Welcome to the Always Uttori Hong Kong Food Guide. Hong Kong is one of the major food capitals of the world. The food options are numerous and oh so delicious. I’ve barely scratched the surface of Hong Kong food during my time in the country, but I’ve created a starter list of a few spots that you may want to try if you’re planning a visit to the region. Some are well-known, and others are a little off the beaten path. All of the spots on the list are definitely worth an uttori thumbs up. Bon appetite.
Sham Shui Po
If you’re not looking to blow all of your travel funds on a meal, but you do want authentic street food, Sham Shui Po is a neighborhood you may want to try. Sham Shui Po is located on Kowloon Peninsula’s northeastern side, and is home to numerous authentic Cantonese restaurants, many of which have been a part of the food scene for decades, or longer. Keep in mind that, if you’re on Hong Kong Island, Sham Shui Po may be a little out of the way, but while you’re there, you can check out the Dragon Centre Mall, or the fabric street market on Cheung Sha Wan Road, where fashion designers often come to purchase wholesale fabrics.
Tim Ho Wan: Famous for being the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world, the original location is in Sham Shui Po. This is the place to go for cheap and delicious dim sum, a Cantonese specialty. Don’t miss out on the pork buns, congee, or shu mai. You can try three or four different kinds of dim sum (with three coming per order) for just a little over $100 HKD, about $12 USD.
Address: G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing St
Noble Dessert: if you have a sweet tooth and want to try a traditional Chinese dessert, check out Noble’s. They have a wide variety of authentic Chinese desserts, from milk pudding, almond tea, dessert toast, ice cream, and more. On my visit, it took studying the menu for about 20 minutes before I finally decided to try the sweet potato toast. Didn’t taste much like sweet potato, but it was tasty. Prices range from about $20-$100 HKD, or $3.00 – $15 USD.
Address: 158 Un Chau St, Cheung Sha Wan
Tamura Bakery Shop: There are bakeries all over Hong Kong, so it’s hard to name one that stands out as the best. If you’re in the area, however, and close to Tim Ho Wan’s, or on your way to Mong Kok, stop by and get the egg tarts. They are some of the cheapest you can find in Hong Kong for $3 HKD or about $.38 cents in US. Inexpensive, but just as delicious.
Address: Tung Lo Ct, Sham Shui Po
There is a lot to do in Mong Kok. And I mean a lot. You can visit the flower market, explore the Ladies Market, or stroll along one of the streets dedicated to a shopping category: sneakers, gold fish, kitchen wares. Mong Kok is located on Kowloon in the Yau Sim Mong district, and is one of the busiest shopping areas in Hong Kong. A visit to Mong Kok (MK) can fill a day. You’re going to need to take a break and get some snacks. Luckily, Mong Kok has many great eats at great prices.
KOI Thé: This bubble tea shop has some unique options including a tea latte series, golden boba, juice, and coffee. I tried the caramel milk tea, and it was delicious. Another great thing about the shop is that you can customize the sweetness. Expect to pay about $14 – $34 HKD, $2 – $5 USD.
Address: Hung Tat Building, 55 Dundas St, Mong Kok
Chun Mei Mei: There are many options for street food in Mong Kok. I happened to stop at this street vendor, where I got the squid stick. It was filling and cheap at $15 HKD, $2 USD. Among other things, they have fish balls, beef, sausage, and much more.
Address: Shop 7A, G/F, Kai Yin Mansion, 12-26 Nelson Street, Mong Kok
Wan Chai is the hipster capital of Hong Kong, filled with niche coffee shops, boutiques, health food stores, and more. There is much to explore in Wan Chai, and with it, lots of good eats. The area is full of expats, so expect higher prices.
La Creperie: Sometimes, you want a French crepe while in Hong Kong. Serving both savory and sweet crepes, you can get a dessert crepe for under $100 HKD, $13 USD. The one featured here is a banana caramel crepe.
Address: Kui Chi Mansion, 1st Floor, 100-102 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai
The Coffee Academics: This is considered one of the best coffee shops in the world. I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so I didn’t order any when I visited the restaurant; but I can attest that the food is decent, and this is a coffee shop that takes coffee seriously with the kind of options a serious coffee lover can appreciate. Sweeteners range from coconut sugar, agave, Indonesian gula jawa, and New Zealand manuka honey. Other drink options include cold-pressed juices, and iced teas, as well as the different espresso choices. Feeling a bit peckish and wanting more than a drink? The Coffee Academics also offers a café style menu. If you want a coffee experience while in Hong Kong, The Coffee Academics has several locations. It is as much about the experience as it is about the coffee. It’s definitely worth checking out. Food Prices Range from $48 – $98 HKD, $7 – $13 USD. Drinks prices: $6 – $8.
Address: 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Causeway Bay is located on Hong Kong Island. It is one of the main shopping centers in Hong Kong, so there is a lot to see, do, and eat. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much of a chance to eat a lot in Causeway Bay, but one stand out spot deserves a shout out.
Hanjuku Kobo– This Japanese bakery is known for their cheese tarts. I made a special trip here to try the famous pastry, and was not disappointed. Served warm, the tart was light, fluffy, creamy, and so satisfying. Prices range from $51 – $100 HKD, $7 – $13 USD.
Address: G/F, 520 Lockhart Road Causeway Bay