10 Things to eat in Hong Kong and where

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Martí Micolau

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A unique, unforgettable, out of the ordinary experience. We are talking about a stay in the multiethnic Hong Kong, a Chinese metropolis that is affected by colonial and contemporary European influences and which winks at the same time to the East and the West even in its kitchen.
A melting pot of flavors, smells and textures characterizes the gastronomy of this splendid city, perhaps the only one that has the honor / burden of bringing courses far removed from the classic idea of ​​"Chinese cooking"that we Italians can have.


  1. Shark fin soup
  2. Congee
  3. Noodles
  4. Wonton
  5. Milk tea
  6. Roast duck
  7. Pineapple bread
  8. Egg tart
  9. Fish balls
  10. Snake soup
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Shark fin soup

A more than strange, controversial course. While in Hong Kong serving one shark fin soup is even considered a real honor (this dish is in fact often reserved for important occasions, such as a wedding banquet, for example), environmentalists are fighting to try to put a stop to a probably too aggressive practice of hunting these splendid specimens marine, used to make a first course still considered a must of Chinese cuisine.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: shark fins (or shark), ginger, chicken broth

2 - Congee

Un salty porridge, based on overcooked rice, to be served at breakfast? The answer is yes if you decide to stay in busy Hong Kong. The congee is one of the main dishes of the city, which boasts countless variants on the topic. Also recommended for the faint of stomach, the most "sickly" physicists, but also simply as a main course for lunch or dinner. More versatile say so!

  • Recommended to: Breakfast
  • Average cost: from € 3,00 to € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: rice, leek, soy sauce

3 - Noodles

Fried, in broth, accompanied by vegetables, meat, fish: the kings of oriental cuisine in general - and inevitable on the tables of Hong Kong clubs - are the noodles, the oriental spaghetti to taste strictly very hot!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 3,80 to € 4,60
  • Main ingredients: flour, water, broth

4 - Wonton

We could define them as the Chinese cousins ​​of our ravioli. THE wonton they are one of the most important dishes of Hong Kong's culinary tradition; there are countless versions and different shapes, but the taste is always the same: incomparable, especially when they are immersed in a spicy broth with a spicy flavor, just as tradition dictates.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 6,00 to € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, water, minced meat (most common filling)

5 - Milk tea

It's not really considered a dish, but you can't say you've tested Hong Kong's cuisine without sipping a steaming cup of milk tea.

  • recommended: always
  • Average cost: from € 6,00 to € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: black tea, condensed milk

6 - Roast duck

A successful mix of consistency (the tenderness of the meat goes well with the crunchiness of the skin), an obsessive attention to raw materials and a secret recipe are the essential requirements to serve at the table one of the most famous meat dishes of the Cantonese cuisine: theroast duck, strictly accompanied by an exquisite plum sauce.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 17,00 to € 66,00
  • Main ingredients: duck, pepper, rice wine, cinnamon

7 - Pineapple bread

It is one of the gastronomic peculiarities of the city, but don't be fooled by the name. The Chinese call it bo lo bao, the pineapple bread of Hong Kong, which owes its name not to the presence of the fruit among its ingredients, but to the texture that the loaf takes on the surface after being cooked, very similar to that of pineapple.

  • Advised: as a snack
  • Average cost: € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, sugar, milk, yeast

8 - Egg tart

Small, great masterpieces of Hong Kong confectionery, the egg tart they are the ideal snack to consume while strolling through the streets of the city.

  • recommended: as a snack
  • Average cost: € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: shortcrust pastry, eggs, milk

9 - Fish balls

They are the undisputed queens of street food of Hong Kong. There are two variants - those widespread on street stalls, based on fried fish meat and those sold raw in supermarkets - and are often accompanied by spicy or sweet sauces, or "drowned" in a plate of noodles in broth. Let yourself be conquered by fish balls of the city, one of the most consumed courses in all of Hong Kong!

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: around € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: fish (cod or shellfish), sweet and sour sauce, spicy sauce

10 - Snake soup

We close this varied top ten of the "delights" to try in Hong Kong with what most of us could call an authentic culinary nonsense. Woe to express disappointment or disgust with one of the most cooked and requested soups in the city, none other than based on ... serpente. Recommended for lovers of experimentation and not faint stomachs!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 4,00 to € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: snake, chives, dried mushrooms, minced pork

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Hong Kong is known by many as the place where "East meets West", a mix of Chinese culture from which its roots and influences of the past period as a British colony derive.

Several cultural attractions are concentrated in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, which is also full of shops, hotels, restaurants, extremely elegant is also Starstreet Precinct with its typical restaurants and cafes. Moreover Lan Kwai Fong is the nightlife district and entertainment. And let's not forget who this city is the shopping mecca with its famous Causeway Bay.

Not everyone knows that Hong Kong is also called "The World's Fair of Food", precisely because several international food festivals take place every year; however the cuisine of this metropolis has its roots in the Cantonese one, with Hokkien, Teochew and Hakka influences; tourists and its inhabitants can choose from numerous restaurants, small clubs or street food carts that characterize a metropolis of over seven million inhabitants.

1 - Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop

  • Description: Historic Michelin-rated restaurant, it is small and simple but has a long tradition and offers unique dishes of the Japanese culinary tradition
  • specialty: noodle soup
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: 98 Wellington Street - Get Directions - Facebook Page

2 - Yung Kee Restaurant

  • Description: typical restaurant of high level Cantonese cuisine, very popular especially by the Hong Kongers themselves
  • specialty: roast duck
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: 32-40 Wellington Street - Get Directions - Facebook Page

3 - Tsui Wah Restaurant

  • Description: colorful restaurant with style and fusion proposals, crowded both by tourists but especially by Hong Kong citizens
  • specialty: fish balls
  • Average price: from € 4,00 per person
  • Address: 15-19 Wellington St, Central - Get Directions - Facebook Page

4 - Shia Wong Hip

  • Description: small inn very popular with locals, specializing in snake meat
  • specialty: snake soup
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: G / F, 170 Apliu Street - Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Gi Kee Seafood Restaurant

  • Description: high level restaurant that combines street food and high level cuisine
  • specialty: Shark fin soup and stewed chicken wings
  • Average price: from € 45,00 per person
  • Address: 2F, CFS4, UC Wong Nai Chung Complex, 2 Yuk Yau St, Happy Valley. - Get directions - Facebook page

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