When someone asks you about the good food in Hong Kong, what are the dishes that you would suggest? Similar to Singapore, Hong Kong has a great culture of superb food from the streets all the way to fine dining restaurants and Michelin Star eateries. In this article, I will share with you what are the MUST eats when you’re there!
The simplicity of food as you walk along the streets trying out the little stalls tucked in shops along the alleys and pathways. Wonderful bean curd freshly made daily which can be found at Lamma Island, “fish egg” 魚蛋 or rather what we know as fish balls cooked in spicy curry. Or why not try out the dried cuttlefish and shishamo grilled on charcoal and drizzled in special sauce as you walk along the breezy fisherman village in Tai O. Fancy the local drinks Yuanyang 鸳鸯 or 港式奶茶 to cool yourself down which can be found in nearly all eateries.
Dim sum is everywhere in Hong Kong and my top three choices are:
Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店
A popular chain outlet which you can even find in Singapore, Tim Ho wan had earned its reputation as the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant which only the outlets at Mongkok and Sham Shui Po gained those hard-earned one stars.
T'ang Court 唐閣
Top 10 restaurants in Hong Kong, and a two star Michelin award, the real treat for your dim sum fix is here. It is known for the extravagant and freshness, creating local delicacies with luxurious ingredients. You can even enjoy other sumptuous food in this luxury restaurant located at the Langham.
Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮
Come early and enjoy the fresh dim sum and a very cozy environment. You can spend hours catching up with your friends as the service staffs push traditional Dim Sum steam carts around the restaurant. Order and receive your food on the spot.
Porridge is one of the staple foods for the locals and for tourists, many would visit Ocean Empire 海皇粥店. Traditional porridge ingredients like century egg and pork slices, to fresh slice fish and also seafood versions are available on their menu. The other favourite of mine would be fried dough wrapped with rice noodle sheet 炸兩. Sprinkled with spring onions and dashes of light soya sauce, the simplicity of food but not lacking the flavourful tastes and textures.
Pastires and bakeries are widely available in Hong Kong. You can easily get some bread which is conveniently available in most shopping malls or along the streets, small eateries like Kam Wah Café 金華冰廳 for a Po Luo bun (pineapple bun) or egg tarts and dessert shops and talking about desserts, Yuen Kee Dessert源記甜品專家 located at Sai Yuan Lane is one of the popular hangout place for locals especially after dinner and till midnight.
You can order a slice of sponge cake to go with your hot desserts. Yee Shun Milk Company 義順牛奶公司 is another place if you would like some curdled milk for dessert. They have a variety of flavours and it comes with hot or cold ones. How about a ice cream from a mini ice cream van? It’s a good fix to cool yourself down especially I’m there in summer.
Who can forget about roast goose meat and other roasted meat which is one of the must haves when you’re here in Hong Kong. Yat Lok Restaurant 一樂燒鵝 located at Stanley Street, is a must go to have the juicy goose drumstick (depends on availability) and you can have it with rice or their handmade egg noodles. The crispy skin and the fat in the meat is divine and I am totally in love with it! And the other two places where I think they have good tasting roast meat would be at Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮 as well as Zheng Dou 正斗粥麵專家 which can be located at the Hong Kong International Airport. One of the best roasted pork which I had for my dinner was at Lei Garden 利苑酒家, cozy setting and I have to say their roast goose is comparable too!
Looking for a late night snack or supper? Walk along Temple Street and you should chance upon these two shops, Hing Kee Restaurant 興記煲仔飯 & Four Seasons 四季煲仔飯. In fact there are many such places around Temple Street for you to choose from.
Both stalls have tasty clay pot rice which is cook from scratch upon order and they have sides like fried oyster omelette or seafood like the mantis shrimp in cereal. The difference between the ones in Singapore to those here, they come without any sauces and you can just add in your preferred amount of dark soy sauce.
From breakfast till supper, having local street food to dining in a posh restaurant, you will enjoy the wonderful variety meals in Hong Kong. Be it a short trip or hopping around the area going to Macau or Shenzhen. I am sure you will enjoy the recommendations that I have painstakingly put up for you. Take note and share with me what are your favourite places to eat in Hong Kong and I will try to cover them when I’m back the next time! Cheers!
I will not forget how Hong Kong is being depicted a place to “Eat and shop and shop and eat” (not sure if anyone has seen this commercial?!) A place where great food is around every corner, where you will find wonderful shopping places day and night. I am very sure most of us would have visited Hong Kong before. I shall not bore you with the historical and geographical aspects of this place. It’s a place where you might also bump into a couple of celebrities (if you’re lucky, as I have not even seen one on the streets yet.) and maybe even walked into a street where it’s been featured in one of the scenes in a Hollywood or Hong Kong movies.
You might have read so many articles and blogs sharing about what to do in Hong Kong and I am sure there are many out there who know even more than me. Here, in my humble little blog, I will share with you a little bit of what you can do alternatively, if you are not looking for places to shop or even malls to visit. I shall share with you my short trip to Hong Kong and where I went and perhaps, maybe, it might inspire you to visit these few places the next time you’re there.
Travelling around Hong Kong
The public transport in Hong Kong is similar to what major cities can offer. By foot, with so many links from one famous night market to the next, many would find themselves walking a lot and there are areas with escalators and travellators to ease your sore knees and feet.
There is the MTR (mass Transit Railway), iconic Trams, taxis (which I don’t usually hop on as the rest are sufficient to bring me where I wanna go cheaper) Ferries to cross over to the other side of the island and buses which consist of the usual double decker and the convenient light buses (mini bus).
A place where I would visit every single time when I’m there would be the Wong Tai Sin Temple. The temple claims to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings with the backdrop of high modern apartments give you the serene feeling that time is put to a halt at this very location. It’s a very popular place for prayers, photographs and cultural exchange. Do try to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowd frenzy and I’m sure your prayers will be answered!
Clustered around a section of Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan, commonly known as Dried Seafood Street, this is a place where you will be able to buy dried and preserved seafood like scallops and sea cucumber at competitive prices. It is filled with live especially before the Chinese Lunar New Year!
Lamma Island (南丫島), also known as Pok Liu Chau (博寮洲), which is a part of the Islands District, is the third largest island in Hong Kong. A place where you can run away from the bustling city and concrete jungle, immerse yourself into the wonderful nature and some nice seafood. And do you know that famous actor, Chow Yun Fat, grew up in this lovely island?
Tai O is another island that you can get away to for a day at this fishing village. Wonderful villagers who welcome you as you walk around the dirt paths, occasionally walk into the courtyard of someone’s place as they set up make shift stalls selling grilled seafood which is caught locally and dried for later use. Over the years, this place has become one of the main tourist attractions but it is still a place to go to if you prefer a laid back visit and away from modernisation.
Night markets bring live to the city that never sleeps. From the popular Lady Street to the famous Temple Street, who can resist the cool evening weather walking in the market, grabbing cheap bags and accessories, toys for the kids, and even creative souvenirs for your friends and family back home. It’s a place where you can spend hours shopping and I would say it’s definitely much better than our Pasar Malams (night market in Malay) in Singapore.
You should be enjoying yourselves and are you planning to get anything back from Hong Kong? Many would consider ordering roasted goose and some would prefer to get local pastries back. Kee Wah bakery 奇華餅家 suits those who prefers to buy popular Cantonese stuffs back. Beautifully packaged and designed, the products at Kee Wah are suitable for gifts and it’s also available online!
Of course there are so many more places that you can go to and do share with me with the places that you've been to and I can visit the next time. But before I end here, don’t you want to know where I have been for the wonderful good food in Hong Kong? Follow me on my next blog for the Eat Eat Eat Hong Kong!
From taste to techniques around the globe, the highly anticipated gourmet fair returns with an even more vibrant collection of international flavours. You can get to see all the creations of famous chefs from their award winning restaurants housed in Marina Bay Sands, pique your appetite for exploration with a palate-pleasing weekend that takes you to the world’s kitchens and cellars.
Its considered the heaven for great food and wine at this event and be sure to catch a glimpse of your favourite chefs like David Myers, Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Pluck, Mario Batali, Tetsuya Wakuda, Justin Quek and lots more. There will be lots of great food, wine tasting, classes, and also chance for you to purchase some groceries which these chefs have been using for their preparations in the restaurants at MBS.
So what are the top 5 things that you should look out for at this event?
With over 30 free masterclasses over the weekend, brush up on your culinary skills and pick up some tips from the gurus. Yes! You learn from the best and only the best, get culinary tips from the masterclasses during this event and who knows you might be the next Michelin Starred Celebrity Chef!
Managed to attend Chef Tetsuya Wakuda's Masterclass and he is the only chef who is very friendly and down to earth mingling, sharing and taking pictures with the guests.
Ever wondered what are the ingredients that these famous restaurants are using? Where do you get the best ingredients like what your favourite chefs have been using? Head to the Farmer's Market and buy from who the restaurants buy from -- and at lower prices than your grocery store!
Know something about wine pairing? Pair your picnic of signature dishes from award-winning restaurants with a bottle of wine from the Wine Walk – you can also look out for great deals and add them to your home collection!
Head over to the Epicurean Bar for hourly tasting sessions and specially concocted cocktails by award-winning mixologists. This might give you some inspirations for the next Singapore Sling!
And of course, this event doesn’t end at 6. You can stay on till after dark and party with resident DJs from CÉ LA VI on Friday and Saturday night. Have a drink or two at the bar with the famous chefs and check out pop-up restaurants too!
Food, food galore from the finest cuisine from the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and be treated to the culinary mastery of the celebrated chefs and savour their signature dishes and many other exciting treats! I have to try the sashimi on crackers from Adrift, Long Chim's prawn paste fried rice with mushroom and sweet pork, DC Comic Superheroes Cafe's black charcoal burger with pulled pork, chirashi from Hide Yamamoto, lovely dessert, durian ice cream with toasted sandwiches by Chef Justin Quek from Sky on 57 and of course the new addition, Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen's pork belly sliders.
Wonderful cuisine and there are so many more dishes to try on but I've only got one stomach! There are many more pictures of today's event and you can just click on to the gallery button below for more pictures on my Facebook page!
Way to go for a great start to an enjoyable 3 days event! Its only Day #1 and you have 2 more days to go!! Its still not too late to join in the fun fill even with superb food and wine and not forgetting the wonderful experiences when you attend the Masterclasses! Cheers!
There are so many foods available in Macau, from the local delicacies like the Portuguese cuisines, to lovely local Macanese food like the pork chop bun and egg tarts. You can certainly find a great variety of choices from noodles to rice and even bite size snacks as you walk along the streets of Senado Square or around Taipa Village.
Wong Chi Kei, located near Senado Square is one of the popular eats around the area. Available in Macau and in Hong Kong, Wong Chi Kei is famous for their handmade noodles which are very different visually comparing to our usual Mee Kia in Singapore. Thinner noodles but yet it packs a good chew to it, with a firm texture and a bite, you know that the handmade noodles had some good beating to it and the process of cooking it, is delicate and requires great skill. Wonton and the shrimp dumplings both had fresh shrimps in it and the dumplings have a mixture of meat and fish for the distinct taste. You can try some other dishes as well and even the pig intestines are yummy!
If the weather is very warm and humid, why not take a break and have a cup of herbal tea to cool yourself down? Tai Sing Kung can be found just before Ruins of St. Paul’s and you can drink it on the spot or even buy a bottle to have it later.
Tai Lei Loi Kei which has an outlet in Singapore is also packed with tourists going for their famous pork buns! There are a variety of pork chop dishes available and here the meat is wonderfully marinated and the generous amount of meat in the small bun makes me wanna chomp it all down!
Mok Yi Kei, a famous dessert shop at one end of the Taipa village food area, you can find huge selections of juices, ice creams (even Mao Shan Wang Durian flavoured!) and one of the popular one is sawdust pudding aka Serradura.
It is actually a layered chilled dessert made up of a sweetened, vanilla whipped cream and crushed Marie biscuits. I would say this is forgettable and not very impressive. How I wish I have chosen the durian ice cream instead :(
Fancy some familiar coffee? The Starbucks outlet located at Taipa Village is in yellow (well the uniform and the logos used in the stall are the original ones)
How about buying traditional biscuits and cookies from Macau? They are also available in Hong Kong too but here in Macau, so many branches and some of them are more than a century old!
Last but not least, how can you leave Macau without having the famous Portuguese Egg Tarts? In my next blog, I will share with you several egg tarts in Macau that you can enjoy and which are the ones which are tasty!
When you’re in Macau, what triggers your taste buds in a mad frenzy would be their tasty pastries and the king of all would be Pastel de nata, Portuguese Egg Tarts, it is available in countries with significant Portuguese immigrant populations. The egg tarts are created with a puff pastry base which holds the wonderful, custard which is similar to the texture of crème brûlée and what defines these tarts from the usual egg tarts would be the caramelized top.
During my trip, I have sampled the 4 different tarts from and each tart, although similar in the baking process, the taste varies and I feel it suits different individuals. Take out your tissue papers and ready to savour (visually) the wonderful pastel de nata from Macau.
Koi Kei Bakery
Famous for the largest number of chain store around Macau, this popular bakery shop besides being famous for its crunchy peanuts and ginger candies, and over 300 items available for you to buy, they have fresh Portuguese egg tarts available at almost all their outlets for you to have. A distinct taste of the old school egg tart puff with a lovely blend of custard mix, I am sure it will fill your tummy as you walk along the busy streets of Taipa village or around Senado Square.
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Fans of Hello Kitty will scream with delight and as you walk towards this lovely outlet, the lovely design and layout of the shop will standout with people taking selfies or even wefies with the famous character, this feline icon gives a new twist to the local delicacies. From meat jerkies (bak gua) to macarons, the branding is everywhere. As for their egg tarts, it’s very unique in terms of the size and the taste. Its pop size egg tarts which the custard is made from Hokkaido milk to give the rich taste to it. The caramel crust on top of it gives you a sweet aftertaste as you continue to pop the next tart into your mouth. Who can resist taking pictures of the lovely presentation of their packaging?! Great effort for service and creativity and you should try it!
R Bar, Hard Rock Hotel
Even on the pastry section for your buffet meals in the hotel, you will find this iconic pastry and when you’re at Hard Rock Hotel Macau, you can try out their buffet selections at the R Bar. Who says that quality of food in a buffet setting would be compromised? The wonderful Portuguese egg tart at R Bar is comparable to many of the shops known for baking it. Rich custard and the taste linger around beautifully.
Lord Stow’s Bakery & Café
The number one and must try Portuguese egg tart is at Lord Stow’s. A queue forms even before the shop opens and luckily that they do have outlets available, otherwise I couldn’t imaging the time spent on waiting for this magnificent pastry. Perfect puff, soft but yet crisp on the base puff and smooth custard which flirts with your taste bud as you let it flow down your throat. The sweet and thin crisp of caramel on top will make you wonder why, why would you have not bought more of the tarts back.
Do give these a try and share with me your opinions of the tastes and I am sure you have some other shops to recommend to me!
Where to get it?
Koi kei Bakery
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Travessa de S. Domingos 5-7A Edf.
Pak Hou, A R/C Macau,
Tel: +853 2835 6543
R Bar Hard Rock Hotel Macau
Level 1, Hard Rock Hotel
Open Sunday to Thursday:
7:00am – 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday & Public Holiday Eve:
7:00am – 11:00pm
Lord Stow's Bakery
I have been trying out and enjoying many ramen shops all around even before I started out writing my blog. But Buta God is one of the ramen places where I thought I have to share their creation to you. I had even showcased one of their ramen on my Instagram page. Chef Mamoru Kanaya puts in a lot of time and passion, creating and introducing luscious and daring ramen flavours. I am fortunate to have met him and had a small chat with him about his new creation.
Been to Japan previously helps me to identify many flavours of fantastic ramen in the country and few would stick to their foundations and stringent preparation process once they are being franchised or expanding. Some might even tweet their recipe to suit the local’s taste buds. For me it is their original recipe and their love for the creation which brings me back.
Buta God caught my attention in 2014 when they introduced their mammoth ramen, the Quattro God Ramen, a massive bowl of meat and wonderful ramen. A total of 4 lovely kinds of meat which Chef Mamoru took pains to prepare and spending long hours making his famous broth. Steamed chicken thigh meat which is nicely cooked, well marinated beef slices which is flavourful, beautiful marbling on the pork belly and of course the heavenly chashu (stewed pork) which is fatty and melts in your mouth! Instead of the usual lava egg for many traditional ramen, Buta God uses poach egg for this dish which is a nice pairing especially when the egg mixes with the broth.
Besides their limited special ramen creations, they do have a standard set of ramen flavours to choose from and one of them is their spicy, Red Hell Ramen, which they take pride in creating the out of the world spicy oil/sauce. Do include some sides like a refreshing spring roll (Vietnamese inspired), crispy gyoza, or the popular Sukiyaki Teppan which is using marinated pork belly cooked in teppankayi style and topped with a poach egg and generous amount of spring onions.
Today I came for another funky creation from Chef Mamoru, Buta God’s Fuwa-Fuwa Cloud Series. You have 4 options to choose from and a cloud inspired dish. Fluffy white “clouds” made from egg whites (meringue) which is an interesting experience for food. Light, foamy texture which surprisingly taste good with the broth and by itself, it absorbs the rich taste of the meat and broth underneath. And topped with a yolk which resembles the Sun, the yummy pork belly meat which is underneath and I chose the King of God Cloud which adds in a few more slices of the mouthwatering chashu! The other 3 choices were the God Cloud Ramen (original), Night Cloud Ramen (with black garlic oil) and the Sunset Cloud Ramen (spicy flavour!).
Chef Mamoru shared with me about the time taken to prepare the ingredients just for this Cloud series. Rich flavourful pork broth is done daily and fresh ingredients are added for the preparations, the chashu, takes about 3hrs to prepare and cook it and another 2-3hours for it to be marinated to absorb all the yummy taste! The springy ramen is cooked upon order by the staffs and no wonder Buta God is one of the best. A wonderful event today which saw many supporters coming to try out their new creation and I am sure after reading this, you will too!
Buta God can be located at:
Ramen Champion Great World City
Ramen Champion Bugis+
Ramen Champion Changi T3