Fancy a quick daytime getaway? Here we introduce some of the most iconic plates from our favourite islands. Most of Hong Kong’s islands revolve around fishing villages, so don’t expect comfy, plush seats but instead, marvel at the flavours that only these local shops have to offer.
A fishing town, Tai O still preserves the strong local culture of its inhabitants; the smell of dried, salty fish lingers on its streets upon your arrival. Known as the ‘Venice of Hong Kong’, visitors often take a short speedboat into the sea to spot Chinese pink dolphins. Buy a bottle of shrimp paste or fermented bean-curd paste as a souvenir; these are unique and popular for adding a vintage taste to vegetables.
Barbecue is a particular favourite on this part of Lantau, and you can find stalls on the main street as well as every little corner of the villages. We loved the variety that this little stall provided; from king prawn, to oyster, to lobster, you can find any type of seafood and have them grilled to perfection as soon as you order.
How to get there: Take bus 11 from Tung Chung MTR Station.
‘Long Island’, a classic tourist spot and venue of the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, will not disappoint any of our fellow foodies. Many visitors stay over for a night or two at a B&B or even hike around the entire island. Cycling is a wonderful activity too.While you’re at it, grab a gigantic mango mochi (the size of your palm!) on the way to Tung Wan Beach. More groovy snacks are on board there, such as gigantic fish balls and fried ice cream.
How to get there: Take a ferry from Central Pier 5.
Tap Mun (Grass Island)
Perfect for stargazing, Tap Mun is a small, serene island where you can’t get lost. There are trails that you can just follow around the island, and eventually they will take you back to the ferry pier. Many people camp on the ‘balanced rock’, and on weekends you’ll see plenty of kite-flying action. Although remote, Tap Mun has some of the best local shops and restaurants. Near Tin Hau Temple, you can find New Hon Kee, which makes some of our favourite uni fried rice – the richness of the sea urchin leaves us craving for more. Its famous ginger milk tea and uni sandwich are also recommended.
How to get there: Bus 94 from Sai Kung to Wong Shek Pier, then take a ferry.
Check out the famous Lamma Rainbow (formerly Rainbow Seafood Restaurant) located at Sok Kwu Wan. We loved the fried garoupa with sweet and sour sauce, which sported a crunchy batter and a smoking-hot tender fish fillet. The tangy sauce perfectly complemented the protein.
If you’re avoiding a splurge, visit Kin Hing Tofu Dessert. This local family business is famous for its only product: tofu fa. Perfect as a cooling agent in the middle of a hike, the jello-like bean curd slides down your throat to give you a thirst-quenching sensation.
How to get there: Take a ferry from Central Pier 4.