When you get to a new city, it's hard to know what to eat -to make the difference between tourist traps and real MUSTS for locals. HK abouuunds with restaurants and street food stalls -there's so much to discover, and it's sometimes SO different from the things we know, you could easily get lost and end up eating a burger. DON'T! Here's a list of the unmissable -100% chicken feet free!
Like most big cities, Hong Kong is a great destination for food lovers. This cities offers and incredible range of options in terms of restaurants and street food -from local Chinese dishes to Taiwanese, Indian, Italian... But let's keep it local! Of course that list could be much, muuuch longer, but I'll spare you the snake soup and stinky tofu and focus on the best food Hong Kong has to offer. Ready?
Oh, and if you feel like it's waaay too much food, here's a beautiful Hong Kong hike to help you burn off all those calories ;)
what to eat in Hong Kong?
#1. hong kong-style milk tea
Milk tea is a big part of Hong Kong's culture. People drink it with their breakfast, with lunch, during the afternoon break, at dinner, whatever the weather, whether it's winter or hot summer. Originating from the British colonial times, the Hong Kong-style milk tea is made from black tea and condensed milk (or evaporated milk). You can drink it sweetened or not, hot or cold.
A good place for Hong Kong-style milk tea : Capital Café (Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai)
#2. street food delight : hong kong egg waffles
These spherical egg-based waffles are super popular in Hong Kong. You can eat them plain, with fruits, chocolate sauce or whipped cream -or if you want to go crazy, flavored with green tea, ice cream, Oreos, cookies... They're perfect for a quick snack during your exploration of the city!
You can find egg waffles anywhere around the city, but here are some of the most popular places: Tai O Charcoal Grilled Egg Waffles (59 Kat Hing Street, Tai O), Modos (Shop A1, 174 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok) and Oddies Foodies (45 Gough Street, Central)
#3. pineapple buns or bo lo bao
Also known as Bo Lo Bao, these soft bread with a crunchy sweet top crust are super popular in HK. Most places serve it stuffed with a piece of butter -there's no pineapple in the bun, the name is only a reference to its cute look. You can find them in lots of places such as the famous Tsui Wah Restaurant (15, Wellington St, Central) or Kam Wah Cafe (47, Bute St, Mong Kok) but even better, you can bake it yourself in a cooking class at The Mixing Bowl (I did it and LOVED it!).
#4. a good old fashion bowl of congee
Made by boiling rice in water, congee has been around for thousands of years. It is typically cooked with flavorsome ingredients like meat or fish, and garnished with condiments. Cantonese congee is cooked until the grains are finely broken down and the finer it is, the better its said to be.
For a good old fashioned bowl of Cantonese-style congee, you can check out these shops: Congee King (7 Heard St, Wan Chai), Wong Chi Kee (10-12 Stanley St, Central).
5. sunday yum cha : DIM sum feast !
If there were ONE thing to eat in Hong Kong, that would be it... Dim Sum, baby! These Cantonese small bite-sized served in super-cute steamer baskets made of bamboo are very tasty. There are plenty of different Dim Sum -shrimp and pork is a classic!
There are many great places to eat dim sum in Hong Kong, Din Tai Fung (Canton Rd, TST) is one of our favorites. In Prince Edward, One Dim Sum (Prince Edward, Playing Field Rd, 15) is delicious too. And if you want a kawaii dish, you can go for Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine near Jordan station (photo above).
#6. a hot wonton soup
Not a big fan of Chinese cuisine, but still want to eat local? Go for the wonton soup. This Cantonese speciality is made with several shrimp held together by a wrapper and served in a savory broth -it's a kind of delicious ravioli soup, to make it short. Din Tai Fung makes a delicious wonton soup, specially the spicy one. Yum!
#7. A local delicacy : the macanese egg tart
Some might tell you this is not a speciality from Hong Kong but from Macau -and they'd be right. But still, we've got some delicious options for egg tarts in HK. As its name says, it's an outer pastry crust filled with egg custard and baked. It’s not as heavy as it may sound and it's surprisingly good!
In Central, Tai Cheong Bakery is known as the best place in town for egg tarts. Other good places to try: Honolulu (176-178 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai), China Club (12/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central), Kei Hing (1B-1D, G/F, Way Wah Centre, Sha Tin).
#8. ice cream from legendary mobile softee
Open your eyes when exploring the city, and try spot that old white, red and blue van 'Mister Softee' with the sweet music-box melody coming out. It's often parked in Mong Kok, Wan Chai, near Kowloon Park or in Tsim Sha Tsui and serves only four products: soft ice-cream, nutty drumstick, large cups and jumbo orange. The craziest thing? The soft ice-cream is only 8HK$!
#9. mid autumn's traditional mooncakes
Every year, Hong Kong celebrates the Moon with the Mid Autumn Festival. The festivities involve offerings, lanterns and eating mooncakes. The filling in these treats varies, though they commonly include ingredients such as egg yolk, lotus seed, sesame seed, red bean and dates.
#10. a classic : cantonese curry fish balls
Curry fish balls is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic street snacks -they're flavorsome, can be easily consumed while leisurely walking HK’s streets, can practically be found everywhere in the city, AND are very cheap. A skewer of 5-6 balls usually costs around HK$5. These golden balls of fish are deep-fried in hot oil and then boiled in a delicious and spicy curry sauce, so expect a mild kick once you pop a ball in your mouth. There is also a cheap thrill one gets from skewering the fish balls from the cauldron yourself, so don’t hesitate to ask the vendor...