One of the primary reasons why we always enjoy our time in Hong Kong is, of course, the food. Hong Kong has many restaurants with different types of cuisine but those can never win our love for its local food.
Dine in a local Cha Chaan Teng (literal translation: Tea Restaurant) over local casual fare such as wanton noodles and roast meat rice, or venture into the streets and get yourself some curry fishballs, egg tarts or even the ever popular egglets.
On a budget? No worries; we are going to show you how you can stuff yourself silly with a small budget. Here is How to Conquer the Best of Hong Kong’s Local Food in A Day With S$50.
BREAKFAST AT AUSTRALIAN DAIRY COMPANY
Something about Australian Dairy Company that makes it so special. The breakfast, of course. You must try the scrambled eggs.
A breakfast set goes for HKD$28 (S$5.09) and it is served with toast and a cup of tea.
47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2730 1356
Daily: 7.30am – 11pm
Nearest MTR: Jordan
Average expenditure: S$5 per person
Listed on the 2013 Michelin Guide, it goes without saying that the dim sum served at One Dim Sum is a cut above the rest. The restaurant, however, is pretty tiny and waiting times can be up to an hour long.
But trust us—the wait is worth it. The dim sum is also unbelievably affordable, with most items below HKD$25 (S$4.54). Go in a group so that you can order more items to share.
Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion
15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward
Tel: +852 2789 2280
Mon to Fri: 11am – 12.30 midnight
Sat & Sun: 10am – 12.30 midnight
Nearest MTR: Prince Edward (Exit A)
Average expenditure: S$10 – S$15 per person
Dim Sum Icon changes their theme every three months. When we visited, they had the Little Twins Stars theme up and boy, were we in love with the adorable pastel blues and pinks in our dim sum!
Since it is tea time and you probably need a little break in between shopping, all you need is to order one dim sum each and a drink.
Shop L308, 3F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2885 1345
Daily: 11am – 11pm
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui
Average expenditure: S$10 – S$12 (for one dim sum and drink only) per person
SALTED EGG CROISSANT AND EGG TARTS
Urban Bakery Works is indeed the first bakery to start serving the ever-popular Molten Salted Egg Croissants (HKD$22) at their Landmark outlet, much to acclaimed success everywhere. It is a must-try food item and you will know just why it is so popular once you have had your first bite.
From the buttery outer layer to the smooth and tasty molten centre, everything about this croissant is baked to perfection.
Room 322, 3/F The Landmark
15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3565 4320
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 8pm Sat, Sun & PH: 8.30am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Central
Average expenditure: S$4 – S$8 per person
ROAST GOOSE DINNER
Nothing completes a day of gastronomical fun in Hong Kong than with some juicy roast goose. We have rounded up some of our favourites here, so you can take your pick from these popular restaurants.
A whole roast goose can be pretty pricey so it is always best to go in a big group, or you can simply order an individual portion with rice or noodles. Roast goose in Hong Kong is of another level and nowhere else does goose better!
Average expenditure: S$20 – S$40 per person
Total food expenditure for the day: S$44* onwards
*Do note that this is a rough number and that menu prices might differ slightly, as with currency fluctuations.
About the writer:
Cheryl is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She loves a good steak and an even better cuppa. She eats just about anything and everything. In her free time, she regularly starts on sci-fi or fantasy movie marathons.