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Mar 17, 2008 03:41 AM

Authentic Hongkong Eateries in/near Central & Causeway Bay MTR Stations

I will be travelling to HKG for a week this coming May with my 5yo daughter and several senior citizens in tow. We will be staying at the Disneyland Hotel. I will have barely 2 days out of my busy itinerary to "go out" of the Disney Resort area to explore Victoria Peak, Ngong Ping, go to IKEA and Toys 'R Us in Causeway Bay, ride the tram from Sheung Wan to Causeway Bay, etc. On these 2 days, I would like really like to be able to try out the following while travelling from Sheung Wan to Causeway Bay:
1. Won-ton
2. Dimsum
3. Roasted Duck/Goose and Suckling Pig
4. Egg Tarts
5. Milk Tea
6. Congee

Given that I will only be taking the subway to/from the hotel and travelling w/ kid and elderlies in tow, I would like to find out the best places I can go to be able to sample the best HKG has to offer in terms of the above that are in/around the area of Central, Causeway Bay, Victoria Peak. I have read about several places mentioned in other boards (both here and on other sites) like TSUI WAH RESTAURANT, YUNG KEE, JEN DOW,Mak Un Kee, etc but I have the limitations of not being able to "explore" the area that much to find these places.

I would like to get some help on this and would appreciate very much if "walking" directions can be given to/from the MTR stations (with exits if possible) in the area of Central or Causeway Bay. We are more inclined towards trying restaurants/eateries locals frequent with English menu rather than high-end places in hotels, etc.

Since we will only be able to eat out for lunch and dinner for 1 day, I would like to be able to get the most out of it and try out the best places in/around the area.

I would also like to find out what restaurant/eatery serves the best Hongkong-style food at the arrival and departure areas of the airport. I am planning to eat there too as sort of a last hurrah before we depart.

Thanks so much for the help.

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  1. For your reference, the birthplace of HK milk tea is Lan Fong Yuen. It may be quite a bit of a walk but you may be able to cab it.

    #2 Gut Jee Street, Central. My guidebook says take exit D2 from Central, go up D'agular street and turn into Wellington Street. About 15 min walk. I know Lan Fong Yuen has a proper sit down restaurant since the original place is actually a stall where you sit on these stools elevated above ground (like a 2 or 3 seater bar). Maybe someone can clarify since I have yet to go here :-(. A lot of Japanese tourists also go here.

    You might be able to satisfy your HK milk tea (although not famous for it) and egg tarts (highlight) craving if you are willing to venture to Wanchai.

    Honolulu Cafe / Tahn Doh, Hennessey Rd #176-178. Get out Wanchai MTR station, exit A4, and walk along HR for about 3 mins (per my guidebook). 192 flakey layer "soh pei" egg tart although I hear it is made with lard. HK$4 to $5 in 2002, maybe prices have gone up since then. They are probably more well known for their coffee. Get a pineapple bun with butter while you are at it (bor lor yau), they are also well known for that here. I don't know how their cooked food is though.

    For congee I whole heartedly recommend Lor Fu Kei, Sheung Wan Queens Rd Central #144. Get off Sheung Wan station, exit E and walk about 5 mins. Congee is supposedly made to order. To be honest I have not been back since 1989, but even updated blogs and guidebooks highly recommend this place. They have won ton noodles too but maybe not as famous for it. I'm not sure if they have English translations for their menu.

    1. Your list is almost identical to my HK must eat list (except yours is missing the dai go gei and tofu fa)!

      How many people do you have with you? I suggest getting a cab if there are not too many of you. Taxi's are quite cheap in HK.

      I have photos (from 3 weeks ago) of Milk tea & egg tarts at Honolulu Cafe (along with all the other stuff I ate on the trip), as well as some other standard HK cafe food. I don't think they have an english menu, but you can get the custard tart from the window, or just point at what other people are eating.

      For dim sum, there's always Maxim's (they open quite early) they still used the carts at the Wan Chai branch. But they were more expensive. I had better dimsum on the second floor of a building next to the Western Market in Sheung Wan, that was cheaper..but no carts, and it's the usual check what you want off the paper kind of place (had dim sum 5 times in HK, only Maxim's had the cart).

      For wonton Ho Hung Kee, 2 Sharp St in Causeway Bay, near Time Square. I got the takeaway wonton from there (I was staying just down the street). It was fairly good..very good soup with the wonton. They do have an english menu (with photos!), but they are more expensive at $29 HKD a bowl then the regular neighbourhood wonton/congee joint (anywhere from $11 to $19).

      My family in HK recommended the congee place in Sheung Wan, I didn't get a chance to make it there...but I think they said they have another branch elsewhere in the city...

      The Hong Kong food pics starts about midway.

      1. The Disney hotel is very inconvenient to say the least. I would imagine it would take you close to 45 mins to get to Central. If you want to visit Disney, staying in Causeway Bay and travelling to Disney would be a better bet.

        You can get most of these things in Central on Lyndhurst Terrace. Wonton, Mak Un Gee which is between Lyndhurst Terrace and the escalator (down the hill from the Y intersection where Wellington connects with Lyndhurst). Roast duck at Yung Kee on Wellington (OK but not great). Egg tarts at Tai Chong on Lyndhurst. Milk tea at Lan Fong Yuen which is on lyndhurst. Congee at Lor Fu Kee which is also on Lyndhurst.

        Lan Fong Yuen does have a sit down place but it is very cramped. I wouldn't suggest taking a child and elderlies there during lunch hour.

        1. Thank you all for the suggestions. As a follow up inquiry, does anyone have any experience eating at the following places--
          1. Tai Woo Restaurant
          2. Yung Kee - per HKtraveler, the roast goose is OK but not great. Is there another option to try the best roast goose and suckling pig?
          3. Chee Kee Wonton Noodles Shop
          4. Ho Hung Kee Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop
          5. Wong Chi Kei Noodles & Congees

          What are the above restaurants famous for?
          What should we order when we are there?
          Are the above places near/at MTR stations? Would appreciate "walking" or tram/MTR directions since we are a big group of 10 and taxi might not be an option.

          I have also read in several blogs/boards that Tai Cheong Egg tarts are the best in HK. I checked their location in Google maps and I'm not sure if its worth the trip of having to walk several blocks from the Central MTR station. Is there a bus/tram option to shorten the walk? Or is there a better, more convenient option to get hold of authentic egg tarts? Also, do HK egg tarts similar to Lord Stow's egg tarts in terms of crust, filling, etc? What are the differences/similarities? I like my egg tarts flaky. Is Honolulu a better option? Is there another store other than the one in Wanchai?

          Based on gnomatic's post, I am curious to know what dai go gei and tofu fa are and would want to find out where we can get those, too.

          Lastly, where can the best tasting congee and wonton at the airport? I understand there are 2 terminals. I am not sure where my airline will be landing into. Would appreciate recommendations for both terminals.

          3 Replies
          1. re: St3ph3n

            Was in HK a couple of weeks ago. You would think a good specimen of such a simple thing as an egg tart should not be too hard to find but after one bite I tossed out the first two I bought and ended up going to Tai Cheong, which really has amazing tarts. The pastry crumbles almost as soon as you look at it but is more of a sable (crumbs, not flakes).

            Second recommendation for congee at Law Fu Kee. Well, actually it is a congee and noodle place but I kept going back for congee and never got as far as the noodles. Law Fu Kee is small and I didn't see an English menu; a group that size might not work. There is a Starbucks on the Tai Cheong side of Lyndhurst for those who might just want something normal to nibble on in the morning. Or slip away in the morning while others are eating a hotel breakfast and pop in for a nice bowl of fish slice congee and youtiao, then pick up a couple boxes of tarts to bring back for everyone...

            1. re: pepper_mil

              I want to try Lor Fu Kee - will i manage even without an English menu?

            2. re: St3ph3n

              Oh, and I enjoyed Yung Kee but more for the atmosphere than the actual food. It was a distinctive Hong Kong scene with lots of Europeans in suits with boxes of Tai Cheong tarts being shuffled to the upper floors. (And there was an actual wine list, with actual wine that complemented the roast meat perfectly! I live in China so am deprived of such things.) And they were out of roast suckling pig by the time I got there, so I would aim for getting there before the rush if I go back.