After a few days in Singapore over Christmas, we headed over to Hong Kong for five glorious days. I spent a whirlwind 48 hours in Hong Kong a few years ago and ever since then have been pining for another visit. Hong Kong over two days doesn’t allow enough time to capture the city – its a huge, bustling place with so many great pockets to discover.
We were lucky enough to be in town for this great event. Held at the Convention Centre it was a huge room filled with any food that you could imagine – pork buns, huge chicken skewers, pickles of every description, sweets and beverages. People in Hong Kong love their food and they were out in droves for the event. Keep an eye out for other festivals that you may catch when visiting.
We stumbled upon Loyal Dining on Wellington Street in Central whilst wandering around after our trip up The Peak. Like most restaurants, it has multiple levels so take a chance even if it looks busy – they will most likely be able to snare you a table, there just may be a few flights of stairs to climb.
The menu is huge and covers many of the Chinese classics. We tried the bright red sweet and sour pork with pineapple, crispy noodles with shredded pork and bean sprouts and fried rice with fish roe and seafood. The restaurant was clean and geared towards those after a quiet, uninterrupted meal.
We headed over to Lantau Island to visit the amazing Tian Tan Buddha. After climbing the stairs and seeing the amazing scenery, we dropped by the vegetarian cafe for a few snacks and sweets. We all loved the sweet bean curd dessert and the delicious array of glutinous rice dumplings and jellies. There is also a large restaurant next door.
We were lucky enough to be staying just around the corner from an Arome Bakery, which I later discovered is a Japanese-style bakery chain. The treats are wonderfully presented and most importantly unbelieveably delicious. I had remembered loving the egg tarts on my last trip so I tried Arome’s Hokkaido milk egg white tart – a sweet and creamy version of the original. I think I ate about eight over five days. They sell out often.
The original Ho Hung Kee store in Causeway Bay was awarded a Michelin Star for their wanton mee. Since winning this award, they have opened up a new shiny store on the 12th floor of Hysan Place. The restaurant works on a ticketed number system for seating. We surprisingly only waited about five minutes for our table of five and were met with a wonderfully satisfying meal. Wanton mee is one of the meals you must try in Hong Kong and Ho Hung Kee did not disappoint.
The wantons were fresh and plump and the noodles were cooked perfectly. We also tried some of their rice noodle rolls too. Get the large portions, you won’t regret it.
We stumbled upon Kam Shan after wandering up Nathan Road in the Jordan area. It was our first hilarious experience of being unable to communicate in English with anyone, however, our patience (and hand signals) were rewarded a delicious lunch. We found Kam Shan in Chuang’s London Plaza shopping centre up on level 7 (as in Singapore, always look upwards for food!) and on arriving were met with a very full and rowdy restaurant.
Our inability to communicate with the staff meant that we didn’t really understand the seating process and seemed to keep missing out on a table! We were thankfully helped by a fellow diner who noticed our hungry faces and were rewarded with a table in the area serviced by a lovely waitress who helped us order delicious food. We had shrimp dumplings, shu mai, steamed pork buns and glistening char sui pork.
We stayed in the Fortress Hill area of Hong Kong Island and were very spoilt by the number of fantastic eating spots on Electric Road in Tin Hau. I didn’t take note of all the great places we tried, but I highly recommend taking advantage of the thousands of restaurants everywhere in Hong Kong. Take a punt and give places a try. We had some of the best food we’ve ever had in our week in Hong Kong.
- See all of the famous sites in Hong Kong – whilst touristy, you’ll regret not visiting them. Take the time to see the laser light show from Kowloon, travel on the tram up to the Peak, visit Man Mo temple, take the glass bottomed cable car to go and see the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, consider taking the ferry to Macau (remember you will be going through immigration so it isn’t a quick trip…) and visit the street markets (the goldfish street is amazing.).
- Hong Kong is a huge and busy city, however, it boasts some amazing green spaces. Next time, I’d love to hike one of the trails on Lantau Island and my brother raved about the New Territories, north of the city.
- Grab an Octopus Card on arriving in Hong Kong. It will make travel on the MRT subway even more efficient (if that is possible) and it can be used in lots of stores as a bank card.
- We had free wi-fi at our hotel (the Harbour Grand, Hong Kong), however, it was pretty easy to come by in shopping centres also.