Hong Kong is HEAVEN for traveling foodies! You can get just about anything in the main parts of Hong Kong from traditional Hong Kong dishes like barbecue pork char shui, to dim sum to Korean food, Japanese food and even McDonalds. After spending a total of 9 days in Hong Kong with locals, we’ve curated our Top 5 Hong Kong Must Eats.
All You Can Eat Hot Pot
Hong Kong is FILLED with All You Can Eat Hot Pot restaurants and it’s nothing short of AMAZING!
What is Hot Pot? : Hot Pot more like an experience, rather than just a meal. You with a few friends tag team a pot with one or two types of soup and cook ingredients like meats, vegetables, noodles and more in a pot of boiling, seasoned broth. When cooked to your liking, you dip it in the sauce of your choice or your creation and eat it. Rinse and repeat :)
We went to a late night spot called, “The One Hot Pot” and it lived up to the name! It was THE ONE! You pay set fee and get everythiiiiiiiing from hot pot, meats, veggies, sauces, drinks and even ice cream for dessert included in the set price! It’s amazing and not badly priced for a super filling meal. For those of you who aren’t too concerned with time, there is NO time limit when going here. You can eat for hours!
Tip: the later you go, the cheaper the meal.
A special spicy chicken hot pot
2. Dim Sum
Hong Kong is known as the motherland of dim sum. Dim Sum is what I like to describe as Chinese tapas. It’s prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim Sum is traditionally enjoyed as a brunch or lunch meal with tea.
We tried dim sum at a few different restaurants around the Tsim Tsa Shui area. The restaurants we tried all had their “hero” dish but to be honest, every restaurant we tried was all so good in comparison to what I’ve tried at home in San Diego. A few restaurant favorites of ours are Yum Cha, Caterking and Crystal Lotus for Disney Dim Sum (click the button below to check out our blog post dedicated to Disney Dim Sum.)
Xiao Long Bao
Soup Dumplings at Caterking
Yum Cha has super cute farm animal dim sum. The taste is okay but the aesthetic may make up for that. Our personal faves are the barbecue beef rice rolls and the salted egg yolk lava bun.
3. Boat Dweller Steam Hot Pot Specialist
The absolute freshest seafood we’ve ever had in our lives. It’s kind of amazing. You steam your seafood at the table BUT the real kicker here is while the seafood is being steamed, there’s rice and pork under the steamer to season congee for you to enjoy at the very end of the meal. THIS WAS LEGENDARY!
You walk in this restaurant and it looks like it’s going to be a hot pot restaurant with all the burners and little straw hat on each table. The waitress sends you to a wall of aquariums housing at least a dozen different species of seafood. All ALIVE. It was bittersweet meeting the crab before we ate it.
While you wait for your seafood to cook, you make your own personal sauce. It’s up to you to choose which sauces you like and want to mix together. There’s options for soy sauce, sesame sauce or peanut butter as a base. Then add ins are pictured below: garlic, green onion, parsley, cilantro, peppers, chilies and more!
Side note: this was an EXPENSIVE meal, but the experience was well worth the price and one we’ll never forget!
4. Tsui Wah
Also known as the “McDonalds of Hong Kong,” as described by the locals. Tsui Wah is a popular Hong Kong food chain that serves traditional Hong Kong dishes from Barbecue Pork Char Shui to our favorite Hong Kong Toast. Tsui Wah is definitely a must try
Okay okay, so this is not a local Hong Kong restaurant BUT I do have to admit that this was the closest tasting to the ramen in Tokyo and that makes it A MUST eat.
Tip: Don’t let the line scare you. It may seem long but with the two types of seating, it shouldn’t be too long. Try to arrive before or after the peak lunch/dinner hours.
Honorable Mention: ShareTea
This traditional Taiwanese bubble tea shop is literally EVERYWHERE in Hong Kong! It’s so DELICIOUS and a must drink for those humid afternoons.
Pudding Milk Tea
Our go-to drink
Honorable Mention: Hui Lau Shan
This little drink and dessert shop is on every corner in Hong Kong and for good reason! This tasty drink is especially amazing for the MANGO lover. They do mango RIGHT here, serving the ripest mangoes I’ve ever had in my life! Definitely a must try if you LOVE mangoes!
Mango Slushy with Mango