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Mar 31, 2014 07:31 PM

HK visit plan

I'll be visiting HK by myself in two weeks. I'll be having 6 dinners and 5 lunches though one lunch (and perhaps a dinner) will be in Macau. My tastes might be a little weird, I don't like seafood especially shellfish. I plan to mostly eat on the cheap (<80) and maybe have one or two more expensive meals (<300)

I haven't figured out the order yet, but after reading through lots of threads on here and searching through openrice I'm thinking of visiting the following:

- Din Tai Fung or 上海飽餃店 for some Xiao Long Bao. I've tried DTF in Singapore and US before though.
- Yu for some SiChuan noodles
- Ming Court and Tim Ho Wan for DimSum (Char Siu Bao, Cheong Fun, Water chestnut cake, etc). I prefer Traditional Dim Sum. I only speak Mandarin (and English) so I prob won't be able to fight for me food very well.
- Spring Deer for some Peking Duck
- Joy Hing and Fuk Kee for BBQ (Roast Pork, Goose, Crispy Pork)

Beef Chow Fun is prob my favorite dish but I haven't had much luck finding recommendations.
I get breakfast at the hotel, but I might want to go out for some Yo Tiao. Is that common in HK or more of a Beijing thing? Actually, I like the kind where the Yo Tiao is wrapped in a crepe, I can never find anywhere that makes that anymore.

I'll be staying at the Holiday Inn SoHo. Are there any good dessert places withing walking distance? Like Dohua, Soups like red bean soup, sesame. I'll also prob try to find some place close for dinner my first night as I'll probably be pretty tired after a long flight.

I'd appreciate any comments/recommendations/warnings. Any must-visit restaurants I'm missing?


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  1. With cost of living in Hong Kong as it is nowadays, it would be hard press for you to get something really good and filling for <80 ( that's HK$ I presume?! ).

    For Beef Chow Fun ( Cantonese 'Gone Chau Ngau Ho'?? ) Go to 'Tasty'.

    As for the rest, seems OK to me, considering you don't eat seafood!

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      I know, shame on me for being an asian who doesnt like seafood. The dollar amounts aren't a strict budget, I'm fine with spending more. I figured for lunch, I'd got to a "not so fancy" place and I'll get something quick and cheap. Then for dinner I'd be ok with going to a more fancy place and fill up more. Most of the places above were listed in the <40 category on openrice, thats where I made up the numbers from..

        1. re: lmbgm

          They have branches in IFC and Happy Valley as well. Ratings were old and out of date!! Very distorted! Nowadays much, much better. Won-ton noodles one of the best in town. Great broth, al dente fine noodles, crunchy sweet dumpling morsels and correct use of condiments. Great Pig's liver rice congee as well!

          1. re: Charles Yu

            Thanks, I guess I should be careful looking at ratings on openrice. Alot of the places I found (above) were based on ratings.

            1. re: lmbgm

              I find the Open Rice recs a bit odd at times - often of the type "the server looked at me strangely so I didn't enjoy the meal". they have lots of contributors but IMO their views can be all over the place.

              1. re: PhilD

                I started here actually searching each dish. On open rice, I tried to go with the ones with high total numbers figuring that there's a general consensus and not just a couple people with strange opinions.

                1. re: lmbgm

                  That's fine - I think its often tricky to get a sense of the posters POV on open rice and so aggregating ratings should make sense. It will be interesting to hear your report back about how reliable it was.

                  On the spend question. HK$80 for lunch should be OK. My wife gets told off by the tea lady at work if she spends more than $20 on won ton noodles at lunch. However when we eat a cheap dim sum lunch for two (stuffed) we are in the $200 to $300 area (DTF is probably in this league). I often get take away for lunch from Tim Ho Wan and probably spend $80 if I am greedy.

                  If you stick to this for dinner you should be OK, but if you go to better restaurants then $300 may be tricky to stay in especially if you head for BBQ'd meats or fish. You can eat in HK quite cheaply, but as soon as you move up the ladder a bit it can get expensive.

                  1. re: PhilD

                    The dollar amounts I put is not a hard budget for myself. I have no problem with spending double. I just meant to say I plan to eat a quick/light lunch (ie. XLB, noodles, etc) and save my bigger meal for dinner (ie. peking duck). I'm really mainly concerned about eating good quality food, it would be nice to be in a place that's relatively clean and has AC though. If the food quality is the same or worse in a really expensive restaurant, I would not be as interested. In the US, I've been to plenty of expensive fancy restaurants that just give you the same or worse food with a better presentation. That's why I had planned that most of my meals would be cheaper with maybe one or two expensive restaurant ones. When I was Singapore, I think nearly all my meals were in mall food courts and pretty cheap. I was expecting something similar in HK.

      1. You can still eat very well even on a HK$80/ meal budget. though of course it significantly narrows the range of food you can eat. and sometimes the meal may still add up to $100+. some suggestions:

        Mui Kee
        Sheng Kee

        Beef noodle:
        Sister Wah
        Kau Kee

        Noodle joints:
        Mak An Kee
        Wing Wah

        Claypot rice:
        Kwan Kee

        Western Cantonese:
        Tai Ping Koon

        Tai Pai Dong in Central, and Sham Shui Po

        Roasted meat:
        Joy Hing (you have this)
        Yat Lok

        Cha Chan Teng (HK style tea restaurant, not dim sum)
        Sing Heung Yuen

        Yuen Kee for good dessert is about 1km from ur hotel. walkable, but may be just a bit far after a long flight. you can consider just hop on a tram.

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        1. re: ckshen

          Thanks, I'll look through your list. I was thinking a dessert place would be good when I come back to the hotel at night and might still be hungry. So taking a tram ride probably wont be so bad. For the first night, I'd prob want a quick light dinner as my flight gets in at 6

          1. re: ckshen

            I got a chance to go through the list and added some great looking places to my list.
            Are the Congee places where I'd find food like you tiao? I think a typical beijing breakfast is youtiao with soymilk, I was looking for something like that. or the egg crepe (jian bing?) wrapped youtiao.

          2. Locals spend a fraction of that on meals

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            1. re: AubWah

              Depends what you mean by locals - there is a lot of money here and much of it is local or visiting mainlanders.

              Why do you think special meals or banquets are priced at HK$888 or $1,888, or $2,888....? It's not for superticious expats.

              The best cooking in HK with top ingredients isn't cheap and it's not cheap because those with cash push the prices up. Good fish and shellfish, a key element of Cantonese food, is very expensive and a single dish can get to $1,000 pretty easily.

            2. I just got back from HK.
              On average I was able to eat for under $80
              I went to the following places:
              Dim Sum Square: Char Siu Cheong Fun (OK)
              Joy Hing: bbq pork and goose rice (disappointing, small portions, goose was all bone)
              Tim Ho Wan: char siu bao (good)
              Fu Kee Congee: Beef Chow Fun (OK)
              Peking Garden: Peking Duck (Good, but they didnt have a half portion so I actually ate a whole duck!)
              Tin Hung Restaurant in yuen long: bbq pork and crispy pork rice (good but not too hot)
              Tasty in Central: Beef Chow Fun (terrible, so greasy I had trouble picking up with chopsticks without the slipping out)
              Golden Pavillion (at City of Dreams Macau): Si chuan Ja Jiang Mien (OK)
              Dragon (something) (at Venetian Macau): Beef chow Fun (OK)
              Lin Heung Kui: Xiao Long Bao and pan fried buns (good)
              Xia Fei Shanghainese: Ja Jiang Mien and scallion pancake (good)
              Cuisine Cuisine: Goose and Rice (Bad cold no flavored)
              Sea View Congee Shop: Youtiao and soymilk (Good, but youtiao could have been warmer

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              1. re: lmbgm

                Wow!! What with food in Hong Kong these days? Seems like most of the food you had were borderline OK to plain Bad!!

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Well most was better than what I get here at home, I guess I was rating on a higher scale

                2. re: lmbgm

                  HK$80 or US$80? I suspect the former looking at the list which is not unexpected. But even at a cheap local dim sum place (Treasure Island) we can easily get over HK$200 for a cheap lunch let alone going upmarket to the Boss or Mott32.

                  1. re: PhilD

                    I meant 80HK. I was eating at myself.