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What & Where to Eat in Hong Kong - Ultimate Food Guide 2020/2021

Hong Kong is really a wonderful palace for foodies, no matter where they come from around the world. Offering a super large array of diverse kinds of food with mouthwatering flavoring soul, Hong Kong gives no reason for you not to taste its Hong Kong food culture once you land there. From local Cantonese cuisines, street snacks, to Michelin starred culinary surprises, various authentic exotic delicacies, etc., you will find a lot dotted around you. So, among Dim Sum in morning tea culture, Cha Chaan Teng (Hong Kong–style café) milk tea and pineapple bun, roasted meat, desserts… and other over 10,000 kinds of food in Hong Kong, what is the top food to try? Please check our TOP 10 must eat food and top best restaurants in Hong Kong praised by Lonely Planet and a lot of other famed food guide websites to enjoy your yummy food trip there! Believe me, you cannot help tasting each one while walking along the streets!

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Maybe there are over 10,000 kinds of food in Hong Kong, so what is the top food to try? Dim Sum in morning tea culture, Cha Chaan Teng (Hong Kong-style café) milk tea and pineapple bun, roasted meat, desserts…, just muuuch more from the TOP 10 listed below. Believe me, you cannot help tasting each one while walking along the streets.

1

Dim Sum - Must-try Cantonese Breakfast

Yum Cha (Morning Tea) is a key Cantonese culture in Hong Kong. To know food culture in Hong Kong, you are highly recommended to enjoy the dim sum first. Over 1,000 kinds of cute pastries and desserts make the breakfast fine and warm with their family members. Shrimp Dumplings, Siu Mai, and Steamed BBQ Pork Bun are top not to be missed. Once you have a simple bite of the morsel, you will get the real top joy of the cate and why locals get up early to queue for the first fresh array and better seats. Don’t forget, those dim sums are photogetic for a good instagram post!

Top Places to Eat:

• Tim Ho Wan

A highly reputed local morning tea restaurant as Michelin One Star.

Address: 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

Price: around HK$60-70/person

• Lin Heung Tea House

Traditional dim sum trolley makes it the great place to savor “old Hong Kong”.

Address: No. 160-164, Wellington, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Price: around HK$80/person

• Luk Yu Tea House

Relative higher prices, but absolutely great quality and flavor to have a delicate bite, favored by Michelin Guide.

Address: No.24-26, Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price: around HK$150/person for dim sum; HK$200-350/person for Cantonese cuisine.

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Hong Kong Dim Sum

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Cha Chaan Teng - Hong Kong Styled Café

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Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng

Milk Tea and Pineapple Bun may represent the Cha Chaan Teng culture (fast food culture) in Hong Kong. The sweet milk tea with the fresh of black tea and smoothness of condensed or evaporated milk is usually a must-order for local Hong Kong people. Cloth used to filter the tea leaves and make the milk tea smoother look like the pantyhose, so the name of Pantyhose Milk Tea makes this drink more popular and easy to remember in the whole China and other places. Besides, the Pineapple Bun is the best match with the Milk Tea. However, you cannot find any pineapple in the bun. With the crispy and crusty top, the dish has its name and is really a big favor for a lot of visitors, with a hearty piece of butter. Also, the egg tarts with crispy covering and soft egg custard is also a must eat pastry there in Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng.

Top Places to Eat:

• Kam Wah Café & Bakery

Very well known for Pineapple Bun and Egg Tarts.

Address: No. 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong

Price: HK$50/person

• Capital Café

Opened by the local famous record company Capital Artists. Lucky to meet artists there!

Address: Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Price: HK$40/person

• Mido Café

Most famous Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teen with 1950s’ decoration.

Address: No. 63, Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Price: HK$50/person

• Lan Fong Yuen

Hong Kong Pantyhose Milk Tea receive popularity from here.

Address: No. 2 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price: HK$30/person

• Australia Dairy Co.

A heat with always many people. Scrambled Egg and Steamed Milk are signatures.

Address: 47 Parkes St, Jordan, Kowloon

Price: HK$40/person

3

Roast Goose - No.1 Cantonese Main Course

This typical traditional Cantonese cuisine is widely popular among locals and visitors. Every goose is carefully treated with over 20 kinds of ingredients and roasted in the oven to create the appetizing cuisine with particular crispy outside skin and tender juicy inside meat. The sweet and sour plum sauce is the best match to go with.

Top Places to Eat:

• Kam’s Roast Goose

Michelin Starred restaurant created by the 3rd generation of the famous Yung Kee Restaurant.

Address: Po Wah Commercial Centre, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Price: HK$238 half; HK$468 whole

• Yat Lok

A both locals and visitors favored brand since 1957 to enjoy the crispy and tender goose.

Address: G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price: HK$200 half; HK$400 whole

• Yung Kee

Four floors big restaurant with serving hundreds of roast geese every day.

Address: 32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price: HK$250 half; HK$500 whole

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Hong Kong Roast Goose

4

Egg Waffles - “Hot” Sweet Hong Kong Street Food with Joy

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Hong Kong Egg Waffles

Called Gai Daan Jai in Cantonese pronunciation, this kind of street snack is very famous home and abroad. One piece of waffle with 20-35 small round egg “balls”, the egg waffle looks really cute. The freshly baked waffle with the fragrant flavor of the egg liquid can suddenly make you mouthwatering. You may hear the crunchy when biting the crispy outside and connection part of the waffle. Sounds and tastes interesting. Besides the original flavor, there are chocolate, matcha, cheese, etc. and even ice cream and oreo fillings to create more flavors and fun!

Top Places to Eat:

• Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles

Best recommendation by Lonely Planet foodies.

Address: No. 178, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; 492 King’s Road, North Point

Price: HK$15-20/person

• Mammy Pancake

Top best choices with lots of flavors to choose.

Address: G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnavon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Price: HK$15-20/person

5

Beef Brisket - Nutritious Soft Specialty

Brisket, particularly the brisket noodles is a must-eat food in Hong Kong. The flavoring broth long and slow cooked with the tender beef brisket meat with special ingredients tastes really great. A simple bite can feel the soft of the brisket and beef tendon with much juice. That’s why so many people still join in the line for a taste of the legendary brisket in Hong Kong.

Top Places to Eat:

• Kau Kee

No.1 star skillful at legendary beef brisket

Address: 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price: HK$30-50/person

• Sister Wah

Lonely Planet’s choice with daily long queue but really good praise and low price.

Address: 13A Electric Rd, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Price: HK$20-50/person

• Supreme Beef Brisket Soup

A local humble restaurant favored by many TVB’s stars.

Address: 46 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Price: HK$25-50/person

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Hong Kong Brisket

6

Char Siu - Signature Cantonese Sweet BBQ Pork

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Hong Kong Char Siu

This barbecued style pork if one of the most favorites for foodies in Hong Kong. Sauced with mysterious recipes and baked with precise time and temperature, the pork meat not only looks tasteful but really can trap you with the juicy tender meat not too fatty or too lean. Besides, with the aromatic honey, fruit sauce, hoisin juice, etc., tasting Char Siu is a top pleasant thing in Hong Kong.

Top Places to Eat:

• Mott 32

May be the most expensive Char Siu in Hong Kong. Specialized in soft and sweet Char Siu.

Address: basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

Price: HK$300/person

• Tin Lung Heen

A Michelin 2 Star favored with most tender meat.

Address: 102/F The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Price: HK$350/person

7

Desserts & Sweet Soups - Various Truthful Choices for All HK Foodies

Hong Kong is not only "hot", but also very sweet. No matter traditional Cantonese styled sweet soups, or new styled Hong Kong styled desserts combining western flavors, desserts in Hong Kong are all fabulous to taste for a great mood. Among the hundreds of choices, Mango Pomelo Sago is the most famous one with fresh fruit aromas and pleasant milk smooth in cool feeling. Besides, Red Bean Soup, Black Sesame Sweet Soup, Green Bean Soup, Double-skin Milk Pudding, Tofu Pudding, and far more are also top best tries no matter how many times you have been to Hong Kong.

Top Places to Eat:

• Cong Sao Star Dessert

Specialized in icy mango, durian and longan desserts with long line.

Address: G/F, 11 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Price: HK$30-50/person

• Kai Kai Dessert

Over 40 years and newly praised by Michelin with never ending queuers and nice prices.

Address: No. 29 Ning Po St, Jordan, Kowloon

Price: HK$20-40/person

• Yee Shun Dairy

One of the must eat places in Hong Kong with reputable Steamed Milk Puddings

Address: 513, Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Price: HK$30-40/person

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Hong Kong Desserts

8

Wonton Noodle - Not-missing Big Shrimp Dumplings

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Hong Kong Wonton Noodles

Every bit of the wonton feels so satisfying, since they are made by about 70% shrimp and 30% pork meat with a thin and soft wrapper, the red shrimp can even be seen before your biting. The aroma of the meat with the refreshing Jook Sing Noodles (Bamboo Pole Noodles) and the fresh Kailan or other vegetables makes this one dish a perfect pleasure for taste buds. After finishing the noodles, the lightly salty soup is a good refreshing for a good aftertaste.

Top Places to Eat:

• Mak’s Noodle

Famed old noodle shop since 1920, one of the bests in HK.

Address: G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price: HK$40/person

• Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop

One Michelin Star proud of its springy wonton noodles and fresh, sweet soup.

Address: 1204-1205 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Price: HK$100/person

• Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodle

Michelin Bib Gourmand with outstanding noodle texture.

Address: 1 Wing Lung St, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong

Price: HK$40-50/person

9

Claypot Rice - Locals’ Warm Favorite in Winter

This traditional type of food is favored by Hongkongers and other Cantonese people, especially in winter for the warm and appetizing flavors. Cooked in the clay pot, the meat, vegetables and particularly the rice and rice crust give you an unforgettable fantastic tasting experience. There are more than 20 kinds of tastes you can choose, among which mushroom with chicken, roast duck and Char Siu are best favored.

Top Places to Eat:

• Four Seasons Claypot Rice

Not in the Four Seasons hotel, but one of Michelin favorite claypot rice with great aroma of rice and tender meat.

Address: No. 46 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Price: HK$70/person

• Kwan Kee Claypot Rice

Another top ranking with perfect texture of rice and meat charcoal cooked.

Address: No. 263 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun; 243-245 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Price: HK$80/person

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Hong Kong Claypot Rice

10

Fish Balls - Featured Bouncy Meat Street Food

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Hong Kong Fish Balls

Strictly kneaded, the meat of sea fishes or freshwater fishes with peculiar seasonings, salt, etc. finally attains the tender and “bouncy” texture. Usually deep fried or boiled in broth, the fish balls are go with curry or sweet sauce as famous Hong Kong street snacks with low prices. Furthermore, a lot of restaurants offer Fish Ball Noodles with light flavors and keep the fresh of the sea fish. Why not have a simple bite to sate your feeling of your taste buds and teeth.

Top Places to Eat:

• On Lee Noodles

An outstanding eatery visited by many famous people for the authentic flavor of Hong Kong.

Address: No. 22, Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

Price: HK$45/person

• Wong Lam Kee Chiu Chow Fish Ball Noodles

Long existing shop with unforgettably delicious homemade fish balls.

Address: A, 10 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

Price: HK$50/person

• Tung Tat Food Shop

Very popular by students and office workers for its various kinds more than fish balls.

Address: Ground floor, 172 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

Price: HK$15-25/person

• Welcome Food Court

Super famous in Cheung Chau, giant in size.

Address: 150 San Hing Back Street, Cheung Chau Island

Price: HK$15-40/person

Apart from the above 10 most favored food in Hong Kong, you can still find more delicious things for a longer dining experience, such as stir fried noodles, French toast, seafood, hot pot, beef stick, sweet and sour pork, Salted Egg with Steam Minced Meat Tower, etc.

Michelin Restaurants in Hong Kong

Hong Kong boasts about 63 Michelin restaurants till 2019, including 7 three stars, 12 two stars and 44 one stars. From the exquisitely decorated luxury ones to those smaller street shops, you will find the top best dining places for the best gourmets, including traditional Cantonese cuisines, dim sums, French and Italian dishes, European styled food, Japanese cuisines, innovative pleasure and molecular surprises, etc. For an utmost culinary joy of local specialties to international dishes, let’s see the list of top 30 Michelin restaurants for your next dining joy in Hong Kong at below!

Hong Kong Michelin Restaurants

Hong Kong Michelin Star

TypeRestaurantMichelin StarPrice (HK$)Address
CantoneseT'ang Court3 Star 350-5001/F and 2/F, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Lung King Heen3 Star500-7508 Finance St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Forum 2 Star200-3501/F, Sino Plaza, 255-257 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Sun Tung Lok2 Star200-350Shop 401, L4, FoodLoft, Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tin Lung Heen2 Star350-500102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Yan Toh Heen 2 Star350-500Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Ying Jee Club2 Star200-35041 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong
Lei Garden (Kwun Tong)1 Star 200No 8 5th flr apm APM, 418 Kwun Tong Rd, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Loaf On1 Star 200-350G/F, 49 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung
Kam’s Roast Goose1 Star200-500Po Wah Commercial Centre, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Yat Lok1 Star200-500G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Cantonese & Dim SumDuddell’s1 Star 350-500Levels 3 & 4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Dim SumTim Ho Wan1 Star 60-70Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui;
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central;
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po;
Shop B, C, & D, G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point.
ChineseMan Wah1 Star 500-75025th Floor, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
Italian8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana 3 Star500-750Shop 202, 2/F Landmark Alexandra, 5-17 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
FrenchCaprice3 Star500-7508 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon3 Star 500-750Shop 401, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Écriture3 Star 350-500Queens, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Pierre2 Star500-75025/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Amber2 Star500-7507/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Épure 1 Star 350-500Shop 403, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
French & InnovativeVEA1 Star Over 75030/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
EuropeanArcane 1 Star 350-5003rd Floor, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
JapaneseSushi Shikon 3 StarOver 750 7/F, 15 Queen's Road Central, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong
Ta Vie2 Star Over 7502/F, The Pottinger, No. 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Kashiwaya2 Star500-7508/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
Sushi Saito2 StarOver 75045/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Financial Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tenku RyuGin 2 Star Over 750101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Molecular & ChineseBo Innovation3 StarOver 750 Shop 13, 2/F J Residence; 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
InnovativeArbor1 Star 350-50025/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong

(Note: the above information of prices of restaurants is only for your reference.)

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