When traveling, my mom always goes by the phrase “eat by the locals.” It makes sense, because they know which food and restaurants won’t hurt your wallet, but still are the best. We’ve done prior research about Hong Kong’s must-try dishes, and during our trip, we’ve proven how mouth-watering these dishes can get. Here are 10 of the best food in Hong Kong.
If you’re looking for authentic Indian cuisine, make this a stop at your itinerary. Its staff and employees are Indian, and they make sure you get the best quality of food. You should try any of their Biryani dishes (HKD 62), choosing from chicken, beef, or vegetables. Another dish that we ordered is the Chicken Curry (HKD 62). They have huge servings. It seems like they served us one and a half cup of rice just for one dish. It’s more than enough especially if you’re not a rice eater.
Shop No. 2, 3&5, G/F, Multifield Plaza
3-7A Pratt Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
Street Food (Egg Pancakes and Milk Tea)
You can see many stalls along the street selling these egg pancakes and milk tea. Egg Pancakes (HKD 11) are named as such because they look like an egg tray. It’s just plan pancakes in the form of small balls. Pair it up with Bubble Milk Tea (HKD 8) for the perfect street food combination. I must warn you ahead of time that milk tea in Hong Kong is not as sweet as the ones they sell here in the Philippines. It’s literally just tea mixed with milk.
Dim Dim Sum
Its menu is closely aligned to the one of Tim Ho Wan. Its dish, Rice with Chinese Sausages (HKD 26) has 3 different kinds of sausages with a cup of rice. You can try the BBQ Pork Buns (HKD 17), but it’s not the expected bun with a caramelised top. It’s simply siopao, but it’s still worth the price.
G/F, 112 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
If you think McDonald’s is only capable of selling deep fried, processed, and unhealthy food, think again. McDonald’s next has taken fast food to a whole new level. For the first time, our favorite fast food chain sells healthy food like fruits salads, and even desserts like macarons and cakes. It still maintained its regular McDonald’s menu, but they added even more choices for the customers.
Be ready to have your taste buds addicted to Capital Cafe’s food. There’s just something about Hong Kong and its Macaroni with Soup dishes (HKD 28). For a good price, Capital Cafe also sells Toast (HKD 9). You will go crazy over the toast. During my whole stay, I kept looking for restaurants that sell toasts because it is just that good.
Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building
6 Heard Street, Wan Chai
I must warn you beforehand that if you are on a budget, this might go a little overboard. Ichiran sells their ramen for HKD 89, but they add 10% service charge, so that’s a total of HKD 98. Although, I can assure you that it tastes really good. It’s worth a try.
Shop H&I, G/F, Lockhart House, Block A
440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Another one of your local Cha Chaan Teng’s. Star Cafe might not be popular to tourists, but it sure is familiar to the Hong Kong citizens. The reason for its unfamiliarity might be because of its location. It’s located in the basement of a building, so it really is hard to find. I somehow see it as the Capital Cafe of the Kowloon side. It also serves Macaroni with Soup (HKD 27) and my all time favorite: Toast (HKD 11).
Shop 36, Basement
16 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Street Food (Fishball)
During my trip, my attention was always caught by the bright lights of street food stalls in Hong Kong. Not only does it look good, but it also tastes really well. Compared to the street food we have in the Philippines, you might be surprised by the price difference. All the labels are in Chinese, and you would find it hard to talk to the vendors, so I went with my instinct of which looks good. One common fish ball is the Curry Fish Ball (HKD 10). It’s dipped in curry sauce, which is a little spicy, but bearable. I honestly do not know what the other one is called, but I think it is a Meat Ball (HKD 18).
Relax For A While
Relax For A While has convenient store hours because it is open for breakfast. Most establishments in Hong Kong open at a later time. I love its Noodles with Shrimp Wanton (HKD 38) and its Baked Bun with Butter (HKD 18). The bun is actually Hong Kong’s famous Pineapple Bun, but the just didn’t include the word “pineapple” in the menu.
G/F Cheung Lee Commercial Building
25 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Honolulu Cafe is a Cha Chaan Teng highly recognized for its egg tarts and pineapple buns. Due to the many offices in the Hong Kong side, the place is packed. The Egg Tart (HKD 9) has a firm crust, but is moist and soft on the inside. The Pineapple Bun (HKD 11) is indeed a Hong Kong must-try because of its sweet flavor. They also sell main courses like the Rice with Barbecued Pork and Egg (HKD 52). The servings are large, which makes it good enough for two people already.