Previously an old industrial area, Wong Chuk Hang now holds the title of Hong Kong’s newest hipster neighbourhood, ever since the opening of the MTR station a few years back. Whether it’s to work, live or eat, people are flocking to this district where you have to search to find the local canteens tucked inside old factory buildings or uncover the cool private kitchens and cafés hidden within.
Africa Coffee and Tea
Transport yourself to another continent by trying out African delicacies such as Ethiopian veggie stew with coconut rice and East African pilau rice with baked chicken thigh. You can also get yourself a cup of African single-origin coffee or South African rooibos tea. A café, bar and event space, ACT offers VIP-room or full-venue bookings that can fit up to 60 people, as well as a tranquil public dining space for a quiet cuppa. Winner of an Ethical Eats award at last year’s Foodie Forks. Read more about it here.
Suite 1501–1504, 15/F, 41 Heung Yip Road, 2180 7536
For the indecisive, BIT Canteen will be treacherous ground, as they’ve got everything from Chinese, to Japanese, to Western covered. Their early-bird menu (from 11am–12pm) includes dishes like pork rib and potato and fish and aubergine with rice. They also have an afternoon tea menu that features dishes such as tuna penne and fried rice. Most of the dishes have a Hong Kong twist to them, and it’s a busy and buzzing place to dine.
G/F, Benefit Industrial Factory Building, 59–61 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2814 1888
With a divine ethos that includes cooking from scratch, using animals raised only in their natural habitats with natural feeds, buying local and seasonal produce and working with small farms, we adore the folk at Food Folk. They look after our nutritional needs and craft them into lunch-perfect items like beef rendang curry, lasagne, falafel wrap and veggie soba salad. There are plenty of veggie and vegan options, and they’ve even got kombucha on the menu to look after your digestive health. They currently only deliver to Wong Chuk Hang, but you can also order online and walk over to collect if you fancy a stroll. Featured in The Best Healthy Meal Delivery Services in Hong Kong.
Unit A, 14/F, Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 3594 6111
Feauturing super-cheap sandwiches (under 20 bucks), this is one of those cha chaan tengs that will keep both your tummy and wallet satisfied. Options are aplenty and portions are generous. Chinese-only menus.
Block C, G/F, Vita Tower, 29 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2580 8100
For a reliable, hearty bowl of pho, we head to Golden Monkey. This pho is huge and can be customised to your liking (we quite like the zucchini zoodles on the days we want to avoid a starch-filled food coma). The premium combo comes with beef, beef brisket, tripe and beef shank, but you can also get the supreme combo with extra meatballs, oxtail and Vietnamese sausage added into the mix. Grab a table by the window for a bit of tranquil me-and-my-pho time.
Shop G08, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, 3100 0184
Tucked inside a ramshackle industrial building, this hidden gem deserves a shout-out for its delicious food and cosy set-up. With comic books and Gundam figures on the shelves, diners can devour the popular seafood risotto, smoked salmon Caesar salad and all-day breakfast at Goodwill.
Room N, 25/F, Phase 1, Kingley Industrial Building, 35 Yip Kan Street, 2889 6528
A bowl of Ko Kee’s ramen is our answer to Hong Kong’s rainy days. While this is not the most traditional Japanese ramen, go ahead and dabble in some inventive flavours like tomato and kimchi broth. Featured previously in our Best Cheap Soup Noodles online guide, Ko Kee remains a Foodie favourite and our first choice at the nearby cooked food centre.
Shop 4, Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market, 5543 3469
Classic meets contemporary at laid-back Komune. They’ve even got live music performances and events like yoga brunch at Ovolo hotel’s coolest eating option. There’s a great terrace on which to enjoy the Spanish chef’s eclectic fusion eats that may include buffalo cauliflower, roasted chicken wings with fermented hot sauce, salmon in beetroot miso and sweet potato risotto. Read our review here.
4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 3460 8100
This is Pirata Group’s test kitchen and private event space in the location previously occupied by Elephant Grounds. The Loft offers a spacious, woody dining area with a terrace and charming mismatched furnishings and is open for breakfast and lunch, offering baked goods, salads, panini, pizzas, coffee and fresh juices.
1/F, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, 3956 5791
MUM Veggie + Coffee + Sweet
Dare we say that this is Hong Kong’s first and only Japanese vegetarian restaurant? A friendly neighbourhood spot, MUM’s Japanese veggie lunch sets showcase salads, noodles and dumplings, plus cakes and fresh juices. Yoga mornings are also offered at this charming café.
Shop G07, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, 2115 3348
This private kitchen run by Middle Eastern chef Maria Bizri is like a breath of fresh air, with long, wooden communal tables, beautiful flower arrangements and a spacious outdoor terrace. Unfortunately, Pomegranate no longer opens for lunch, but there’s an an ever-changing lunch-delivery menu featuring dishes like chargrilled sumac-marinated chicken and chorizo salad, pomegranate, avocado, broccoli and quinoa superfood bowl and Tunisian shakshuka.
4/F, Sing Teck Industrial Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2580 0663
Those in the ‘hood know that sensory ZERO is a feast for the eyes and the stomach. The eatery is housed with sensory FIGHT CLUB, a mixed martial arts training ring. The café itself serves up homemade soups, pastas and – a favourite of ours – triple-decker kabayaki eel rice with scrambled egg, along with creative liquid concoctions like ginger latte. Though the name would have you believe otherwise, it’s a lot for the senses to take in, but somehow it all works.
Shop G01, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, 2511 6011
Sun Kwan Shing Canteen
This place is a bit hard to locate, with cargo trucks often blocking the way in, but trust Google Maps and you will find it. When you enter E Wah, walk straight and you’ll see the entrance to the canteen on your right. They offer local delicacies such as scrambled egg with rice, macaroni soup, crustless sarnies and a variety of breakfast and tea sets. Prices start from under $40, plus an extra few bucks for hot or cold drinks. Sun Kwan opens from 7am, perfect for when you need a hearty start to the day. English menus aren’t on the tables, but ask nicely and they will provide.
G/F, E Wah Factory Building, 56–60 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2555 1775/1449
Urban Health Foods
These health-loving peeps deliver to the area and thus appear regularly on our desks when we don’t have time to pop out. Daily-changing menus at UHF include dishes like spicy tandoori fish with roasted cauli-rice, brown rice pumpkin risotto and Crockpot pork with ginger rice – order online. Featured in The Best Healthy Meal Delivery Services in Hong Kong.
6/F, Sun Hing Industrial Building, 46 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 9346 1660
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