If you’re looking for the perfect gateway to experience the rest of Asia, Hongkong is definitely the place to be. It’s a city that never sleeps and offers vibrant snapshots of cosmopolitan living. Not to be forgotten is Hongkong’s gastronomy, which has become a melting pot of cultures. Heavily influenced by Cantonese cuisine, British cuisine, and other Western cuisines, it has indeed become a gourmand’s paradise. And so, we took it upon ourselves to give you a full-on tour. From morning to night, here are the eats you dare not miss when paying a visit to “Asia’s World City”.
1. For Breakfast: Australian Dairy Company
Don’t skip the most important meal of the day. Believe us, you’ll need all the energy to carry you through all the sights. For brekkie, there’s no better place to spend your first meal than at Australian Dairy Company. This iconic cha chaan teng (tea restaurant) has been serving long queues since the ‘70s and for good reason—signature scrumptious meals derived from dairy. Make sure to order their scrambled eggs and macaroni soup.
G/F 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hongkong
Open daily from 7:30AM to 11:00PM (closed on Thursdays)
2. For AM Snacks: Hoixe Cake Shop
Take a break from all the sightseeing and get yourself a dessert or two. You’ll chance upon a bakery in Tsim Sha Tsui street with a distinct freshly baked pastry smell wafting through the air, sure to draw you in. You’re bound to see a white sign spelled out in Chinese characters, plastered in a red background. Let your senses take you to Hoixe Cake Shop. Frequented by locals, it has become a true HK gem. Their addictive egg tarts are the perfect accompaniment to strolling around.
Open daily from 6:30AM to 9:30PM
3. For Lunch: Mak’s Noodle
A trip to Hongkong won’t be complete without a good noodle bowl. So go ahead and indulge yourself for lunch, and head on over to Mak’s Noodle to get the best wonton noodles in town. The nondescript diner is an institution here, and while most would argue that the serving is way too small for its price, it’s actually good value for your money (and apparently follows noodle soup tradition). The bowl packs up a zesty punch that lingers long after the last slurp, filled with flavor and texture. The hot piping broth, springy egg noodles, tender savory beef, and beautiful hand-wrapped wontons together makes for a memorable meal.
Open daily from 11:00AM to 9:00PM
4. For PM Snacks: Street Food
Journey through the Culinary Capital of Asia by way of their street food life. Theirs is a colorful plethora of the glorious and the appetizing, and the odd-looking and strange-tasting. No regrets though, because every snack has got unparalleled character. The best part of this is all the food hopping you get to do from one stall to another, and it doesn’t have to burn your pockets either! Check out their famous boiled squid, intestines, and stuffed chicken wings with rice for good measure. There’s a lot of streets to visit but it’s best to get a headstart at Mong Kok or Wan Chai
5. For Dinner: Yat Lok
Give yourself a pat on the back for a day well spent with a trip to Yat Lok. From a glance, it looks like your regular hole-in-the-wall diner, but it is here that you’ll get the best Peking duck meals. Proof of this is the honorable Michelin Star it was once bestowed in 2015, and the fact that Mr. Anthony Bourdain himself is a big fan. Roasted to just the right amount, the goose has a telltale crispiness to its skin, and a savory juiciness at its core that’s distinctly Yat Lok. You’ll find a couple of Peking Goose dishes here in different forms too, be it noodles or rice—all to your fancy.
Conwell House, G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central, Hongkong
Open Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 9PM, and Sundays from 10AM to 5:30PM