Other than being an exciting global city, Hong Kong is also a foodie’s paradise. It’s not just the number and quality of high-end restaurants in almost every corner of the city, but also the dazzling selection of local and international flavors that satisfies even the most demanding taste buds. So whether you’re in the city for a short break or on a long culinary mission, you should definitely skip your hotel’s all-inclusive buffet meals, and instead, explore the numerous gastronomic treats that Hong Kong has to offer.
Here’s a quick introduction to Hong Kong’s essential food map.
Fiery flavors. From trendy Korean eateries and super spicy Sichuan cuisine to real mexican tacos (to wash down with Cuban cocktails at Mamasita’s Cantina), Hong Kong has something spicy for those of us who like it hot.
Michelin stars everywhere. There are around 60 Michelin Star restaurants in the city for the year 2017. Considering how small Hong Kong is, this clearly shows that food is a serious business in this city. And the best thing is the MS list doesn’t include only upscale restaurants, such as the exquisite Four Seasons Lung King Heen, Umberto Bombana’s vero Italiano Otto e Mezzo or Shikon’s famous Sushi. The world’s first Michelin Starred Street food Stall is the latest innovation in a city where street food is little short of sacred.
And speaking of the devil… Nothing beats a good food truck or a quaint food stall. I personally feel instantly happy when I see one, it just adds so much color and life to a city. Street food, found in the local food stalls otherwise known as dai pai dong is an important element of the Hong Kong spirit and a must-try for every serious culinary tourist. Some of the delicious local treats include Hong Kong-style curry fish balls, egg waffles, egg tarts, and pork ramen. For more adventurous foodies, stinky tofu is another Hong Kong classic.
Traditional Chinese Dim Sum Tea Houses. Dim Sum, the local version of brunch-like tapas, is at the heart of the Cantonese culinary culture. You can enjoy dim sum like the locals do, traditionally as a morning tea gathering, or during any time of the day, you crave a fluffy white bun and a hot cup of tea. Dim sum signature dishes include steam pork buns, shrimp and pork dumplings, and delicious rice rolls filled with pork, beef, and vegetables. Located right in the middle of the high-end Central, Luk Yu Tea House has been a dim sum hotspot since colonial times and has still preserved its colonial-style design and retro charm.
Hong Kong native Cha Chaan Teng. Since the 60s the Cha Chaan Tengs in Hong Kong have been serving the Chinese version of western food at reasonable prices. Nowadays, they are more of a cult thing, but they are still the best way to get a feel for the city’s cultural identity and culinary history. Famous Cha Chaan Teng such as the Australian Dairy Company and Capital Cafe serve generous portions of comfort food like scrambled eggs with rich buttery thick toast and milk tea. Don’t miss Honolulu Coffee Shop’s famous egg tarts, while retro Mido Cafe will take you for a trip down the memory lane to Hong Kong in the 60s.
You can always rest your tired feet in the Bing Sutt Starbucks. The traditional Bing Sutt restaurant has been something between the basic dai pai dong and the more upmarket Cha Chaan Teng. In the 50s a Bing Sutt was basically the standard Chinese diner serving Chinese Western food classics. A wave of nostalgia in Hong Kong has revived the interest for Bing Sutts, with Starbucks opening the world’s first Bing Sutt Starbucks in Duddell Street. If you’re in Central, you can enjoy Starbucks coffee with a twist, in a 60s cult ambiance of tile floors, green-metal-frame windows, old fans, and vintage wall posters.