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Where to eat in Hong Kong

a year ago / travel / food / hong kong

Must-eat places in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is my sanctuary city for good food. From gourmet European restaurants to cha chan tengs, it is not difficult to eat well (and cheaply) in Hong Kong.

A little tip - to enjoy the city's celebrity chef restaurants without breaking the bank, go for the set lunch menus which cost a fraction of the dinner menu. Don't forget to make your reservations early via e-mail!

1) Caprice: Two Michelin stars restaurant with ingredients flown in daily from France. Their artisan cheeses are the best in town. (Website)

2) Yue Hing: This dai pai dong (open-air hawker-style eatery) serves up mean sandwiches with ham, luncheon meat and egg along with peanut butter and cabbage. Strange but good! (76-78 Stanley Street, Soho).

3) Tim Ho Wan: Because what's Hong Kong without dim sum? Tim Ho Wan was the first ever budget dim sum eatery to be awarded a Michelin star. Be prepared to queue. (Website)

4) Sun Kee Cheese Noodles: Nothing screams comfort food more than instant noodles drowned in cheese and a perfectly cooked runny egg. The braised chicken wings are awesome too! (Champagne Court 16-20, GF 13-14, Kimberley Rd Tsim Sha Tsui)

5) Good Hope Noodle: Simple, understated Michelin-crowned noodles and silky porridge. (18 Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok)

6) Tung Po: This revolutionised dai pai dong serves their beer in chilled porcelain bowls alongside some pretty mean Guangdong seafood dishes. The wind-sand chicken 風沙雞 is a must-try! ( 99 Java Rd 2nd fl, Municipal Services Bldg, North Point)

7) La Creperie: Humble crepes and galettes - best enjoyed when taking a break at Wan Chai's Forgotten Streets. (Website)

8) Sushi Kuu: One of the best sushi bars in Hong Kong, I highly recommend you go for the omakase that's well worth every single penny of the HKD1500 price tag per person. Reservations necessary. (2-8 Wellington St, Lan Kwai Fong)

9) Ser Wong Fan: Authentic old-school Cantonese dishes and snake soup that goes perfectly well with plain white rice. Reservations recommended. (30 Cochrane St, Soho)

10) The Chairman: Saving the best for last, this homely restaurant serves up Cantonese favourites with a healthy take. Ingredients are sourced locally and they even cure their own meat! If there is only ONE place you can eat in Hong Kong, this is IT. Reservations are a must. (Website)

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11) Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Disclaimer, I've not tried this place but somebody read this post and went all "HOW CAN YOU NOT INCLUDE THEIR CRAB IN YOUR LIST?!?!" on me. Apparently, this crab is baked (or so he thinks) and served dry with heaps of dried garlic and chilli and unlike anything we get here in Singapore. It's got level 1 to 10 of spiciness - DO NOT attempt 10 unless unless your intestines are lined with titanium, he warns. (Website - by the way, that Caucasian guy on the homepage is Anthony Bourdain if you're clueless like me.)