Ni Hao! Are you considering a trip to Hong Kong and want to know where to eat and drink in this wonderful and vibrant food city? We’ve explored Hong Kong’s food scene and have some great recommendations for you!
In a fast-paced city like Hong Kong, it’s always good to know a few of the top foods to try while you’re there, as well as the best places to find those foods. Hong Kong has many different specialties that will be new to you if you haven’t spent much time there, so it pays to be prepared.
So, if you’re headed to Hong Kong, take a look at this small food guide to make your whole experience even better.
If you’re up for something authentic…
You should definitely try dim sum. This is one of the main reasons why millions of people visit Hong Kong in the first place. One of the most important Chinese traditions is drinking tea (also known as yum cha), and with it you can eat small bite dishes – the dim sum we’re currently talking about.
This is why you can find dim sum literally around every corner of Hong Kong, but only the ones who’ve been there a couple of times know that you have to eat this particular dish at specific restaurants – if you want a good dim sum experience, that is.
Probably the best option is Lin Heung Tea House which, according to CNN has the best atmosphere in the whole city. If you don’t mind waiting for a table, you should definitely check it out. This restaurant was opened in the 1920’s, but is still extremely popular with tourists and youngsters.
However, if you cannot find a place to sit there, you can also try the One Dim Sum and Tim Ho Wan, two other great dim sum places. The atmosphere might be a bit basic, but the food they serve definitely isn’t.
If you’re up for poultry…
The roast goose is a dish you simply have to try while in Hong Kong. This is a dish that’s synonymous with Hong Kong. It’s served here like no where else in the world, and it’s so delicious that you’ll probably wish to come back just to taste it again.
This type of goose is marinated in a blend of a myriad spices (that are being kept secret as there are sometimes even twenty!), then roasted using charcoal until it’s crispy golden. The roast goose a la Hong Kong is eaten with its skin, which makes the whole experience even better. You feel the skin melting in your mouth, producing the most succulent taste.
One of the best restaurants where you could try this dish is called Yat Lok, which serves the best roast goose according to many. It’s also a Michelin Star restaurant, which proves the quality of the food.
If you’re up for something more familiar…
If you’ve already tried the aforementioned two dishes, then you can branch out and try other cuisines in Hong Kong, too. There are many, not just American food. There are people who are not so much into trying out new cuisines, so they always turn back to something that’s familiar – and that’s totally OK.
Hong Kong offers a wide choice of Californian barbeque-style dishes, so you’ll definitely have something to eat. One of the best restaurants in Central for these types of dishes is Big Sur, where you can eat the classic American burger or all-barbeque-everything while drinking a beer at their bar. The restaurant is open daily from noon to 1 am, so it’s a perfect place for a good lunch or nice and cozy dinner.
If you’re up for dessert…
Hong Kong has many amazing Chinese desserts. If you have a sweet tooth, you should definitely try the mango pomelo sago, a great dessert that was invented in the 1980s by the restaurant chain Lei Garden. As the name suggests, it’s made from mango, pomelo and sago (which is derived from palm trees), and all three ingredients are combined in a sweet soup that you simply have to try.
This dessert can be found in almost any restaurant in Hong Kong, but if you really want the best of the best, you should go to the place of its birth – the Lei Garden.
Even though there are other things that you have to try in Hong Kong, such as seafood, good Sichuanese food, sweet and sour pork – try these four first. Not only will you be enjoying every bite of the way, you’ll probably come back for more as well!
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