Hong Kong is one of the foodiest cities in the world, with restaurants ranging from one part of the world to another. Indeed, Hong Kong is a culinary world within itself, and there is no doubt that figuring out what to eat is a hard decision. Here we assume that your main aim is to try Chinese food, and with a Hong Kong focus.
When you have friends in town, or if you are staying here for just seven days, we suggest the following to get the full breadth of local food culture here (yet only still skim the surface):
Spring Deer (鹿鳴春飯店)
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Making your way to Spring Deer - you'll immediately sense that the restaurant isn't your typical touristy joint with fancy decor and a spectacular harbour view. What stands out of the crowd is the food - specifically, their Beijing peking duck. The famous crispy skinned, juicy and thick peking duck is encased in steamed wraps with leeks, cucumbers and a sauce that will immediately get you addicted and force you to order more.
1/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀麼地道42號1樓
2366 4012 / 2366 5839
Monday to Sunday: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00
Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
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Freshly made dumplings and they are made to order. What's better than watching your dumplings be made a meter away from where you are sitting? Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain established around the world, that makes delicious dumplings and noodles. Their star item on the menu is XiaoLongBao (small steamed buns); typically filled with soup and minced pork. That's not all - there are different types of XiaoLongBao you can pick from, such as: steamed angled loofah and shrimp dumplings, steamed black truffle and pork dumplings and many more. There are steamed delights for vegetarians too, like steamed mushroom vegetarian dumplings, steamed mushroom vegetarian buns and a range of vegetables, from every kind of Chinese vegetable you can think of. Din Tai Fung is a perfect place for both meat and veggie lovers and is a definite go-to destination for your visit to Hong Kong.
Shop 130, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road,Tsim Sha Tsui
Jumbo Floating Restaurant ( 珍寶王國)
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The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is not your typical everyday place to eat; it's one of the largest floating restaurants in the world, offering a luxurious and extravagant experience on an imperial and iconic multi-story restaurant. To add to the experience, you get to take a free shuttle boat or ferry from the piers of Shum Wan or Aberdeen. Just walking into a restaurant doesn't allow you to be royal enough to feel like a king or an empress - you've got to float your way into it. After arriving upon the Jumbo palace, you will feel like you've been taken back to the Old Chinese Dynasty where you would be welcomed by two dragon pillars. Now that's a royal experience right there. Offering three floors of Cantonese-style cooking, the Jumbo restaurant is famously known for its seafood dishes as well as dim sum. It is a must try in Hong Kong.
Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen
Mon.-Sat. 11:00-23:30, Sun. and Public Holidays 09:00-23:30
Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓)
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In the heart of Hong Kong lies a hidden gem for dim sum lovers. It's been standing for over 80 years and you'll immediately feel like you've been transported to a movie scene from the '60s when you enter. There are white plastered walls with spinning fans, dim sum carts zooming by and sounds coming from satisfied customers. The energy fills the room from 6am and 3.30pm, with constant competition to reach the dim sum cart first. Once the cart exits out the steam room, all eyes shifts and people are on the tip of their toes, getting ready to push their way through the crowd.
Famously known for their sweet lotus paste and salted egg yolk bun; the balance of sweet and savoury creates a perfect balance of flavours. Not only are their desserts delicious, their shrimp dumplings (虾饺 - Har gao) are good too - whole shrimp that give a little bounce with each bite and a thin, delicate wrap to package everything together.
160-164 Wellington Street, Central
Mon-Sun: 06:00-23:00 (Tea: 06:00-16:00)
Honeymoon Dessert (滿記甜品)
Chinese desserts are made from a wide array of natural ingredients that you wouldn't have thought tasted or looked good. Most are unfamiliar to those who are not Asian food zealots. However, in Honeymoon Desserts, the fresh and healthy bowls of deliciousness will change your mind, without the guilt. There are desserts ranging from mango in coconut sauce with black sticky rice to mango pomelo sago with green tea ice-cream to mango pudding to mango pancake wraps and so much more. Hong Kong is known to have many local Chinese dessert places, however, Honeymoon is a great spot to try for the first time.
G/F, 10A, B, C Po Tung Rd., Sai Kung
Ho To Tai Noodle Shop (好到底麵家)
When you're in Hong Kong, you must try a bowl of wonton noodle soup. The thin wraps packaging the shrimp roe make each bite a heavenly experience. The wraps are tangled among the freshly-made Cantonese egg noodles for a perfect combination. The Michelin Ho To Tai Noodle Shop has been open since 1949, making one of the best bowls of wonton noodles in Hong Kong, with each wonton and strand of noodle made fresh daily; giving you some nice bang for your buck.
G/F, 67, Fau Tsoi Street, Yuen Long
Mon.- Sun. 08:00-20:00
Kau Kee Restaurant (九記牛腩)
Here you'll find slow cooked beef brisket in a broth of Chinese spices, which melts in your mouth with every slurp of noodle. That my friend, sounds like pure perfection. Kau Kee restaurant is a 90-year-old noodle shop that cranks out the best Cantonese dish - beef brisket noodle soup. It has gained popularity with locals and celebrities and received many awards. Drop by - you'll definitely tick some of the boxes off for fave foods in HK, and perhaps meet some new friends in the line that is invariably constant for this much loved noodle joint.
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central
Mon - Sat 12:30-22:30