The Local Food Lover’s Guide to Hong Kong

The Local Food Lover's Guide to Hong Kong

‘Some of the best foodie brains in Hong Kong have teamed up with foodpanda to provide you with an insider’s guide to their local cuisine. The local food lover’s guide to Hong Kong includes…’

  • Insight from local food experts
  • The best places to eat including hawker centres and markets
  • Illustrative maps of the foodie locations
  • Top dishes to try
  • Best vegetarian-friendly locations
  • Average costs
  • All the locations plotted out in Google maps

Whether you’re a long-time lover of the Hong Kong food scene or you’re about to embark on your first trip, this is the perfect tool to guide your taste buds.

The top food bloggers have given us the scoop on the best venues for Dim Sum, local cuisine and getting a taste of overseas food too. Michelin stars, local delicacies and rustic eats, there is something for everyone in this expert’s guide to Hong Kong cuisine.

Unique Restaurants and Dining Experiences

Hong Kong’s name means ‘Spice harbour’ or ‘Fragrant harbour’, reflecting the city as a melting pot of cultures, flavours and nationalities that have existed there for generations. Hong Kong offers one of the most varied food scenes in the world.

From traditional Chinese fare to street food, European restaurants and Michelinstarred dining with romantic harbour views. There is something for everyone in Hong Kong and here we look at the best, most exciting dining experiences the city has to offer.

Yardbird 154-158, Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

thisgirlabroad | $$ | Japanese, Yakitori

Recommended Dishes: Meatball Yakitori in Egg Yolk, Sweet Corn Tempura

The recently opened Yardbird is a popular izakaya-style restaurant located in Sheung Wan. thisgirlabroad highly recommends “the Meatball Yakitori dipped in egg yolk and soy sauce, and the sweet corn Tempura”.

Okra Hong Kong 110 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

thisgirlabroad | $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Asia

Recommended Dishes: Unagi Fun, Smoked Bonito Zuke

Okra specialises in rare sakes, Japanese inspired food and great music! thisgirlabroad recommends visiting Okra to try their “sake, the unagi fun (eel on crispy sushi rice) and the smoked bonito zuke (cured skipjack tuna, yuzu kosho, bacon kale)”.

Chautari Shop CF6, Food Market, 1 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong

thisgirlabroad | $$ | Indian, Nepalese

Recommended Dishes: Vegetable Samosas, Butter Naan with Lamb Masala

Specialising Indian and Nepalese cuisine, this restaurant is a firm favourite with locals. thisgirlabroad suggests visiting “Chautari for a unique Indian food experience inside a cooked food centre – start with the vegetable samosas, and then move onto the butter naan with lamb masala or saagwala paneer”.

BurgerRoom 3 Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The HK HUB | $$ | American

Recommended Dish: Classic Bacon & Cheeseburger

This place is perfect for burger lovers! The HK HUB tells us “I’m a burger fiend and thankfully this city has some awesome choices. One of the first burgers I ate when I arrived here was at BurgerRoom, and I still go back when I have a craving for one. They’re the big kind where the juices drip down your hand, and your face gets covered with delicious condiments (well, mine always does). My go-to is a classic bacon and cheeseburger, with a side of twister fries”.

Toast Box 30 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The HK HUB | $$ | Asian, Singaporean

Recommended Dishes: Beef Rendang

Styled on the coffee shops of the of 60s and 70s, Toast Box started from one food stand and has now expanded 70 outlets all over Asia. The HK HUB highly recommends a visit, telling us “It’s kind of fast food, but I cannot get enough of Toast Box and their beef rendang. It’s cheap and delicious, and well-plated, with spicy sliced vegetables, turmeric rice, and crispy prawn crackers. And, they serve Milo Dinosaurs! It helps offset the heat from the rendang as you sip the tall ice-cold Milo drink topped with a mound of Milo powder”.

Hutong 28/F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The HK HUB, The Loop HK | $$$ | Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Recommended Dishes: Scallops, Kung Po with Cashews

Hutong is famous for its panoramic views of Hong Kong harbour, and its also a firm favourite of The HK HUB’s, “Hutong is lovely, both for its excellent food and stunning interior. The view is also a draw, as the floor to ceiling windows lets you see the harbour all lit up (I like to come for a late dinner).

I usually go the seafood route, as the scallops are wonderful, either seared with crab or steamed with chili and garlic, and the spicy Kung Po cod with cashews will make you never crave the chicken version again”. The Loop HK recommends visiting “Hutong for atmosphere and views – for all of the places, it goes without saying that the food is great, too!”

Ho Lee Fook G, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $$ | Taiwanese, Chinese, Asian

Recommended Dishes: Wagyu Short Rib and Chicken Salad

Homemade in HK recommends paying a visit to “Ho Lee Fook in Sheung Wan: must have the Wagyu Short Rib and the Chicken Salad”. The restaurant is inspired by the late-night handouts of 1960s New York and chef Jowett Ju takes an inventive approach to Chinese flavours and cuisine.

Second Draft 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $$ | International, Pub. Cafe

Recommended Dishes: Mapo Burrata, Pastrami Sandwich, Beer!

Second Draft is more of a pub than an eatery, but that doesn’t mean the food isn’t delicious! “Second Draft in Tai Hang: if you can call beer a dish, then they have a great selection of microbrews. But for actual food, I liked their Mapo Burrata and the Pastrami Sandwich” suggests Homemade in HK.

Wai Kee Noodle Café 62&66 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $ | Chinese

Recommended Dishes: Pork Liver Noodle Soup

This restaurant serves a wide range of noodle dishes and is a firm favourite with tourists. Homemade in HK highly recommends visiting, “Wai Kee Noodle Café in Sham Shui Po: This is a dish that can’t be found outside of Hong Kong, it’s pork liver noodle soup, a must try”.

Delicious Hawker Centres

Hawker Centres or Cooked Food Centres are hugely popular in China, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Holding multiple small stalls, they offer a unique, inexpensive dining experience.

These centres are a must visit for all tourists going to Hong Kong, but with so many centres to choose from it can feel overwhelming. To help you make the most of your Hawker Centre experience, here we have compiled the best Hawker Centres in Hong Kong.

Queen Street Cooked Food Centre 1 Queen St Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

The Loop HK | $ | Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Recommended Stall: ABC Kitchen

This Hawker offers a wide range of delicious dishes from different cultures, a real mix of flavours and delicacies. If you’re looking for a cheap bite to eat, this is the place to go. Queen Street is the ideal place to go with friends, as there are so many options, so everyone is bound to find something they enjoy!

Java Road Market 99 Java Rd, North Point, Hong Kong

The Loop HK, The HK HUB | $ | Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Recommended Stall: Tung Po

This place is so good is was recommended twice. Offering good food at reasonable prices, the Hawker is a firm favourite with our local food guides. The HK HUB tell us that Java Road Market serve up “the best noodles”, so make sure you try them out. If noodles aren’t you’re thing and you feeling a little more adventurous, The Loop HK is a massive fan of “Tung Po’s squid ink pasta”.

Tai Po Hui Market Cooked Food Centre G/F, 1/F & 2/F, Tai Po Complex, 8 Heung Sze Wui Street, Hong Kong

The Loop HK | $$ | Singaporean, Chinese

Recommended Stalls: Lam Kee

Tai Po Hui is one of the biggest and busiest Hawkers in all of Hong Kong. Located over several floors, the complex can be an overwhelming experience for tourists, as there is so much to take in. Take your time and you’ll soon feel right at home. The Loop HK recommends trying the “Dim Sum at Lam Kee” for a tasty treat!

Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market 1 Nam Long Shan Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

The HK HUB | $ | Chinese

Recommended Stalls: Green Curry House

Visit this Hawker “for the Thai food (especially Green Curry House)”, which is a firm favourite of The HK HUB’s. Nam Long Shan is famous for Thai, with countless stalls to choose from. You’re guaranteed to not go home hungry!

Sheung Wan Market Cooked Food Centre Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

The HK HUB | $ | Chinese, Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly

Known for its fresh ingredients which come straight from the wet markets, this Hawker won’t disappoint. Located in Sheung Wan, the Hawker is easily accessible by public transport. There is also a wide selection of regional cuisines on offer “get a bit of Indian, Vietnamese and local dishes”, The HK HUB speaks from experience!

North Point Eastern District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $$ | Chinese, Seafood, Asian

Recommended Dishes: Steak

North Point is the first open air food stall area to feature in our guide, known as a Dai Pai Dong. Homemade in HK tells us that North Point “is a pretty well-known Dai Pai Dong, the best dish I’ve had there was the steak, believe it or not”

Sham Shui Po Sham Shui Po, Hong King

Homemade in HK | $ | Singaporean, Chinese

Recommended Dish: Spring Rolls

Considered by many as one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic areas and packed with cultural heritage, Sham Shui Po is filled with shops, entertainment and, of course, food stalls! Homemade in HK recommends looking out for the “Vietnamese stall that sells the best spring rolls”

Kowloon City Kowloon, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $ | Chinese

Kowloon City is one of the 18 district of Hong Kong and is famous for its Dai Pai Dong stalls. Homemade in HK raves about this place “when one thinks of Kowloon City, there’s only one cuisine that comes to mind… Thai. You can’t go wrong stumbling into a random food stall”. Sometimes not knowing where you will end up is the best way!

Scrumptious Dim Sum

Dim Sum is an ancient tradition connected to travellers on the Silk Road needing a place to rest. Teahouses appeared along the road serving tea and small dishes of food. Many of Dim Sum restaurants still offer a traditional dining experience with food ready prepared and served on carts for diners to choose a selection.

However, there are also more modern Dim Sum experiences available too. If you’re visiting Hong Kong, make sure to check our guide for the best Dim Sum diners available.

Tim Ho Wan 9-11 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

thisgirlabroad, The HK HUB | $$$ | Chinese, Asian | Michelin Star

Recommended Dishes: BBQ Pork Buns

Tim Ho Wan is a hidden gem, and it’s so good it was recommended twice! thisgirlabroad suggests “for the cheapest Michelin starred food you’re likely to find, head to Tim Ho Wan”. They serve most delicious BBQ pork buns”.

The restaurant is also a firm favourite of The HK HUB, “The old favourite, Tim Ho Wan, because it’s a trip to say you’re eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant and paying so little, and they make the best lau sa bao, those heavenly sweet egg custard buns”.

Yum Cha Nan Fung Tower, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong

thisgirlabroad | $$ | Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Yum Cha serve classic Chinese dishes but with a modern twist. It’s also the best place to go if you want to make your friends jealous on Instagram. thisgirlabroad told us “for a modern, fun, and oh-so Instagramable take on classic dim sum dishes”.

Lin Heung Tea House 162 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

thisgirlabroad, The HK HUB | $$ | Chinese, Asian

Another popular restaurant, this two-storey eatery is located within the Tsang Chiu Ho Building. If you’re wanting a “traditional trolley cart experience”, this is the place to go. Make sure you visit with an empty stomach!

For authentic Cantonese dim sum where you can stuff yourself silly with char siu sou (BBQ pork puff pastry) and steamed sponge cake while yelling out your next order, it’s Lin Heung Tea house”, The HK HUB raves.

Mott 32 Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong

The Loop HK | $$$ | Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Mott 32 can be found in the executive Standard Chartered Bank Building in central Hong Kong. The perfect word to describe the restaurant is “Striking!”. Visit “Mott 32 for a luxe experience”, according to the Loop HK, and we don’t disagree.

Dim Sum Library 124/Level 1, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong

The Loop HK | $$ | Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

The Loop HK recommends visiting Dim Sum Library for a casual, modern take” on Dim Sum. Offering an all-day dining experience, you can visit for Lunch or Dinner. The restaurant is famed for its innovative approaches and is popular with locals and tourist alike, which is always a good sign!

Duddell’s Levels 3 & 4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong

The HK HUB | $$$ | Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly | Michelin Star

Duddell’s is great for an elegant dim sum experience, one without the clanging carts and chaos, although that can be part of the fun” raves The HK HUB. The restaurant also boasts rotating art exhibitions. If you’re visiting from the UK, they also have a restaurant in London, so if you’re missing Duddell’s delicious Dim Sum when you get back home, you can always pay them a visit.

East Ocean L12, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $$ | Chinese, Asian

If you’re looking for delicious food at reasonable prices, East Ocean is for you. The restaurant also comes with the added bonus of unbelievable views. East Ocean in Tsim Sha Tsui: this is a very reasonably priced restaurant without the inflated price simply because they have an unobstructed view of HK Island”, recommends Homemade in HK.

One Dim Sum Shop 1 & 2, G/F, No.15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $ | Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly | Michelin Star

This popular eatery serves local favourites such as dumplings, steamed buns and rice sheet rolls. Homemade in HK highly recommends giving the place a try “One Dim Sum in Prince Edward: it’s dim sum all day every day” – we like the way that sounds!

Lo Dim Shop A, G/F, Lisa House, 12-14A Yim Po Fong Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Homemade in HK | $$ | Chinese

If you’re visiting Mong Kok, try out thisfun playful dim sum restaurant with a few fusion style dishes that will amuse you” raves Homemade in HK. The restaurant is small, so make sure to go at a quieter time of the day, but its well worth it the effort.

For details of the food bloggers involved in the guide, or for Google maps of all locations, please visit Food Panda HK.

 

Suz xx

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The Local Food Lover's Guide to Hong Kong

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