As mentioned in my previous post, I will be writing a summary of Hong Kong’s must-eats based on the places I had visited during my eight-days travel there. For more pictures and food review details on each individual food trips, just check out my previous post (click here).
Hong Kong. A heaven for shopping and a world of mouthwatering delicacies, it offers countless exciting things to do, see and eat. Ok, I probably hankered after their amazing food choices more and it’s a dream to explore Hong Kong as a foodie. From road side stalls to world class restaurants, be it dim sum restaurants, cha chaan tengs, hipster cafes or tea houses, there are just too many eateries that have fast emerged over the years, extending an even dizzying array of food options. Hong Kong’s dining scene just gets more and more fascinating.
Cha Chaan Teng
They say a trip to Hong Kong is incomplete without making a trip down to their cha chaan tengs and have a quintessential Hong Kong breakfast or afternoon tea there. Why so? It is a fact that local delicacies from a place engages you in a deeper understanding of their deep-rooted culture, and allow you to have a feel of their true everyday local lifestyle and food. Cha Chaan Teng, also known as a tea restaurant, is typically a local eatery in Hong Kong, serving canto-western style comfort food at relatively affordable prices. Local favorites from the menu like scrambled eggs with buttered toast, polo buns, egg tarts, luncheon instant noodles, french toast, pork chop sandwiches and macaroni soup are usually ordered, to go along with a cup of authentic Hong Kong style milk tea. However, long queues, hustle and bustle, lacklustre/rude service, table sharing and quick eating may be some of the phrases commonly associated with the dining experience in Cha Chaan Tengs.
# 1 Australia Diary Company 澳洲牛奶公司
Address: G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 07:30 – 23:00 (Closed Thursdays)
Famed for: Scrambled eggs and steamed milk pudding
#2 Capital Cafe 華星冰室
Address: Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00 (Mon-Sun)
Famed for: Black truffle scrambled eggs
#3 Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳
Address: G/F 47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 06:30 – 00:00 (Mon-Sun)
Famed for: Polo buns, egg tarts and milk tea
#4 Chau Kee 周記點心
Address: Shop H1, G/F, Tung Lee Mansion, Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 17:00 (Tue-Sun, closed Mon)
Famed for: Salted egg french toast
Hong Kong is the land of dim sum. It is a ritual and a representation of their lifestyle and food. Yet another incomplete Hong Kong trip, if you don’t go yum cha. From street stalls to Michelin Starred dim sum restaurants, to traditional dim sum tea houses, to high class chinese restaurants, and then to trendy and innovative dim sum places that offer an interesting twist to the norm, there are plenty of dim sum choices in Hong Kong. Even though we didn’t visit much dim sum restaurants for this trip, we were glad that the ones we went were sufficiently good, but I would pick the more traditional one Michelin Starred Tim Ho Wan over the other one instead for this list.
#5 Tim Ho Wan 添好運
Address: 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 08:00am – 21:30 (Mon-Sun)
Famed for: BBQ pork bun
Another must-haves in Hong Kong is their wonton noodles. Eggy, thin, springy noodles with a bite, paired with shrimp and pork dumplings on the side and a bowl of hot wonton broth is the way of having this ubiquitous meal in Hong Kong. (We usually prefer the dry version for our noodles but it might taste a tad too dry for this.)
#6 Mak Man Kee Noodle 麥文記麵家
Address: G/F, 51 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 00:30 (Mon-Sun)
Famed for: Wonton noodles and dumplings
Probably lesser known for cafes and more for their local food with cha chaan tengs, dim sum, wonton noodles and roast goose etc, this might not be a preferable food stop, especially if you’re only in Hong Kong for a very short trip. However, we think it was good to immerse ourselves in different food cultures during our considerably longer stay here. And also being an avid cafe hopper back in Singapore, of course I had to try the ones in Hong Kong as well.
#7 Common Ground Cafe
Address: G/F, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Mon-Fri); 09:30-19:00 (Sat-Sun)
Our favourites: CG All Day Breakfast and Fresh Chicken Burger
#8 Cafe Deadend
Address: G/F, 72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 (Tue-Sun, closed Mon)
Our favourites: Poached Eggs with Prosciutto and Cinammon French Toast
Tea house / Green tea cafe
The matcha craze in Hong Kong is definitely real. With the green tea trend invading Hong Kong for quite some time now, it is evident that it is here to stay. I only wished there can be more of such heavenly matcha desserts in Singapore though, I could bathe in it even.
#9 Sinmei Tea 川善茶居
Address: 5/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 19:30 (Mon-Sun)
Famed for: Sizzling matcha brownie (!)
#10 Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉香港店
Address: No. 3005-9 3/F Miramar Shopping Centre 132 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00 (Mon-Sun)
Famed for: Matcha Warabimochi (and probably everything else actually)
So, this concludes my favorite 10 out of the 19 places that we went to. There are of course so many other famous food places that we were spoilt for choices, and have yet to visit. Nevertheless, it was an unforgettable experience with all those non-stop eating of good food in a foreign food paradise. Time to go back again maybe?
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