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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!
2020 Best Tour to Enjoy Hong Kong Food:
|What to Know in This Food Guide|
|① Top One: Dim Sum - Must-try Cantonese Breakfast||② Top Two: Cha Chaan Teng - Hong Kong Styled Café|
|③ Top Three: Roast Goose - No.1 Cantonese Main Course||④ Top Four: Egg Waffles - “Hot” Sweet Hong Kong Street Food with Joy|
|⑤ Top Five: Beef Brisket - Nutritious Soft Specialty||⑥ Top Six: Char Siu - Signature Cantonese Sweet BBQ Pork|
|⑦ Top Seven: Desserts - Various Truthful & Sweet Choices for All HK Foodies||⑧ Top Eight: Wonton Noodles - Not-missing Big Shrimp Dumplings|
|⑨ Top Nine: Claypot Rice - Locals’ Warm Favorite in Winter||⑩ Top Ten: Fish Balls - Featured Bouncy Meat Street Food|
|⑪ Michelin Restaurants in Hong Kong||⑫ Enjoy Your 2020 Hong Kong Food Trip with China Discovery|
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.
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!
• 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.
Hong Kong Dim Sum
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.
• Kam Wah Café & Bakery
Very well known for Pineapple Bun and Egg Tarts.
Address: No. 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
• 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
• Mido Café
Most famous Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teen with 1950s’ decoration.
Address: No. 63, Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
• Lan Fong Yuen
Hong Kong Pantyhose Milk Tea receive popularity from here.
Address: No. 2 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong
• Australia Dairy Co.
A heat with always many people. Scrambled Egg and Steamed Milk are signatures.
Address: 47 Parkes St, Jordan, Kowloon
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.
• 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
Hong Kong Roast Goose
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!
• 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
• Mammy Pancake
Top best choices with lots of flavors to choose.
Address: G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnavon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
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.
• Kau Kee
No.1 star skillful at legendary beef brisket
Address: 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
• 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
• Supreme Beef Brisket Soup
A local humble restaurant favored by many TVB’s stars.
Address: 46 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Hong Kong Brisket
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.
• 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
• 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
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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
Hong Kong Desserts
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.
• Mak’s Noodle
Famed old noodle shop since 1920, one of the bests in HK.
Address: G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
• 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
• Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodle
Michelin Bib Gourmand with outstanding noodle texture.
Address: 1 Wing Lung St, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong
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.
• 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
• 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
Hong Kong Claypot Rice
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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Welcome Food Court
Super famous in Cheung Chau, giant in size.
Address: 150 San Hing Back Street, Cheung Chau Island
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.
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 Star
|Type||Restaurant||Michelin Star||Price (HK$)||Address|
|Cantonese||T'ang Court||3 Star||350-500||1/F and 2/F, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon|
|Lung King Heen||3 Star||500-750||8 Finance St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong|
|Forum||2 Star||200-350||1/F, Sino Plaza, 255-257 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong|
|Sun Tung Lok||2 Star||200-350||Shop 401, L4, FoodLoft, Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon|
|Tin Lung Heen||2 Star||350-500||102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon|
|Yan Toh Heen||2 Star||350-500||Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon|
|Ying Jee Club||2 Star||200-350||41 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong|
|Lei Garden (Kwun Tong)||1 Star||200||No 8 5th flr apm APM, 418 Kwun Tong Rd, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong|
|Loaf On||1 Star||200-350||G/F, 49 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung|
|Kam’s Roast Goose||1 Star||200-500||Po Wah Commercial Centre, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong|
|Yat Lok||1 Star||200-500||G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Cantonese & Dim Sum||Duddell’s||1 Star||350-500||Levels 3 & 4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Dim Sum||Tim Ho Wan||1 Star||60-70||Shop 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.
|Chinese||Man Wah||1 Star||500-750||25th Floor, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Italian||8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana||3 Star||500-750||Shop 202, 2/F Landmark Alexandra, 5-17 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|French||Caprice||3 Star||500-750||8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon||3 Star||500-750||Shop 401, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong|
|Écriture||3 Star||350-500||Queens, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong|
|Pierre||2 Star||500-750||25/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong|
|Amber||2 Star||500-750||7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong|
|Épure||1 Star||350-500||Shop 403, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon|
|French & Innovative||VEA||1 Star||Over 750||30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|European||Arcane||1 Star||350-500||3rd Floor, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Japanese||Sushi Shikon||3 Star||Over 750||7/F, 15 Queen's Road Central, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong|
|Ta Vie||2 Star||Over 750||2/F, The Pottinger, No. 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong|
|Kashiwaya||2 Star||500-750||8/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Sushi Saito||2 Star||Over 750||45/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Financial Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Tenku RyuGin||2 Star||Over 750||101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon|
|Molecular & Chinese||Bo Innovation||3 Star||Over 750||Shop 13, 2/F J Residence; 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong|
|Innovative||Arbor||1 Star||350-500||25/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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