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Dec 5, 2010 09:25 AM

Hong Kong: Just Left, Want To Go Back

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I got back from our first trip to China, 3 weeks in total ending with 5 nights in Hong Kong. As I’m looking for something to eat for breakfast at home now, I can’t stop thinking how I’d rather be looking for breakfast in Hong Kong. Didn’t do much research before leaving home, but using this board and openrice (which this board led us to) during our trip we found lots of good eating within a few of blocks of our hotel on Wellington St. and elsewhere. As has been noted on this board and from personal experience, two people can’t create too varied a meal at a Chinese restaurant, but we made do. We didn’t do a Michelin tour or do exotic foods, just really enjoyed ourselves. Nothing to add to what’s been covered on other threads, but here’s a list of where we ate:

Night 1
Dinner – Treasure Lake Sea Food: lobster w. noodles, 1/2 crispy fried chicken, stir fried choi sum. Ate most of the lobster myself. Very good chicken, loved the choi sum.
Day 2
Lunch – dim sum at City Hall Maxim’s Palace
Dinner – Island Tang: wagyu short rib and leek casserole, 1/2 roast crispy chicken, stir fried choi sum. Leeks in the casserole were fantastic, excellent chicken. Expensive.
Day 3
Lunch – dim sum at Sun Tung Lok. Hairy crab dumplings, baked abalone puffs, cha siu bao, har gau, spring rolls, and daan taat; all excellent.
Snack – Bubba Gump Shrimp: popcorn shrimp. 1st visit to a Bubba Gump. Very good, much bigger than typical popcorn shrimp in US.
Dinner – Manor Sea Food: 1/2 roast suckling pig, gold coin chicken, braised lettuce. On the short list for next visit. A lot of food, but so good.
Day 4
Breakfast – daan taat from bakery on Gage St. next to mid-level escalator
Lunch – BLT Burger at Harbour City: BLT burger; cooked medium, very good.
Dinner – takeout from Tsui Wah: seafood pan fried noodles with fish, mussels, shrimp, whole scallop, and choi sum. Pretty good deal for $7.50 US.
Day 5
Breakfast – daan taat from bakery on Gage St.
Lunch – Mak’s Noodles: won ton soup, sui gau. Rich, flavorful broth in both dishes, not too salty. Excellent won ton and noodles. Great sui gau.
Dinner – Jumbo Floating Restaurant (because it’s a landmark): steamed fresh abalone, broccoli in crab cream sauce, sweet and sour pork. Very good abalone, good sweet and sour.
Day 6
Breakfast – daan taat from same bakery
Lunch – Yat Lok on Stanley: roast goose leg in noodle soup. Another place for the short list.

We just scratched the surface, but this board really helped us find good food.

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  1. Behold!! You had Dim Sum at a Michelin 3* restaurant!!! STL was awarded that honour just recently!

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Serendipity indeed :-D And to be there before Michelin-driven fame brings in the crowds & make reservations a nightmare!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Yeah, our first Michelin 3*! Dim sum likely had nothing to do with the 3* rating, but it was of superb quality. Now I wish we'd gone back for dinner.

      2. Have you ever heard the heard the Sesame Street song, "one of these things is not like the other"?

        Well, I vote for Bubba Gump!

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        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          I like it! :). We were on top of Victoria Peak Tower at dusk and needed a cocktail and snack, so Bubba Gump was right there. I was just surprised that the shrimp were good.

          1. re: beantowntitletown

            I have some Aussie friends that went to Bubba Gump and said really good things about the food. I know it's hard to believe, but there are other tourists out there besides american tourists and many tourists (especially asian ones) love loud kitschy touristy things. I kind of want to try it actually.

            Similarly ... i live in HK. every expat i've ever met when they go home always go to some super touristy super american place for a meal...ranging from olive garden, to krispy kreme, mcdonalds, etc.

            i go to the chilis in singapore quite often actually as i think it's one of the best burgers in town.

            1. re: Hot Chocolate

              "i live in HK. every expat i've ever met when they go home always go to some super touristy super american place for a meal...ranging from olive garden, to krispy kreme, mcdonalds, etc."

              Note to self: "get new friends".