Finding the best food in Hong Kong can be a mean feat, as there are so many options and so many great places serving the best in local fare. But if you are stuck with what to try, and don’t fancy trailing around the food carts, then take a look below!
Much like it’s Chinese counterpart of roast duck, then roast goose served in Hong Kong has something a touch of something special. The slow roasting makes for crispy skin and melt in the mouth meat. Served in its own juices and often with a small side of blanched pak choi, the goose itself needs no introduction.
Try at Kam’s Roast Goose and Yat Lok Roast Goose (both have a Michelin star, so be prepared for queues and expect to pay around US$15 per portion).
Hong Kong holds the (disputed) claim of having the world’s best beef brisket, sold at Kau Kee. It has been slow cooked in a blend of spices and is best served with curry sauce and noodles. However, no matter how you decide to try it, you can guarantee that you won’t be able to forget the delicacy of the meat for long.
Try at Kam Kee, 21 Gough Street, Central, around US$5 per person, but expect queues.
Dumplings at Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan already holds one Michelin star and judging by the queue of people that regularly line up to get their fill of buns and dumplings, the reality of its popularity far exceeds the hype. The owner was the former head of dim sum at the Four Seasons Hotel and his own restaurant is geared for the people of Hong Kong to enjoy excellent dim sum at reasonable prices. Be warned about the queues, so it is highly recommended to try this restaurant outside of peak times and holidays. Try the bun with barbecue pork, steamed shrimp dumpling, steamed pork dumpling and the stuffed vermicelli shrimp roll.
Try at Tim Ho Wan, IFC Mall, Central, expect to pay around US$9 per person.
Whilst ever so slightly tricky to eat, shrimp wantons are juicy, delicious and leave a warm feeling long after you have finished eating them. Paired with noodles and a delicate broth, the shrimp wantons found all over Hong Kong are particularly spectacular. Take care to protect your clothing when you take the first bite, as wantons are known to explode with hot liquid!
Try at Mak Man Kee Noodle, 51 Parkes Street, Jordan, expect to pay around US$6 per person.
A staple of Hong Kong’s food scene, egg tarts are everywhere, from mass produced bakery chains to homemade street food, served by the dozen. Flaky pastry and light custard make these sweet treats one of the must eats when you visit Hong Kong. Make sure you buy yours hot from the oven!
Try at Tai Cheong Bakery, 32 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, around US$10 per person.
Stay tuned for part 2!