January 5, 2020

Memoirs: The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Hong Kong

I was very hesitant about publishing this post given the current political climate in Hong Kong. I visited over a year ago and since then things have changed dramatically. I am not a political commentator and my opinion is of course invalid when it comes to these things so instead I’ll do what I do best and present you my ultimate foodie guide to Hong Kong. No matter what, every place needs and deserves tourism. 

Disclaimer: Sorry vegans and vegetarians, this post isn’t for you. But before I am ripped apart like an animal carcuss on the Serengeti (too graphic?), I will warn you that a trip to Hong Kong is worth the weight gain. Of course, dining is a huge part of Asian culture; it’s about being together.  

“Life in Hong Kong transcends cultural and culinary borders, such that nothing is truly foreign and nothing doesn’t belong.” 

– Peter Jon Lindberg

Read more: Memoirs: What It’s Really Like Solo Travelling in Hong Kong

Din Tai Fung 

Din Tai Fung does the BEST dim sum ever and it’s not super pricy either. There are a few of these dotted around Hong Kong so you’ll never be far from one. What I found interesting was that you tick off the dishes you want on a little form and hand it to the waitress and then they’ll bring them out as and when they’re ready. There is now a branch in London which I fear visiting in case it it doesn’t live up to my Hong Kong experience.  

Peking Garden

The Michelin starred Peking Garden in Central is a fancy establishment perfect for a date or dinner. And from what I remember the Peking duck pancakes are around $380 HKD (£38). *drools*

Seorae (Korean BBQ)

For those who have never experienced Korean BBQ, newsflash – you have to cook your own food (*plays tiny violin*). I don’t know if this counts as eating out or a cooking class or a scam but it makes for a great dining experience. Seorae doesn’t skimp on the kimchi and the selection of meats available is great too. 

Meat me here.

Lady M 

Lady M sounds fancy just from hearing the name. I noticed this eatery whilst walking through the IFC shopping centre and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Luckily there was a branch in Hong Kong airport waiting for me. 

It tastes as good as it looks but this was NOT cheap in the slightest. A slice of cake and latte set me back thirteen English pounds. I had to justify it as ‘research’ for this post of course.  

Oddies

Oddies is an small ice cream parlour that specialises in tasty egg waffles that you’ve probably scrolled past on Instagram. I am yet to discover a place in London that does these tasty desserts but for now I will re-live the visuals. 

I should also mention that the customer service is a bit ~meh~. 

Tim Ho Wan 

Tim Ho Wan is one of the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the world. When you think Michelin starred you probably think a hefty price tag, formalwear and tiny plates but this place is the opposite. The service isn’t what you would expect but the  beef briskets and turnip cake make up for it. Get here early in case they run out!

Yum Cha

Not the best dim sum I’ve had but the most entertaining to say the least. If Instagram made dim sum, this would be it. And of course, pictures speak a thousand words: 

Yum Cha meaning: 

(in Chinese cuisine) a meal eaten in the morning or early afternoon, typically consisting of dim sum and hot tea.

OINK

Fast Food…

Call me uncultured but I love trying fast food options when I’m abroad. I need to see what the McDifferences are and if I’m really missing out.

Starbucks tastes the same everywhere.

Seaweed seasoning?

Aqua

Technically not “food” but I couldn’t not mention Aqua rooftop bar. I came here on my first night in Hong Kong and it gave me a taste of the high life (literally). Cocktails are expensive, but with views like this you’ll be buying rounds and rounds.

Cocktails & conversation.

A few more things to do: 

One more tip: Download an app called Klook; its’s basically the Asian Groupon. It has discounts for excursions, eating out and useful things like wi-fi and travel passes. 

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Char xo 

I should also add that my good friend Evie (A HK expat) took me to these places so I can’t really take any credit for the suggestions. Or can I? 

4 responses to “Memoirs: The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Hong Kong”

  1. Great post Char! Hong Kong is where I tried duck feet lmao 😂 I can’t honestly tell you how it tasted but I recall it being different. Thank you for sharing the duck looked absolutely amazing!

  2. Oh man, reading this and looking at the photos makes me miss Hong Kong soooo much! It’s been years since I’ve visted but the food really is something else over there! I’ve never tried Jolibee yet (I heard it’s coming to Canada though!) but everytime soomeone eats there, they’ve said nothing but good things about the fast food chain.

  3. Hong Kong looks so dope and I hope to visit one day.

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Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.