Hong Kong locals take their food very seriously. New trendy restaurants open almost every week and locals queue to taste the cuisine.
Depending on your budget, you can dine like Royalty for not much money, or you can pay a King’s Ransome to get a seat at the best table in the city. Here is a list of some restaurants that you can’t miss – at various budget points.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to dine at a Michelin Star restaurant. At Tim Ho Wan a family of four can dine on their famous Dim Sum for about $35. It is one of the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the world. The baked bbq pork buns are to-die-for. The restaurant only holds 30 people, so take a ticket, join the queue, and get ready to devour some of the best Dim Sum in Hong Kong. There are six restaurants around the city.
The go-to food for locals when they want a cheap meal is congee. And there’s no better place to eat this light, clean tasty dish than at Law Fu Kee on Queens Road in Central. It is a lunchtime treat for busy businesspeople. You will need to ask for a menu in English. Meals start at $7 with the expensive ones around the $15. Try the meatball congee. It is guaranteed to please.
Chef May Chow, the queen of Hong Kong cool, from Little Bao knows how to please a crowd. Every night people line Staunton Street to get a seat at this restaurant to taste the incredible pork-packed-baos and share plates of other traditional Chinese dishes. It is tiny. There are just 10 seats at the bar, and another 10 in the restaurant. The baos cost about $16 each and you can choose from the fish tempura, Sichuan chicken, slow-braised pork belly or the Sloppy Chan – a vegetarian option.
Kam’s Roast Goose does exactly what the name suggests. This Hennessy Road Wan Chai restaurant has been in the same family for three generations. The goose at this Michelin-starred restaurant is crisp and succulent. It only seats 30 people and you may have to queue for 30 minutes for a table. Sometimes the service can be a little gruff, but the food makes up for that.
Lung King Heen is perhaps the gold standard when it comes to eating Dim Sum on Hong Kong Island. With multiple Michelin Stars this famous Cantonese restaurant is located in the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong on Finance Street in the Central District. You don’t have to spend a lot. You can buy dumplings by the piece ($14) or opt for an executive set lunch menu for $120 per person. The Peking duck here is divine as are the suckling pig and pigeon.
Ho Lee Fook gets its inspiration from some of the city’s old school late-night hangouts. This funky Chinese kitchen, on Elgin Street in Central, is run by chef Jowett Yu, who used to cook in Mr Wong and Ms G’s Sydney restaurant. Almost everyone who dines here orders the roast wagyu short ribs. The meat melts in your mouth while the jalapeno puree dances across your taste buds. Yummy! A plate of these will cost you about $100.
It doesn’t matter where you dine; make sure you leave room for sweets because Hong Kong cuisine really does cater for people with a sweet tooth. If you see any of these on the menu, don’t hesitate. Milk Pudding is a prized Cantonese treat. Others to tempt you to include red bean soup, egg tarts (make sure they are warm), sweet silken tofu and mango pudding with sago.