Hong Kong is the celebrated land of incomparably delicious dimsum. But do you know that the populated city is so much more than what it’s commonly touted for?
Take a proverbial walk with us through other eats that locals and other tourists favour. Trust us – just have dimsum for one meal and reserve the rest for everything else in this 8-bit mini directory!
1. Yau Wun Roast Meat
A humble neighbourhood restaurant helmed by seasoned cooks, Yau Wun Roast Meat might just be the most unassuming eatery ever. Many rave about its roasted crispy pork belly bowl (HK$32), and would willingly queue hours for it. If you wish to sample other meats and dishes, Yau Wun also sells excellent braised pork rice (HK$42), char siu rice (HK$30) and roasted chicken noodles (HK$46).
Address: 985 King’s Road, Quarry Bay.
Open 9am – 10pm daily.
2. Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant
Set against a backdrop reminiscent of many 1900s Hong Kong mobster movies (you know, the ones where the mafia start fighting halfway through their meals – the original #fliptable?), Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant is today a Michelin Bib Gourmand-approved eatery. Order its famous crispy-skinned roast goose in half (HK$250) or whole (HK$500).
Address: 9 Sham Hong Road, Sham Tseung, New Territories.
Open 11am – 11pm daily.
3. Kau Kee Restaurant
If you ever spot a long snaking queue leading into a corner shop along Gough Street, consider stepping in line for impossibly rich beef brisket noodles. People usually visit for its beef brisket kway teow soup (HK$38) and curry beef tendon noodle (HK$38). Its signature dishes are so delicious that there’s simply no turning back once you’ve savored your first pop of beef brisket!
Address: 21 Gough Street, Central.
Open 12.30pm – 10.30pm Mondays – Saturdays (closed on Sundays).
4. Ho Hung Kee Congee & Noodle
Founded by the disciple of wanton master Mak Woon Chi, Ho Hung Kee is a former One Michelin Star restaurant specializing in, you guessed it right, congee and noodles. Taste-test its signature dishes – house specialty wanton noodles in soup (HK$38 for small, HK$54 for large) and stir-fried rice noodles with beef (HK$98) – and decide for yourself if the disciple has indeed surpassed his master!
Address: 12F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessey Road, Causeway Bay.
Open 11am – 11.30pm daily.
Bread & Pastries
5. Hoi On Café
The rustic (read: polite word for run-down) storefront of Hoi On Café may mislead many to belittle the culinary wonders that lie within. On the bucket lists of many tourists, this eatery is famous for its signature savory toast – thick toast with minced beef and spring onions (HK$25). Make sure you try its bo lo bun (HK$20 for a set meal) and yuan yang (coffee and tea) with red beans (HK$28)!
Address: 17 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan.
Open 7.30am – 4.30pm Mondays – Thursdays & Saturdays, 7.30am – 3pm Fridays (closed on Sundays).
6. Lord Stow’s Bakery
Originating from Macau, Lord Stow’s Bakery at The Excelsior Hong Kong’s EXpresso sells incredible Portuguese egg tarts (HK$9 per piece) that will change you forever. Brave the queues, and you’ll be rewarded with tarts that hold rich, creamy egg custard fillings atop the perfect pastry bases. P.S. The egg tarts taste best when they’re pipin’ hot!
Address: 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay.
Open 7am – 7pm Mondays – Fridays, 8am – 7pm Saturdays, 8am – 6pm Sundays.
7. Luk Lam Dessert
Often referred to as the ‘hidden gem of Sham Shui Po’, Luk Lam Dessert can be easy to miss thanks to its rather cathartic-looking façade. Don’t judge a book by its cover though, many locals and expats swear by its mango pudding (HK$20). Its extensive menu includes other favorites such as black sesame paste (HK$21) and tofu pudding with yam ice-cream (HK$37).
Address: 77-79 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Open 2pm – 1.30am daily.
8. Yuen Kee Dessert
Open since 1855, Yuen Kee Dessert’s century-old (and counting!) business is a testament to its popularity. Experience old Hong Kong on your taste buds with traditional recipes for fluffy egg sponge cake (HK$8) and mulberry mistletoe tea. Don’t miss out on crowd-pleasers like the almond cream and walnut cream with lotus seeds!
Address: G/F, 32 Centre Street, Western District.
Open 1pm – 11pm daily.
Tip: Plan your routes wisely so you don’t waste time back-tracking. If you’ll be spending a few hours in, say, Causeway Bay, just eat your way through town before moving on to other districts! For more guides on where to go, what to eat, and what to see, check out the Hong Kong Travel Guide. You can also check out the latest travel deals to get to Hong Kong for your quick getaway.
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