17 Foods That Will Change Your Life For Under $100

17 Foods That Will Change Your Life For Under $100

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17 foods that will change your life for under $100 because real foodies always find a way



Sometimes in Hong Kong, you look at what you want to eat, then you look at your bank account balance, and you’re all like

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So, here is a list of delicious things that will mean you can take a taxi this week, instead of the tram.

But we love the tram. So everyone should still take the tram…


1. Ice Cream Sandwich at Elephant Grounds

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Pistachio Ice Cream and Chocolate Cookie at Elephant Grounds
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There are certain things that go together; vegemite and toast (Brits your marmite’s got nuthin’ on this veggie yeasty extract), tomato and basil, pork and sage, Simon and Garfunkel. Ice cream and biscuits needs to be added to this list. And Elephant Grounds, the café-meets-indie-store, is becoming famed for their version. They change the flavour every weekend and they’re usually combinations like pistachio and chocolate cookie, egg nog ice cream & chewy cookies with dark and white chocolate shavings, peanut butter ice cream and chocolate honey & oats crunch, and Hong Kong-style milk tea with white chocolate flakes. Creative, indulgent, and the best weekend treat.

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How much you’ll pay for this metamorphic event:

$68


2. Fried Morning Glory at Chachawan

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Fried Morning Glory from Chachawan


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You don’t know flavour until you’ve tasted Chef Adam’s fried morning glory. The Pak Poong Fai Mai Dan is a tongue tingling yet humble dish. The garlic and chilli seep into every stalk and the juices that form in the bottom of your round vessel are best mopped with a nice heap of steaming sticky rice. Tie it in with any of Tunny’s killer cocktails (also all under $100; a rarity in Hong Kong for mixology of this calibre) like the papaya sling or our favourite, the Thai coffee shake (Jamaican rum, Kahlua, house-made Thai coffee topped with milk foam), and you’re quite literally laughing.

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How much you’ll pay for this metamorphic event:

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Pak Poong Fai Mai Dan (the morning glory) is $68 and if you’re feeling carby, add sticky rice for $28.

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3. Breakfast 2.0 Dessert at Ho Lee Fook

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Breakfast 2.0 at Ho Lee Fook
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This dessert is just so much fun to eat. Vaguely reminiscent of David Chang’s cereal milk soft serve, Chef Jowett plays with familiar, comfortable tastes in a way that reinvents and enlivens. The Horlicks ice cream, cornflake honeyjoy, oats, dried longan and cocoa coffee crumbs bounce off one another with spectacular textured vigour, and the raspberries add that freshness that cuts through the sweet cream-ies with precision. Good luck trying to share this guy after a meal at Ho Lee Fook.

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How much you’ll pay for this metamorphic event:

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$78

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4. Mezze at Zahrabel

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Jos Mahrouse at Zahrabel
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This is magnificent Middle Eastern food. We are not overly enthused about eating Middle Eastern food outside of the region itself, but this restaurant is owned by daughters of the founding father, and the food that has taken generations of cultivation is nothing less than wowing. It is hard to order badly here, but the smoky and smooth babaganoush, piquant jos mahrouse (a spicy mixed Mediterranean nut dip that we hadn’t tried before) and hummus will change the way you look at mezze forever. We also rate the falafel ($60) and kafta ($95).

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Babaganoush is $80, hummus $85, and jos mahrouse $90.

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5. Jason Atherton’s Cauliflower at 22 Ships

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Cauliflower, Mushroom, Parsley Salad & Walnut Pesto at 22 Ships
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Though it’s been said that cauliflower is just the ghost of broccoli, we predict this little albino floret making a comeback in 2015 as the ‘it food’ of the year (move over kale, your presence is no longer required, unless you’ve started naming your children after this leafy vegetable). Jason Atherton is one of the celebrity chefs of London doing multi-city outposts with finesse, and one such aforementioned outpost is the styling 22 Ships in Wan Chai. This creation by executive chef Nathan Green, consisting of cauliflower, mushroom, parsley and walnuts, is a dish we would have never thought to order but is a true triumph of a recipe.

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How much you’ll pay for this metamorphic event:

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$88

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6. La Rotisserie Baguette

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La Rotisserie, Sheung Wan
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A chicken sandwich..? You may shrug. That shrug is misguided though friends, because this is a sanga, sarnie, sando, buttie, ‘wich, sammich, (or whatever other moniker you seek to attribute to this unassuming lunchtime favourite) is unlike any other. It’s cheap, for starters, which means it can be eaten many times justifiably throughout the week, the chicken is succulent every single time, humming with roasted herby flavour, and the whole baguette seems to absorb the flavour of the chicken, which means there are no boring bits. If you don’t fancy gettin’ wheaty, you could always opt for their lunch set which is also awesome and have ¼ roast chook, side of the day (like lentils, cous cous or their equally life-changing potatoes), and homemade soup or iced tea. For bang for your buck, these guys rule the roost.

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How much you’ll pay for this metamorphic event:

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Roast chicken sandwich for $52 and the lunch set for $72

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7. Burger Buns from Man Mo Café

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Burger Buns at Man Mo Café
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Man Mo is tucked in on Cat Street, a side street populated with Chinese antique dealers and serves Cantonese style dim sum with a French twist. All of their dumplings are really interesting and quite clever, and pleasingly hover around the $50 mark. The burger bun is what we are here for though, the reason soon becomes clear once they come to your table. Each little baked bun has a juicy burger meat filling, and comes with a tiny squeeze bottle of ketchup mayo. Another 5 of these please.

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$68

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8. Sriracha Grilled Corn at Chom Chom

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Sriracha Grilled Corn Chom Chom
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Happy hour is a good time at Chom Chom, 4:00pm – 6:30pm every Wednesday to Sunday. The show stopper, howev, is the corn. Not just any corn, Sriracha grilled corn, with sesame, spring onion, and Sriracha herb butter ($48). The char, the butter, the spicy-zesty-sesame hints that combine with the corn juice that spills down your chin as you bite into this fragrant bar snack is just TOO MUCH.

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$48

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9. Century Egg from the Street Carts in Sai Wan Ho

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Century Egg (image via fatasslovesfood)
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Blend into the ultimate ghetto culinary Mecca in the East of Hong Kong and indulge yourself with some deep fried goodies. The century egg lovers will be unable resist their Golden Century Egg. Love the layer of bouncy minced fish and the runny yolk. A huge applause to the mighty thousand years of goodness!

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$10

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10. Sichuan Noodles at Dan Dan Soul Food

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Sichuan Noodles from Dan Dan Noodles
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More like EPIC noodles at Dan Dan Soul from Sichuan. We talk here about the classic dandan pulled noodles. First of all, let’s talk about the noodles! The chewy, slightly starchy consistency of these round, medium-thick noodles are the best Chinese noodles we’ve had thus far in Hong Kong! The noodles brimmed with wheat-grain aromas, and each strand was like a sponge in soaking up the luscious sauces for a mouthful of euphoria. The classic dandan noodle was definitely authentic, although we have a personal bias towards the creamier sesame / peanut sauce variety.

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$55

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11. Charred Pina Colada at Limewood

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Limewood Pina Colada
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Okay not technicaly a food, but a drink well worth the mention. The cocktail with the double life. On holidays it’s the go-to, as one sits under an umbrella in Boracay, but is largely forgotten back in the real world, as we substitute it for negronis and gin and soda with lime please (do you KNOW how much sugar is in tonic water?!). But my goodness were we seduced by this luscious version. The coconut crème sits in a thick layer on the top of the drink, which is quite palatably strong and presents a flourish of mezcal, a spirit popular in Mexico but largely unknown in the rest of the world. Creamy, alcoholly and overly sippable.

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$95

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12. Vegan Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls at Grassroots Pantry

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Vegan Cinnamon Rolls at Grassroots
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Further explanation as to why these would change your life seems unnecessary, given they’re GLUTEN FREE AND VEGAN (which means unless you are a rawtarian anti-oven biathlete who only consumes eggs from dragons that have been slow incubated and carried by horse & cart, pretty much anyone can eat these), but the fact that these masterminds, under the direction of gastronomic wellness maverick Chef Peggy Chan of Grassroots, are able to recreate this beloved bakery treat free from refined sugars, processed wheat and dairy, and in such an edition that tastes fantastic, is nothing short of miraculous. The coconut flour used means the pastry itself has a wonderful denseness without being stodgy, and the condensed almond milk icing should set Cinnabon on high alert for market competition.

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$58

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13. Warm Soy Milk from 7 Eleven

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We didn’t even know this existed four months ago, but since our event’s manager started slurping them, we too cannot stop. The meekest of the lot, this is a winter-only treat brought out by 7 Eleven. To us, it is a harbinger for all that is good about the chilly season. We don our faux-fur coat as the temperature drops to an unsettling 21 degrees, and amble into the 7 Eleven, considerately placed every three meters in Hong Kong. You have to look for the small chest that looks like it should house ice cream, but in actual fact is a warm bath for your malted and original soy milks from Vitasoy. They’re such a treat on the way to work, as the wind blows and the char siu bao bakes first thing in the morning.

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A bank breaking $7. Return the empty bottle back to 7 Eleven and get a dollar back so it’s technically only $6.

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14. Beef Rendang & Char Koay Teow at Café Malacca

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Beef Rendang at Café Malacca
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Some of the tastiest Malaysian food coming out of HK can be found here, and you could practically close your eyes and point at something on the menu and you’d be delighted with your choice. The roti of the roti canai is so flaky and crisp, and the signature char koay teow with stir-fried flat noodles, prawns, Chinese sausage and bean sprouts is alive with flavour. The tender slow cooked beef rendang also deserves a shout, but is $102, so if you don’t mind busting out that extra $2, we promise it is worth it. And the gado gado! You must try the spicy, fresh gado gado, which tastes nothing like peanut butter and everything like Malaysia.

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Roti Canai (with dal) $68, Penang Char Koay Teow $89, Rendang $102, Gado Gado $68.

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15. Goose leg at Yat Lok

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Roast Goose at Yat Lok
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The meat is super tender and juicy, the skin is plump with translucent fat yet crispy, and the rich oils gush out with each chew. This is authentic Chinese done outstandingly, even if it is a tad on the pricier side for what you would normally pay for goose leg.

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$89

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16. Club Sandwich at Australian Dairy Company

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Club Sandwich at Australian Dairy Company (image via fatasslovesfood)
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A mouthful of brimming joy; each bite comes with an oozing filling of their signature scrambled egg, ham, pickles, cheese, tomato and minced beef, in-between thick buttered toast which we call ideal. Very ideal. They’re surely capital G for generous!

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$28

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17. Madeleines at Le Port Parfumé

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Madeleines at Le Port Parfumé
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These fluffy pillows of joy have the slightest hint of citrus, and are served with a chocolate mousse that is indulgent without being sickly and sweet. What makes these trademark French cakes quite so outstanding is the ‘made the order’ nature of their appearance at your table. There are none idly sitting in a cooled chamber awaiting deployment, but rather when ordered, they enter the oven, and so emerge piping hot and crisp as if they had been made at home. Freshly baked takes on a whole new meaning after a couple of these beauties.

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$80 for 3 warm little puffs of joy.

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