New to HK - where to eat first?!
I've just moved to HK with my partner and we're really keen to get out and explore the local food scene. We're British, lived in London for 4 years and Shanghai for 3 years before that. We have a pretty good grounding in the majority of regional Chinese food through our foodie and chef friends in Shanghai, but were seduced by the bold flavours of Sichuan, Xinjiang, Hunan, DongBei, etc so never really explored Cantonese food.
We're pretty happy to sample most tastes (and textures), however we don't have the language or knowledge of what the truly local specialties are. Guidebooks just suggest blanket ideas of dim sum or noodle soup, but that's no good! I've already started making a list of places to go after reading this forum:
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Mak An Kee
We love good cheap street food with the occasional splurge somewhere amazing, so please so any recommendations would be super-helpful.
Thank in advance for any help!
It depends on what your heart's desire?!!!!
Its like someone visiting London asking what to eat first? Fish and Chips? Jellied Eel? Indian food, Steak & Kidney pie or a Michelin 3* meal at Gordon Ramsay....??!! What would be your recommendations?!
Anyways, to answer your question. A bowl of hearty and delicious won-ton noodle from Mak An Kee would be a great start. Some Cantonese Dim Sum at the world's cheapest Michelin 1* - Tim Ho Wan ( head over to the less crowded Sham Shui Po branch ) would be another unique experience. For street food. Take a walk around the Jordan and Mong Kok district at night and be amazed. Temple street with all the seafood hawker stalls lining the street is a good starting point! If you are adventurous, take the train to Tai Wai's ' Fung Lum' for some roasted pigeon and Fried live sea prawns with spicy peppered salt!. Super delicious!
To kick things up a notch! How about a bowl of signature snake soup (and yes! they do taste like shredded chicken ) at She Wong Yee at Causeway Bay. The fresh duck liver sausage with the bite of a Bratwurst and much tastier is also worth trying.
Lastly, Cantonese roast meat ( goose, suckling piglet, roasted and B-B-Q pork...etc ) at either Joy Hing in Wan Chai or Yat lok in Central should also be in your food agenda!
...............Choices of food in Hong Kong is 'infinite'!! Just be like Indiana Jones and start exploring!!
Have a nice stay!!
re: Charles Yu
Thanks for the suggestions Charles. Having trawled through the various HK posts on this site and seen your comprehensive responses, I hoped you'd reply!
I was thinking about my post and probably should have added that what we really lack is a good grounding in what exactly 'good Cantonese / HK food' really is. Somewhere in between Shanghai's restaurants serving plates of scallops with XO sauce, and sweet and sour pork from UK takeaways, I think our perception of southern Chinese food has become skewed. We need a 'Cantonese 101'!
What dishes are (going to use a word I generally dislike for food) 'authentic'? I'm talking especially about restaurants where you eat family-style, rather than rice / noodle joints. We could comfortably go in and order dishes we'd eat in China (apologies for pinyin: ma po tofu, jia chang tofu, hui guo rou, gong bao / kung po chicken, tie ban niu rou, yu xiang qie zi, etc etc) but are these typically eaten locally too, or just on menus for mainland tourists and poorly executed unless you're dining in a place that specialises in eg Sichuan food? What dishes are typically Cantonese / HK-specific that we MUST try?
Sorry for all the questions - there are lots of dishes and places in the reply above, but it would be great to have your thoughts on the above.
Why don't we do it the other way round?! Why don't you Google search 'authentic Cantonese food/cuisine' and I'll provide you with feed back as to what is delicious or not?! Problem is, there's a lot of fusion stuff going around even in traditional authentic restaurants like Fu Sing eg., using Truffles or red wine for braising etc. However, if you go to some of chowhounds' favourite like Lei Garden, Manor, or, for splurging, Fook Lam Moon...etc. The, bi-lingual, staff should be able to recommend you. BTW, I would suggest you getting a copy of local food guide like Tatler or even Michelin!
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