So the previous post titled Top 5 eats in Hong Kong 2013 was a scam, since the final list of the Top 5 eats wasn’t featured then. But do click the link and read it, because I gave my 5 tips for those traveling to HK, which also includes 3 food places you must go!
As mentioned in that post, 2 of the food places featured in the tips are not under Top 5 eats because they are Japanese cuisines and I believe this list should be exclusively local Hong Kong eats.
So enough blabbering, here’s my top 5 eats in Hong Kong!
#5 Tai Cheong Bakery
This place is really popular and renowned, so I’m sure many of you have already heard about it! Nevertheless, I will still reiterate how good this is, so that you’ll be certain of making your way there! IT’S WORTH IT.
This queue (mostly tourist) really justifies how popular this place is. On a good note, it’s located at central station, where you have all the shopping malls around you. So it’s kind of on-the-way, definitely worth trying!
So here’s a close up shot of the best traditional egg tarts I’ve eaten (this is different from the Portuguese type of egg tarts). Soft buttery crust, with tasty egg filling. Hmmmm. Do note that you must eat it immediately!! Don’t bother buying back as when it’s cold, it really tastes bad.
35 Lydhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, China (Central)
Opened till 9pm.
Directions: Central MTR Exit D2
Walk along small lane, turn left and cross the road and walk towards the big Coach Store, in that same direction, walk pass the first street lane (Stanley Street), and turn right at the second street lane (Wellington Street), walk uphill until you reach a fork road where you will see Lyndhurst Terrace building in front in black, select the left one and continue to walk uphill until you reach a fork road again (this time there is a stairway on your right that leads to the mid levels escalator), again select the left lane to continue walking on Lyndhurst Terrace. You should see Tai Cheong on the right. Source
#4 Fu Sing Sharkfin Seafood Restaurant
You’ve probably never heard of this place before. Neither did I, despite doing extensive research of good eats before arriving in HK. This place was recommended to me by a Singaporean who is working in HK, when I happened to sit next to her. I asked for the tim sum and she recommended me this (so different from its name)! So I head over and encountered some locals exiting the restaurant and I asked if this place was good. “The char siew is really good, and very original traditional dim sum here!” was what she replied.
So here’s the char siew that she recommended, and yesss it’s good! From the photo you can tell that this is the wet type of charsiew, which was probably braised more instead of being roasted more. And it’s more juicy and wet due to the sauce. Really good. The meat is tender and the sides are slightly caramelized which gives a tinge of sweetness to it. Yummmm.
The next item I wanna recommend is the char siew bao. (Yes! It’s a char siew fest!) This is familiar to everyone as the best seller at Tim Ho Wan. But really, skip the queue and come here instead! The standard is the same! I prefer here though, as sometimes I find the buns at Tim Ho Wan a tad too sweet. Buttery crisp buns filled with sweet delicate char siew chunks, what more can we ask?
Here’s the other items that were not bad as well! From top: Har Gow (Prawn dumpling), Fish Maw with Prawn, Chee Cheong Fun (Rice rolls), and Black Bean Pork Ribs. Really comparable to the good dim sum restaurants in Singapore! But of course the char siew fest shall still be the highlight. Do drop by this place which you will realize is really popular amongst the locals! (I didn’t see any tourists during my visit)
Also, the walnut cake here is known to be really good! But I didn’t try it cause I’m really not a fan of nuts hehe.
Fu Sing Sharkfin Seafood Restaurant 富聲魚翅海鮮酒家
1/F, 353 Lockhart Road,
Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Open : 11-3pm, 6-11pm.
Directions: Take the MTR to Wan Chai Station
Head east on Hennessy Road towardFleming Road. Turn left onto Tonnochy Road. Turn right onto Lockhart Road. Destination will be on the left. (10 mins walk)
#3 Tsim Chai Kee
What’s a trip to HK without Wanton Mee? We had our egg tarts, our tim sum, we can’t miss out on these! This is another popular place that you might know, with its rival Mak Noodle’s just opposite. Let me do a short review on Mak’s noodles and why I chose Tsim Chai Kee instead of Mak’s noodles. Mak’s noodles is good, really good, but the only thing that it wins Tsim Chai Kee is in it’s soup base, which I found to be slightly more flavorful than Tsim Chai Kee. But just try Mak’s noodles if you want, since it’s only like 5 steps away.
So here’s Tsim Chai Kee! Not very crowded as we went in the mid afternoon. Again, this store is actually located near the central station, which is the same area as the #5 Tai Cheong Bakery, which means good food and shopping later! Oh ya, since I’m on the topic about central station, nearby also in that area there is a Starbucks outlet that has a really good chinese cafe ambience. So you really feel that you’re drinking Starbucks in HK! Great place to chill.
So here’s the yummylicious bowl of noodles. The broth was good, not too salty but yet flavorful (but Mak’s noodles broth was only slightly better!) What I loved about this bowl is the ingredients! That chewy yet tender pork slices, that round meatball that gives you a great balance of mushroom and pork, that wonton (dumpling) with fresh huge prawns. This bowl is really good, and I’m still craving for it! The noodles and ingredients here really win Mak’s noodles hands down!
Head northwest on Des Voeux Road Central toward World Wide Lane. Turn left onto Pottinger Street. Turn right onto Wellington Street. Destination will be on the left.
#2 Si Sun Fast Food
This place is a real hidden find. Hardly featured in any food blogs, but due to my extensive research, I managed to stumble upon this recommendation! As it’s name suggests, this place sells “fast food” but don’t mistaken it for the regular fast food chains. This is their one and only stall, that operates like a chinese cafe!
The entrance, as you can see they have lots of awards, given by the locals. This place is really popular among the locals, I mean, check out that queue! My top eat of the trip, it has got to be that good what.
Introducing the stars: Double beef patty and double pork patty burgers! It’s so so good. Tender soft flavorful patties grilled to perfection, topped with bull’s eye egg, a slice of cheese and drenched with their homemade mayonnaise. To end it off, sandwiched between 2 toasted buns that were crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside. YUMMMMMM. The whole combination was so so good. Especially loved their patties and their mayonnaise. SO DARN GOOD. I ALWAYS SAVE THE BEST FOR THE LAST!
(P/s don’t bother ordering their fried chicken. contrary to the reviews, their chicken had nothing special, not worth ordering)
1 Whampoa St, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
+852 2362 1279
Mon to Sun 11:00-21:00
Directions: Take the MTR to Hung Hom Station
A closer path might be to take exit B1 through the Metropolis mall. It’s pretty much a straight path and it leads to the overbridge pictured above.
So this will be the end of my top 5 eats. But wait, there’s only 4! Yeah, I was struggling with the 5th choice because it’s so hard to choose amongst the rest which were good but yet not that fantastic. But to be fair, I’ll list out the contenders that were fighting for the 5th spot, and you can decide whether or not to go for it!
First contender would be Lan Fong Yuen. From the top: their milk tea was smooth tasty yet not too sweet; their french toast and crispy buns were really delicious; lastly, their noodles have a really unique taste as they have ginger in that mix, tasty but the chicken chop was so so.
OVERALL: WOULD RECOMMEND TO GO OVER FOR THEIR MILK TEA + FRENCH TOAST AND CRISPY BUNS
Second contender: Australia Dairy Co. The place is so famous, and to be honest it is pretty overrated. The queue doesn’t justify the food to a certain extend. Okay let’s be fair, the only thing I really loved about this place is their scrambled eggs. THEIR OH-SO-FRAGRANT SCRAMBLED EGGS. Their eggs are fried with a special seasoning that makes it so tasty! The texture is really good as well, fluffy and soft. OH GOD I MISS THIS.
BUT that’s all. I tried their macaroni soup which sucked, and their steamed egg pudding which sucked too.
OVERALL: IF YOU’RE WILING TO QUEUE, JUST TRY THEIR SCRAMBLED EGGS YUMMY.
Third contender: Tai Wing Wah Restaurant. From top: Rice drizzled with special sauce and lard (pork oil); Braised oysters, Fried fish.
OVERALL: THIS IS A GOOD RESTAURANT, ALL THE DISHES ARE OF A VERY GOOD STANDARD, BUT NOTHING REALLY OVER THE MOON. THE RICE WITH LARD OIL IS QUITE A UNIQUE DISH. WORTH THE TRY IF YOU’RE IN A LARGE GROUP.
That marks the end of this really long post! Do try out the top 4 eats mentioned above! You won’t regret I promise.
Anyway since my trip to HK was a foodie trip, I tried lots of “famous” places that I felt wasn’t worth it, at all.
Lastly, Roast goose @ Yung Kee
PLEASE DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND EFFORT ON THIS PLACE. IT’S REALLY FAMOUS AND ALL BUT NOT WORTH IT. IN THE FIRST PLACE, ROAST GOOSE TASTES ALMOST IDENTICAL TO ROAST DUCK. AND THE STANDARD IN THIS PLACE IS ALMOST THE SAME AS THE REGULAR STALLS IN HK.
Okay, this really marks the end of my HK posts. Do check out my previous post Top 5 eats in Hong Kong where I shared my top 5 tips, which includes 3 eating places!
Another tip I have would be to purchase a data SIM card, so you can google maps your way throughout your food adventure! It really makes things alot easier! Plus, their have a tourist promo where for about SGD10 you get 3 days of data!
Alright, till then, stay happy and always hungry!