Whether you’ve just arrived or are a local, chances are you’ll discover new things about Hong Kong. One of the many things we loved was their delicious food! From the street hawker to fine dining, there is much to experience and explore when it comes to eating in this city. From local delicacies to international favorites, we have compiled a list of must-eat foods that will make you love this city even more!
These mouth-watering pastries are a must-try. They are sweet, creamy, and crumbly, with a crispy texture on the outside. Egg tarts, a classic Hong Kong street food with Portuguese heritage, usually contain egg custard, but if you’re not a fan of eggs, you can also find ones with a red bean filling.
Where to find them: They are sold in bakeries, street vendors, and mini-marts. You can also find Egg Tarts in mini tins at supermarkets such as Wellcome, Sasa, and PARKnSHOP.
Cost: HK$10 to HK$20
What could be better than endless varieties of bite-sized food? Dim sum is one of the most popular meals in Hong Kong. It is a type of Cantonese food that consists of bite-sized portions of steamed or fried dumplings and other small dishes such as buns, noodles, and rice. Traditionally, Yum Cha (a style of brunch that includes a wide variety of dim sum) serves it with tea, but you can now find dim sum in restaurants all year round.
Where to find them: Dim sum is available at restaurants, Yum Cha places, and even carts on the street. You can also find them at supermarkets such as Wellcome, Sasa, and PARKnSHOP.
Cost: HK$30 to HK$80
Sweet and Sour Pork and Chicken
This favorite Chinese appetizer is often found in Cantonese restaurants. The sweet and sour sauce perfectly complements the meat, making it a dish to remember. You can find this dish with either pork or chicken, which has many variations. It is usually served with rice or as a wrap in a bun.
Where to find them: You can find this dish at restaurants and food courts.
Stewed Beef Balls with Egg Coating
This is a Cantonese dish made with beef, sweetcorn, egg, flour, and water coating. This dish is really popular among locals, especially for breakfast. If you are looking for a hearty meal, this is the perfect food to start your day!
Where to find them: This dish is found at Cantonese restaurants and street vendors.
Roasted Pork Belly with Rice
This is a Cantonese dish you must try when visiting Hong Kong. Roasted pork belly is usually served with rice, making it a filling and satisfying meal.
Where to find them: This dish can be found at restaurants and food courts. You can also find them at supermarkets such as Wellcome, Sasa, and PARKnSHOP.
Hairy Crab / 貓膩蟹
This is a seasonal delicacy in Hong Kong, but the good news is that it is available all year round! A sea crab that is covered in sand, it tastes pretty much like most crabs you’d find in other parts of the world. This dish is usually served with a garlic-soy sauce dip and a side of rice.
Where to find them: You can find hairy crabs at seafood restaurants or mini-marts. You can also find them at supermarkets such as Wellcome, Sasa, and PARKnSHOP.
You have probably heard about this unique dish, that stinks literary but is delicious. Very famous in China and Taiwan. It’s a snack that you deep-fry after the fermentation process. The result is a strangely smelling stinky tofu with a mild taste of sweetened soybeans.
During the Qing dynasty, somebody discovered stinky tofu by accident, which has become popular across China and other Asian countries. For those who believe that your meal must be attractive, you may not want to taste this, but you will miss out. It has a mild flavor, and its smell comes from the brine from milk or shrimp.
Place: KAI KEI snacks
Address: 41 Dundas street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
This dessert is a must-try, especially when traveling in the summer. It is fruity, creamy, and very sweet. The soft and fluffy texture of this dessert will make you fall in love, and you’ll find it all over the streets of Hong Kong.
Where to find them: You can find this dessert at supermarkets such as Wellcome, Sasa, and PARKnSHOP.
Place: Hui Lau Shan
Address: Tsim shat Sui, Hong Kong.
It’s a rice porridge you cook for many hours to create a thick, creamy, and smooth bowl of congee. The congee is full of flavor from the pork bones, meat slices, fresh prawns, and fish belly.
The congee is an assortment of a variety of ingredients. That will warm your heart and tummy.
Where to find them: Chiu Chow Delicacies (潮樂園), Fu Kee Congee
Place: Congee king
Address: 7 heard street, Wan Chai Hong Kong.
Lotus seed paste
You can eat lotus seeds both raw and cooked. More commonly, though, people soak them in hot water and ground them into puree to make dessert. You can find this sweet paste in many Asian pastries such as mooncakes, tangyuan, and buns. Although making this paste is time-consuming, the results are delicious and velvety paste that you can stuff in the fluffy buns. Or eat it as a separate dish, but you should approve it with caution, its very dense.
Place: Lin Heung tea house
Address: 162 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan.
From street hawker to fine dining, there is so much to experience and explore when it comes to eating in this city. Remember, when in Hong Kong, always remember to eat like a local!