Hong Kong is famous for its food — and for very good reason. Here are five restaurants we tried and loved while on a whirlwind trip to Hong Kong.
Yes, I ate too much, too quickly. No, I don’t regret it.
Found in Tai Kwun — Hong Kong’s centre for the arts — Old Bailey is the go-to for authentic Jiangnan cuisine and a terrific option for vegetarians and vegans. The restaurant offers unseen views of Hong Kong with an outdoor terrace overlooking Tai Kwun, Central, SoHo and the Mid Levels.
Try: the vegetarian xiaolongbao.
Fukuro is a Japanese eatery inspired by Tokyo watering holes “where work-weary salarymen go to eat, drink and escape real life”. Sharing plates are encouraged at this SoHo venue so try as many dishes as possible.
Try: the crispy caramel butter corn and the spicy chicken karaage.
This Cantonese dim sum restaurant is named after John Anthony, the first Chinese man to be naturalised as a British citizen in 1805 — who would go on to provide accommodation and food for Chinese sailors in London. The architecture is a fusion of British tea house and a Chinese canteen. The team at John Anthony pride themselves on being sustainable, with every element incorporating an eco-friendly or ethical initiative. John Anthony is located at Causeway Bay’s Lee Garden.
Try: the vegetable puff, mushroom, soya mean, sticky rice, black pepper sauce dim sum.
HO LEE FOOK
This funky Chinese kitchen in SoHo means “good fortune for your mouth” and is inspired by old-school Hong Kong and late-night Chinatown hangouts in 1960s New York City.
Try: the fried corn with crispy garlic crumbs, the roast wagyu short rib, and finish your meal with the ‘breakfast 2.0’ — an ice-cream dessert with cornflake honeyjoys, walnut oatmeal and cocoa coffee crumbs.
Located in Hong Kong’s SoHo district, Chôm Chôm kitchen and bar is inspired by Vietnamese street food. The menu is meant to be paired with the bar’s selection of regional Vietnamese beers.
Try: the lemongrass and kaffir chicken skewers and the Vietnamese pizza.
A FAREWELL MEAL
After trying these incredible restaurants, finish off your Hong Kong food journey at one of the lush Cathay Pacific lounges at Hong Kong International Airport before you head home. I picked The Deck, Cathay Pacific’s newest lounge that features the Noodle Bar — an open-kitchen concept with local classic as well as regional and Asian specialties including Sichuanese dan dan noodles, Singapore Laksa, and Taiwanese beef noodles. Drool.
The writer was a guest of The Upper House and Cathay Pacifc Airways.