PH)

Honolulu Café 檀島咖啡餅
G/F & Mezz Floor, 176-178 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai (Wan Chai MTR Exit A4)
Tel: +852 2575 1823 $
Opening Hours: 6:00am – 12:00am

Hoover Cake Shop 豪華餅店
136 Nga Tsin Wai Rd, Kowloon City
Tel: +852 2382 0383 $
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 11:30pm Daily

Swiss Chicken Wings
Due to its earlier colonial days, Western food with Chinese flavours added has become very common. Case in point, pork chop burger, macaroni in tomato soup and fried egg, instant noodles with sausages, French toast and Swiss Sauce chicken wings. You can’t find these wings in Switzerland. Word has it that a waiter called these sweetened soya sauce chicken wings “Swiss wings” instead of sweet, and that name remained.

Tai Ping Koon Restaurant 太平館餐廳
40 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Exit B2, walk down Cameron Road, turn left onto Carnarvon Road and make a right on Granville Road)
Tel: +852 27213559 $$
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am

Seafood
As one of the world’s biggest port cities, The variety can range from a zi char style restaurant (Gi Kee), seafood restaurant (Under Bridge) or Michelin starred ones (Ming Court). There are several off-the-town Cantonese style seafood places available such as Lei Yue Mun, Sai Kung, Lamma Island for very fresh items. For something more touristy and iconic, head to the Aberdeen area for Jumbo, one of the world’s largest floating restaurants.

Under Bridge Spicy Crab 橋底辣蟹
G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2834 6268 $$$
Opening Hours: 6pm – 6am Daily

Gi Kee Restaurant 銖記海鮮酒家
Shop 3, 2/F, Wong Nai Chung Complex, 2 Yuk Sau Street Happy Valley,
Tel: +852 2574 9937 $$

Ming Court 明阁
Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok (Mongkok MTR station Exit C3)
Tel: +852 3552 3300 $$$
Opening Hours: 11am – 11:30pm Daily

Hong Kong Desserts
Every late night outing would somehow land us in a Hong Kong dessert shop, which offers some of the most amazing varieties. Won’t be surprised if some shops can offer 50-100 different types of hot and cold ones. Some places to go to: Mango Sago by Hui Lau Shan (said to be introduced by them), Milk Pudding from Yee Shun Milk Company, and yes, Auntie Sweet’s Durian Tofu. Seriously.

Hui Lau Shan 許留山
58-60 Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok and other locations
Tel: +852 2781 1626 $

Yee Shun Milk Company 義順牛奶公司
G/F., 506 Lockhard Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 2591 1837 $
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Mon-Sun)

Auntie Sweet 甜姨姨私房甜品
G/F, 13 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island (MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A2)
Tel: +852 2508 6962 $
Opening Hours: 12pm-2am (Mon-Fri), 3pm-2am (Sat-Sun)

My disclaimer: There are definitely a lot a lot more I have yet, or chose not to include. As far as possible, these are places which are more accessible and tourist-friendly.

If I left out any representative must-try foods and places, do leave a comment below. Time for me to go back to Hong Kong soon!

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Comments

  1. Daniel, fantastic post! Look forward to your 'Where to eat in Bangkok'. :)

  2. My goodness, did you savour all these? It must have been heavenly…. I will be going Hong Kong soon and definitely interested to vist a few recommended places. Hopefully I don't gain too much weight… hehe

  3. Hi, I almost eat those food when I’m in Hong Kong. However, I thought you missed out one very delicious Hong Kong food that cannot be missed. That is curry fish balls, which can be found at the road side. IMO that is what I call real Hong Kong food.

  4. Sorry. Should be, “I eat those food whenever I’m in Hong Kong”.

    • Hi Huilin, I did consider adding “yu dan”, but decided to leave the street food for another entry, because there are just too many.

  5. Love your Blog, I will travel the next week and this help a lot! thanks for sharing!

  6. for roast meats, you wrote roast goose twice.

  7. The milk pudding is too sweet for me >.<

  8. Just came back from HK for honeymoon.. Most or at least more than half of those I've tried.. Some good, mostly are a waste of time.. Those unknown small stores can easily beat those "famous" stalls..

  9. Just came back from HK for honeymoon.. Most or at least more than half of those I've tried.. Some good, mostly are a waste of time.. Those unknown small stores can easily beat those "famous" stalls..

  10. Just came back from HK for honeymoon.. Most or at least more than half of those I've tried.. Some good, mostly are a waste of time.. Those unknown small stores can easily beat those "famous" stalls..

  11. Of course. Some hole in the walls offer really good & authentic food. But for any new traveler to Hong Kong, it makes sense to try the 'famous' stalls, especially most would travel on a tight schedule. Any small stores to recommend?

  12. Too sweet? Depends on brand and if you add toppings I suppose.

  13. Great list. But where’s Mott 32? Their peking duck and dim sum is great.

  14. Oh you’ve missed lots of good food. My recommendation wouldn’t be like what youve tried. probably what ive not seen youve post. Or even places where you have never thought of going. Non of the bloggers have made anyone those recommendation. If u r keen email me.

    • Dear Connie, my wife and I will be going to HK for 5 days on free and easy. We are 55-60 yrs age group. Food is our favourite. Read your comments and really interested to try your recommendations. Thanks.

    • Hi Connie
      We will be making a trip to HK shortly. Would love to have some of your recommendations. We simply love good food and have been to HK a couple of times but would like to try out new joints.

      Thanks a heap

    • Good day! Connie I would just like to know which places will you recommend for us to go to especially foods. I am travelling with my wife and 3 kids ages 7-8-9 to hong kong for 5 days from tomorrow.

      Thank you so much!

      Cheers,
      Rency

      • Hi Rency, generally children would appreciate Disneyland (though it is rather small), Ocean Park and a walk by the Ferry Terminal. A ferry ride should always trill the kids (unless they are not keen of choppy waters).

        HK is full of cutesy restaurants such as Hello Kitty, Charlie Brown and Gutetama-themed ones. I noticed kids like to try the HK-style of ‘fast food’ where you get Western style food with Chinese influences, so you can try Tsui Wah (available everywhere) and Cafe Deco at the Peak.

  15. What an informative post! Thanks for sharing! Have you tried One Dim Sum at Prince Edward?

  16. Have you tried The Match Box in Causeway Bay? It has a very old Hong Kong cha caan teng feel, and their toast is AMAZING. The milk tea there is also very flavorful.

    http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=41969&tc=sr1

  17. Have you tried The Match Box in Causeway Bay? It has a very old Hong Kong cha caan teng feel, and their toast is AMAZING. The milk tea there is also very flavorful.

    http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=41969&tc=sr1

  18. look great

  19. DIM SUM means 'touch your heart'…..HAHAHA no it doesn't. Otherwise good post mate.

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  21. Hello Daniel ! thanks for this post ! i’m from Brazil and i’m going to Hong Kong this year.

    I’d like to ask you a question : at Australia Dairy Co or Capital Cafe, do you order at the table , eat it, and pay it after the meal or you pay it right away when you order the food at the counter or chashier ?

    Thank you for the info !

    Luciana – Brazil

  22. When I go to Hong Kong again, I will make sure to dine in with a family to eat authentic dishes

  23. I’m in a vacation right now and don’t have any idea where to find good food here in Wan Chai. Glad I found this 10 must eat food in Hong Kong! Wish I could visit all these restaurants while I am here. Maybe I need to check online if they have meal delivery service, what do you think?

  24. 新斗记 – Go to main outlet, Best Suckling Pig!
    一乐烧鹅 – Near to Yueng Kei, awesome and cheaper!
    Ching Ching Dessert – Tin Hau Stn, great local desserts!

  25. glad that you mentioned mini egg puffs, the best one in town is a tiny shop in Hung Hom, very difficult to find tho’
    Australian Diary Co., waiters could be quite impatient if you are not ordering fast enough, but a good way to experience how efficient HK ppl are. BTW, their staff recently just showed some color to some unreasonable Mainland tourists, hopefully that will be helpful to shorten the queue; otherwise, many local restaurants in Jordan are very decent.

  26. Hk foodhunter : April 23, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Wow! The information is very useful! The restaurants you suggested are great! The soufflé in 太平館餐廳 is as big as my head! It is also a must-try dessert!

  27. hangry-allday : May 31, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    maybe it’s time to update this entry as it’s worrying to see a reputable food blogger recommending these branded eateries as worth-the-hype-and-queue, must-visit places in HK… it potentially make the rest of your entries less credible.

  28. Hello Admin!! Im going to Hong Kong this December with my wife and 2 year old son for 4 days and will stay in Tin Shui Wai, any recommendation were we can try delicious food in that area?

  29. Thank a lot for the all informations i really loved to go hong kong to try many kind of foodsr

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