Hong Kong for sure is a food paradise for gourmets, from cheap street food and fast food to high-end Michelin-starred restaurants, price can be from 30HKD to more than thousands of HKD per person, you can always choose one with your budget, with lots of varieties here you can find, there are many of them can be added in your favorite list, with countless numbers of good restaurants in Hong Kong, you must try them when you visit here in Hong Kong or even live here.
Hong Kong people speak Cantonese language, they are from Canton province, therefore, local people like Cantonese dishes, which is one of the 4 biggest cuisine in China, they are Beijing food, Shanghai food, Cantonese food and Sichuan Food.
If you are curious about Hong Kong food or if you are hungry now and having a Select phobia or lunch dilemma, here I will list some of the most famous Hong Kong food, so you can try one of them or even all of them.
1. Dim Sum (Price: **)
Dim sum is definitely the most recommended food to eat while you are ready to try different taste in one meal, Dim sum is the first thing you should try when you come to Hong Kong, all seafood restaurants serve Dim Sum either in the morning or in the afternoon, the must try ones are Shrimp Dumplings, Chicken feets, Sweet cakes, Egg tarts, Steamed spareribs rice, Congee, Steamed rice rolls, and so many others. A very popular restaurant to have dim sum I would recommend is Tim Ho Wan, it is located in the IFC of Hong Kongce in Central area. Price is very reasonable and taste is fantastic.
Address: Shop 12A-12B, Hong Kong Station Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, Central
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM
2. Claypot Rice (Price: **)
This hearty claypot rice dish is very popular when the weather gets colder in the winter, traditionally, this is for the local people to hit up their bodies when winter comes, you can see long queue in front of the restaurants when it get popular and waiting time could be 1 hour or even 2. Slow-cooked over charcoal stoves is used when cooking clay pot rice in a traditional way, because using Claypot to cook the rice, it will keep the taste of the rice in a very hot pot with crunchy and carby crust. Put pork, beef or sausage and vegetable on top with soy sauce make the Claypot rice irresistible. Kwan Kee located in Sai Ying Pun is the most popular and money wise choice for trying this delicious food in Hong Kong.
Address: Wo Yick Mansion, Shop 1, GF, 263 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 2:30PM ⋅ Reopens 6PM
3. Goose (Price: **)
Hong Kong locals love goose for its crispy skin and tender, juicy flesh. I would like to introduce a very best restaurant making goose perfectly, you must love it after you try it, but if you get here at 12pm or later, you might face a long queue before you, so better get to the restaurant before 12pm to get your seat. Kam’s Goose Restaurant is a famous in town. The Kam family name is synonymous with their famous roast goose restaurant. The restaurant is not big but is owned by the third generation of the family and he wisely hired his father’s former chef to ensure the goose is as crisp and succulent as ever. The Goose is a must try food in Hong Kong, other place you can visit is Yat Lok Goose Restaurant, also famous for Goose.
Address: Wan Chai, Hennessy Rd, 226號地下 Po Wah Commercial Centre
4. Beef Noodles (Price: *)
If you are a fan of noodles, you must try the beef noodles in Kau Kee restaurant located in Central of Hong Kong, with generations effort, Kau Kee has honored Michelin 1 star restaurant for years, the beef noodles is their best dish with great taste and cheap price, the only problem may be the size of the bowl isn’t very big, if you go there, you might need to order two, since it is so good and you just can’t stop eating! Since the soup is so good since they cook it for long time. Like wonton noodles, beef brisket noodle soup is another fundamental dish in Cantonese cuisine. Beef brisket noodle soup is essentially braised or stewed beef brisket served on top of noodles submerged in a steaming hot flavorful broth.
Address: Ground Floor, 21 Gough Street, Central
5. Seafood (Price: ***)
Hong Kong is surrounded by the sea, with no doubt, Hong Kong is the best place for seafood, different varieties, different restaurants, one of the best place for seafood can be in Sai Kung, where foreigners like the most for its beauty of nature and environment. One of the best Michelin star restaurant is Called Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant. They have all kinds of seafood and all different cooking methods, if you want to try seafood, here is the best place for you, you won’t be regret!
6. Egg Tart (Price: *)
Egg tart can be treated as a snack in Hong Kong, people eat it as a cake with tea when they are having their afternoon tea. Egg tart is one of the most iconic Hong Kong cheap snacks, and almost always an impulsive snack to enjoy, that is also why it is always in the recommended list for Hong Kong best food.
To try the best Egg tart in Hong Kong, one must not foret Tai Cheong Bakery. Tai Cheong Bakery was established in 1954.In 2014, to celebrate the 60 years anniversary of Tai Cheong Bakery, the brand is well-received as the Hong Kong’s collective memory. Tai Cheong Bakery is a famous and traditional bakery of Hong Kong that is most well-known for its egg tarts (蛋撻) and Chinese donut (沙翁).
7. Dai Pai Dong (Price: *)
Dai Pai Dong is famous for it’s cheap and dirty food, being open under the sky, this type of restaurants has a long history in Hong Kong, despite the cheap and dirty characters, the food taste are great in Dai Pai Dong, since it is well cooked, hot and fresh enough, most of the local HongKonger love to visit Dai Pai Dong with friends having food and beer there, new and young generation might be used to having food in an open area, but traditional Hong Kong people do enjoy it a lot.
Sing Heung Yuen
Simple Asian eats such as noodle soups & toasts turned out in basic quarters with a covered patio.
8. Pineapple Buns (Price: *)
A typical Hong Kong or Cantonese snack food for breakfast or tea time with milk tea or coffee. This kind of dessert has a flaky top and soft body could be found in most Cantonese restaurants and dim sum places. The soft, fluffy roll blanketed in a crumbly, sweet craquelin-esque top made people hard to stop eating it, sometimes, Hong Kong people also add butter inside to make it more delicious. This is one of the must-try food in Hong Kong!
Kam Wah Cafe
Kam Wah Cafe is one of the most famous restaurant for having Pineapple Bun, due to the super scrummy topping, the restaurant became the most favorite place for tourists. You will be surprise how many buns they can sell per day in this small restaurant, most of the time during the day, you can see long queues in front of the restaurant, then you will know how popular they are, try this restaurant and you won’t regret!
Price: $6 (add $4 for butter)
Hours: 6am – 11:30pm
Kam Wah Cafe, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2392 6830