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Average prices (among local style restaurant / supermarket, and 5-stars restaurant) (Download Word file)
Cook by yourself?
Eating out is so convenient and cheap in HK. The ratio of the number of restaurant / capita of HK is the highest in the world. Although there is a little twist in the favor and the way of preparation, it is still fair to say that international cuisine could be enjoyed in HK (for cheap). Nevertheless, cooking at home is fun sometimes. Especially when you are foreigners, you would love to prepare some ‘home-made’ dishes for your new local friends. Below are some of the places where you can buy all the things you need for showing your skills.
TASTE (PARK’N / INTERNATIONAL / EAT / GOURMET)
Taste is a supermarket where you can buy nearly everything from different parts of the world. However, Taste is not a good place if you are looking for something cheap. Park’N shop is actually the initial identity of Taste / International / EAT / GOURMET. It changed its name to Taste so that they ‘could’ sell their products at a higher price. You can buy the same thing from Park’N cheaper than from Taste.
Wellcome is another supermarket cooperation in HK. Wellcome sells more localized foodstuff which results in lower quality, but cheaper in price and more local-oriented.
City Super is a very successful supermarket cooperation in HK among those focus on higher quality and price foodstuff. It has almost the same kind of products you could find in Taste, but in a little better quality. City Super usually comes with stationery, personal products and household stuffs sections which makes it more enjoyable to shop there.
*Another supermarkets – SEIYU, APITA, and AEON Supermarkets, are the best places for Japanese foodstuff in town.
The wet market at Nam Sham Chuen (as well as other places in HIK) is not only a place for fun and adventure. Food there is actually much cheaper and better than in Taste, only if you can communicate with the local shop-owners. If you are looking for food for BBQ, better go to the wet market there, and prepare for something like HK$30 for 10 pieces of chicken wings.
Spanish - FIESTA - 1/F, 13, Li Yuen Street East, Central, Exit C, Central MTR Station www.fiestafood.com.hk This is a small store but it has all you want from Spanish food and wine (well, not all). It is indeed the wholesaler of Spanish food for all the supermarket in HK. So, if you know how to find it, you can save load from your budget. Jamon and wine are the best deal because the price can be as half as how much they cost in any supermarket outside.
SE Asian - All around Kowloon City
Korean - Kimberly Street, Exit B1, TST MTR Station
GATEWAY - 2F, 131, Des Vouex Road Central, Sheung Wan, Exit E5 Sheung Wan MTR Station. It has imported US foodstuffs for every one of us. They don't have great variety, but they do have something different. (OH: 10:00 - 19:00)
A & M American Grocery - 12F, Manning House, 38 Queen's Road Central, Exit D2, Central MTR / 1F Chuang's Tower, 30 Connaught Road, Central, Exit C / Stanley Plaza, Stanley
European - OLIVER - 3/F Prince Building, Central, Exit K, Central MTR Station. Like City Super, Oliver is another European supermarket in HK. The bakery section which is actually La Rose Noire, offers the best cheese cakes in town. http://www.la-rose-noire.com/
Organic - 360 / ThreeSixty - The Elements - Kowloon Station. This is another non-local style supermarket yet claiming only has organic foodstuff for sale, imported from overseas. However, I would rather pay attention to their food hall on 4/F, which has a variety of choice of international 'fast-food' - Japanese, Indian, Chinese, French, Mexican, American, European, etc.
CAKE-A-LICIOUS - LG/F, 11 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Exit D2, Central MTR Station www.cakealicious.com.hk 2815 2218. Tailor-made cake! Bakery takes order of anything! Even R-rated ones. Submit your design and HK$ 250 per pound to surprise your loved one with a customized cake!
City Super supermarket has far more choices of alcohol than Taste. For special interest, there is a liquor shop at the intersection of Prat Avenue and Hart Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit A2, TST MTR Station), you can find Absinthe, Jagermeister, etc. there.
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