Ahh Hong Kong…the beautiful city with many hidden gems.
As a half Hongkonger myself, I assure that you can trust me on this.
Many tourists know that dim sum is a must-try, but just like how foreigners equate Singapore with chilli crabs, there are so much more delicacies you can find there!
So let’s begin!
1.Tsui Wah 翠華餐廳
I’ve visited their branches several times and I would say it’s certainly not over-rated.
You can get your usual 茶餐廳 (restaurant) orders here, but you cannot miss out on their must-try items, such as the Milk Tea and Malay Curry Beef Rice (皇牌馬來咖哩牛腩飯)!
I was quite relieved to hear that I wasn’t the only one who refuses to let go of every last drop of the gravy…it’s so damn good, unlike some of the watery ones we find in SG.
FYI, they’re coming to Singapore soon, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying it out in HK! It’s the vibe that counts, anyways.
Here’s the whole list of their outlets in HK.
2. Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
This near-50-year-old shop is listed as one of the top ten budget restaurants in HK.
And for a really good reason.
They are known for their steamed milk pudding (蛋白炖鲜奶), is served either hot or cold.
But being the kind-hearted soul that I am, I would totally advise you to choose the hot one.
And you might want to order several at one go, cos one isn’t going to be enough!
The rich consistency of their milk and egg is what differentiates them from other similar dessert shops and keep people going back.
The best thing is that they’ve remained super affordable till this day!
Address: 47 Parkes St, Jordan
3. Fairwood, Café de Coral, Maxim 大快活，大家樂, 美心
These three chains are my must-go in HK.
Whenever I can’t decide what to eat, I know I’ll always find my solution there.
They are sort of like a fast food chain, except that they serve legit meals at really affordable prices (you’ll find many elderly there).
They have different menus for the three meals and they alternate them every day as well.
Oh, and you can also get your high tea fix there! As we all know, tea time is an inevitable part of Hongkongers’ lifestyle.
I’ll be honest, I tried eating at the same place for three consecutive meals just because it was just beside my place of residence.
Their proportion is quite filling, it’s like what you would get in a typical HK restaurant, but at a much friendlier price.
And the best thing is that they’re practically everywhere! Never worry about getting hungry again 🙂
A/N: You’ll find Maxim at HK Airport’s arrival hall!
4. Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園
Here’s what you must get while you’re there:
豬排包 (Pork chop bun): the bun may look simple, but really, the picture doesn’t do the store any justice! The meat is so juicy and tender it puts KFC and McDonald’s to shame.
絲襪奶茶 Stockings milk tea (direct translation): We all know that we have to try authentic HK milk tea while we’re in Hong Kong, so why not try out one of the best?
As a vivid fan of all kinds of milk tea, I would grade this an A. The consistency is really thick, unlike the watery kind you might get in a local kopitiam.
- Central:2 Gage St, Central
- Tsim Sa Tsui: Tsim Sha Tsui, Nathan Rd, 36-44, Chungking Mansion
5. Cong Sau Star Dessert 聰嫂星級甜品
Late night dessert is actually part and parcel of the HK lifestyle!
Cong Sau serves the best desserts, both hot and cold.
I mean, just look at the queue on an ordinary day!
At an affordable price, you get a large bowl of sweet treat with a generous amount of ingredients filled to the brim of your bowl.
The SG kopitiam dessert shops have to step up their game!
Address:11 Yiu Wa St, Bowrington
6. Under Bridge Spicy Crab 桥底辣蟹海鲜馆
Under Bridge is a Chinese seafood restaurant that has a slight HK food stall vibe.
They are known for their stir-fried crab (橋底
I know you might be thinking SG is more famous for our chilli crabs, but Under Bridges know their seafood well!
After devouring the juicy tender meat, you’ll be calling three bowls of rice to finish the stir-fried goodness.
T/N: It is an ideal place to bring your family as this is a legit Chinese restaurant (those big and round tables kind).
Address: G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
7. Fei Jie 肥姐小食店
HK is well-known for cold braised dishes (you normally get hot ones in other countries).
Fei Jie lures returning customers with their special sauce and mustard sauce combo.
They were dubbed as the best street-side vendor for several years! If you are new to this culture, try ordering squid, pig intestines and turkey gizzard (火雞腎).
Address: Shop 4A, 55 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
8. King of Coconut 椰汁大王
Yes, I know, I know…
We can get coconut juice in Singapore, why do we have to queue for it in HK?
Well, using the same concept as phones, would you still go for Apple even though Nokia can provide the same basic features?
That’s exactly what I’m trying to say – this store knows its coconuts.
Priced at a standard HKD24 per cup, King of Coconuts sell freshly-obtained coconut juice with a generous amount of chewy tapioca balls and condensed milk.
Do not miss this if you’re going in the summer!
Address: G/F, Dundas Square, 43H Dundas Street, Mong Kok
9. Kwan Kee Store 坤記糕品專家
This low-profile store has been around for decades. It specialises in traditional Chinese cakes and desserts.
It was awarded several times for its contribution to HK’s culture of street food.
They did a good job at maintaining their reputable title, for all of their cakes are handmade till this day!
Address : 10, 115-117 Fuk Wa St, Sham Shui Po
10. Wai Kee Noodle Cafe 維記咖啡粉麵
This is a typical local 茶餐廳 (restaurant) that you’ll see in the HK dramas.
And in case you thought they only offer the usual (french toast, macaroni etc), you’re wrong.
Wai Kee serves one of the best 豬肝牛肉麵 (pig organ beef noodles) in town. Just look at the amount you get in a bowl!
The broth is to die for! If you’re going at lunch time, be prepared to order a second bowl!
Address: 62&66 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po
Next time you’re planning a food tour around HK, avoid going to the overrated ones and follow this list of hidden gems instead!
You’re welcome ! 🙂
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