I just got back from my trip to Hong Kong and Macau and boy did I put on weight from all that eating. I’m just exaggerating. There’s no way I will allow myself to gain kilos from a mere 6-day holiday. But this trip has been satisfying and productive, as I managed to check out all of the food places on my wish list. So here’s a list that I will be sharing with you. Instead of the usual alphabetical order, I will be arranging the food places geographically. From Top to Bottom (Kowloon) and Left to Right (Hong Kong Island). This is to facilitate your itinerary planning.
Tim Ho Wan 添好運
A Michelin-starred restaurant where you can get a dish for just 2 US dollars. This place requires no extra introduction. With at least 5 outlets to boast in Singapore, why should you still check out the real Mccoy in Hong Kong? Firstly, only when you’re immersed in an room full of cantonese-speaking diners then you can truly say you’re having some real Hong Kong dim sum. But the real reason is because THW here costs half of what we have to pay in Singapore. Food quality may not differ much but I’m willing to make my money worth while.
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon 九龍深水埗福榮街9-11號地下 Nearest MTR station: Sham Shui Po Station, Exit B2
Queue: Usually starts after 9.45am
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 8am-9.30pm
Tel: 2788 1226
One Dim Sum 一點心
Another Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, One Dim Sum lurks behind the shadow of its more successful counterparts. However, it is not lacking in popularity amongst locals or tourists. The standard of the dim sum here can be comparable to those at THW but personally, I still prefer the latter.
Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward 旺角運動場道15號京華大廈地舖1-2號
Nearest MTR Station: Prince Edward Station, Exit A
Queue: On a Sunday, expect a queue way before opening hours. Do not queue later than 9.30am and if you’re lucky, you get the first seating, otherwise, you will have to wait for another 45 minutes for the next round.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-12.30am Sat-Sun: 10am-12.30am
Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳
When I say Kam Wah, you say 菠蘿包 Bo Lo Bao. Arguably the best pineapple buns in Hong Kong, this cha chan teng is not to be missed. Ironically, the bun has no trace of pineapple inside. Yet its resemblance of the fruit got the dish its famed name. A crisp and sweet crust on the top bun, the melted butter sandwiched between provides an extra oomph. For a better experience, order the one with butter.
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward 太子弼街47號地下
Nearest MTR Station: Mongkok Station, Exit B3 or Prince Edward Station, Exit B2
Queue: There is always a steady stream of people waiting outside but the service is fast and you can get a seat within 5 minutes.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 6.30am-12am
Tel: 2392 6830
Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
Nothing Australian about this place but it was rumoured that the boss worked in an Australia farm prior and hence the name. Voted by their locals as the top eatery in Hong Kong, the place is flocked by both locals and tourists alike. But don’t be surprised when you find its simple menu that it has to offer. Just order the set meal comprising of its legendary scrambled eggs, buttered toasts and macaroni. The food gets served up at lightning speed, even before your seat is warm. Do be warned that the eatery is run by a strong crew of men who seem to be experiencing andropause, so be quick with your orders and pardon their somewhat rude service.
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan 佐敦白加士街47-49號地下
Nearest MTR Station: Jordan Station, Exit C2
Queue: Thanks to its fast service, customers can get a seat within 10 minutes. Be sure not to stand on the take away line. The guy in front is very particular about his lines.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 7.30am-11pm Closed on Thursdays
Tel: (852) 2730 1356
Hong Kong Island
Kau Kee Restaurant 九记牛腩
Another best of the trip. No Michelin star but this legend definitely deserves a mention. A broth robust in flavour, bee hoon that is well-done and steeped in flavour, and its tender beef brisket, the dish is a gastronomic delight.
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central 中環歌賦街21號地舖
Nearest MTR Station: Sheung Wan Station, Exit A2
Queue: Went around 10pm and there wasn’t a queue.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 12.30pm-10.30pm (Closed on Sun and Public Hols)
Tel: 2850 5967
Yung Kee Restaurant 鏞記酒家
Unlike the rest of the eateries in this list, this place is the most “atas” so be prepared to burn your pockets. Despite its pricier menu, Yung Kee is never lacking in diners. The restaurant has won high accolades and awards in the culinary world, especially its famed roasted goose. If you’re low in budget, just order the roasted goose and you will not regret it. Crispy skin and succulent, tender goose meat, personally, this has got to be the best roasted goose I’ve ever had.
32-40 Wellington Street, Central 中環威靈頓街32-40號
Nearest MTR Station: Central Station, Exit D2
Queue: I’ve heard that queuing at the restaurant can take at least an hour, with a designated waiting area on the second level. The goose gets sold out past 8.30pm as well. So what I did was to email the restaurant (in English), to make a reservation for seats and the roasted goose. After receiving a reply from them, I got my hotel receptionist to call back the restaurant to confirm my reservation. Then, you can just walk right in. Like a boss.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-11pm
Tel: +852 2522 1624
Chi Ji Wanton Noodles 池記雲吞麵家
Awarded a Michelin guide recommendation, this eatery is famous for its wanton noodles. Springy noodles, sweet savoury broth and fresh prawn wantons, this place is to be reckoned with. The crab congee is worth trying as well.
G/F, 52 Russell St,, Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣羅素街52號地下
Nearest MTR Station: Causeway Bay Station, Exit A
Queue: Clears pretty fast.
Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop 何洪記
Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, I got to know of this place. Famous for their wanton noodles, the restaurant is another Michelin-star gem in Hong Kong.
Shop 1204-1205, 12/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣軒尼詩道500號希慎廣場12樓1204-1205號舖
Nearest MTR Station: Causeway Bay Station, Exit F2
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11.30am-11pm
Tel: 2577 6028