Written by Roxana Oliver
Every place in the world comes with its lovely charms to engage the interested travelers with, but one of the most gratifying aspects of travelling is undoubtedly the local cuisine tourists get to experience. Also, there are plenty of world-known locations that offer a range of delicious meals for visitors to try and enjoy. One such place is definitely Hong Kong, where people have an array of options to satisfy their palate, from street food to high dining. If you’re about to visit Hong Kong as well don’t hesitate to make a stop and have a bite at the following places. Here are some of the best Hong Kong restaurants!
Top places to find Siu Mai (steamed dumpling)
Traditional Cantonese steamed dumpling, or Siu Mai, is undoubtedly one of the most popular street food snacks in Hong Kong, especially if you crave for something savory. The dish is served on a stick and usually has a fish/meat filling. Of course, sweet soy sauce and chili oil make it twice delicious! You can easily find this snack in almost every corner of Hong Kong streets, but if you want the best of the best, definitely try Soy Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mong Kok, Dundas Street in Mong Kong, and Chan’s Fishball (陳記魚蛋) at 1 Shu Kuk Street, North Point.
Best spots for Cau Dou Fu (stinky tofu)
You may think that something like a stinky tofu is a snack to avoid, but if you find yourself in Hong Kong, ignore the smell of this dish as it is absolutely delicious. The tofu is fermented, fried and served with chili sauce. You can get a taste (and a smell) of it at plenty of stalls and vendor shops along Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei.
Grab yourself Ja ju cheong (fried pork intestine)
Again, if you’re not used to this kind of food, Ja ju cheong may seem unattractive at first. But it’s truly delicious with a bacon-like taste, and it would be a real shame to miss it on your visit to Hong Kong. Rolled up, deep fried and then put on a stick, this dish is a street food special, and the best places to try it include the same vendors and stalls in Yau Ma Tei just like the stinky tofu. You may be interested in other vendor shops as well, such as Delicious Food, shop 10 as well as 佳記美食 (No English Name) at 41 Dundas Street.
Dine with locals
In case you want to get an even better sense of what locals enjoy food-wise in Hong Kong, why not join them for a meal or a cooking class even? This is all possible thanks to various services that connect people and their appreciation of tasty cuisine from all over the world. For example, you can head over to eatwith.com and check out your opportunities for Hong Kong. What’s more, this is a great way to make some new friends, too.
Are you interested in something more sophisticated yet equally traditional when it comes to your meals in Hong Kong? Then it’s important to know the best of the best when it comes to high dining at the fanciest restaurants so that you can book your table in time. One such restaurant is Duddell’s which will delight you with both the atmosphere and the menu. From amazing Cantonese dishes and incredible wine pairings to unique art exhibitions, this restaurant won’t leave you indifferent.
Drink better beer, eat better BBQ is the motto of this California-inspired Hong Kong restaurant. You can enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner and craft beer to your heart’s content as you discover the familiar concept of Western cuisine with a special Cantonese twist. Of course, there’s a nice Latino flare added to the mix, which makes the Big Sur restaurant even more tempting and popular.
Tin Lung Heen
Tin Lung Heen is a true gem when it comes to exceptional Cantonese cuisine. It’s located on the 102nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton and has a great panoramic view of the Hong Kong harbor. Don’t hesitate to book your table well in advance because everyone wants to try the delicious masterpieces that Chef de Cuisine Paul Lau Ping Lui comes up with. However, if you can’t decide what to order, Iberico char siu which is barbecued pork with honey is an ultimate must-try for a high dining enthusiast in Hong Kong.
When visiting Hong Kong, and you’re especially interested in the lovely food this place can provide you with, don’t hesitate to ask locals for recommendation. Even if you haven’t come prepared and you’re not sure where to start or what to try, being friendly and polite to others will always open the doors for new experiences.
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.
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