As Asia’s ‘Global City’, Hong Kong is a melting pot of flavours. Alongside restaurants offering traditional Cantonese and Chinese cuisine, the city serves up delicious dishes from cultures around the world. This is my selection of where to eat in Hong Kong.
Fu Kee Dim Sum, Yau Ma Tei
Located in the eye of one of Hong Kong’s busiest districts, this small dining spot offers an excellent opportunity to indulge in an authentic Cantonese cuisine. Delightfully cheap but packed full of flavour, dim sum are bite-sized portions of steamed buns, dumplings and rice rolls served with traditional Chinese tea. Ask to be seated outside so you can watch the bustle of the street as you eat, and if you’re unsure of what to order I recommend asking for the classics: siu mai and har gau.
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Mr Wong’s, Mong Kok
In all honesty, the food here is terrible. The main attraction in Mr Wong’s is Mr Wong himself. His restaurant is a blatant yet low-key, cover for Triad (Hong-Kong Mafia) activity, which means that for a minuscule price, he’s more than happy to provide you with overflowing plates of classic Chinese dishes and more beer than your liver can take. For those planning to head to the clubs and bars at Lan Kwai Fong or Wan Chai in the evening, Mr. Wong’s is the perfect place to line your stomach and get in some ample pre-drinking.
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Asian Fusion, Yau Ma Tei
Tucked away behind the rows of counterfeit bags, purses, and watches in Temple Street’s Lady Market, Asian Fusion offers an authentic yet original menu that does just as its name suggests. With its fusion of classic dishes from some of Asia’s most prominent cuisines, the restaurant quickly became a weekly regular during my time in the city. My go-to meal was taken straight from the set menu; a line-up of papaya salad, richly flavoured soup, and curled popadoms, followed by a course of chicken and vegetable curries with a side of cloud-like buttery naan bread, and a creamy mango lassi.
££ | Website
Itamae-Sushi, Mong Kok
As far as sushi’s go Itamae-Sushi offers some of the best and freshest dishes you can find outside of Japan. Order from the menu using their interactive iPad system or take your dishes straight from the conveyor belt in the centre of the room. There’s often a queue outside as diners wait to be seated so make sure you arrive a little earlier than when you’d like to eat and be sure to explore the neighbouring Ladies Market while you’re in the area.
££ | Website
Any Siu Mei Spot, Citywide
Easily identified by the roasted duck and pork, and geese that hang in the windows, siu mei restaurants are often packed with local diners and can be found all around the city. Dishes are usually accompanied with steamed rice, sometimes vegetables and a vibrant green onion and ginger sauce, and very rarely disappoint. Dish prices are often more than affordable, ranging from HK$18-HK$90.
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Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui
Having been described as a ‘ghetto at the centre of the world’, Chungking Mansions may not seem like the most appealing place to seek out a good meal, however the multi-story tower in the city’s central tourist is a prime gathering spot for South Asian and African expats and as such, offers a selection of the Hong Kong’s best curry houses and African bistros.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Central
If you want to experience a meal that’s memory will bring a tear to your eye and salivation to your tongue, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon has the recipe. Located in the luxury quarter of The Exchange shopping centre, the three Michelin star restaurant offers a decadent yet refined menu of exquisite French cuisine. Diners have the choice to select their meal a la carte or, as I did on my visit, experience an expertly curated menu of around nine dishes that have been created with some of the world’s finest ingredients.
£££ | Website
Cheung Chau Island
Around 6 miles off the coast of Hong Kong Island, outlying island Cheng Chau offers a great number of attractions to explore when you’re looking for an escape from the city. For me, the focal point of the island is its row of seafood restaurants overlooking the waterfront. Each restaurant offers delicious and reasonably priced dishes made with freshly caught fish, crabs and prawns.
££ | Take a Ferry from Central Pier
Rummin’ Tings, Lan Kwai Fong
‘Caribbean food? In Hong Kong?’ – my exact reaction when discovering this restaurant in Hong Kong’s party district. Expect tropical aesthetics, a dancehall soundtrack, and richly seasoned dishes. Book in advance to spend a Sunday enjoying a boozy brunch made up of a set menu and plenty of rum-infused cocktails.
££ | Website
Burger Joys, Wan Chai
Fans of US sitcom How I Met Your Mother may remember an episode where main character Marshall enters a monologue describing the most delicious burger he has ever eaten, It goes along the lines of: “that first bite—oh, what heaven that first bite is. The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavours mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then…a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a…a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savour so delightful. This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin. This is God, speaking to us in food..”
Well, Burger Joys make that burger.