Hong Kong MUST EATS AND ALL TIME FAVORITES for 6 Days of eating!!
So...am super excited for our upcoming HK trip end of May/early June!!
I haven't been back to HK in years and despite growing up there as a child, I have little to no recollection of the city let alone the good foodie places to hit up.
We will be at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wan Chai-a short skip from Causeway Bay.
So far, I only have a couple places jotted down to definitely eat at from chatting with my HK pals.
--Tim Ho Wan (well I found this from a WSJ article about dim sum awhile ago and told myself I must go here if I ever find myself in HK again...best dim sum ever, true?)
--Lei Garden (I think I remember this place from the 80s, if its the same one that's been around that long...best cantonese cuisine all around?)
Soo, what are we looking for? (lots and lots of cantonese and other regional chinese food that is harder to be found in the U.S. like even in LA and NYC, it is hard to come by chinese food outside of the regular cantonese, szechuan, taiwanese, etc)
--any Michelin rated chinese place Chowhounders would recommend? my bf and I figured this may be our one chance to do "fancy" Chinese and if there is one city we'd pay good money for this, it's Hong Kong!
(on the Michelin rated HK restaurants, I think Lung King Heen is the only Chinese one there, nothing against non-Asian cuisine but I think our plan is to eat as much Asian in HK as possible haha...but is Lung King Heen or Sun Tung Lok a MUST TRY for our 1-2 "fancy" meals in HK?)
--dim sum (besides Tim Ho Wan as mentioned above)
--bakeries (I LOVE chinese bakeries, cakes, hot dog buns etc)
--Peking Duck (any place that makes this especially good)
--late night dessert places
--HK/Chinese/American cafes (I don't know how they're referred to in HK, but in L.A. we have quite a few of these "Chinese American" cafes in San Gabriel Valley where they serve chicken ala king, an extensive list of bubble teas, honey lemon tea, borscht soup, etc)
--xiao long bao (we have found a couple places in LA we love, but I think I saw that there is a Din Tai Fung in HK too...is this the place or are there others that are better?)
--regional Chinese cuisine like (Hakkanese, Chiu Chow, Shanghainese)
--noodles place (definitely would love to find a homemade noodle soup type place)
--birds nest soup
--sharks fin soup
Thanks soooo much!!! :)
Besides "dried" seafood, one of the most important thing is missed in the your HK food quest, which is fresh seafood in HK, Do a search on this board, you will find post related to it. But it requires to go with a group of people to enjoy this kind of cuisine, same with high-end fancy Chinese food.
Welcome to HK!
The questions you asked are the subject of regular heated debate on this board. So there's no easy answer. Check out the following threads for some great suggestions:
Although he's in self-exile (presumably because the level of discussion on this board is beneath him), CHer Peech writes a great blog covering most of the best fine Chinese and Western restaurants in town:
e_ting, HK Epicurious, and TomEatsHK all eat broadly and write excellent blogs too. Just Google their respective names.
(I'm assuming you don't, like me, read Chinese.)
For dim sum, I've had great food recently at Sun Tung Lok, Yan Toh Heen, and Fu Sing.
Hope this helps!
I think Queen's Cafe in Causeway Bay was one of the last remnants of the Russian influence on HK [edit but I understand it has closed]. There are several other outlets eg North Point and at Festival Walk (Kowloon Tong) which still serve Borscht.
btw there is a Cherikoff bakery nr. Prince Edward station but it has no discernible connection to the original on Waterloo Road.
I remember the old Cherikoff on Nathan Road close to Hillwood Road well! Not only the restaurant food but the bakeries as well. Black chocolate cakes with real brandy sooked cherries and Kirsch! Yummm! Then, there were the Chanticleer, Rikki's, ABC...etc. All made great Borscht with unique ' commercial' taste and aroma as well as great Russian 'cold plates'/salads...etc. Pity they have all disappeared!! Nowadays, same dishes from Tai Ping Koon...etc simply fell way short!!
Jimmy's kitchen still have a few dishes on its menu worth visiting. One such dish is their awesome Chicken Kiev!! Really top-notch!!
Ohh we were at Tai Ping Koon yesterday, thought it was yummy esp the wings but pricier than I had imagined or pay for this type of food in LA's San Gabriel Valley too...will check out Jimmys Kitchen if we can tonight.
Crystal Jade in CWB was delicious though and loved the small portions/prices for trying lots of different dishes like the sauteed green beans with chili and chili wontons!
TPK was never a cheap restaurant even back in its heyday, let alone 20 to 30 years ago. They were basically a slightly easier access medium for non British locals to eat western food (HK style), complete with butler looking burgundy tuxedo garbed waitstaff (who look like they are retirees) with no nonsense service (definitely not Michelin starred quality...). TPK has a HK cafe like menu, but is absolutely not one...which is the stark contrast to Southern California SGV's abundance of cheap but not high quality HK cafe fare.
For more than just Canto-Russian Borscht, give " Czarina Resttaurant " 33 Bonham Road, Mid-level ( tel:25498009 ) a try. Full spectrum of Russian dishes from mixed deli meat potato/beets salad to other specialties. This type of cuisine is quickly disappearing from Hong Kong's dining scene!
re: Hot Chocolate
Yahhh I think we may do dim sum somewhere else...someone else mentioned
Cuisine Cuisine at IFC
Dragon King in CWB
Jade Garden in CWB
Lung King Heen which I know hasn't gotten loads of love on Chowhound but a couple friends said it was great for dim sum?
Lung King Heen
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