Food and drink in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a passion for all things delicious - but like the city itself, what’s on Hong Kongers’ plates is wonderfully diverse. Hole-in-the-wall noodle shops and casual dim sum restaurants attract as much fervour as Michelin-starred fine dining destinations. On any given day, locals are as likely to chow down on regional Chinese cuisine as they are sushi, Thai, or even Western fare. No matter your culinary preferences, this is one city where you’re guaranteed to feast like royalty.
In Hong Kong, dim sum is serious business. Just ask Tim Ho Wan: among the city’s best-known dim sum parlours, it also has a Michelin star (making it one of the most cost-effective Michelin-starred meals in the world). Do as Hong Kongers do and enjoy dim sum for your first meal of the day — and be prepared to queue for pork buns, shrimp shumai, and other traditional treats.
Encompassing casual dim sum restaurants like Tim Ho Wan as well as more traditional fine dining eateries, Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred restaurants really run the gamut. From temples of French gastronomy like Amber and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to opulent Chinese restaurants like T’ang Court at the Langham and Ming Court, the city has plenty of splurge-worthy dining destinations to tempt you during your travels.
Hong Kong’s culinary discernment doesn’t end at its eateries. The city is also home to a number of groundbreaking cocktail bars that are pushing the boundaries of molecular mixology. Bartender Antonio Lai is at the forefront of Hong Kong’s experimental cocktail scene. At his bars, like Quinary and Origin, he mixes plush surroundings and old-school hospitality with thoroughly modern serves.
Cha chaan teng
Cha chaan teng, or ‘tea restaurants’ are an essential — and beloved — part of the Hong Kong dining ecosystem. These casual, delightfully retro diners first appeared in the 1960s, and were famous for serving a blend of Eastern and Western dishes: think everything from soy sauce spaghetti and chicken to Hong Kong-style French toast. Now, they’re treasured as kitschy throwbacks, and are frequented by younger diners with a taste for nostalgia.
Despite what the Italians might say, noodles were first invented by the Chinese — and in Hong Kong, you can still indulge in a vast array of delectable dishes. From local institutions like Mak’s Noodle, which is famous for its way with a wonton, to Kau Kee, where you can order steaming bowls of beef brisket noodles, get ready to do some serious slurping.