It’s no secret that Hong Kong is the land of good food and no Hong Kong itinerary is complete without a proper food hunt. It was no different for our travel blog as we painstakingly source and crave out a list of must visits cafe/food places when we visited hong kong recently.
We planned out our itinerary, what we were going to do, when we were going to eat what etc. But as we soon found out, we started to realize that we kept coming back to the same MTR station and kept walking the same old street.
Thats when we discover what our Singapore Food Blog would hereinafter call “Hong Kong Food Street”. One long street, end to end, but with so many famous cafes all located within a 15mins walk away from each other!
So if you are in Hong Kong for a Food tour, you cannot miss visiting these 7 Restaurants back to back:
Tomato Noodle Soup – Sing Heung Yuen
If you have seen any old Hong Kong movie (especially those old HK Gangster show), chances are that somewhere in the movie, the characters would dine at a street stall also more commonly known as “Dai Pai Dong“. It was Hong Kongers way of life for the longest time. But as we move towards the 21st Century, changes were slowly implemented due to reasons primarily revolving around hygiene, and such road side stalls slowly started disappearing.
Sing Heung Yuen is one of the last few (if not the last) remaining of such street side stall as the local government no longer issue new licenses. Famous primarily for their Tomato noodle soup, this may easily be the last chance for you to dine at such a road side stall in Hong Kong. The experience aside, the broth is flavorful and best consumed with a mouthful of noodles. They offer a choice of sides such as luncheon meat, eggs, sausages etc which is really up to personal preference. The star for me was the soup. Best Tomato Soup I’ve had in Hong Kong till date.
2 Mee Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong
Beef Brisket – Kau kee
Directly opposite Sing Heung Yuen is the legendary Kau Kee’s Beef Brisket Noodles. I was first introduced to Kau Kee by a local who recommended Kau Kee as a must try. Visit them during dinner time and you’ll easily comprehend why i used the term “legendary” to describe them; queues stretch across the road and one would easily have to wait about 30~45mins just to get a seat. The shop itself is small and is abit of a squeeze. But put that all aside as you taste the broth when your bowl of freshly made noodle comes. One sip and you would instantly recongize that this is a broth that has been cooking for many hours. It’s tasteful yet appetizing at the same time. A definite must try when you visit HK.
21 Gough Street, Central
Lin Heung Tea House – Dim Sum
A short walk from Kau Kee and you’ll chance upon Lin Heung, where you can experience dining at a local tea house. Lin Heung Tea House is a 2 Storey tea house that serves Hong Kong Dim Sum. But unlike other restaurants where you have to wait to be seated, you walk in and basically take up any available seats. Also unlike other restaurants where you order your food from the waiter, at Lin Heung, you basically have to depend on luck to get what you want. Servers would push around a little cart with layers of dim sum around the restaurant, if they happen to have what you want, simply let them know, pass them your list that you were provided with and they will help you stamp on your card, which represents you taking an item from them.
The dim sum itself isn’t fantastic per say, but just the experience itself to indulge in their local culture, is worth a trip to Lin Heung.
Tsang Chiu Ho Building, 160 Wellington St, Sheung Wan
Yat Lok – Michelin Star Roast Goose Rice
Another 5mins walk down Lin Heung and you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the famous Yat Lok Roast Goose. Yat Lok is one of the cheapest Michelin star food you can find and also easily one of the most affordable. They offer rice/noodles with Goose, Pork etc but obviously it’s the roast goose that you have to try. I personally thought the meat was just alright, but it was the skin that had me begging for more. The skin literally shines and taste like nothing i’ve ever tasted. I wish i could write in more detail how good it is, but you really would have to try it to find out on your own.
Conwell House, G/F,, 34-38 Stanley St, Central
Mak Noodle – Wanton Mee
Most commonly dubbed the best Wanton Mee in Hong Kong, Mak Noodle is a successful wanton mee franchise and for good reason. Their main shop also happens to be located in the area. Served with shrimp wrapped wanton, the noodles were chewy and the soup delicious. The good/bad thing, depends on how you look at it, is that their portion is rather small. So you most likely would want to visit any one of the restaurants in this list.
77 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
Lan Fong Yuen – Pork Chop Bun
If you are filling full and theres anything you have to omit from the list, do omit Lan Fong Yuen. Lan Fong Yuen is too a successful franchise business with multiple outlets found across Hong Kong. They are famous for their pork chop bun and their stocking milk tea. I didn’t particularly fancy either but it was still decent if you are looking for food in the area.
2 Gage St, Central, Hong Kong
Dim Sum Icon – Adorable Dim Sum
Dim Sum Icon, like alot of other tea houses in Hong Kong, serve dim sum. The unique thing about them however, is that they have adorable prints (even featuring the famous Gudetama) on the buns and dumplings (“ha kau”). At Dim Sum Icon, taste really comes secondary as you would see alot of people whipping out their phones and snapping away throughout the dining experience. A good testimony of this is how most patrons would order their custard buns and squeeze out the custard just for the instagram-worthy shot and only eating the empty bun thereafter. A different kind of dining experience I would say.
The One, L308 on level 3 The One,, 100 Nathan Rd
Watch Alvin cover most of these food places in his recent solo 72 hours trip to Hong Kong: