What to Eat in Hong Kong – Hipmunk City Love
Hong Kong is a melting pot of cultures uniting expats from throughout Asia, mainland China, and other far-flung corners of the world. Each of those cultures brings its own cuisine helping the city to create a culinary scene where almost any ethnic food is available. Many wealthy residents and visitors are also attracted to the city’s open business scene. Fine dining establishments have followed their wallets helping further to define Hong Kong as a culinary destination.
Whether you booked a hotel in Hong Kong for business or pleasure or are there on a budget or with a robust spending account, there’s plenty of good eats in our guide on what to eat in Hong Kong!
There’s a lot of bad dim sum in the United States. In fact, I’m not really sure there’s actually any good dim sum which is why dim sum is one of the first items you have to eat in Hong Kong. Dim sum, for those not in the know, can be a variety of steamed, baked, pan-fried, or deep-fried Chinese appetizers. For the best of the best, be sure to sample the dim sum pork bun at Tim Ho Wan.
Egg tarts are a local snack in Hong Kong that are a must try for a morning or afternoon pick-me up (pair it with a milk-tea). An egg tart consists of yellow egg custard baked on a crumbly, buttery crust. They are best eaten warm and can be found at old-school confectionaries throughout the city like Honolulu Coffee Shop or Tai Cheong Bakery.
Hong Kong is known for its roasted meats. The four most popular and well-known are Char Siu (barbecued pork), siu yuk (roast pork belly), roasted duck, and roasted goose. Variations of these dishes are found at establishments ranging from budget friendly chain shops to high-end restaurants. Depending on how you like yours, chose to order it with rice or noodles. If the noodles are on the soupy side, then you may prefer rice if ordering duck or goose as the liquid can cause the skin to become soggy.
For a unique Asian food, be sure to try congee. Hong Kong restaurants take their Congee seriously slowly cooking the rice porridge for hours. The main flavor of congee comes from the pork bones it’s cooked with. You can also top it with meat slices, pork ball, fish belly or fresh prawns to turn this traditional side dish into a meal. Two favorites are Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop and Congee King.
Classic Comfort Food
Of course western comfort foods can be found a plenty throughout the city. For simple comfort foods like juicy hamburgers, Burger Circus is a must where everything, including the sodas, are made in house (Because who doesn’t need a burger break every once in a while?). Or, for a higher end but still classic option, Pierre serves modern French cuisine from a penthouse vantage point.
Traditional Hong Kong Seafood
For a taste of old world Hong Kong, join the Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village Dinner Cruise for an evening of authentic culture and cuisine in a traditional fisherman’s village.
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