15 Must Eat Food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers a stunning arrays of delicacy from street food to Michelin Star Rated Restaurants, visitors are spoilt for choices available.

Feel free to check out our Hong Kong Attractions or Things to do in Hong Kong.

Take Note

We experienced culture differences in Hong Kong that you should know to avoid paying more, getting bad experiences, or landing you in an awkward situation.

  1. Sharing a table in Hong Kong is norm & expected in most places apart from restaurants. Crowded places expect you to eat and leave as fast as you can.
  2. There are lots of hidden cost especially in Chinese Restaurants, everything given to you incur cost, politely reject if you do not want it or find out how much they will cost. (Eg, sauces for hotpot can cost RM10 or USD3 per person, tidbits RM6 or USD1.50)
  3. People in Hong Kong can be very rude & might even scold their customers though friendliness & politeness is quite subjective. We noticed some improvements compared to our last trip.

1. Kau Kee Beef Brisket (九记牛腩)

Probably one of the best beef brisket you can find in the world, the delicious, tender, slow cooked beef brisket cooked in a broth of spices, never fails to disappoint with long queue of eager devotees waiting to devour the legendary noodle.

Make sure to order the curry tendon beef brisket, divinely rich curry sauce & tender beef brisket.

Kau Kee HK

Address : 21 Gough Street, Central

地址 :中環歌賦街21號

Opening Hours : Mon to Sun 12.30pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Sunday)

What to Order :  Curry Beef Tendon Noodle & Beef Brisket Noodle

Getting There : Central MTR

Price : Around USD5 / SGD7 / RM19 per person

2. Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)

Australia Dairy Hong Kong

One of locals favorite place for decent, delicious and affordable all day breakfast Hong Kong style. The fast paced movements of the waiters mean they expect you to keep up to them or risk being scold.

This is definitely not the place for a cup of coffee to enjoy for the whole afternoon. Customers comes and leave quickly allowing the next customers to dine. It is common to share seating place with others when it is crowded.

Food is served at unbelievable speed and accuracy. Once taking a bite of its fluffy scramble egg along with the pillow soft inside & yet crispy at the outer  toast, sipping Hong Kong Milk Tea and not to forget the creamy Custard Milk, all the negative sides are meant to be forgotten and that’s the reason of many loyal & returning customers.

Australian Dairy HK

Address : 47 Parkes Street, Jordan

地址 :佐敦白加士街47號地下

Opening Hours : Friday to Wed 7.30am – 11.00pm (Closed on Thursday)

What to Order : Scramble eggs with toast (炒蛋多士), Ham Macaroni (正叉燒通粉), Steam Milk(炖奶)

Getting There : Jordon MTR – Exit C2 ( Right ). Walk ahead to the junction and then turn right.

Price : Around USD5 / SGD7 / RM17 per person

3. Tim Ho Wan (添好运) – 1 Michelin Star 2015

Tim Ho Wan

The world famous 1 Michelin Star Tim Ho Wan is definitely the best place to experience dim sum at a reasonable price.

The owner, Mak Pui Gor was the former dim sum master at the 3 Michelin Star Restaurant in Four Seasons Hotel before opening his own store to allow common people a chance to experience &  indulge in fine dim sum.

When arrive, inform the counter lady the no of pax and get your no. However be warned, make sure you have ample time as long queue awaits you. Try avoiding lunch & dinner time, weekends and holidays.

Tim Ho Wan HK

Opening Hours : Daily 10am to 10pm

What to Order : 酥皮焗叉烧包 ( Baked Bun with Barbecue Pork ), 晶莹鲜虾饺 ( Steamed Fresh Shrimp Dumpling ), 杞子桂花糕 (Kwai Fah Gou), 鲜虾烧卖皇 (Steamed Pork Dumpling with Shrimp), 菲黄鲜虾粉 ( Vermicelli Roll stuffed with Shrimp ), 腊味萝卜糕 (Pan Fried Turnip Cake ), 马来糕 (Malay Cake)

Getting There :

1. Sam Shui Po Main- G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Hong Kong (Sham Shui Po MTR)

2. Central Branch – Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station Podium Level 1, IFC Mall , Central, Hong Kong (Hong Kong MTR)

Price : Around USD9 / RM33 / SGD12 per person

4. Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家)

Tai Cheong Hong Kong

Over half a century of the same dedication, the egg tarts – as well as the other tasty baked offerings — at Tai Cheong Bakery in Central has created a legendary Hong Kong tea-time story. Tai Cheong’s Egg Tart is Hong Kong’s former British Governor, Chris Patten’s favorite. Make sure to buy them when it is hot from the oven !!

Tai Cheong Egg TartAddress : 32 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

地址 :中環擺花街35號地下

Opening Hours : 7.30am to 9.00pm

What to Order : 蛋挞  ( Egg Tart )

Getting There : Central MTR – Exit D2.

Take the elevator up to the Mid-Levels. You’ll see an “exit” for Lyndhurst Terrace. Tai Cheung Bakery will be situated on the right when you go down the stairs.

Price : Around USD10 / SGD14 / RM35 per person

5. Yat Lok Roast Goose (一乐烧鹅) – 1 Michelin Star 2015

Yat LokEarning its one Michelin Star, Yat Lok Roast Goose is one of many Hong Kong mom and pop joints that simply executing what they do best. Delicate crispness with perfect ratio of meat & fat, sinking our teeth into the juicy roast goose drumstick was pure satisfaction.

Yat Lok HKAddress : 34-38 Stanley St, Hong Kong

地址 :中環士丹利街34-38號地舖

Opening Hours : 7.30am to 9.00pm

What to Order : Roast Goose Drumstick with noodle or rice

Getting There :  Central D2 – From Queens St walk across the road toward D’Aguilar Street and turn right into Stanley Street. Walk past Luk Yu restaurant.

Price : Around USD15 / RM80 / SGD25

6. Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰廳)

Kam WahKam Wah Cafe serves one of the best Pineapple Bun in Hong Kong. Bo Lo Bao or Pineapple Bun doesnt have pineapple in it, only due to its top crust of the bun that resembles the fruit.

Crispy golden brown crust with soft bread with every bites contains a chunk of butter that start melts in your mouth. One might not be sufficient for lovers.

Kam Wah CafeAddress :  47 Bute Street, Prince Edward

地址 :太子弼街47號地下

Opening Hours : Daily 6.30am to 11.30pm

What to Order : Bo Lo Bao aka Pineapple Bun (菠蘿包)

Getting There :  Mongkok MTR – Exit B1 / Prince Edward MTR – Exit B2

Price : Around USD3 / SGD4 / RM10 per person

7. Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)

Lam Fong YuenLocated in an offbeat alley, Lan Fong Yuen is a easy miss however its popularity for their legendary smooth & sikly Stocking Milk Tea is what attracts locals & tourist alike queuing patiently.

Started in 1952 as a Dai Pai Dong (street cart), Lan Fong Yuen pride themselves to be the creator of the pantyhose milk tea. The Chicken chop macaroni is quite good as well. Forget bout the pork chop bun, it is below average.

Lam Fong Yuen HKAddress : 2 Gage Street, Central

地址 :中環結志街2號

Opening Hours : 7.30am to 5.00pm / the branch few units beside open till 11pm

What to Order : Milk Tea (奶茶) & Chicken Chop Macaroni (王牌鸡扒通粉)

Getting There : Central MTR –  Exit D2. Walk towards the Central Mid Level Escalator on Queens Street.

Price : Around USD5 / SGD7 / RM18 per person

8. Mak’s Noodle (麥奀雲吞麵世家)

Mak's NoodleMak’s Noodle is famous for its all shrimp Wanton, any bite of its wanton will bring utmost satisfaction of the freshness and the firmness of the shrimp.

The small serving size is served in the most traditional manner, yet the succulent wanton would makes you order for more.

Mak's Noodle HKAddress : 77, Wellington Street, Central

地址 : 中環蘭桂坊威靈頓街77號地下

Opening Hours : Daily 11am to 9pm

What to Order : 世家云吞面 ( Shrimp Wanton Noodle ),首创鲜虾云吞 ( Shrimp Wanton )

Getting There : Central MTR –  Exit D2. Walk towards the Central Mid Level Escalator on Queens Street. Less hassle this way.

Price : Around USD6 / SGD8 / RM20 per person

9. King of Coconut (椰汁大王)

King of CoconutThe refreshing coconut juice from King of Coconut is definitely worth trying. Freshly blended with evaporated milk & coconut, it is very creamy & rich with light savory and buttery taste.

King of Coconut HKAddress : G/F, Dundas Square, 43H Dundas Street, Mong Kok

地址 :旺角登打士街43H登打士廣場地下

Opening Hours : 10am to 9.00pm

What to Order : Coconut Juice

Getting There : Yau Ma Teh MTR – A2 Exit. Near Ladies Street opposite Starbucks.

Price : Around USD3 / SGD4 / RM10 per person

10. (龍津美食)

Cheap, tasty and dip in curry sauce, Curry Fish Ball is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic street snack. The stall is just located beside King of Coconut where you can enjoy both delicacy in the same place.

龍津美食 HKAddress : G/F, Dundas Square, 43D Dundas Street, Mong Kok

地址 :旺角登打士街43D登打士廣場地下

Opening Hours : 10am to 9.00pm

What to Order : Curry Fish Ball

Getting There : Yau Ma Teh MTR – A2 Exit. Near Ladies Street opposite Starbucks.

Price : Around USD3 / SGD4 / RM10 per person

11. 民声冰室

民声冰室 HKA hidden treasure in Hong Kong, this small restaurant is relatively unknown to tourist only frequented mostly by locals. The restaurant shot to famed with its signature dish Salted Egg with Steam Minced Meat Tower 咸蛋蒸肉饼 to be paired with rice.

民声冰室Address : 16 Wun Sha St, Hong Kong

地址 :大坑浣紗街16號

Opening Hours : Daily 11:00-22:00

What to Order : Salted Egg with Steam Minced Meat Tower (咸蛋蒸肉饼)

Getting There : Tin Hou MTR – Exit B (8 mins walk)

Price : Around USD3 / SGD4 / RM10 per person

12. Sun Kee (新記芝士麵)

Sun Kee

What do you expect from simple instant noodle? Nothing much i guess. Yet Sun Kee took instant noodle to the next level with their lip smacking grilled pork cheek, creamy cheesy sauce instant noodle.

Though food presentation is lacking, yet its hard to find another outlet does the pork cheek better than Sun Kee.

Sun Kee HKAddress : 3 Burrows Street, Wan Chai 

地址 :灣仔巴路士街3號地下

Opening Hours : Daily 7.30am to 11.00pm

What to Order : Cheese Noodle with Pork Cheek

Getting There : Wan Chai MTR – A4 Exit

Price : Around USD3 / SGD4 / RM10 per person

13. Man Fai Chiu Chow Noodle (文輝墨魚丸大王)

Man faiMan Fai is famous for their cuttlefish ball, baby squids, and octopus heads. You can order separately or like us in a bowl with rice noodles and clear broth. We ordered Seaweed 8 Treasure Noodle (HKD72) to try all their specialties in a bowl. The portion is large, enough for 2 people.

Man Fai HKAddress : 22-24 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay

地址 :銅鑼灣渣甸街22-24號

Opening Hours : Daily 8.00am to 2.00am

What to Order : 紫菜八宝粉

Getting There : Causeway Bay MTR – Exit F1

Price : Around USD10 / SGD14 / RM35 per person

14. Yee Shun Dairy (義順牛奶公司)

Yee Shun

Yee Shun is famous for their deliciously smooth and fragrant milk custard. This inexpensive and popular dessert is a steamed blend of milk, sugar, and egg white. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness.

A variety of flavors available but do try the signature double boiled steam milk and ginger milk custards.

Yee Shun HKAddress :

1. 513 Nathan Road, Hong Kong 油麻地彌敦道513號地下 – Yau Ma Teh MTR – B1 Exit

2. 506 Lockhard Road, Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣駱克道506號 – Causeway Bay MTR – C Exit

Opening Hours : Daily 12.00pm to 12.00am

What to Order : Doubled Boiled Steam Milk (双皮奶) & Steam Milk with Ginger Juice (巧手姜汁炖鲜奶)

Price : Around USD5 / SGD7 / RM18 per person

15. Lee Keung Kee North Point Eggette (利强记北角鸡蛋仔)

North Point Eggette

The honeycomb shaped egg waffles at Lee Keung Kee are thicker in texture, with midges of crisp around the edges & fluffy consistency that makes egg waffles so popular. It is hard to miss it with that many celebrities photos at the shop.

North Point Eggette HKAddress : 492 King’s Rd, Hong Kong

地址 :北角英皇道492號

Opening Hours : 7.30am to 9.00pm

What to Order : Egg Puff or Eggette (鸡蛋仔)

Getting There : North Point MTR – B3 Exit

Price : Around USD1.50 / SGD2 / RM6 per person

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27 Comments

  1. Hi Tommy, Thanks for the recommendations. went HK 3-5 Dec 2015. Tai Cheong Egg tart still best eaten hot and fresh! Mak (Ngaan) Wan tun Noodles – soup very strong shrimp flavour – delicious. Gave Yung Kee a miss, but tried Chan Kee Shen Zhen Roast Goose thigh (opposite Cordis@Hong Kong), standard is so-so, but the prices are steep HK$109 for one Roast Goose thigh. Will try to check out the rest next time if I go HK. Cheers!

  2. Hi Tommy, we just came back from Hong Kong n Macau on Jan 24 2016. We had used your attraction n food guide extensively. Thank you for compiling such a comprehensive list such that it proved very handy for my family who attempted our first free n easy trip. We tried a lot of HK food you recommended. My hubby especially loves the food. I sure will check your blog when we next plan our family trip. Xie xie!

  3. Hi Tommy,
    We’re planning a vacation to HK on june, some of the restaurants on your list definitely a must visit. I’ll be travelling with my kiddos so its just impossible to dine in,do they provide take away service?
    Thanks for this blog, helps a lot!

    • Hi Erwin, yes most places provide take away services so not a problem for you in HK! I think they prefer customers to take away in HK, save space and faster turnover for them!

  4. Not to be mean, but TBH I think most these shops are overated. I think the standard in Hk has dropped over the past years. Most of the foods here are nice but not anything Wow. For example Australia Diary Co. Is basically just eggs, ham and macaroni soup. These are well better in foreign countries so there is no need to come all the way to HK and try it. However their egg white dessert is much better than Yee Shun Dairy. Basically what Im saying is use this guide as a general guide but dont expect to be amazed. Alot of these foods can be found everywhere else and could potentially taste better and be cheaper.

    • Hi John, in some way you may be right but also like the australian dairy egg not everywhere has it, so to allow travelers a guide to try it instead not knowing what to eat is our main objective. For example fish & chip is available worldwide, but still ppl tends to eat in London.

  5. Hi John,
    The places that Tommy suggested are reasonable on the price. Would appreciate if you can give suggestion of you know a better or cheaper place to eat for us the traveller as a guide.

  6. Hi Tommy! Thanks for the great article – I’m visiting HK in a weeks’ time and will definitely take your list with! Out of interest, do most of the places (esp the smaller ones) take credit card, or do you have to pay in cash?

  7. Hi Tommy,
    We will be visiting Hong kong soon from Singapore. I love food and will for sure try out your list.
    Will you have any suggestion for an area to stay in.
    We love Food and Shopping but something not too commercial like Orchard Road.
    Not forgetting we hope to try out Seafood and ” Tai Pai Tong”

  8. hi tom, Im gonna be in hk for a week. the recommendations you made looks interesting. I will surely visit these places. Also, request you to suggest best street food in hk cuz i wanna spend well on food, so wanna make sure that i get to taste lot of food. Ill be staying at tsim sha tsui

  9. I am from Hong Kong and this is a pretty good list to cover in four days – well done! As you suggested, this is just to name a few, with a lot more waiting for food lovers to explore.

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