Dim Sum in Bamboo Steamers, Yum Cha in Hong Kong

Where to Eat in Hong Kong: 10 Best Restaurants

This post was last updated on May 8th, 2020 at 06:44 pm


Hong Kong always feels a bit like coming home. Even though none of us was born there and never lived there, it is a city we’ve spent a lot of time in, trying to find the best restaurants that Hong Kong has to offer. When we walk through the streets of Mong Kok it feels familiar and we think back to all those funny anecdotes that the locals always tell us about their childhood in this great buzzing city. Hong Kong smells so typical, like a mix of mothballs, waste, exhaust fumes, incense, and five-spices. It sounds gross, but we love it very much. And do you know what we love even more? The great food.

 

While they’re still eating lunch, everyone here always asks “what are we eating tonight”. While they’re having dinner, everyone wonders what they are going to have for breakfast the next day. Eating is one of the most important things in the culture of Hong Kong, and everyone prefers to eat with others. Because eating food is a time for the Chinese to come together, taste the same flavors, and discuss them. And trust us when we tell you; this can take hours.

 

Where to Eat in Hong Kong?

A few weeks ago, we flew to Hong Kong. The weeks prior to our trip to Hong Kong we had already compiled an unbelievably long list of food spots. All real Cantonese dishes, because when we go to Hong Kong we eat Chinese food and nothing else. In the end, of course, we didn’t try everything on our list, but we got pretty far. We’ve made our top ten places to eat in Hong Kong:

 

3 Best Places to Eat Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Yum Cha, the Cutest Dim Sum

The first time we saw the dim sum buns of restaurant Yum Cha we knew we had to eat there. How cute are those bbq pork buns? Yum Cha has multiple locations in Hong Kong, but we visited their restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui simply because it was the easiest for the rest of the day’s planning. We reserved a table just to be sure we could get seats.

 

The buns look a bit girly with gold and pink, but it’s a style that matches really well with the cartoonish buns. Granted, it is by no means the best dim sum you can eat in Hong Kong, but it is delicious and the photos always do well on Instagram.

 

Pork Yum Cha in a bamboo basket
Cute little pork Yum Cha, almost too adorable to eat!

 

Location

Yum Cha
3F, 20-22 Granville Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

 

Michelin Star Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan

How often do you eat Michelin star quality dim sum? Well, we don’t eat it very often, but at Tim Ho Wan it is possible for anyone. You select your favorite dumplings and other Asian bites on a form, and in no time they are right in front of you. The bbq pork bun (bao) is addictively delicious. It has a core of juicy and super tasty bbq pork (just salty and sweet enough), and the bun is super fresh and a tad sweet. The outside has the same crispy and sweet crust as a bo lo bao (buns stuffed with pineapple). We could really eat a hundred of them. And just like you’re used to from a well-oiled Chinese restaurant, you’ll be outside again, and you’ll be (at most) US$25 lighter (for 2 persons). A Michelin star lunch has never been so cheap!

 

Pan fried pork buns
The little sear at the top gives the pan-fried pork buns an exceptional flavor

 

You are also allowed to take a look in the kitchen and see the dim sum masters at work.

 

Location

Tim Ho Wan
Hong Kong Station (stage level 1 IFC Mall) Shop 12A
Central, Hong Kong Island

 

Tim Ho Wan has multiple locations.

 

Authentic Dim Sum Experience at Lin Heung Lau

If you talk to any local about eating breakfast at dim sum restaurant Lin Heung Lau, their eyes will start to sparkle. Apparently, this restaurant has been around for a long time, and most locals came here since the sixties. The nice thing about this place is that the interior and dishes haven’t changed a bit. We suspect the staff is also unchanged!

 

First, you can choose a table to settle at (and if there is no place available, just join others at a table, because that is very normal for the Chinese). Second, look around you, because there are males and females driving around with carts of dim sum products. You have to grab anything you can get your hands on (or just your favorites). Usually, they also shout what they have to offer: cha siu bao, cheung fun, etc. The interior is, as you could guess, not fancy, but all the more fun.

 

Bamboo steamer with Cha Siu Bao, BBQ pork buns in Hong Kong
The texture of the cha siu bao is amazing

 

Location

Lin Heung Lau / Lin Heung Tea House
162 Wellington Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

 

Cantonese Roast Goose at Michelin Star Kam’s Goose

Peking duck is known around the world, but the Cantonese roast goose is less known. In Hong Kong, you’ll see roast goose more often than roast duck while you’re strolling through the streets. An additional advantage of the Cantonese roast goose is that it is larger, so there’s more to eat. A good place to eat this crispy-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside dish is at Kam’s Goose. The restaurant has been around for years and is now run by third-generation Kam. Kam’s Goose has a Michelin star, which is why it often has a long row of people waiting. But don’t worry, before you know it, it’s your turn and you can sink your teeth into the fragrant goose. Well worth the wait!

 

While you are waiting outside, you can already look forward to what is to come: crispy roast goose. Yum!

 

Cantonese roast goose at Kam's Goose in Hong Kong
Plate with slices of Cantonese Roast Goose

 

The ordering process is just like you are used to from the Hong Kongese: fast and efficient. And before you know it you have a plate with a fragrant goose in front of you.

 

Location

Kam’s Goose
Hennessy Road 226
Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

 

Authentic Wonton Noodle Soup

A visit to Hong Kong isn’t complete without eating a steaming bowl of wonton noodles, in our opinion. Your wonton noodle soup adventure starts outside of Mak’s Noodle where you can see the chefs cooking the soup. You can how they make this great noodle dish with your own eyes. Settle in and treat yourself to a tasty bowl of wonton noodle soup. The broth is super tasty, the wontons are flavor bombs and the strings of dough are cooked perfectly.

 

Bowl of Wonton Noodle Soup
Wonton Noodle Soup is one of our favorite dishes

 

Location

Mak’s Noodle
77 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong Island

 

Eat Street Food on Stanley Street

If we have to believe the locals, Hong Kong used to be one big food stall paradise. You tripped over the food stands and everyone ate on a stool on the street. Unfortunately, due to hygiene, it is no longer allowed to cook on the street. Most of the dai pai dongs have moved in for that reason, luckily there is still a wad of outdoor food stands to be found in Hong Kong. At Stanley Street in Central, you’ll find a few street food stalls where you can really taste the flavors of Hong Kong. Also ask for the day special, because they are often the freshest.

 

Variety of street food skewers in Hong Kong
There’s something tasty for everyone in Hong Kong

 

Location

Food stands Stanley Street
Stanley Street 9-10
Central, Hong Kong Island

 

Under Bridge Spicy Crab

Legend Anthony Bourdain ate the spicy stir-fried crab of Under Bridge Spicy Crab. He was served his crab meal on the water but they added that they also had a restaurant on the mainland. We had to go there! And we were definitely not disappointed; this was the best crab we’ve ever eaten in our lives. The crab is spicy, flavorful, greasy and covered with a layer of crispy garlic. Divine! You have to try this when you are in Hong Kong.

 

Under Bridge Spicy Crab in Wan Chai
One of the best spicy crabs we’ve ever eaten!

 

Location

Under Bridge Spicy Crab
Shop 6-9, G / F, 429 Lockhart Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

 

Char Siu at Shuang Xi Lou

Char Siu, also known as bbq roasted pork is the dish in Hong Kong. The Hong Kongese have found many ways to incorporate this juicy and fragrant meat dish into things: in a white bao, in a sweet bread-like bao, wrapped in a puff pastry, steamed in a package of dough (cheung fun), etc. But also without fuss and only with white rice, cha siu is a great dish. So, of course, you have to eat char siu for dinner. At Shuang Xi Lou they make a very good char siu. You can also eat some freshly steamed white rice and the Chinese vegetable kai-lan.

 

Cantonese Char Siu on a bed of rice
Authentic Char Siu on a bed of rice

 

Do you want to make char siu yourself? You can make it at home with this authentic Chinese recipe.

 

Location

Shuang Xi Lou
Lee Tung St, Shops G32 & F30A
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-fried Buns

This dish is a hit in Hong Kong and we understand why. At Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-fried Buns they make the xiao long bao (dumplings filled with broth) on the spot and throw the dumplings in the hot oil before putting them in front of you. The result: dumplings with a bizarre crispy crust and a tasty broth inside. Be careful with the food, you have to eat these pan-fried buns in one go, otherwise, the piping hot broth will spray around. But if you put the bun in your mouth all at once, you’ll have that boiling broth burning your tongue and mouth. It’s a snack for the brave. We are still learning the perfect way to eat them.

 

Xiao Long Bao with soup pouring out
Xiao Long Bao with its juicy filling

 

Location

There are multiple locations of these fried dumplings, but we went to:

Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-Fried Fried Buns
Shop 10, G / F, 3-5 Fa Yuen Street
Mong Kok, Kowloon

 

Cantonese Lunch at Tak Yu Chachaanteng

In Hong Kong, you will find the perfect mix between old and new. Innovative and funky concepts alternate with golden oldies. One of these evergreens is Tak Yu ChaChaanTeng. A food bar whose interior has apparently not changed since its inception. And that’s what makes the place so cool.

 

They serve beautiful authentic Cantonese dishes such as stir-fried Chinese vegetables, wok noodles, and ku lo yuk (sweet and sour pork with pineapple and bell peppers).

 

Cantonese Cheung Fun, or rice noodle rolls with soy sauce
Cantonese Cheung Fun (rice noodle rolls) with soy sauce

 

Location

Tak Yu ChaChaanTeng
2 Kwong Ming Street
Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

 

Cantonese Bao at Happy Cake Shop

When we’re in Hong Kong we always have to stop by a Chinese bakery for a cha siu bao. These sweet buns filled with bbq pork are so good. There are several shops all over Hong Kong selling these Cantonese treats, but Happy Cake Shop in Wan Chai is one where they are guaranteed to taste great.

 

Baked Char Siu Bao, Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

 

Location

Happy Cake Shop
106 Queen’s Rd
Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

 

Best Hotel to Start Your Food Tour in Hong Kong

We usually sleep in the Kowloon area when we’re in Hong Kong. But when we inspected the where-to-eat list that we made, staying in Kowloon seemed illogical. Tsim Tsa Tsui might still be possible, but the last time we stayed there we found it to be disappointing in terms of cool spots. So we chose a hotel on Hong Kong Island. We booked a room at The Burlington Hotel in Wan Chai. This hotel turned out to be an excellent choice because almost all the restaurants where we wanted to dine were around the corner from the new hotel.

 

The metro is around the corner and you’ll be at the airport in no time, there are only benefits. The rooms are as you are used to from Hong Kong. It was super clean, modernly furnished, and its good value for the price. It’s a great choice if you’re looking to start your own Hong Kong food tour!

 

If you’re thinking of visiting more places after Hong Kong, check out all these highlights of China.

 

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