JUMBO FLOATING RESTAURANT -
Aberdeen: MTR to Admiralty, change to bus no. 75, get off at
Aberdeen Centre, walk to the waterfront, and take the
free boat of Jumbo company to
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant, very famous
for its size and appearance in James Bond and Jackie Chan
movies, is in fact, not really impressive. It is a nice picture
taking spot but the food it provides is nothing special at all.
You have to pay for about HK$ 500 for a meal for something you
can have in Cheung Chau for only HK$ 50. It is much better if
you are going for Dim Sum lunch because it is cheaper and you
can seat on the roof of the ship - the Top Deck on the 4/F
(TD/F, the top of the boat) which is an ideal place for brunch. One thing I have to admit is
that the service is good there.
Make sure you are going
to the 3/F because it is the original Jumbo. The "pretty" girls
will TRY to take you to the 2/F which is not Jumbo and you can't
leave without spending less than HK$ 1,000. They are pretty but
evil. One time they told us Jumbo (3/F) was full but we didn't
believe and insisted to go up and found out there were plenty
There is another floating restaurant in Shatin, where
the food is cheaper.
CHEUNG CHAU - A taste of the sea wind, a smell of the water, and
a sight of skyscrapers-no-more. Cheung Chau is a quiet fishing
village (except in the weekends) that still preserve the typical
scene of HK some hundreds year ago. Seafood for 2 could be
as low as HK$ 100 (3 dishes). There are tons of seafood
restaurants in Cheung Chau and the best one are on the praya
walkway on the left side of the ferry pier as if you can just
getting off from there. JUST DON'T go to the one at the end of
the praya because it cheats foreigners. I went there once and
they gave me an English menu which everything was twice more
pricey than they were in the Chinese menu.
VALLEY WET MARKET - Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, tram
to Happy Valley stop. Want to have decent seafood but Jumbo
is considered too pricey? Go to the food court inside the
wet market at Happy Valley. Abalone, Shark's Fin Soup,
Lobster all within HK$ 100 each.
TEMPLE STREET - Exit C, Yau Ma Tei
Let’s play Fear Factor, HK. You can
have Scorpio, bugs, frog, snake, shellfish, and many other kinds
of weird food at Temple Street. Apart from that, Temple Street
is a cheap place to eat Cantonese food. (HK$ 50 / person)
Snake wine and soup - Sham Shui Po, Castle Peak Road x Kweilin
Street, Exit D2, Sham Shui Po Station
You come to HK / China you got to
try the snake wine / soup. (You may eat cat and dog in China but
I do not recommend it) They are hella cheap as well. Apart from
trying the snake meat, you may come to the shop in the afternoon
and you will get a chance to see the demonstration of making
snake soup and wine every day. In simple words, they took a live
snake by its head with one hand the whole time, then use a knife
to cut through its body from neck to tail. They put the knife
down and use the free hand to grab the bladder and squeeze the
juice inside to make the wine... You can film it if you want.
Snake Wine, HK$ 20 for a shot. The Snake Wine is known as the
YOU-WILL-BE-DRUNK-AFTER-3-SHOTS wine. Well its only HK$ 60 for 3 if
you dare to try ;-)
SPRING DEER - 1/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim
Sha Tsui, Exit N3, Tsim Sha Tsui East Station (HK$ 100 /
person). This restaurant does not have a fancy environment or a
smart entrance. However, the food is really good and not too
expensive. Waiters are all like middle age Chinese man but they
speak pretty good English! Actually, they can speak Japanese and
some other languages as far as I can see. MUST TRY - Beijing
Duck, Hot and Sour Soap
CRYSTAL JADE - 3328 Harbour City, TST, Exit E, TST
MTR Station - have a great
variety of side dishes which are all delicious. (HK$ 60 /
person) They can be found also in New Town Plaza, Shatin and
Times Square, Causeway Bay.
XIA MIN GUAN
- 2F, Elements, Kowloon MTR Station. Cheaper than Crystal Jade
but the food is as good.
Both Crystal Jade and Ha
Min Guan are very popular so you better make reservation or be
there not later than 6 pm for dinner.
SHUAN LA FENG - Fuk Wing Street, Exit D2 Sham Shui Po MTR. Want
something really really spicy? Try the noodle from this tiny Sze
Chuen noodle place. Prepare some napkins and lots of water.
YU HEUNG Grilled Fish - 12 Nga Tsin
Long Road, Kowloon City, Minibus no. 2 from Festival Walk. The
grilled fish is a popular dish of Sze Chuan. The whole fish
(with head and tail, of course) is grilled with thousands of
chilly pepper. It is very tasty; but you may have difficulty in
eating it for the first time because of all the bones you can
still find from the fish.
SANXILOU - 51 Garden Road, 7F
Code Plaza, 15 minutes walk from Exit J2 Central MTR. Arguably
the best Sichuan food place in HK, a bit pricey as you may
expect from its location.
SPICY MAMA -
234 Temple Street, Jordan, Exit C2, Jordan MTR. It is probably
correct to call this Spicy Mama because it is really HOT! The
most genuine Sze Chuen food you can find in HK. The Spicy
chicken, Spicy Tofu and Tantan Noodle are their signature
dishes. They have 7 levels of spiciness. I have tried the level
6. The food was really tasty, just I was shitting for 2 days
XIAMEN FENGWEI - 44 Mei King
Street, To Kwa Wan. Tired of Cantonese food? Go try the Fujian
style in this restaurant.
Hunan food is probably the spiciest kind of Chinese cuisine. If you can
handle Sze Chuan, go for Hunan next time.
- 354 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon City. A true taste of
Hunan with an atmosphere of countryside Chinese restaurant;
you know what I mean if you have ever been to a small China
town. Good food and service.
NOMADS - 53 Kimberly Road,
TST, Exit B1, TST MTR Station - The mutton Hotpot is awesome.
(HK$ 100 / person) They also have all you can eat deal sometimes
for only HK$ 200.
YI Restaurant - 43 Water Street, Sai Wan, taxi to Water Street
from Sheung Wan MTR Station - Ba Yi is the best place to try
mutton or lamp chop in HK. They have 10 different ways to cook
mutton for you and they are all just incredible. (HK$ 100 /
Hot pot is a way of eating in
China / Oriental. A boiling pot will be put in the middle of a
table, with all the raw meats and vegetables beside it. When you
want to eat something, use your chopsticks to dip the food into
the boiling water, and wait for it to be cooked. Another
interesting fact about Hotpot is the different kinds of sauce.
From spicy to not spicy. If it is spicy, it is really spicy. The
best way to do Hotpot is doing a Hotpot buffet. Many Chinese
restaurants offer this in Winter and some even in the Summer. A
Hotpot buffet costs you HK$ 100 with unlimited soft drinks,
sometimes beers as well.
SHA KOK - Exit C, Shatin Wai Station, near Sha Kok Estate. This
is one of the restaurants you must try in HK, Lets not talking
about the food first. This unique HK style of Tai Pai Dong, or
Mushroom Hut as described by local people, is the most
traditional Cantonese restaurant in HK. If you want to know
about the local dining culture, get your ass up there quick
before the government demolished every single one of them in the
next 10 years.
about the food? It has Hotpot buffet comes with unlimited soft
drink, about HK$ 60 per person. A little hot eating outdoor in
the Summer though. Other than that, the seafood dishes are
almost as good as you can get from a hotel restaurant. Last but
not least, their Chiu-Chowish drinking snacks is another popular
delicacy. Such as squid, duck wings, duck tongues and fried pig
KEE Hotpot Restaurant - 85 Hau Wong Road - A very traditional
Chinese hotpot restaurant aka the best way to do Cantonese
hotpot. Raw beef in satay sauce is the chef's recommendation.
(HK$ 100 / person)
HIPOT - 5F
Chuang's London Plaza, 219 Nathan Road, Exit C1 Jordan MTR. Not
so special about the food but this place provides every customer
a 'pot' for his or her own use. A different kind of experience.
It also has all you can eat option, and a student card will give
you a discount. You can also find Hipot in Kwun Tong and
TACK HSIN RESTAURANT - 2F, Peninsula
Centre, 67 Mody Road, TST; Exit P2 TST MTR. A very typical all
you can eat hotpot place with good service and English menu. HK$ 150 per person any time.
- 16 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Exit C4, Mong Kok MTR. Another
hotpot place but what makes this place special is their lamb /
mutton. Directly from Mongolia and it is the best hotpot lamb in
HK. They also have all you can eat / beer deal but you have to
'ask' for it. If you look like someone who cannot read Chinese
they will assume you are getting the a la carte menu which is
like 3 times more expensive.
Taiwanese Hotpot, HOTPOT SUPER - 2F, 43H Dundas Street, Exit A2,
Yaumatei MTR. Another all you can eat and soft drinks place but
this one features Taiwanese style and each customer gets his /
her own pot. Many soup bases to choose from.
CHUEN CHEUNG KUI - 33 Nelson
Street, Mong Kok, Exit E2, Mong Kok MTR Station - A typical HK
Chinese restaurant, offering cheap Cantonese food, HK$ 50 per
person. Their chicken is among the best in town.
Noodle - As
I have said in other part I prefer Japanese noodle (ramen)
to Chinese noodle; but if including the foods that go with
the noodle, it is always the one with Chinese foods are better. If
you like beef (and noodle), you must go and try the beef
brisket noodle from either KAU KEE (21 Gough Street, Central
- Exit E2 Sheung Wan MTR) or Wah Jeir (13A Electric Road,
Tin Hau - Exit A2 Tin Hau MTR). Their beef is so soft, the
soup is so tasty, and it is not expensive at all!
KAM WAH barbecue Pork - 9 Jubilee Street, Central; Exit C
Central MTR. Barbecue Pork is probably one of the most
popular Chinese dishes in HK. This Kam Wah restaurant is
very famous for its barbecue pork as well as other kinds of
roast meat. Besides, its interior design is also quite
HUI LAU SHAN - All over HK, a very successful cooperation
specifies in providing Chinese desserts. (HK$ 20 / person) You will
fall in love with every thing they have if you like fruits.
They have 10 different kinds of mango desserts for example.
TEI MOU KOON
Dessert - 47 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City - Mango pancake and other
kinds of Chinese desserts, you would just love this place.
(HK$ 20 / person)
KUNG WO DOU BUN CHONG - 67 Fuk Lo
Tsun Road, Kowloon City - The Tofu brain (sweet tofu) and Soya bean milk are
their best offer. (HK$ 10 / person)
Eating House - 4 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City - The dish of the day is
Chinese rice in a hot pot. It is steamed rice cooked in a
hotpot together with beef or pork or chicken. It smells
really good. (HK$ 50 / person)
MIDO Restaurant - Temple Street, Exit C Yau Ma Tei MTR. This
restaurant at the corner between Temple Street and Public Square
Street is a very traditional HK post-war style restaurant. It still
remain its art-deco interior and an old-school cashier machine. The
people are friendly; and the pork rice and noodles are something you
have to try there. I enjoy going there at dusk
because it is the time when the night market at Temple Street starts
business. I can see from the windows of the restaurant people
getting ready for business at night market. It is very fascinating.
OCEAN EMPIRE Congee -
http://www.oceanempire.com.hk Ocean Empire
Congee is not the place you can have the best congee in HK, but
it is a very convenience way to taste traditional Chinese
breakfast (doesn't matter if you are having breakfast or not
indeed). Ocean Empire Congee has branches all over HK. Apart
from congee, you can also try some 'breakfast-dishes'. Such as,
Tulip Cake and Sticky Rice Dumpling. (HK$ 20 / person) They have
branches in both Mong Kok and Shatin.
VERY GOOD Chinese Restaurant - Basement,
90 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit B1 Tsim Sha Tsui Station. A very typical Chinese restaurant
but the food is so good, the price is average and the service is
great! I have tried the HK$ 298 set dinner and I got Abalone,
Shark's fin, Sea Cucumber, Fish, Crab, Prawn...all the things
what Chinese people normally include in what they called a
'Great Feast'. I still couldn't believe I could try all of them
in only HK$ 298; yet the most wonderful thing of this restaurant
is the service they provide. They could not speak English very
well but they are very attentive and good in detail! No wonder
she is called 'Very Good Restaurant' !!! If you want to try the essence of
Cantonese Cuisine, there is no place better than this one.
Remember, its the HK$ 298 dinner set. If you have family or
friends coming to visit, take them there for the best Cantonese
MR. WONG - The only place in the world where you can get unlimited
food and beer at dinner time for only HK$ 40 (US 5, Euro 4, GBP 3) -
10 Shumchun Street, Exit C2, Mongkok MTR Station.
The place is called something Hong Lok Restaurant, the owner - Mr. Wong
has to come up with such a crazy yet successful business plan. All
you can eat and drink at HK$ 50 from 9 pm till late. It is very
popular every night (no need to ask why, right?). So once you are
lucky to get a place to seat down, Mr. Wong and his team will start
giving you food - whatever they feel like cooking for you, basically
the typical Chinese dishes you can get from your home countries. So
you do not and you will not order anything. You can go get your
beers anytime you want and no one will stop you. They will stop
bringing food to you until you stop them as well.
It is fun to go with a group, not only you can try more kinds of
dish, also I guess Mr. Wong is all about having a good time drinking
with your friends. The food is not really good. HK$ 50 for a buffet,
well, you should not have any expectation and should not have any
SERENADE Chinese Restaurant - 1F,
Cultural Centre, TST, Exit E, TST MTR Station - Trying all
different kinds of Dim Sum with the tremendous view of the
Victoria Harbour. Located at the heart of TST, inside the
Cultural Centre, nothing better to spend an afternoon than that.
(HK$ 100 / person) This one and the one at City Hall Central
(both belongs to the same company) are the few Dim Sum
restaurant which still use moving trolley to sell their
foods. Therefore, you can see the food before getting it and
you can pick the one you like the most. Both
also offer the harbor view; but the menu is a bit expensive.
ONE DIM SUM Chinese Restaurant -
Tung Choi Street x Playing Field Road, Exit A, Prince Edward Station. This is a nice place if you
want to try Chinese Dim Sum. Every thing is about HK$ 10 only. It is a small restaurant only sells Dim
Sum. Not like a big, fancy Chinese restaurant, sure it is the best
way to experience traditional Chinese food as well as to understand
the lifestyle of typical local people. This tiny restaurant is now becoming so
popular after Michelin gives it a Star in its dining guide.
LIN HEUNG LAU - 160
Wellington Street, Central. Again, very popular. Avoid going
during lunch hours. It is a very very traditional Chinese
Dim Sum restaurant. One of the few places you can actually
experience 'China' in HK.
All you can eat dim sum - PARAMOUNT Restaurant. 2F, Emperor Plaza, 55 Chung On
Street (intersection with Sha Tsui Road), Tsuen Wan, Exit
B2, Tsuen Wan MTR. This restaurant provides dim sum buffet
in the morning, late afternoon and late evening. You can
also choose the regular food buffet option in the evening.
TIM HO WAN - B2, IFC, HK MTR. The first dim sum
place around the world achieved a Michelin Star. In my
humble opinion, their dim sum is pretty good; but there are
just many more dim sum places in HK which are as good as