In a country as big as China, regional styles of cooking were bound to develop. In Hong Kong restaurants, every major school of Chinese cooking is presented, as the former colony has inherited recipes and chefs from all parts of China, but the regional style is mainly Cantonese cuisine.
Hong Kong restaurants open almost around the clock (except on weekends, when it just serves dinner and nighttime cocktails), it's a great place for comfort food like burger, egg dishes, grilled lamb sausages, pasta, or risotto. For many locals, a stop here is akin to hangover prevention.
Open your senses to amazing skyline, bustling harbour and peaceful countryside. Dinners of Peking duck or Japanese tuna and foie gras salads are served until 10pm when the restaurant turns into a VIP room, ready to welcome patrons like Jackie Chan, Jean Claude Van Damme and Ronan Keating.
Hong Kong tea houses are a fun to dine and famous to most of Hong Kong restaurants, with a wide range of affordable snack foods like noodles, cakes and desserts. Try "yuen yeung", a 50/50 mixture of tea and coffee; "bor law yau", a steaming hot sweet bun stuffed with melted butter; and "daan tart", a tasty baked egg custard.
Dim sum (literally "to touch the heart") are special Cantonese snacks chosen from steaming bamboo baskets of delectable dishes paraded past on trolleys. Restaurants in Hong Kong boasts the best international dim sum chefs, who prepare mouth-watering delicacies such as steamed pork spareribs, steamed buns with roast pork, shrimp dumplings with a translucent skin. Dim sum is usually served as breakfast or brunch, enjoyed with family or friends.
Fish is eaten frequently and shellfish are also popular in most of Hong Kong restaurants. Steamed sea bass, stir-fried garoupa, and Lobster Cantonese are all well-known Cantonese dishes. Fish is popular in Malay cooking, as with other seafood such as shrimps and cuttlefish. Beef and mutton are very popular choices but never pork as it is against their religious beliefs to eat pork.
Vegetarian oyster sauce prepared from mushrooms, often oyster mushrooms, is also popular and generally lower in price. It may contain more taste enhancers if less mushroom extract is used to reduce costs. Vegetable and fish dishes are often steamed without the use of too much oil. Sauces made from ingredients like ginger, garlic, onion, vinegar, and sugar are complemented to enhance flavors. Vegetable and fish dishes are often steamed without the use of too much oil.
Just remember, when paying the bill in any Hong Kong restaurants, go to the front counter and tipping is not required.
Here are some well-known Hong Kong restaurants locations and with the directions in getting there.
SoHo (Mid-Levels) - Offers a wide range of up market international restaurants and bars along Staunton, Elgin, Shelley Streets. Get into what Guinness World Record call the world's longest covered escalator and experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this renowned food district.
Here's how to get to SoHo: Take the Island Line MTR trains and get off at Central Station. Take the Central MTR Exit D2. Walk along Queen's Road Central towards the center then take the Mid-Levels escalator.
Lan Kwai Fong (Central) - When the lights goes down, people are heading to this place, a buzzing center of clubs, bars and restaurants. A must-go places in Hong Kong for night owl and people-watchers.
Here's how to get to Lan Kwai Fong: Take the Island Line MTR trains and get off at Central Station. Take the Central MTR Exit D2. Walk along Theater Lane and up D'Aguilar Street then take about 5 minutes walk towards Lan Kwai Fong.
How to get to Stanley: Take Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66, or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (Central MTR Exit A), or from Causeway Bay MTR Exit B, cross Hennessy Road, turn right, walk one block to Tang Lung Street and then take the green minibus 40.
Kowloon City is famous for Thai food restaurants, Chinese Hot Pots, and Chiu Chow foods along Kai Tak, Nam Kok, Lung Kong, and Fuk Lo Tsun Roads. A deservedly popular dining area for local families and visitors.
Here's how to get into the Kowloon City: Take the Kwun Tong Line MTR trains and get off at Lok Fu station then take a short taxi ride.
Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East - This place offers an equally large variety of exotic cuisine to suit all budgets along Nathan, Canton, Chatham Roads as well as the side streets such as Ashley, Hillwood, and Granville Roads. Often host a quality dining options such as the Szechuan and Cantonese restaurants found in the Miramar Shopping Centre in Kimberly Road.
Explore over to Knutsford Terrace and Knutsford Steps - take the Tsim Sha Tsui Exit B1. You'll find yourself some great dining options.
Lei Yue Mun Seafood Restaurants - Very popular for its seafood and ideal for a night out with friends. Choose your favorite live fish that is still swimming from the tank and have it cooked the way you like.
Here's how to get into Lei Yue Mun: Take the Kwun Tong Line MTR trains and get off at Lok Fu station then take Exit B to the entrance on Tung Tau Tsuen Road. Or, you can take Bus 1 from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Bus Terminus and get off at Tung Tau Tseun Road (opposite the park).
Sai Kung Town, once a gathering spot for local fisherman and villagers, is now a trendy rural retreat famous for its collection of seafood restaurants together with European and Asian eateries as well. Discover great dining along the town's waterfront promenade called the "Seafood Street".
Here's how to get into Sai Kung Town: Take the Tseung Kwan O Line MTR Trains and get off at Hang Hau station. Take the Exit B1 and then take the green minibus 101M. Also you can take the Kwun Tong Line MTR Trains and get off at Choi Hung station. Take the Exit C2 and get on the green minibus 1A to the Sai Kung town terminus.
Hung Hom offers more than 50 restaurants including Whampoa Gourmet Place which boasts specialty restaurants all under one roof featuring northern and southern Chinese food with overwhelming choice of Asian gourmet dishes.
Here's how to get into Hung Hom: Take the Tsuen Wan Line MTR Trains and get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station. Take the Exit C1, turn right into Peking Road, left into Hankow Road and then take the green minibus 6 and get off at terminus.
Aside from these famous dining places or Hong Kong restaurants, HK is also known as a shopping paradise.
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