Eat well, travel often.
Every time I travel, I always try to look for good food. More often than not, I find myself enjoying local food wherever I go. Yes, there were times I’ve felt like I should have packed some food from home like the first time I travelled to Hong Kong with my family for my 10th birthday. Being the adventurous man that my dad is, he tried to push some exotic cantonese dishes down my throat e.g. Chicken feet, fermented eggs, Snake soup, etc. (It’s not called the Gourmet Paradise for nothing) Since then, I vowed never to eat local food in Hong Kong again.
By now, Ive travelled to HK several times and yet I still feared trying anything sold on the streets or anything on the menu that I couldn’t read. But then I realised, at the end of the day – travelling is about accepting the culture of a country and along with it comes their people, traditions and food. So during my most recent trip to Hong Kong, I braced myself for an amazing food discovery.
1) Tim Ho Wan – Pork Dim Sums
HK is the home of the original Tim Ho Wan dim sums. I have to put this on top of the list. They truly deserve the hype and of course, their Michelin star. I’m not a great fan of dim sums but this restaurant made me convert. I tried every single dish they served (yes, including the chicken feet) and I loved it. In fact I ate their pork dim sum EVERY.DAY.
2) Oi Man Sang Kitchen – Clams in Black Bean Sauce
During my stay in Kowloon, I found a street joint at the side of the road. The kind of stalls that only opened up in the evenings and had their kitchens out in the open. I don’t think this is one that’s published on travel guides but I assure you, if they knew about this place, they would.
Oi Man Sang Kitchen has the best clams you’ll ever have. They also serve exotic dishes like frog legs but I saved that for later. 😛 Despite having a stomach allergy for shell fish, I kept coming back so often that the waitress knew ‘the usual’.
Address: 215 Lai Chi Kok Rd. Sham Shui Po
3) Yue Kee – Roasted Goose
If you’re travelling to Hong Kong, do not miss the roasted goose at any cost. Yue Kee has won several awards like the Michelin Star and rightly so. How did I not try this before?!
Address: No. 9, Sham Hong Rd, Ting Kau, Hong Kong
4) Cafe Deco Pizzeria – Pizza
If you’re in the mood for some Italian food, head over to Cafe Deco. To be honest, I don’t usually write about mall food but hey, they boast fantastic (and unique) pizzas plus it’s conveniently located inside the Kowloon Station’s mall.
P.S. During my visit, I had to wait for about 30 minutes to be seated. Prepare for a long wait!
Address: Elements, 1 Austin Rd W, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
5) Tai Cheong Bakery
Okay, I’m a little bias for this one because I’ve had the best egg tarts in Macao. But honestly, their goodies were nothing but heavenly delicious. Plus I’ve heard so much about this place even before I personally tried it so it wasn’t really like a discovery.
Address: 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
6) Urban Coffee Roaster – Breakfast and Coffee
So the owner of the airbnb flat that I was staying at was also handling a hostel and cafè. Fortunately for me, she gave me a discount and the coffee was so good I wouldn’t mind paying in full.
Address: Hong Mei Building, 135 Lai Chi Kok Rd, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
So next time you visit HK, you can now be sure there’s so much more than the infamous snake soups! 😉 If you enjoyed the post, don’t forget to pin it!
All the reviews above are based on my personal experiences and are not sponsored by any of the restaurants mentioned in the post. 🙂