Wednesday, December 10, 2008

not taipei: Hong Kong recs?

hi everyone! I'm headed to Hong Kong tomorrow so I need some recommendations for Must Eats! Can be any kind of food or any good food blogs.

Also, thanks for the rush of new votes for the Reader's Choice.. it's great for those people campaigning for their very favorite restaurant, but share some of your other favorites, will ya? Otherwise I won't know if it's the same anonymous person just voting 10 times over.

Man, I have a sudden craving for pizza. I don't know why...

16 comments:

CGM said...

i love that place! i live right next to it and eat there all the time. the fried rice, the squid pastry with peanut buttery sauce and the lemon honey drink are all fantastic. i dont know the real names for anything. the first time i went i looked around at what people were eating and ordered what looked good.

Anonymous said...

wonton noodles... tsui wah restaurant in central, yung kee (opposite to tsui wah restaurant), seafood!! (under the bridge crab in causeway bay) , egg tarts, street food!!

grover said...

Bo Innovation just got a Michelin star or two.

Yellow Door private kitchen is a treat, too.

xtina said...

hey i found your site while browsing through bagsnob. great site! maybe i'll try those places sometime!

Anonymous said...

Happy Valley - 正斗 (creatively named: Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop) for very good congee! but... I don't have the address...

Passionate Eater said...

I wish I had some suggestions, but unfortunately, I do not, but I can wish you happy travels and good meals!

216girl said...

Lei Garden for canto - you have to pre-order their soups! be sure to book

Anonymous said...

go to www.openrice.com for addresses!

Anonymous said...

oh if you're craving pizza... baci in lan kwai fong, central has really nice thin italian pizzas!

danielong said...

Hi there,

pls try Dim Sum at Lin Heung Teahouse (莲香茶楼). it's at 164, wellington street, Central.

It's along a big slope, with SoHo upstairs..very near the travellator..just ask around when you're there.

but u got to go early like at 6am! because it's like a territorial battle..people bring newspapers to read and enjoy tea, while waiting for service staff to bring trolleys of pipin hot dim sum. trust me, it's worth the visit and is the quintessential Hong Kong.

joanh said...

everyone: thanks you so much for all your recommendations!! i will try to try some of them (had some awesome egg tarts this morning already). will keep you guys posted soon!

xtina: cool! let me know if you do and hope to hear from you again. i love drooling over the bags at bagsnob

Anonymous said...

Check out Savor on the top floor of Prince's building for the awesome view of Central and Hongkong Bank. The food is similar to Joyce Cafe except pricier, so you may just have a drink on the balcony. You can also check out www.womguide.com for their recommendations.

Ben K said...

Hi,

I dont know if this is too late for you, but here are a few ideas for HK food:

- Tsui Wah as previously mentioned is a typical HK 'Tea Restaurant' with an odd mixture of chinese dishes and non-chinese dishes like spaghetti, hainan chicken rice, thai curries, pork chop buns, club sandwich etc. It's quite cheap but pretty good. If you like bitter melon, then the Conpoy, Bitter melon and black-bean sauce rice dish is good. There are a few branches. One big branch is at 15-19 Wellington Street Central. They also open very late for the clubbers.

- For Dim Sum, probably the most famous is the huge Maxim's Palace at City Hall. No reservations, so you have to turn up and queue for lunch. Sundays can be an 30-60 min wait if you get there much after 11.30am, other days are better. At Maxim's the dim sum is really very good, especially considering the size of the place, and its less chaotic than Lin Heung (which is almost impossible if you're going with more than 2 people, as so many people are milling around and they swoop on any empty seat within a millisecond of it becoming available!). Maxim's has the traditional dim sum trolleys, so you can ask to see what the choices are as they go by (their Mango pudding and "Ma la gao" sponge cake are both good if you have space of desert. Another option for very traditional dim sum is the Luk Yu Teahouse (24-25 Stanley Street, Central). However, it's helpful if you can read chinese, as the menu has no english (you have to tick off what you want on the menu list).

- For higher end/smarter food, you could try some of the following: Zuma (in the Landmark - a trendy import from the UK...sort of modern japanese - I've usually enjoyed the food there), the chinese restaurant Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel is good (has just won Michelin stars too, I think). You could also consider Hu Tong at 1 Peking Rd (28th Floor) on the Kowloon side. This place does northern chinese food, and has a fantastic view of the harbour.

- one other place that is worth trying for something a bit different (and spicy!) is the Da Ping Huo private kitchen. Here's a brief description: http://www.timeout.com.hk/restaurants-bars/top-100/1709/da-ping-huo.html

- Oh yes, one last idea for puddings. Try Honeymoon Desserts (called 'Moon Gay' locally). They have all sorts of mango, sago, pomelo puddings, and things like banana pancakes. Very nice! You can go there for an afternoon snack, or after dinner. They have several branches dotted around. I've been to the one in the IFC Mall (3rd floor).

Hope these give you some inspiration.

Cheers,
Ben

Bao said...

Gotta love the English names of these Cantonese restaurants... >_>
"Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant" is my favorite dim sum. Must try their "luncheon bun" they are to die for. 353 Lockhart Rd, sunshine Plaza, Wanchai, tel: 28930881. Reservation is a must.

Anonymous said...

Here are my must try recommendations:

Lung King Heen (4 seasons hotel, 4th floor) - dim sum is the best in the world. a must try. Their 3 stars is the only one in HK.

Kow Kee (Gough Street, Sheung Wan) - awesome beef noodles. classic cantonese.

Liu Yuan Pavillion (2804-2000,54 lochkart rd, Wan Chai) - shanghainese.

Lei Garden - for fancier cantonese food. dim sum is classic.

joanh said...

thanks again everyone for all your recs!!! I hope to do a HK post soon, but I ended up really liking Lei Garden, Honeymoon Desserts and a random egg custard tart place. Didn't like Rice Paper. I'm glad I'll have all these places to try out the next time I go and have more time!

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