Since I grew up in Hong Kong, I often receive requests for a list of must-eats in Hong Kong. I hate it. Well…hate is a strong word, but compiling this list stresses me out.
Do I give you a list of common dishes Hong Kong is famous for?
Do I direct you to places that are trendy right now?
Or do I have you go to all the places that I like to eat at?
I always end up putting together a list with items that make my friends go… UGH…SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?!
Here are some not-so-common suggested places that I think you MUST eat at when you visit Hong Kong.
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN
Oh yes. I never go to KFC when I’m in the U.S., but I always make sure I go when I’m in Hong Kong. The chicken is WAYYYYY juicier. There are all different types of flavors. And the sides! OH THE SIDES… Cream of Mushroom over RICE and Portuguese Egg Tarts?! YES PLEASE!
Mm Hm…When I first moved to the U.S. and saw what 7-Elevens have to offer here… my heart broke. What happened to the SUPER delicious soy sauce peppered chicken wings? Where’s all the dim sum? You’re telling me that you don’t have noodles and soups?! The 7-Elevens in Hong Kong will BLOW YOUR MIND. Go to the food area, pick something up, put it in the microwave…then ENJOY.
So this is a chain sushi restaurant from Japan. It’s your usual sushi boat like restaurant that’s everywhere in Hong Kong. My friends in Hong Kong often make this judging face when I say I want to go there because it’s not “top notch”. Well, the quality of sushi at Genki is 10x better than your usual sushi joint in the U.S. and the price is less than what you pay for tip! I go at least twice every time I go home and I always eat like I”m a millionaire. Who cares about how much eat plate costs because the total never exceeds $25 USD per person! Buffet pants are strongly recommended.
BIRTHDAY CAKES AT MAXIM’S
My birthdays will never be the same without a cake from Maxim’s. For some reason, those Hong Kong pastry shops really got it down. The fruits are fresh, the cake is spongy, and the cream… oh the cream. It might not be your birthday, but just order one. My favorite is the mango cakes or the chestnut cakes. DO IT!
There are soooo many cafes in Hong Kong. And the quality of that cup of latte is top notch. Hong Kong is a service oriented city and they trained their baristas well. Each cafe usually has its own quirk so just find one. Causeway Bay, Tin Hau, or the SOHO districts are good starting points. When you’re tired from sightseeing or shopping, find a cafe and enjoy.
Are there any not-so-common places you like in Hong Kong or your own hometown? Share it with me!