Hong Kong Eating Guide

hong kong foodTraveling in Hong Kong would not be complete if you do not experience its culinary and experience its nightlife. Why not read this guide to find out where to go when you’ve got hungry mouths?

Hong Kong’s diverse cuisine is a definite must-try for every tourist. Not only it is a showcase of traditional and modern Cantonese cuisine, the various regional fares such as Teochew and Sichuan are well-represented. There are also restaurants that serves other Asian and Western cuisine. Eating out in Hong Kong is pretty much cheaper compared to other international cities. That is why it is not uncommon to see people eating a lot more.

Stick to local restaurants – It is better to dine-in at a local restaurant and experience the inexpensive but sumptuous food rather than at overpriced Western-style eateries.

Dim sum – Hong Kong is known for its dim sum, a Chinese light meal or brunch served with Chinese tea. It has combinations of meat, vegetables, seafood, and even fruit. It is usually served in a small basket or on a small dish, depending on the type of dim sum. Families in Hong Kong gather in restaurants on a Sunday to have their fill of these delicious morsels.

Tea café – A uniquely Hong Kong-style eatery that is starting to make waves elsewhere in Asia is the “cha chaan teng,” literally called “tea café.” It mainly serves tea instead of water and offers fusion fast food that happily mixes Western and Easter fares, such as noodles with Spam, spaghetti served with soup, and baked rice with cheese. Wide selection of drinks are available also, such as “yuanyang” (milk tea and coffee) and odd choices such as boiled Coke with ginger or iced coffee with lemon.

Seafood – For those who wish to eat Hong Kong’s famous seafood, there are different locations in Hong Kong’s coastal areas where freshly-caught seafood is cooked and served. You can go to places lie Sai Kung, Po Doi O, Lei Yu Mun, Lau Fau Shan, where there are good seafood restaurants. These restaurants have different tanks to keep the seafood alive and will present live seasfood specimens to their patrons for them to choose before cooking. The Jumbo floating restaurant in Aberdeen is also a good seafood place, although it is slightly more expensive than usual.

Cooked food centers – Also called Dai Pai Dong, cooked food centers provide economic solutions to diners, and they are popular with the locals. A lot of these can be found in various districts, the easiest to access would be at Sha Kok Estate in Sha Tin (which you can reach through KCR’s Sha Tin Wai Station). Cooked food centers are highly recommended for tourists who what to see and feel a true Hong Kong experience.

Wet markets – There are still a lot of wet markets in Hong Kong, displaying freshly-butchered beef and pork, live fish, and more exotic shellfish, frogs, turtles, and snails.

Convenience stores – 24-hour convenience stores like 7-Eleven and Circle K can be found anywhere in Hong Kong.

Western-style restaurants – Hong Kong has a staggering range of international restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. These can often be found in, though not restricted to, entertainment districts such as Lan Kwai Fong, Soho, or Knutsford Terrace. However, be prepared to splurge on restaurants like these.

Barbecue – Normally spelled “BBQ,” barbecue is a popular local pastime. A lot of area feature free barbecue pits where locals can roast their own food. In Hong Kong, it’s not just sausages and burgers, BBQ is a variety from fish, beef, meatballs, pork meatballs, chicken wings, and so on.

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