So I’ve been stuffing my face.
But whats new?
Dumplings. Egg tarts. Egg yolk buns. Noodle soup. You name it… I stuffed my face with it.
There’s tons of amazing food here, but unfortunately, many of these places aren’t very “photogenic.” The food presentation looks “meh,” but it makes up for it because these places aren’t pre-occupied with the presentation- the food is actually bomb AF.
Often times, they hustle you in… make you sit with other patrons at the same table, and serve your food within minutes after ordering. You could be in and out of a restaurant within 10-12 minutes depending on how fast you can slurp down your noodles.
If you’ve been to HK or if its your first time… it can be extremely overwhelming.
All the restaurants start sounding the same… they even start to look the same? But don’t worry, here’s a guide to Hong Kong eats. I’ve got you covered from the best OG noodle spots to the most traditional milk tea to the…. Michelin star dim sum spots.
Tsim Chai Kee Noodles
Deets: Come here for some bombass wonton noodle soup. Ask for the bigger flat white noodles, you won’t be disappointed.
Come to Mott 32 for the best bougie Dim Sum experience
Deets: Hands down, Mott 32 is my FAV dim sum spot in Hong Kong. I’d eat here everyday if I could, but then I’d be broke. The space is so unique and is nothing like you’d ever expect in a traditional dim sum restaurant.
What to get: Crispy pork belly, Char siu (made with Iberico pork), Sui mai (made with kurobuta pork).
PS: Reservations are needed at least 1 week in advance.
Tai cheong bakery
Deets: If you’re looking for the best egg tarts in Hong Kong, come to Tai Cheong Bakery. Think: sweet, flakey, buttery goodness. Lines can run out the door, but don’t worry- it moves pretty fast.
Lei garden: 1 Michelin star
Deets: You just can’t go wrong at Lei Garden. This place is reasonably priced and is always consistent.
What to order: Cheung fun, soup dumplings, sui mai
Address: Shop 3007-3011, 3/F., International Finance Centre
Deets: come to Yardbird for a fun experience and for some damn good yakitori. The ambiance is chill, fun, and hip. They don’t take any reservations, so make sure you come right when they open to avoid the crazy lines.
Deets: This is the best place to experience delicious dim sum at a reasonable price. They give you a sheet to fill out, and you get to mark anything on the menu that you want to try. Obviously, we ordered wayyyyyy too much in the picture above (more on that story here).
PS: They don’t take reservations, so try avoiding peek lunch & dinner hours.
What to get: Baked Bun with Barbecue Pork, Steamed Fresh Shrimp Dumpling, Steamed Pork Dumpling with Shrimp, Pan Fried Turnip Cake
Deets: this is for all my Instagrammers. Come here for the photos and likes because the food is just OK.
What to get: The playful BAO’s that have filling inside.
Deets: I’m pretty sure I’m obsessed with this place and have eaten here at least 3 times a week. Din Tai Fung is known for their soup dumplings made fresh to order. 100% recommend you guys coming here!
PS: Don’t get intimidated by the long lines: it’s worth it and moves pretty fast. Try avoiding peak hours.
Deets: Trust me on this… you guys HAVE TO experience hot pot in Hong Kong. If you don’t know what it is… you basically share a hot pot (you can choose your broth) and cook all your meat in front of you. It’s a fun group experience.
What to order: Kobe beef is a must get. I know this is going to sound weird AF, but you gotta get a plate of ostrich. The meat is unlike anything I’ve ever had: its so tender, soft, and just melts. If that’s too much for you, stick with the kobe beef.
Deets: Come here for the legendary Hong Kong milk tea. If you see a long line outside, just go up to the woman taking orders and tell her you want your milk tea to-go.
Address : 2 Gage Street, Central
HK is my favorite place for food! Lei Garden’s Crispy Pigeon is really good! Go for it next time you are in CSB. There’s also a dessert place nearby – Cong Sao Star Desserts where they serve honeydew Sago (very refreshing)
– reading your blog for my trip to SF this coming March, looking forward to trying your recommendations!
Nick – Manila, Philippines
This is PERFECT!!! Just booked marked your page for my next trip out there.
What was your top spot? I only have 1 day in HK and want to make the most out of it. Thank you in advance!
Make a reservation for Mott 32! You don’t be disappointed :)
Yesssss!! I’ve been waiting for your food guide!! Been following your adventures on snapchat and can’t wait to try these places out next month :)
Have the best time :) Thanks for following along!