It has been a while since I been to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is like the second home for me. WHY? It is not just I visit Hong Kong nearly every year but I can say most of us have grown up with Hong Kong since we are a kid where we watch TVB drama and more.
I still remember Hong Kong when I was a kid where we are amazed how their Ocean Park is, and of course their street food and delicacies such as the dim sum, polo bao, and many more. Being to Hong Kong for several times, I am sure to tell you there is more than 100 reasons for you to go back and experience Hong Kong.
And recently, I am honoured to be join the exclusive Old Town Central Foodie Tour To experience the Authentic “Taste of Hong Kong”. Even though, is just from the screen, I will definately go back to taste the awesome Hong Kong food.
1. Lin Heung Tea House
Lin Heung Tea House is one of the oldest Tea House in Hong Kong. They are established back in 1962 and they are the most well-known tea houses in Hong Kong. It is famous for its buzzing atmosphere, delicious Dim Sum and authentic Yum cha experience that’s is pretty unforgettable. Lin Heung Tea House only serves dim sum during the day and Cantonese main courses at night. Our favourites are Prawn Dumpling (Har gao), Pork Bun (Char Siew Bao), Chicken Feet (for the dare devils) and Chee Cheong Fun.
Address: 162號 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours : Mon-Sun 6am–10pm
Phone: +852 2544 4556
How To Go There: A 3-min walk from the Central–Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system
GPS Location: 22.2842663,114.1512579
( Personal Tips: Since you are at Lin Heong Tea House, you can also walk over to Jenny Bakery at Sheung Wan to grab their famous cookies. Not enough, you can walk down to Wellington Street for Tsim Chai Kee Wanton Noodles and also Yat Lock Roast Goose which is at Stanley Street)
2. Dai Pai Dong
One of the things to do in Hong Kong is enjoy the local eats. Honestly, I never dine in Dai Pai Dong before in Hong Kong and perhaps this should be my next round MUST DO! ( Why? Cause Hong Kong have too much nice café and food places to venture).
As I asked some of the local friends from Hong Kong, they recommended some of the famous ones to me such as Bing Kee (炳記茶檔), Sing Heung Yuen and Sing Kee.
3. Sorrowful Rice
The name Sorrowful Rice was born in 1996 through the smash-hit comedy movie The God Of Cookery. The protagonist, played by Stephen Chow, is gifted a bowl of roasted pork rice with fried egg by his female counterpart played by Karen Mok. This rice is created by Chef Dai Lung who is the former executive chef at Conrad Hong Kong.
What’s so special about the dish is the sinfully warm rice completed with the pork belly char siew, with a sunny-side-up egg on rice. The holy trinity (pork belly, egg and rice) work so well together that its popularity spreads across South East Asia.
Now you can enjoy the awesome sorrowful rice from Chop Chop
Chop Chop, 18 Wang On Road, Fortress Hill,
Tel : 3618 7718.
Open: Monday to Sunday 11am-9pm.
Aussie chef Shane Osborn lets diners witness how quality ingredients turn into artistic culinary creations in the open kitchen. Simple recipes are executed with a refined edge which allows authentic flavours to shine through. And we got to witness a short demo of how he uses the palette knife for his dish – Pan Sear Ora King Salmon and Eggs.
Those who enjoy watching global culinary competition shows might recognize Shane Osborn from the Netflix reality show “The Final Table”. Chef Shane Osborn is the first Australian chef to be awarded two Michelin stars. His restaurant Arcane is a food institution of Hong Kong and the cuisine needs no introduction – clean, exciting and innovative. We recommend going there for a special occasion!
18 On Lan Street
Central, Hong Kong
PHONE (852) 2728 0178
Lunch Mon-Fri 12.00-2.30
Dinner Tues-Sat 18.00-22.30
5. Kowloon Soy Company
Besides eating in Hong Kong, one thing you need to do in Hong Kong is to shop for their soy sauce. Hong Kong Soy Sauce is one of the premium soy sauce and I also understand that you need to visit the specialty sauce to get them ( not from the supermarket).
And Kowloon Soy Sauce is one of the recommended ones in Hong Kong. The Kowloon Soy Sauce is already in the market since 1917 for artisanal, naturally fermented soy sauce, premier cru yellow-bean sauce (Chinese miso) and other high-quality condiments; it also sells preserved eggs (皮蛋, pei darn) and pickled ginger ( 酸姜, suen geung), which are often served together at restaurants.
Some tips for those who want to get soy sauce, as it is different from the way you say them in Malaysia.
* Thick/ dark soy sauce – 老抽 (as: Low Chao)
* Light soy sauce – 生抽 (as: Shung Chou)
Tips: What is so different with each soy sauce is how they brew and how they distilled just like wine. But of course, the more expensive soy is always the first draw of the soy sauce. They give you the very best drops from the first extraction of soy sauce brewing. Brewed according to the traditional and natural method to give a rich soy flavour and aroma which delicately enhance the taste of any dishes.
So, remember to get your first draw soy sauce here.
Address: 9 Graham St, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2544 3697
(nearby Lin Heung Tea House)
6. Gai Dan Jai
Gai Dan Jai is no need introduction here. This Cantonese egg waffle is worth to try and they are really addictive. I had tried few outlets in Mongkok and they are pretty good too. This cheap food can be found across Hong Kong where you can grabs the crispy at the outside and fluffy at the inside.
Asides from these, they are more to venture in Hong Kong such as the roasted goose. Some of the signature shop that you can visit includes Yat Lok Roast Goose, Yung Kee, Kam’s Roast Goose to name a few.
If you have more budget, it is also a great experience to enjoy the afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong as well as The Langham Hotel Hong Kong. They both serves delicious and creative afternoon tea that you will definitely dying for.
Asides from food, if you are a wine lover, do attend their yearly Food & Wine Festival. I attended their festival back 5 years ago and it is indeed an eye-opening. We hope to get the opportunity to be back to Hong Kong not just to experience the food and wine but more than that.
If you have not been to Hong Kong, it is time to plan your trip to Hong Kong and experience the Pearl Of Orient.