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Jan 26, 2011 12:28 PM

Your Top 3 in Hong Kong

There are lots of posts about food in Hong Kong but I want to keep this thread short + imple.
If you were to leave Hong Kong, what are the 3 food that you want to eat (Cheap/Expensive).
You don't have to agree with the post. Don't repeat. Thank you for your comments in advance.

Name of the restaurant
Name of the food
Address/ Phone number

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  1. There's nothing short or simple about your question. My answers are:

    Won ton soup noodle: at one of the 2 or 3 usual suspects
    Roast goose: at one of the 2 or 3 usual suspects
    Cantonese seafood feast, at one of the 2 or 3 usual suspects

      1. re: evechen

        Man Wah

        - people can google details or just look on Openrice...

        (L'Atelier would be very low on my list - only really rate the Paris L'Atelier).

        1. re: TomEatsHK

          Hey, whaddaya know - those 3 are exactly my choices, too! :-D

          Address details

          Four Seasons Hotel
          Hong Kong
          8 Finance Street
          Central Hong Kong
          Tel: +8523196 8888

          Man Wah
          Mandarin Oriental Hotel
          25th Floor
          5 Connaught Road,
          Central Hong Kong
          Tel: +852 2825 4003

          Mak's Noodles (Original location)
          77 Wellington St.
          Central, Hong Kong
          Tel: +852 2854 3810

          1. re: klyeoh

            Interesting pick about Man Wah considering the myriad of Chinese choices in town?!! And its not even 'star' rated! Ha!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Agreed re: Man Wah. Went there this past weekend and thought it was good but not great. Loved the xiao long bao though.

              Anyway, my three would be Fook Lam Moon, Lei Garden, and Lung King Heen. I wouldn't get the best wonton noodles or egg puffs, but I could probably get the best of everything else.

              1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                We may well have been there at the same time! I was there last Saturday and I think what raised it above for me was that I contacted the chef before and arranged a walk through of some more interesting dishes. It resulted in an exception and well paced meal.

                The other Michelin places have not wowed me yet... I still haven't been to FLM and want to go with a regular if I do on the basis of stories I have heard. I will go back to LKH but before doing so will do a similar thing as I did with Man Wah as my previous visit was uninteresting.

                Otherwise I would probably pick Fu Sing CwB - a slightly more base version of dim sum but that pork... Oh god.

                But more importantly... neglecting the wonton...?! For me, if there was only one, it would probably have to be a wonton meal.

              2. re: Charles Yu

                Man Wah's a dear old favourite of mine! My husband and I have been going back there for decades and the service is top-notch! I think being in the Mandarin Oriental does give oneself a special feeling. And I love their soups.

        2. This is cheating and well beyond 3 many times over, but what I would do is isolate my several food choices to a district where I have multiple choices, eat something at one place, walk maybe no more than 20 mins to another even 30 if to burn calories, assuming the portion is small enough. Otherwise I would have to allocate them across meals and days, which is far more than 3.

          With that said I pick Central.

          If I have enough friends and $$$, I would do a 10 to 12 person banquet on the 4th floor of Yung Kee and get their A game dishes, including the Chinese ham stuffed with 24 tofu balls.

          Won ton noodles at Mak's

          Clear broth beef brisket noodles at Kau/Gau Kee, "song laam" cut and to be greedy, curry brisket e-fu noodles. Then walk around the corner to Sing (victory) Kee dai pai dong for macaroni or instant noodles in tomato broth with beef.

          Ser Wong Fun, maybe snake soup but definitely preserved meats/Chinese sausages claypot rice and baked fish intestines claypot.

          I want to try all the Dai Pai Dongs in Central. Plus Keung Kee in Sham Shui Po.

          Tai Cheong egg tart (central) and HK milk tea from Lan Fong Yuen. This counts as an intersession snack.

          Luk Yu Tea House dinner....almond pork lung stewed soup, sticky rice stuffed chicken, old school sweet and sour pork (with hawthornes) plus any of their A game classic dishes. That is, if I am able to gather enough people of course.

          Greedy, aren't I.

          2 Replies
          1. re: K K

            I like Ser Wong Fun too -- beyond snake soup, their claypot rice with duck sausage is dreamy.

            Also agree that the almond pork lung soup at Luk Yu is really subtle, complex, AND delicious. Delicate slivers of preserved tangerine peel and red, yum.

            Recently had an amazing hot & sour soup at San Xi Lou, served properly with fresh pepper and vinegar on the side, that was so intense and powerfully spicy -- it completely rocked.

            Snake soup at Tim's Kitchen in Sheung Wan recently was delightful. They served it with slivers of lemongrass, among other things -- is that traditional?

            1. re: chloehk

              Yes, the lemongrass is a usual accompaniment. At the snake soup shop in Sheung Wan, they serve their soup with a condiment of finely shaved dried lemongrass. The flavor really balances the flavor of the soup.

          2. Yung Kee in Lan Kwai Fong or Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons for Chinese food.


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            1. re: cherishg

              When ever I am in HK which is every month, I just love to go to the five star hotels and eat anything BUT Chinese. I think in HK if you go to the Four Seasons or the Park Lane you don't try the burgers you are really missing out. The Park Lane has one where you get it cooked medium and put a running fired egg on top, you have to go wash your hands three times and hours later you can still smell it on your hands, it's that good. I was at the Mandarine Oriental and the burgers there are so good, you want to take one to go after you already had one. Now for Chinese, I'd stay away from major hotels and go where the local folks eat. Somehow with Chinese food in HK, the better the view, the worst the food. I recently start to eat in Mong Kok and North Point, the local joints are just wonderful, prices are lower and the flavor jumps at you, you walk away thinking, WOW, now that was a great meal.

            2. I'm visiting HK for the third time next month. Tried some of the favorites listed here (Mak's, Yung Kee, Fuk Lam Moon) on my last trip, but this time I'm also looking to try two fine dining Chinese restaurant experiences for dinner - one on HK Island, and the other in Kowloon. I'm thinking of Lung King Heen or Man Wah for the HK dinner, and either Tang Court at the Langham or Shang Palace at the Shangri La for the Kowloon dinner. What would you recommend?

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              1. re: PennMD

                Shang Palace is good too but Lung King Heen is a bit more refined IMHO. I have two blog entries on Lung King Heen in my blog, one was for lunch and one was for the New Year's Eve set dinner.
                I've never been to Man Wah but I've heard good things about it.

                1. re: cherishg

                  If FOOD is priority one, I will NOT go to ANY of the above!!
                  Instead, for Hong Kong side, I'll go to Tim's Kitchen or Lei Garden, Wan Chai instead. For Kowloon side, I'll go to Hoi King Heen, Yan Toh Heen or Ming Court instead!
                  IMO, LKH is over-rated. Shang Palace and Tang Court' are so-so for a Michelin establishment. In fact, a demotion from a 2* to a 1* is never a good sign as in the case of Shang Palace!
                  Haven't given the new 3* Sun Tung Lok a try but will do so next month. Got a hunch food might be better than LKH?!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    Good suggestion ! Hoi King Heen and Yan Toh Heen are some very solid restaurant for fine cantonese food ! Lei Garden needs not to say, rarely disappointed. I will give Yan Toh Heen another thumb up for its excellent service. My sister had a disaster meal at Shang Palace recently, just an heads up.

                  2. re: cherishg

                    Not sure why Man Wah has such a good reputation but had lunch there a few weeks ago and was utterly disappointed. Dim sum was so-so and the garoupa was so under steamed they had to take it back. Was there with a bunch of regulars too so the under cooked fish was pretty embarassing for them.

                  3. re: PennMD

                    Had a great trip to HK last week! We did two HK dinners - one at Lung King Heen and the other at Lei Garden. Both were excellent! While the food was great at both, LKH particularly impressed us with the "total package" - service, view, wine list in addition to the food. We didn't do a Kowloon dinner, but did dim sum twice - once at Tang Court in the Langham, and once at the Shangri-La. Both were very good too. Thanks for the recommendations! Will be back in HK again later this year.

                    1. re: PennMD

                      When ever someone that's not really familiar with HK and wants to hit the town eating and drinking. I tell them to go straight to Time Square. Try to get there before seven so even if you have no reservation, you can get seated anywhere in that building next to the department store there. They have four stories of food establishments there. So many top choices both western and Chinese. You can spend a week in there and never taste the same food. Mostly, I'd say stay away from the five star hotels, great for sleeping, for real life, go out and see where the people are lining up, get a number and wait, you are in for a treat.