Welcome to the second part of our guide to the best food in Hong Kong and where to find it!
For reasons of brevity, let’s include the majority of dim sum in an extremely broad bracket. Hong Kong has plenty of options and many places vying for the title of the best in the city. Dim sum is usually served with hot tea, much like the sandwiches in a traditional afternoon tea, and so the best place to eat is in a teahouse. For atmosphere, loudness and a variety of dishes, try Lin Heung, which frequently tops lists for the best teahouse in Hong Kong.
Lin Heung Teahouse, 162 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan
Price: $50-100 HKD per person depending on the amount ordered.
Lo Mai Gai
This is Hong Kong comfort food at it’s best and whilst on paper, it does not sound like it is particularly special, once you’ve tried it, it might be difficult to forget. Lo mai gai is typically made up of glutinous rice, chicken, pork and sausage, all steamed together in a lotus leaf. The mixture means that the result is a sticky, greasy concoction of deliciousness. Paired with chili sauce, it can be quite addictive. Available at most dim sum restaurants, it often overshadows it’s menu-mates.
Sam Hui Yat, 11 Pokfulam Road, Sheung Wan
Price: $100 HKD for dim sum for two.
Roast pork belly
Alongside roast goose, pork belly is one of the stars of the Hong Kong food scene. You can find this at almost any restaurant or food stall throughout the city, often served with rice, although you can eat it alone. Look out for the meat hanging in the window of the restaurant to get an idea if you can find pork belly here or not.
Yau Wun Roast Meat, 985 King’s Road, Central
Price: $40-80 HKD per person
Less of a shining star than pork belly and goose, chicken often gets overlooked in the food stakes. Yet it can be equally as delicious as it’s counterparts. The Cantonese speciality of roasted chicken means that it tastes almost like fried chicken, and dipped in flavored salt, means that it is beyond delicious.
Wing Kee, Bowrington Food Market, 21 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai
Price: $100-200 HKD per person.
Commonly known as barbecue pork, this is one of the most famous dishes in Cantonese cuisine and a favorite in Hong Kong. Marinated in soy sauce, hoisin, honey and five spice mix, char siu can be enjoyed in any of the roast meat restaurants in Hong Kong.
Kwan Yu Roasted Meat, 102 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Price: $40 HKD per plate.
Roast pigeon in soy sauce is a Hong Kong tradition, and thanks to its gamey flavour, it can offer a little more to your tastebuds than the regular roast chicken. Braised pigeon in soy sauce or plain old roast pigeon is a classic and can be eaten in any roast meat shop, like the one above.
Clay pot rice
Another Hong Kong comfort food favorite and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Rice is cooked in a clay pot, alongside chicken, pork, sausage and mushrooms. Accompanied with sauce and a crispy rice crust, for something so simple, it really tastes heavenly.
Four Seasons Clay Pot Rice, 46-58 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei
Price: $40-50 HKD depending on size.