One thing I love about traveling is being able to explore and submerge myself into the food culture of the place I’m visiting. I visited Hong Kong in April and oh my god was the food amazing there. Hong Kong is definitely not short of restaurants. They have every culture’s food here, and in my opinion, they make it better.
If you’re visiting Hong Kong, you definitely cannot leave until you have dim sum. Compared to California, the portion size for dim sum in Hong Kong is smaller, however, the quality and taste is 10x better. Dim Sum restaurants are everywhere and all of them are good. During my trip, I ate 4 different times. Mainly because I was traveling with my parents and we were having meals with my family from Hong Kong.
Dim Sum is typically eaten as a family style meal during breakfast or lunch time. Tea is served with Dim Sum, and you check off items you want to order on a piece of paper and give it to your server, and in minutes, your food is at your table!
Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine – credit accepted
If you’re a Hello Kitty lover, you MUST come to THE Hello Kitty Chinese restaurant located on Kowloon side. Make a reservation if you do not want to wait, however, if you’re not rushed on time, you may wait for a table. Queue may take up to half an hour, but it’s definitely worth it. Not only does the Hello Kitty dimsum look adorable, it was delicious.
Tim Ho Wan – cash only
Famous for their bakes pork buns, Tim Ho Wan is one of the cheapest Michelin Star restaurants. Their pork buns are different because the bun’s outside is slightly sweet and crispy compared to the normal baked and glazed pork buns. I personally thought it wasn’t as tasty as the other items, but it’s worth a try if you’re in Hong Kong. I went to the Hong Kong station location, and was told that the one we went to was the worst Tim Ho Wan location.. sad times. So I would advise that you go to any of their other locations other than the Hong Kong Station location.
Hong Kong cafe food, if you’re not familiar with it, is like an Asian version of the American Denny’s. They serve the Hong Kong staple foods such as: Noodles, Chow Mien, Noodle Soups, sandwiches, Milk Tea, Coffee, Tea and Buns. Hong Kong cafes open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Kim Wah Cafe – Cash Only
Kim Wah serves your staple Hong Kong cafe food. You got your noodles, rices, and what they’re famous for is their gigantic Pineapple bun with a stick of butter in it. The pineapple bun is served warm, and with the melted butter in between, it makes it super delicious. We heard Kim Wah makes it the best, and had to taste for ourselves. No competition. Served with a hot Hong Kong Milk tea, and you got yourself a yummy snack.
Australian Dairy Company – Cash Only
Australian Dairy Company is yet another Hong Kong Cafe, but they’re known for their Egg Sandwiches. You might say, hey, this egg sandwich looks so ordinary, what’s so special about it? Well, once you bite into this, you’ll instantly notice the silkiness of the scrambled egg. Heard their french toast is to die for as well. The steamed egg custard is a slightly sweet dessert that’s silky and tasty. You can order it cold or hot.
Even when regular restaurants are closed, you’re still able to find something to eat in Hong Kong. The street vendors open at about 9pm and close at about 6am. You can find anything from noodles, to fried wontons, chicken drumb sticks, seafood, etc for about a dollar a pop for most items.
Wah Kee Snacks – Cash Only
This food stand was one of my frequent visits, as it was a block away from my hotel. During those nights where I was too jet lagged to sleep, I would stumble down the streets of TST (Tsim Sha Tsui). These stands are great for those late night drunchies after the bar. It’s super tasty, kinda greasy, but just do it. It’s so worth it.
McDonald’s – Credit Card accepted
McDonald’s in Hong Kong are all 24 hours. They have some specialty items like these Crispy Chicken wings that were made of real chicken! -SHOCKER- But really, these chicken wings were finger licking good. And I couldn’t stop raving about it to all my friends. Wish the McDonald’s in the U.S. had chicken wings.
There’s always room for dessert right? Especially when you can walk and eat at the same time. And I do love my sweets.
Oddies – Credit Card Accepted
Wildest, yummiest ice cream cone I’ve ever laid my eyes and mouth on. This ice cream cone has two different flavors of ice cream inside, topped with candy, and big enough for two to share. After walking around in the Hong Kong humid heat, Oddies definitely hit the spot for me. It’s located on the Hong Kong island side in Central, where there’s lots of different big brand shopping.
Charlie Brown Cafe – Credit Card accepted
This place is super popular with the tourists apparently, but not much with the locals, because even my cousin had no idea this place existed. They had free Wifi, so you can come here to chat with a friend, check up on your social media, or do some work. This Charlie Brown Cafe is seriously decked out in everything Peanuts Gang. How can you pass this place up?
Check in Tokyo – Cash Only
Ramune, Sakura, and Green Tea flavored ice cream can be found here at Check in Tokyo! Can you tell I like my ice cream? What caught my eye about this place was that their flavors were nothing I’ve ever seen before. It also helps that they make your ice cream into different animal characters! This place is located in the busy streets of Mong Kok. Lots of people on these streets, so careful not to bump into anyone, or else you’ll be crying because your ice cream decided to commit suicide and jump onto the floor.
Little Bao – Cash Only
Little Bao is a tiny bar like restaurant that serves food, however, I heard that they’re famous for the ice cream baos. They fry their bao and put a condensed milk glaze on top, they stick ice cream in between. Served warm, the ice cream bao gives you so much mouth feels. This little ice cream bao made me want to buy second. I also wanted to mention that the staff here is super duper nice. We rushed here all the way from TST and they were closed already, however, the staff member was able to accommodate and sell us 1 ice cream bao!!
All convenient stores such as Circle K, 7Eleven are open 24 hours. They have instant noodles, buns, and all types of soft drinks your heart desires. I love it because in Hong Kong, Milk Tea comes in every shape and form. My favorite of all is the Nestea Hong Kong Milk Tea. It comes in can form, but I’ve also seen it in a bigger size at the grocery store.
Roasted Meats are everywhere in Hong Kong, and they make it well. You can find everything from Pork to the not so common Goose.
Yat Lok – Cash Only
Yat Lok is a Michelin roasted goose restaurant located in Central. What does goose taste like, you ask? It tastes like roasted duck, however, the goose meat is a little gamier and rougher. Not my style. I did however, really enjoy their perfectly roasted pork! I loved the delightfully crispy skin!
If I were to recommend one coffee shop in Hong Kong, I would recommend The Coffee Academics. Because they school everyone else on coffee in Hong Kong.
They have a outstanding Ice Dripped coffee, which is so special that it’s served in a wine glass. It’s cold brew uses pure ice water and ice brewed for 8 hours making it smooth, refreshing and even lower acidity than regular cold brew coffee.
I hope you enjoyed some of my must eats in Hong Kong. There’s seriously too much to try in Hong Kong, and I still have lots of restaurants on my list, which I couldn’t try due to time restraint. Until next time!