Two nights in Hong Kong is not enough to fully appreciate the city, hit the tourist spots, or even (pretend to) feel like a local. But we still did our best to accomplish the latter by eating our way through Hong Kong. Yep, in such a short time with such strong determination, we managed to fill up ourselves with authentic, delicious, and comforting Chinese food.
Here’s a list of restaurants, street food, and dessert shops we’ve come across and loved while in Hong Kong.
1. Little Bao
A small restaurant located along Staunton Street in Central, Little Bao offers a fusion of Asian flavour and western style. Worth coming for the baos, we regret not ordering more.
What we ordered: pork belly bao, salt ice cream caramel bao
2. Din Tai Fung
With 6 locations in Hong Kong, it would be a shame to miss Din Tai Fung. We went to the restaurant in Causeway Bay and it was a 15-minute queue before we got seated. The restaurant is massive and very busy! The food is a perfect 10.
What we ordered: xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings), steamed shrimp and pork shao-mai, fried rice with deep-fried pork chop, noodle with spicy sesame and peanut sauce in Taiwan style, sago soup with coconut milk and fruit melon (cold)
3. Lee Keung Kee (LKK) Egg Waffles
We came across LKK while walking along Nathan Road and just got curious while people were queuing here. Worth the wait!
What we ordered: egg waffles
4. Australia Dairy Company
A traditional Hong Kong Restaurant, Australia Dairy Company is known for its fluffy eggs on toast and milk puddings. We came here a bit late in the evening and the place was very packed. Check out where we were seated.
What we ordered: steamed egg pudding with almond flavour (can be ordered hot or cold, we got it cold!)
5. Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop
Located along Parkes Street in Yau Ma Tei, we found about this restaurant through a friend’s recommendation. If you’re looking for amazing wonton noodles done traditional-style, this is the perfect place to be.
What we ordered: noodles in soup with tender beef brisket, dry noodles with roast pork
6. Lucky Dessert
I don’t think anyone can ever get enough of mango or durian desserts while in Hong Kong. We went to Lucky Dessert along Prat Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui and absolutely loved their mango jelly!
What we ordered: mango jelly with tofu ice cream, ice shaven mango ice cream
7. Hung Lee Restaurant
Recommended by our hotel concierge during Dexter’s mad congee craving, we had a big brunch here on or last day in Hong Kong. Located along Hau Fook Street (numbers 6 to 9 on this list are all in close proximity in Tsim Sha Tsui), this small restaurant serves soup noodles, “instant” noodles, sandwiches, rice meals, and even breakfast sets.
What we ordered: Chinese cruller (youtiao or fried dough), congee with pork and preserved egg, noodle soup with sliced beef, roasted pork in steamed vermicelli roll
8. Yuen Kee
Located along Hart Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui, my barbecue pork cravings were satisfied here.
What we ordered: barbecue pork and goose with white rice, soup noodles with beef brisket
9. Hui Lau Shan
Because Anthony Bourdain featured it and we happened to keep passing by its different branches, then, why not? It’s a definite dessert place to go to! Refreshing and delicious!
What we ordered: mango trio (mochi ball, mango ice cream with crystal jelly, mango pudding), mango crisp
10. The Grill, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
One of Grand Hyatt HK's 9 restaurants, The Grill offers outdoor poolside dining. We made a reservation for an evening barbecue dinner buffet and we weren’t disappointed with the service and variety of food. The Grill serves a selection of salads, grilled meat and seafood, and also shellfish on ice. Perfect for a quiet and romantic dinner.
What we ordered: evening barbecue dinner buffet (salads, lobsters and shrimps on ice, scallops, grilled sirloin and short rib steak), fresh oysters, empanadas, tuna sashimi with sweet potato fries
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