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Going to HK alone for two days in March - where to eat?

NilesCable Feb 8, 2010 06:58 AM

I am going to China for business in March and will spend around two days in Hongkong also. This will be my third time, but to my shame I have to say that I have never eaten any real Chinese food in Hongkong, as I always go there alone. All the restaurants I have seen have these typical big Chinese tables with the round plate in the middle and I dont know where to go for lunch and dinner all alone, so two of the previous visits I only ended up at a McDonalds and ony time I was able to eat at the kitchen of the Conrads, as my father is friends with their Chef (tough I dont know if he still works there).

I really love Cantonese food, so where can you point me to for going to eat alone? And should I try to go to Jumbo Kingdom in Aberdeen, or is this just a tourist trap best only visited for sightseeing?

I will stay at the Mira hotel in Kowloon, so I think about trying their buffet at Yamm one time, anyone can recommend it?

Thanks for your help!

  1. PeterL Feb 9, 2010 12:14 PM

    While it is better to have a group to dine together, it's quite possible to eat alone in HK. Try dim sum. Go a little early, say, 11:00 am, and you can sit comfortably by yourself and enjoy your meal before the lunch time rush. Ask your hotel to recommend a dim sum place nearby. There should be plenty of choices near your hotel. Yes Jumbo is touristy.

    You may also want to try a "tea cafe" (cha chian tang), a unique HK experience, kind of the McDonalds of Cantonese food, but much better.

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    1. re: PeterL
      NilesCable Feb 9, 2010 11:37 PM

      Thanks for your answer, PeterL. Sadly I dont know anyone in HK and being there on business, I dont have someone with me from home.

      Is it easily possible to eat alone at a DimSum restaurant? I wanted to try this for the past visits, but everone told me that for DimSum to go with less than 4 people it is not possible to do well. I was told that you can only sample two or three different types because you will be stuffed with that.

      1. re: NilesCable
        PeterL Feb 10, 2010 08:27 AM

        It's definitely possible. Generations of Chinese go to dim sum alone, with their morning newspapers. The only drawback is that you cannot sample too many dishes as you say. Don't go for the high carbo dishes (such as bao), which will stuff you up. Also most dim sum places have gone to the check order system instead of carts, so you pretty much have to know what you are ordering. Ask your hotel to recommend a place with push carts.

        1. re: NilesCable
          tt1688 Feb 10, 2010 01:15 PM

          I second Peter on this. I myself eat Dim Sum alone all the time. However, there IS a caveat. I assume you do not have a lot of prior dim sum experiences? The lone eaters at dim sum places are mostly experienced eaters, the "one tea pot, two dishes" crowd (some help with a better translation please :-) ). In fact, if you go early, you can spot the difference. The groupies - with a whole table of various items - are usually the tourists or at least not regulars.
          For someone who eats dim sum all the time, he already know what he wants and what's good at a particular restaurant. while that obviously is not possible for a visitor, Peter's strategy will work well too. And better yet, let this experience kick start your dim sum hobby so next time you would know exactly which two dishes you want. :-)

          1. re: tt1688
            NilesCable Feb 10, 2010 11:08 PM

            I only have Dim Sum experience from a rather good "Asian" restaurant here in Austria. The basic menu they have is the typical "European style Asia food" that is very trendy here now, mixing dishes from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia (of course everything changed to match the European taste) into one menu card. But they have a Chinese Dim Sum Chef and a big selection of Dim Sum on their card, so everytime I go there I will try some. So now I want to try the real deal in HK to be able to compare how close to the original they stick here.

            1. re: NilesCable
              micheniche Feb 11, 2010 12:02 AM

              I had dim sum alone many times. I think it's perfectly fine. Nobody really pays much attention to you. It's self-consciousness most of the time that gets you. Just bring a book or have your phone near you. :)

              1. re: micheniche
                NilesCable Feb 11, 2010 12:44 AM

                I look forward to try the Dim Sum. Any recommandations on what I should try out?

                1. re: NilesCable
                  micheniche Feb 11, 2010 02:49 AM

                  You should try what you feel like trying. Usually, I order char siu bau, steam turnip/yam cake, scallop dumplings, beancurd roll with duck feet... because these are my favourites.

                  Anyway, you should go try Fu Sing at Wan Chai.

                  And do check this link out:

                  Fu Sing is like everybody's favourite. Price-wise, some of my friends said that it is reasonable. And if you go there, do try their char siu polo bun ( Wiki up pineapple buns!


                  However, if you are feeling a little Michelin-ish, Tang Court in Langham TST (which is really near Mira. Google map it! ) or you can try the really overpriced (For four people, the meal costs about 1300 HKD )/overrated ( Because I think one star is based on the night view ) Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel, central, although I personally think that the food there is very good because they manage to make simple things really lovely. The food there tastes like my childhood. :)

                  Some people say that the food in Tang Court is similar to Lung King Heen. I can't justify that.

                  1. re: micheniche
                    NilesCable Feb 11, 2010 04:53 AM

                    Great link and thanks on the info on what Dim Sum you like.

                    The tips of Langham TST (I know the location, as I am eager to always see as much of HK on foot as possible) and Four Seasons is nice, but for trying what HKers taste, I think it would be better to stay away from the hotel restaurants, right?

                    Does anyone know a website that shows the typical Dim Sum with english description along with their Chinese name?

                    1. re: NilesCable
                      micheniche Feb 11, 2010 05:05 AM

                      Wikipedia is the best bet, currently.

                      But some of them might not be listed.

                      Well, I don't tend to stay away from the hotels because nothing possibly wrong could happen and even if it did, then, you can always can something replaced. And service is exceptional. But I don't do completely all-hotels either because what is the point of going to Hong Kong without trying out of the less hotel-ly things?

                      Like street food or char chan tengs ( HK cafes ) or their more casual dim sum places...

                      1. re: micheniche
                        NilesCable Feb 11, 2010 05:57 AM

                        Thanks again, I totally forgot to check todays typical source for all thing, wikipedia. :)

      2. micheniche Feb 10, 2010 02:28 AM

        I have just returned from Hong Kong about one month ago. I stayed in the Mira too but I avoided the buffet altogether because seriously, what Hong Kong has to offer is so much more tempting than the Mira.

        There's loads of Hong Kong street food on Haiphong Street, Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Shui. It's on the way to Harbour City.

        If you want to do char chan teng. Head to Bute Street at Mongkok. Just take the MTR from TST ( The nearest exit from Mira Hotel is just very near. Ask help from the concierge. They are very lovely people!) and head to Mongkok. You will realise that different exits will bring you to different places.

        There is the Tung Choi and Tung Choi south exit, but I can't remember which. Just becareful and keep your eyes on the tourist maps on each MTR station because they are really helpful in getting you to Bute Street. Just find the exit which is the closest to Bute Street. If you went to the right exit, you will come across this Bridge which looks like the Central Bridge except the one in Mongkok is much older. Use the bridge to bring you to the nearest street to Bute Street.

        On the way to Bute Street, you will come across places like Tai Hing roast

        Tai Hing Roast
        Unit C, G / F, Kai Wan Building, 142-146 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
        Or you can google Tai Hing Roast Hong Kong. There's an english option for their website.

        Also, on Bute Street there are several cafes ideal for breakfast.

        I also accidentally stumbled across this cantonese eat out called Best/Very Good ( not sure the exact name ) restaurant. I don't know the address but I know that it is famous for their che zai mein ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cart_noodle


        Oh and somewhere near Bauhaus ( a boutique's name ) on Nathan Road, they sell really good egg waffles!

        I think getting someone to go with you is fairly easy if you ask around on the chowhound board.

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        1. re: micheniche
          NilesCable Feb 10, 2010 05:28 AM

          Thanks for the tips Micheniche, I will be sure to pay a visit to Bute Street and Tai Hing Roast! Of course, finding a local chowhound to go to a good HK-cuisine restaurant with me so I can experience a real HK-dinner (or lunch) with a big selection of food on the table to choose from would be great, I will try my luck to find someone for that here on the board, thanks for that great tip!

          I was considering the Yamm buffet as I have read some very good reviews about them and I love good Japanese food. As far as I know they also offer wagyu beef on the buffet for dinner, which is a great extra. It is very difficult and very expensive to get your hands on a correctly prepared wagyu in Austria, where I live. The last I had was in a great tiny Restaurant in Germany, an Entrecote steak for 65 Euro (around 90 US-$), serving for 2 persons.

          Regarding the hotel: I have stayed at the Mira the first time last September and was very pleased with the rooms and especially the friendliness and helpfulness of their staff, even tough the hotel was still in the finishing touches of the renovation. Especially Freddy from the reception desk was a very nice guy. I have stayed at the Langham Place the previous two times and their behaviour was very snotty, even tough I got upgraded to a Suite for free on my second stay (sadly one night only), as it was a Chinese holiday and they were fully booked.

          I really like the special service they give you at the Mira, with in-room internet included (unlike most other hotels in HK, that charge up to HK-$ 20 per day) and the local cellphone that is used as in-room phone and can be taken outside so that you are reachable all day under the hotel number, no matter where in HK you are.

          1. re: NilesCable
            micheniche Feb 10, 2010 06:02 PM

            The renovation is done the other time I went there. :) I really loved the Ipod/Iphone dock. :)

            Anyway, Welcome

        2. Charles Yu Feb 10, 2010 05:37 AM

          When exactly will you be in HK?

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          1. re: Charles Yu
            NilesCable Feb 10, 2010 06:00 AM

            I will arrive on Monday 22nd of March (not knowing the time yet, as I visit the Guangzhou and Dongguan furniture exhibitions and have Monday with a big ? as it is possible that I need to visit some factories on that day before going to HK) and my flight home leaves on Wednesday the 24th at 13:40. So basically I have time for at least two dinners and one lunch in HK and one lunch at the airport.

            1. re: NilesCable
              Charles Yu Feb 10, 2010 03:01 PM

              I'll be in HK during this period as well! In fact, I might be teaming up with a New York Chowhound for a mini-chowmweet. If you are interested, go to my profile and send me an e-mail. I'll keep you up-dated. Cheers!

              1. re: Charles Yu
                NilesCable Feb 11, 2010 12:43 AM

                Thanks for the offer, I have sent you an mail as this would be an opportunity I would not want to miss!

                1. re: NilesCable
                  erica Feb 11, 2010 10:41 AM

                  Yes, Niles--we will be there more or less at the same time--I arrive on the 23rd. My guess is that we will have some great eating in store as we follow our leader, Charles Yu!

                  1. re: erica
                    Charles Yu Feb 11, 2010 04:02 PM

                    Hello Erica!
                    Nilescable has e-mailed me. Right now, looks like our mini-chowmeet is a go!
                    Hope to see you all!

                    1. re: Charles Yu
                      NilesCable Feb 11, 2010 11:46 PM

                      Thats great! I really look forward to this!

              2. re: NilesCable
                klyeoh Feb 11, 2010 09:07 PM

                If you want a HK Cantonese lunch at the airport, Maxim's on the Check-in Mezzanine Level 8 serves a wide variety of dim sum. I liked the seafood with crispy egg noodles. Hang Heung (on the same floor) also serves a good variety of Cantonese food.

                1. re: klyeoh
                  NilesCable Feb 11, 2010 11:48 PM

                  Sounds interesting. Is there also a place for good noodles at the airport anyone can recommend?

                  1. re: NilesCable
                    klyeoh Feb 11, 2010 11:55 PM

                    If you're looking for specifically noodle joints at HKIA, there's Crystal Jade La Mian at the Arrival level (it's good - mainly Shanghainese-style noodle dishes, also famous for its xiao long bao/soup dumplings), or Taiwanese beef noodles at Level 6 (I think) which has a more robust flavor - very popular amongst locals.

                    There's also the King's Palace wanton noodle joint in the transit area's food hall after you pass immigration. Very generous portions & reasonably priced:


                    1. re: klyeoh
                      NilesCable Feb 12, 2010 01:12 AM

                      Crystal Jade sounds interesting and I remember that it caught my eye the last time I arrived in HK, but I was on a busy shedule at that time. I will be sure to try it this time around, thanks for the tip!

                      1. re: klyeoh
                        Charles Yu Feb 12, 2010 06:26 PM

                        For noodles, looks like every one is forgetting the best one!!! 'Hang Heung's' on the Mezzanine level, Departure Hall, Terminal one. Their wonton noodles, braised beef brisket and tendons as well as the penny hot sauce shredded pork lo-mien can rub shoulders with some of HK's downtown best, such as Mak's and Tasty!

                        1. re: Charles Yu
                          NilesCable Feb 13, 2010 04:47 AM

                          It seems like finding he right place to dine at the airport alone is a big task. :) But I will be sure to try at least one of the places for noodles, maybe I will be able to try both, one when arriving and one when leaving HK.

                          1. re: Charles Yu
                            PeterL Feb 13, 2010 10:06 AM

                            There are also plenty of dining options at Terminal 2. There is a very good noodle house there that we like.

                            1. re: PeterL
                              klyeoh Feb 17, 2010 05:51 PM

                              Wong Chi Kei on level 6, T2.

                            2. re: Charles Yu
                              EarlyDrive Feb 27, 2010 05:49 AM

                              Charles -- will have 6 hours in HKIA (en route from YYZ to BKK) -- can I access Hang Heung's on that stopover (i.e. if it's in Departures, can I get there when I am arriving and am in transit -- not sure how the airport works)?
                              Thanks Charles.

                              1. re: EarlyDrive
                                Charles Yu Feb 27, 2010 06:45 PM

                                Hello EarlyDrive,

                                Assuming you have a Canadian Passport, with a 6 hours layover, I would take the transit/boarding pass with you, go through customs and immigration and take the Airport express train to downtown. Its an easy direct hop on - hop off ride. Based on a conservative estimate of 1 hour travel time and 1 hour clear custom/re-checking in time, you still have 4 hours of quality time left for eating and sight seeing!

                                At the end of the ride, directly above the train station is the huge IFC complex. In there, you will find tons of restaurants and shops. Eating places range from 'Tasty' - IMO, the best won-ton noodle in town to Michelin 3* restaurants such as Lung King Heen and Caprice. You can also choose to take the connecting flyovers and walk to other nearby commercial complexes that house tons of eating places.

                                As well, if you are a true foodie, there is an amazing supermarket called ' City super' in the complex, that is not to be missed. There, you'll find, for example, 3-4 kinds of Jamon Iberico or 3-4 kinds of Italian Prosciutto from Parma or San Danielle. Marbled Prime and Wagyu beef from the States, Alberta, Australia and Japan. Oysters from North America's east and west coast, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand...etc. Then, there are foie gras, sushi, smoked salmon from Canada east and west coast, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, France...etc

                                However, if you decide to stay within the airport confine, I believe with your boarding and transit card as well as passport, you can simply go through immigration and head over to the departure terminal. After your meal there, just re-check in. Without any luggage, it should be a pretty straight forward process. Don't forget Hong Kong is totally bi-lingual. So its very easy to navigate around!

                                Good Luck!

                                1. re: Charles Yu
                                  EarlyDrive Mar 1, 2010 08:59 PM

                                  Charles, thanks for the reply. Some excellent suggestions -- I haven't decided whether to stay in the airport or head into the city but, if I do head, I will definitely check out some of your suggestions including City Super which sounds great. Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

                                  1. re: Charles Yu
                                    micheniche Apr 10, 2010 09:40 PM

                                    I love City Super! They sell good japanese desserts. :D

                            3. re: NilesCable
                              NilesCable Feb 17, 2010 11:33 PM

                              I think I will try the Crystal Jade when I arrive, as this is directly on my way from the arrival hall to the bus terminal, so I can get a good meal and dont have to carry my luggage through half the airport for it. Thanks for all your suggestions!

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                        SoupNoodles Feb 10, 2010 06:34 PM

                        Niles, I've been going to Hong Kong since about 1998, and I've eaten many superb meals alone. It's easy. McDonald's is simply not an option given the incredible local food that is the primary motivator of my trips.

                        One easy thing to do solo is hotel Cantonese. The Cantonese place in the Inter-Continental is superb (it used to be called Lai Ching Heen, now it has some other name with three words, but by any name it's truly excellent, either for the dim sum set lunch (which they will serve for one), or at dinner. Ditto T'ang Court in the Tsim Cha Tsui Langham Hotel.

                        Do you love soup noodles, or are you eager to learn to love them? Then try Mak's Noodles on Wellington in Central, or Tsim Chai Kee just about across the street, or WIng Wah at 89 Hennessey in Wan Chai. Got a breakfast? Try some of the great fish congee at Sang Kee in Sheung Wan, on the corner of Burd St and Hillier (or maybe Jarvis, but that's only a block of separation).

                        Want some amazing dim sum? Go to Causeway Bay (Times Square MTR exit), and up to the food court, and hit Chung's Chinese Cuisine (10th floor, I think). If they have the soft-shell crab with chili sauce, don't miss it. Ditto the chicken or goose feet in abalone sauce. But also, their rice rolls are unbelievably good. So are their prices.

                        You can also walk into Yung Kee, also on Wellington St in Central, and order up some of the roast goose. Yes, there are people here who will say there's better roast goose around, and they're probably right, though I haven't visited the places they recommend, and the only better I've had was in the New Territories. The point is that you will have roast goose that will open your eyes. And you can get a combination plate with that and their excellent BBQ pork. It's one of my favorite lunches, to grab that combination plate.

                        Alone is no problem. Arrive early and you won't need a reservation, most places. Yes, you may be seated with other people at a table. That's fine with me. And it's a chance to pick up little pieces of Hong Kong etiquette, like covering your mouth when you use a toothpick.

                        Just walk into places and eat. No more McDonalds!

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                        1. re: SoupNoodles
                          NilesCable Feb 11, 2010 12:41 AM

                          Normally I am no big Burger fan, some two or three times a year will suffice for me. But when you are in a foreign country and dont know where to go for food, it is a last resort for that needed calories. :)

                          But with your help and the help of the other here at this board I am sure I will have a good food experience this time around. So much to eat, so few time...

                          I go to HK mostly because I fell in love with that beautiful city at my first stay in 2007 (a stay that was only some hours!) I find it fantastic that you can go from skyscrapers to a natural environment in around 30 minutes and there is so much to see and do in HK that I would love to spend at least one month there. So everytime I have business in China I try to spend at least one day in HK. Last March I had one whole day and walked over 25kilometers in that city and shot around 500 photos. So far I have visited the Peak twice (and walked up to the top at my last visit), have seen parts of Kowloon and Central and been to TianTan Buddha. This time I would like to visit Stanley and Aberdeen, if time allows Tai-O and maybe take a drive with the Ngong Ping up to the Buddha, as this was closed for service when I was there in September. And maybe the Peak at night, if the view is good. And of course, this time I definitely want to sample the HK-food.

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                          SoupNoodles Feb 10, 2010 06:42 PM

                          Oh, and about the airport. I'll assume you're in Terminal 1, most people are. You can grab dim sum at Maxim's before security. It's OK. It used to be pretty bad, but now it's OK. But I prefer to pass security, and hit Pak Loh Chiu Chow before making my way to the gate. One dish I remember from there is a nice fried green bean dish, vaguely reminiscent of the classic Sichuan dish, but with thicker beans. Personally, I'd skip the classic Soyed goose, egg, etc, because I think it can sit out a while. If I want that, I'll go to their Causeway Bay restaurant while I'm still in towm.

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                          1. re: SoupNoodles
                            NilesCable Feb 10, 2010 11:23 PM

                            They have quite many restaurants at the HK airport, unlike here in European airports. As meal on the plane is lacking some, I always get some food at the HK airport and, because of the first good experience, always steered toward the Wildfire. But I can try Maxims on my arrival already, as I fly in using HK airport and take the bus to Guangzhou from there. So I have no problem spending some time at the airport first to get a good first meal.

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                            RickBehl Feb 12, 2010 05:18 PM

                            Hi there,

                            I have been living in HK for the last 3 years and so can help a little with your trip. There are some good suggestions here already but I'll add my 2 cents (you should be able to google for the full addresses):

                            i) Din Tai Fung in the Silvercord shopping centre (Kowloon): Although not strictly Cantonese if you have not tried the Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung then you have to try these ! In case you don't know they are steamed minced pork (or pork and crab) dumplings which also contain a little 'soup' inside them. They are eaten with a black vinegar and ginger sauce. The original branch in Taiwan is an institution even mentioned once in the New York Times. Very busy but quick turnaround. Also worth trying there are the beef noodles, deep fried pork chop and the stir fried greens are good.

                            ii) Yung Kee on Wellington Street (HK island): Very busy HK institution most known for their roast goose. Do try ! Does get it's fair share of tourists but probably just as many if not more locals too. If you dare, try their 1000 year old eggs !

                            iii) Victoria City Seafood in the Citic Tower, Admiralty (HK island): Best dim sum I have eaten in HK. And one you can actually book. Things to try are the usual dim sum, har gau, siu mai, char siu sow. But don't miss their Char Siu (bbq pork) ! the best in HK !

                            iv) Lei Garden in IFC or Wanchai (both HK island): Typical Cantonese food. Try the Siu Yuk (Crispy Roasted Pork) although most things good... A few unusual Cantonese dishes on the menu including various animal parts not normally eaten !

                            v) Crystal Jade La Mian (a few branches all over): Mixed regional cuisine. Very fast and casual dining and cheap. Try the Xiao Long Bao here (not quite as good as DTF above) and also the excellent Dan Dan Mian (Sichuan spicy peanutty soup with freshly made noodles)

                            vi) Ye Jiang Man on Staunton Street (Soho on HK island): Beijing/Sichuan food. Try the Crispy Peking mutton, the dumplings, jade vegetable...

                            Anyhow, have fun !


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                            1. re: RickBehl
                              NilesCable Feb 13, 2010 04:47 AM

                              Thanks, those are some very interesting tips.!

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                              zyzyxxz Feb 22, 2010 01:00 AM

                              Hope you have fun in HK, I loved it so much I studied abroad 3 years back.

                              One thing I liked was the chain restaurant called Coral Cafe (it has a yellow sign with red letters) not exactly "high end" eatery as others suggest but if you simply can't find something or became too scared to try something alone these chains are always good ways to grab a quick and cheap bite while still being good.

                              I would say go dimsum for sure though, no shame going by yourself!

                              The best thing to do would be just walk the streets yourself, depending on where you stay but try hitting up Mong Kok if you plan to do any shopping and just get something there.

                              If you spot a place with fried dough and soy milk out front try a HK/Chinese breakfast which is typically served with rice porridge as well.

                              The best part about HK is that you can walk down the street 2 blocks and find something tasty! Food is everywhere and choices are so abundant that I hope you don't end up in a McDonald's again (although they have good chicken wings) because how many times will you end up back in HK in your life? Make it worth your while and have no fear because even if you make a fool of yourself in a restaurant you will never see those people again either way. So be adventurous!

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                                NilesCable Mar 2, 2010 05:57 AM

                                I have another question I hope somebody will be able to help me: When I arrive in HK, I have to go to Guangzhou on the same day. But I am thinking of taking a short trip over to the Ngong Ping cable car, as this was closed for repairs during my last visit and I would like to take the drive up and down to make some good photos (when the weather is OK for that).

                                So my question would be: What would be the best way to get from the airport to the Ngong Ping station? Is there a bus or should I take a Taxi?

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                                1. re: NilesCable
                                  Luther Mar 2, 2010 06:41 AM

                                  Shuttle bus S1 runs from the Airport to Tung Chung (where the Ngong Ping cable car departs from). It's about a 30^H^H 15 minute trip. Maybe 15 minutes by taxi? It would be like HK$3 by bus and HK$40 by taxi.

                                  1. re: Luther
                                    NilesCable Mar 2, 2010 07:12 AM

                                    Thanks! 30 minutes by Bus sounds quite long for the short distance, so I think I will prefer to take the taxi, HK$ 40 is a steal compared to Vienna taxi prices!

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                                      Luther Mar 2, 2010 07:24 AM

                                      Oops, I screwed up. 30 minutes for the whole loop, meaning 15 minutes from the airport to TC.


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                                        NilesCable Mar 2, 2010 11:10 PM

                                        The link is great, thanks. I was unable to find the Bus routes for HK on the web so far, so this helps me a lot generally!

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                                  smfan Mar 7, 2010 09:48 AM

                                  Tai-O is a very nice place. Visited about 10 years ago. But be prepared to spend at least 1/2 day there with traveling. Stanley is very touristy.

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                                  1. re: smfan
                                    NilesCable Mar 7, 2010 09:59 AM

                                    Tai-O is on my "To-See" list, but I dont think that I will have the time to go there on this trip. It all depends on when I can leave Guangzhou on Monday, if it is early enough I will immediately after my arrivel in HK get on my way to Tai-O. If not, I have another reason to return.

                                  2. dannyrogue Mar 14, 2010 09:41 PM

                                    Don't let dining alone slow you down, just look at gluttony as a virtue and skill. Plenty of Cantonese people dine alone, old men will go eat dimsum by themselves and read the newspaper all morning while chowing on some dumplings, while you can have some tasty chashao as just a snack, or add some rice to make it a plate. Sure dining alone may limit you when you go for larger meals with dishes, but I recently came back from a day of dining alone in Hong Kong and I ate my way through the city. Check out this link, http://kl.am/8Hse , for some good recommendations.

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                                      EstherLin Mar 21, 2010 06:14 AM

                                      haha, hopefully you didn't miss the Chou Tofu. It smells terrible but melts heavenly in your mouth.

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                                        NilesCable Mar 29, 2010 07:33 AM

                                        So I am back from my trip and finally found the time to write something about it.

                                        When I arrived at the airport, I tried some noodles at the Crystal Jade, but sadly I chose some that were rather bland in taste, but otherwise they were fine.

                                        I tried the noodles at MAK, which were very good and then some milk tea two or three doors down from Maks, thanks to Charles Yu who spent the afternoon with me.

                                        Later we went to Fu Sing to meet up with Erica for a very nice mini-chowmeet, the food was great and I had a very nice evening. I really hope that I can repeat that next year, maybe for a larger chowmeet in HK.

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                                        1. re: NilesCable
                                          Peech Mar 29, 2010 03:39 PM

                                          No one's gonna be impressed by Crystal Jade. It's a chain whose quality has been going down over time.

                                          Glad you met up with Charles. We also had 2 chowmeets before he met up with you, at the Chairman as well as Fan Tang. Both good places.

                                          1. re: Peech
                                            NilesCable Mar 30, 2010 04:16 AM

                                            Crystal Jade was recommended here in this thread when I asked on where to have a first meal when I arrive, before going to mainland.

                                            As I wrote, the noodles were not bad, but I would have prefered something a little by more flavoury/spicy.

                                            1. re: NilesCable
                                              M_Gomez Mar 31, 2010 01:28 AM

                                              I think you asked if there's a place to get noodles in Chek Lap Kok airport in the first place. Unless there's a Chairman or Fan Tang-quality restaurant in Chek Lap Kok airport, I would say Crystal Jade is as good as any.

                                              Don't listen to Peech, my dear - that guy is swimming in cash and has such expensive tastes, LOL!

                                              1. re: M_Gomez
                                                NilesCable Mar 31, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                Thats right, I asked for a noodle place at the airport. And it wasnt bad, just my choice was not the right one.

                                                1. re: M_Gomez
                                                  Charles Yu Mar 31, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                  Crystal Jade is essentially a Northern Chinese dumpling place. For noodles, especially Cantonese varietals, I would pick ' Hang Heung Kitchen' over it anytime. As a comparison NilesCable, if that bowl of wonton noodles we had at Mak's was 100pts, the one at Hang Heung is around 90+. Their sweet and spicy penny hot sauce diced pork lo mien is IMO even better than Mak's!

                                                  M Gomez, as for your comment about Peech, I think it was grossly biased and wrong!! I personally know quite a few so called ' guys swimming in cash' who simply do not have any appreciation of fine food or just food in general, period. Peech, on the other hand has an extremely deep knowledge about 'all' food and have exquisite tastes. I do not swim in cash but I shared the same taste as him from down home cooking to fine dining. A simple plate of ' Gon Chau Ngau Ho' - Fried rice noodles with beef, from Tasty is a fine example of a down to earth, common cheap dish that we both give a thumbs up!! Before one goes ahead and make unsubstantiated comment about a person, may be one should meet the person first?! No?! If you are around next March in HK, may be you should join one of our chowmeet and judge for yourself?!

                                                  1. re: Charles Yu
                                                    M_Gomez Mar 31, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                    I hope you understood from my post that it was a good-natured joke, Charles. I love Peech (and his blog) & his food notes :-)

                                                    1. re: Charles Yu
                                                      NilesCable Mar 31, 2010 11:28 PM

                                                      There will always be a next time (at least I hope so), so that I can try different ones at my next visit.

                                                      This Friday I will try a Chinese Restaurant here in Vienna that was recommended to me shortly ago. They have Shanghai style food, the Chef had a Restaurant in Shanghai for years before moving to Austria and they got 13 points in the 2010 Gault Millau, so I am quite interested in how real Chinese the food will be.

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                                              TungY Apr 13, 2010 12:15 AM

                                              What is good to eat at Jumbo? I ate there over 15 years ago, but can't remember anything special that can linger in my mind.

                                              Or maybe its a tourist trap as Niles mentioned.

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                                              1. re: TungY
                                                klyeoh Apr 13, 2010 02:09 AM

                                                Ah, a new poster - welcome to CH, TungY. Jumbo is a tourist trap.

                                                For "real" HK good eats, do read this board more often: lots of great HK dining tips from CHers like Charles Yu, Peech & many others. And Charles is the go-to guy for great wonton noodles, bar none!

                                                1. re: klyeoh
                                                  Charles Yu Apr 13, 2010 06:46 AM

                                                  Thanks for your compliment my chowhounder friend!! Peech is the 'REAL' master here! Not to mention HKtraveller , Fourseasons ,skylineR33, MGomez and of course yourself.....etc!

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