Hong Kong: A Foodies’ Paradise?

‘Hong Kong’ – when these two words are mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind to most of the ordinary citizen is Dim Sum. However, those that are much wiser would know that she has more than just exquisite little treats in bamboo baskets. Don’t get me wrong though, Hong Kong’s Dim Sums are top notch, rival to none, simply AMAZING. Yet, innovative young minds and western influence have brought much more twists and turns to the face of the food industry in Hong Kong. I’ve recently took the pleasure of heading down to this Land of Food, and tried out many of the dishes there that Singapore had ‘copied’ over from.

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Well, I haven’t been writing for a long time now, time to start the engine again…

I shall sort the different places I visited based on their categories. Hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I did writing it! 😛

For those interested in my itinerary, here it is: HONG KONG TRIP 2016 ITINERARY

Cha Chaan Tengs

Cha Chaan Teng is basically another word for the Hong Kong – style cafes that you can find literally everywhere along any street down Hong Kong. Most of them sell rather similar items, and probably because of that the prices are kept pretty low. You could get a huge breakfast at a low cost of SGD 6, with a bowl of noodles together with a side of toast and eggs.

The only worry, surprisingly, isn’t the food at all though, but rather the attitude of the staff there. Eating in these places feel like you are constantly being chased by the devil, but if you can overlook this (tiny) detail, you’ll find eating in there is not only affordable, but enjoyable too (the food at the very least).

1. Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司

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Australia Dairy Co. has been around for quite some time, and is certainly a local favourite (look at the queue). Although long queues are unavoidable, it is certainly surprising that they have pretty fast turn over rates (probably due to their devil-chasing techniques), and you will find yourself shoved to one of the seats inside pretty quickly.

Breakfast set (HKD 38) – comprises of the following:

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Eggs with Toast
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Macaroni Soup with Ham

The toast was really nicely toasted to a golden brown, and the butter applied inside certainly made it nicer. Maybe its just me? Or the butter they use in HK generally taste really good, smooth and salty to the point where its just nice. Macaroni in soup with ham, a simple warm dish that serves as a good comfort dish. Some might find it a little too salty though, but its really personal preference.

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Milk Pudding (Hot)

This silky smooth Milk pudding was really good! Strong milk taste, melts in your mouth quickly and slides down comfortably along your throat! Only regret was that I didn’t manage to try their ‘red’ version of the milk pudding, wonder what they actually put inside to make it red, and how does it taste like?

Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司 (eggs on toast, Cha Chaan Teng)
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong (MTR Jordan Exit C2)
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11:00pm (Closed Thursdays)

2. Kam Wah Cafe

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Kam Wah Cafe is yet another one of those ‘oldies’ thats really popular amongst the locals, having serve many of the typical Cha Chaan Teng delights, only better.

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The older generation would generally start off their day with a hot cuppa tea, while I’ll simply go for something cooler to combat the heat…

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The amount of sugar laden inside this perfect cup of iced milk tea is insane though, certainly not good for the heart as it is for the tummy.

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Char Siew Polo Bao

Have you ever been disappointed by some of the Char Siew Bolo Baos in Singapore cause the amount of meat inside is rather pathetic? Then you should really try out Kam Wah’s version of it. No corners cut, no mashed up meat – chunks of char siew meat sandwiched between a freshly baked bolo bao, mixed with some fresh lettuce and added with some delicious mayonnaise. Well thats something you definitely don’t see in Singapore.

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Luncheon Meat with Gong Zai Mee – absolute comfort food
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Char Siew Vermicelli – again those thick chunky Char Siew
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Eggs, Sausage and Ham to go with the Char Siew Vermicelli


Kam Wah Cafe
47 Bute St
Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2392 6830
0630 – 1130

3. Chau Kee 周記點心

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Black truffle/ Roe Siew Mai – an interesting twist to our typical Siew Mai that tastes absolutely delicious!
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‘Carrot’ Balls – forgot what was inside but tasted really crispy and crunchy!
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Black truffle dumplings – fragrant black truffle cream sauce paired with a gigantic har gao, OISHIII

… and here it is! The original creator of the Salted Egg Lava French Toast is none other than Chau Kee! How else to taste the best other than eating the original?

Note: They had the yam version of it too, for the adventurous to try!

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Salted Egg Lava French Toast
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Chau Kee 周記點心 (salted egg yolk french toast)
Shop H1, G/F, Tung Lee Mansion, Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District (HKU MTR Exit B1)
Opening Hours: 6am – 5pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon

4.Capital Café 華星冰室

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Black Truffle Eggs on Toast

Capital Café 華星冰室 (Hokkaido Milk Tea, truffle eggs on toast, peanut butter and condensed milk toast, Cha Chaan Teng) Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (10 min walk from Wan Chai MTR) Tel:+852 2666 7766 Opening Hours: 7am – 11:00pm

5. Dazzling Cafe

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Truffle Pasta (with truffle shavings on top!)
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Strawberry Mochi Waffles

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Matcha Shibuya Toast
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Vanilla Brulee Milk Tea

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6. Tian Ru Xin

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Delicious Coconut Dessert with Caramel Pudding
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BLACK TRUFFLE ICECREAM with toast

Let me know if you ever find a BLACK TRUFFLE ICECREAM in Singapore! This dish absolutely blew my mind away. Who would have thought that truffles can be infused into icecream? This savoury-sweet dish is the thing to look for if you have a truffle craving, anytime, anyday.

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Egg Pudding

7. Honolulu Cafe

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Honolulu’s famous egg tarts with 192 layers of crust and smooth egg custard needs no introduction, and those who think that SG’s version of it was delicious, think again.

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Butter Bolo Bao

8. Xu Liu Shan

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Dim Sum Places
Go to the land of Dim Sum, how can NOT eat dim sum???

1. Tim Ho Wan

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one of the more popular brands in Singapore, this Michelin-starred restaurant caught the eyes of many in Singapore when it moved over here…. yet the only way to truly ‘taste the stars’ is to eat at where it all began…

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2. Dim Sum Icon

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Chilled Milk Pudding
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Chocolate-filled Bao

 

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Salted Egg Custard Bao
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MILK-filled Bao

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Milk Tarts
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3. Social Place

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Roasted Pigeon
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Truffle Mushroom Bao
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Balsamic Chicken

This Balsamic Chicken was really good! Crunchy on the outside yet tender and juicy on the inside! They even took the effort to push all the meat to one end of the drumstick to make it easier to eat! Paired with some aburi-ed pineapples, this dish is just heavenly.

4. Yum Cha

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Prawn Salad
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Chick-shaped Pineapple Tarts
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Char Siew ‘Pork’ Buns
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Salted Egg Custard Buns
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OOOOZESOME

… and they have matcha flavoured Bao too…

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‘Ang Mo’ Cafes 

Western influence on Hong Kong has introduced Western twists and ideas into the food landscape of Hong Kong

1. Cupping Room

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didn’t have the time to try the food at cupping room but a friend told me that this place was really good too! Not a bad idea to try this!

2. Little Bao

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‘Kong Ba’ Bao – the ‘man tou’ has been toasted on a grill and the fatty slab of pork is just so sinfully good!
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Salted Caramel Icecream Bao
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Matcha Icecream Bao

3. Munchies

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Smores Doughnut (with Cookies and Cream Icecream Sandwiched between)
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Matcha Doughnut

4. Urban Bakery

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Bolo Croissant – NEWEST offering from URBAN BAKERY!
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Salted Egg Croissant

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5. Sun Kee Cheese Noodles

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… cheese with instant noodles…

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… with nicely done roasted PORK NECK…

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… is simply…

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… THE BEST!!!

Sun Kee Cheese Noodles are definitely a MUST TRY, I would highly recommend to all that go Hong Kong. Simple comfort food, made best when the cheese sauce is made so well (homemade by them) and the Pork Neck aburi-ed so nicely! You’ll regret not going! And you’ll regret not going back again to have seconds!

Perfect for supper!

Sun Kee Cheese Noodle (新記餐廳)
Champagne Court 16-20, GF 13-14, Kimberley Rd Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 7.30am to 3.00am

Sun Kee Wan Chai Branch
3 Burrows St Wan Chai Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 7.30am to 11.00pm


Roasted Delights

One should NEVER miss out on the roasted stuff in Hong Kong! Especially when they are so good…

1. Kam’s Roast Goose

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Braised Pigeon
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Roasted Platter (Crispy pork and delicious Goose)

Kam’s isn’t famous for their Roasted Goose for nothing, their specialty has got a really crispy skin paired with tender meat and flavoured by a light sauce.

For those who didn’t know, unlike duck meat, goose meat has a more subtle flavour and doesn’t carry with it the distinctively heavy duck ‘smell’ that some people dislike.

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Goose Kidney and Liver
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Crispy Pork

Kam’s Roast Goose
226 Hennessy Road Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2520 1110

2. Yung Kee Restaurant

For those who are still unsatisfied, try Yung Kee, a more atas 3-leveled restaurant, which also serves pretty good roasted goose too!

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Half a Roasted Goose

Noodles

Many variations of noodles exists in Hong Kong, some of them really famous for the texture of the noodles themselves, others for the sides that go with it

1. Tsim Chai Kee Noodles

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Watch my instagram (@icyfury) for a video on this delicious bowl of 3-ingredients noodle!

This simple bowl of noodles had 3 different ingredients (on top of the noodles), the huge wanton (with 2 king prawns inside), the mega (grey) fishball with super fresh and real fish meat inside, and slices of tender beef.

2. Kau Kee Beef Noodles

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It is simply impossible to understand how the Kau Kee can deliver such tender beef in a beef bowl and how delicious and flavoursome their beef stock is. Try it to believe it.



Road Side Stores

Road side stores are a unique icon of HK’s food industry… don’t underestimate them though! They have really delicious food too! 1. ‘Stick Food’ easy to find along any of the Hong Kong streets. They are really nice! But try at own risk as usual since they are road side stores.

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Squid stick
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Beef stick

2. Choux Creme/ Mochi Sweets

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Matcha Choux

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3. Belgium Waffles @ SOGO

Crispy sweet Belgium waffles with soft cream cheese sandwiched between.. what better comfort food is there?

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4. Beard Papa’s

Beard Papa’s is always nice, no matter in Singapore or Hong Kong, only difference is there being more flavours over at Hong Kong, namely matcha and melon.

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5. BAKE Cheese Tarts

One can never get tired of them, those crispy biscuit-like crusts and warm smooth and delicious cream cheese sitting inside. Only difference – NO 3 HOURS QUEUE.

So get your ass down to SOGO to sweep them all off the display counter!

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6. Tai Cheong Bakery

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Dubbed as one of the BEST egg tarts in Hong Kong, it certainly is worth a trip to visit Tai Cheong Bakery!

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Freshly baked Egg Tarts with buttery crusts and smooth and runny warm egg custard… is this heaven or what?

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7. Lord Stow’s

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8. Gai Dan Zaai

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9. Fresh Tea
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<<< Cream Cheese floating atop my peach tea… savoury delight that helps combat the afternoon heat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. KALA Cheese Toast

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Durian Cheese Toast! See my Instagram (@icyfury) for the rainbow cheese toast! [Singapore’s version of rainbow cheese toast @ Epicurious)

11. Oddies Foodies

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12. Random shops around Hong Kong

It isn’t surprising to walk into a random shop in Hong Kong and find random goodies that usually doesn’t exists in Singapore. Have fun exploring! IMG_7105

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Orange and Coconut Pocky

<<< Errr Orange/ Coconut Pocky Anyone?

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