Jump to content


Welcome to the eG Forums!

These forums are a service of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts. Anyone can read the forums, however if you would like to participate in active discussions please join the Society.

Photo

Hong Kong Restaurant Recommendations


  • Please log in to reply
216 replies to this topic

#91 His Nibs

His Nibs
  • participating member
  • 115 posts

Posted 14 March 2005 - 03:52 PM

You could have some good Dou Fa (soy bean curd) in shamsuipo (near the wet market) and don't forget the fresh egg tarts from the local bakeries (dirt cheap and piping hot!).

If you are going to be in the TST area, there is this little hawker centre off the side of Hankow Road. It kinda grimy looking but has a decent offering. It's across from the HMV and Yue Hwa (sorta near canton ave if memory serves me correct).

#92 origamicrane

origamicrane
  • participating member
  • 1,227 posts
  • Location:UK

Posted 14 March 2005 - 04:07 PM

:huh: who's teh moderator on the chinese forum??

we should start pinning a threads about where to eat in HK macau Shanghai etc
and pin one for recipes. blah! blah! :wink:
"so tell me how do you bone a chicken?"

"tastes so good makes you want to slap your mamma!!"

#93 canucklehead

canucklehead
  • participating member
  • 1,605 posts

Posted 14 March 2005 - 04:36 PM

From living in HK for a number of years, here are some of my personal favorites.

Farmhouse in Causeway Bay - NOT to be mistaken for the crappy chain of fast food with yellow signage. Farmhouse specializes in home style Cantonese food has always been consistenly excellent. Chicken wings stuffed with sticky rice and red braised spareribs are always excellent. Kind of the middle high end of dining - but the food is truly excellent.

Victoria City (Harbour) for Dim Sum located in the Sung Hung Kai center in Wanchai. May be difficult to get a table - but your hotel should be able to help you out. They have a flower crab steamed in chinese wine that is delicous!

Boys Scout Tower - there is an excellent Dim Sum place on the TST side with very good dim sum in the Boys Scout building just on the edge of Kowloon park. Very close to the Miramar Hotel. Prices are good and with relatively civilized surroundings.

Australian Dairy Company - located on Parkes (Jordan MTR stop) again very close to the Miramar. Believe it or not - this place has the most delicous scrambled eggs - light, moist and fluffy. I am completely convinced that the waiters are all gang guys and they work there as a way to collect their 'dues'.

If you want something a little more local - try Tung Bao (Eastern Treasure) located on the third floor of the Java Road food market. Ignore the vendors that try to seat you when enter the doors - and head to where the crowds are. Crispy skinned chicken and rice wrapped in lotus leaves are very very good. Gives you the street experience without health issues.

You may be wandering around Lang Kwai Fong which is where all the expat bars and night clubs are - look for the Honolulu bakery which has wicked baked egg custard tarts.

I would be very careful about getting too local. Temple street is very cool - but even I (chinese guy) would never eat in the street stalls. Hepatitis is a real issue in Asia. But you may be braver than I.

If you want to make it easy on yourself and get a fun cross section of HK - take the central escalator up the HK side and explore some of the side streets. Alot of expat type places but they are funky and fun. Or take one of may ferries to the outlying island from the central terminal. Alot of people still like going out to Lamma Island to eat seafood - you pick out your live seafood and they will cook to your specfications. Again - be careful of cleanliness - let common sense be your guide.

The subway system (MTR) is excellent and will make getting around very easy.

HK is a great city to visit - have a great time!

#94 Jambalyle

Jambalyle
  • participating member
  • 151 posts
  • Location:Redwood City, CA

Posted 14 March 2005 - 05:15 PM

Check out the "strangest thing you've eaten" thread to get the gist of things you might want to avoid (or search out) in Hong Kong... I would guess close to a third of the "strangest things" were found and ingested while in Hong Kong or surrounding areas!

Edited by Jambalyle, 15 March 2005 - 09:26 AM.

Sitting on the fence between gourmet and gourmand, I am probably leaning to the right...

Lyle P.
Redwood City, CA

#95 Piers

Piers
  • participating member
  • 17 posts
  • Location:London

Posted 16 March 2005 - 03:48 AM

:huh:  who's teh moderator on the chinese forum??

we should start pinning a threads about where to eat in HK macau Shanghai etc
and pin one for recipes. blah! blah! :wink:

View Post


Sorry - did I post this in the wrong place? I'm something of a chatroom virgin, so be gentle with me :rolleyes:

#96 Pan

Pan
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 15,543 posts
  • Location:East Village, Manhattan

Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:34 PM

Sorry - did I post this in the wrong place?[..]

View Post


No.

#97 hzrt8w

hzrt8w
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,855 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, CA

Posted 19 March 2005 - 08:34 PM

I'm going to Hong Kong for a week, I eat anything that's not endangered, I prefer cafes to fine dining and I'm staying in Tsim Sha Tsui (Miramar)....

View Post


Posted Image

Hotel Miramar is roughly where the X mark is.

If you walk down the street in the area labelled "A", you will quite a few local Chinese eateries, including some selling hairy crabs when in season, and hot pots with table set up right on the street after dark. This is an early-developed area in Tsim Sha Tsui (before I was born in the 50's). If you like Indonesian food, there is a restaurant named (with not much imagination) "Indonesian Restarant". They have been around for a long time (probably over 30 years). I think their food is very good.

If you cross the Chatham Road South to the area labelled "B", you are in Tsim Sha Tsui East - an area developed since the mid 70's. You will find many hotels and business buildings, with big restaurants on the ground floor, basement or inside Hotels. Just follow your nose and eyes and spot any eateries crowded with locals... usually those are the ones with good quality and reasonable prices.

Area C is Harbor City/Ocean Terminal/China Ferry Terminal and such. There are a few restaurants with street front, and many more inside the mall. Those are more up-scale, fine-dining class. There is a famous Thai restaurant "Golden Elephant" I think... may be the English name is a bit different, right along Canton Road. Supposed to be good but I have never tried it. Again, suite yourself and just eat at whatever appeals to you.

Area D is where Regent Hotel and New World Hotel are. You can find some restaurants inside Regent ($$$) which provides unobstructed close-up view of the Victoria Harbor, if that's what interests you. There are some lounges at the top floor. Beautiful night scene.

And the night market at Temple Street is about 1/4 north of where I marked "E". It's worth visiting (for just the experience, bargain shopping, and the street food - if you have the stomach to handle it).
W.K. Leung ("Ah Leung") aka "hzrt8w"

#98 Piers

Piers
  • participating member
  • 17 posts
  • Location:London

Posted 24 March 2005 - 09:08 AM

You guys are the best. I'm off to get my plane. I aim to return heavier. Thanks for the suggestions and the links. I'll report back...

#99 hzrt8w

hzrt8w
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,855 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, CA

Posted 25 March 2005 - 01:48 AM

You guys are the best. I'm off to get my plane. I aim to return heavier. Thanks for the suggestions and the links. I'll report back...

View Post

You are welcome, have a good flight, yadeyadeyada...

Take lots of pictures, and please post some. Would love to see how you view Hong Kong and the food there through the eyes of a visitor.
W.K. Leung ("Ah Leung") aka "hzrt8w"

#100 nycfoodie

nycfoodie
  • participating member
  • 10 posts

Posted 12 September 2005 - 06:46 PM

We are going to VN for three weeks in November and stopping in HK for three days. We would love any recommendations for restaurants and key places to see in HK in only three days. I have seen an earlier thread with recommendations but those places seemed to be geared towards couples on expense account. I definitely don't mind the cost but I'll be traveling with my parents who are in their late 60s and my son who is 28 mos. old. So, I need some places that would be comfortable and casual enough to accommodate children. We are Asians so we are pretty adventurous and would like an authentic Chinese experience even if the ambience is not great. (Unless someone tells me there are some to die for non-Chinese places, I thought we would stick to Chinese restaurants.)

Lastly, I've bought some guidebooks but the reviewers on Amazon indicated that the accuracy on a lot of these books leave a lot to be desire. Is there any essential guide that someone can recommend beyond the Insight/Frommers/LP/Rough Guide?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

#101 annachan

annachan
  • participating member
  • 1,130 posts
  • Location:Melbourne, Australia

Posted 12 September 2005 - 09:22 PM

One place I do really like and have been going there since child is Spring Deer over in Kowloon. I've always love the Peking duck and shark fin soup there.

#102 hzrt8w

hzrt8w
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,855 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, CA

Posted 13 September 2005 - 01:43 AM

We are going to VN for three weeks in November and stopping in HK for three days.  We would love any recommendations for restaurants and key places to see in HK in only three days.

View Post

nycfoodie:

Where (what area) will you/family be staying in Hong Kong?
Can you order in Cantonese or Mandarin or some Chinese dialects?
What kind of Chinese food would please you most? Stir-fried entres? Cantonese noodle soups? Hot pots? Clay pot dishes? Or other non-Cantonese varieties?
Would you be willing to taste street food?
W.K. Leung ("Ah Leung") aka "hzrt8w"

#103 hzrt8w

hzrt8w
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,855 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, CA

Posted 13 September 2005 - 03:02 AM

If you have time, browse through some of the blogs by Chaxiubao:

http://chaxiubao.typ...kong/index.html

He is local in Hong Kong. I enjoy his blog immensely. If you are not familiar with the locations of some of the restaurants, we can help you.
W.K. Leung ("Ah Leung") aka "hzrt8w"

#104 HKDave

HKDave
  • participating member
  • 739 posts
  • Location:Hong Kong

Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:02 AM

I suggest you start here http://forums.egulle...showtopic=63558 and follow Pan's links in the second post of that thread for more info.
Hong Kong Dave

O que nao mata engorda.

#105 nycfoodie

nycfoodie
  • participating member
  • 10 posts

Posted 13 September 2005 - 08:22 PM

We are going to VN for three weeks in November and stopping in HK for three days.  We would love any recommendations for restaurants and key places to see in HK in only three days.

View Post

nycfoodie:

Where (what area) will you/family be staying in Hong Kong?
Can you order in Cantonese or Mandarin or some Chinese dialects?
What kind of Chinese food would please you most? Stir-fried entres? Cantonese noodle soups? Hot pots? Clay pot dishes? Or other non-Cantonese varieties?
Would you be willing to taste street food?

View Post


We don't know where we'll be staying, any suggestions? I don't speak any Chinese dialect at all but I'm thinking that I might bring one of those translators thingmajiggy and everyone tells me that we can rely on English to get by. Would you disagree? Should I try to learn a few things, at minimum names of some of my favorite Chinese dishes :)

We love all Chinese food, but especially seafood. We're going to be VN and I think our meals will be mostly street food. I was there earlier in April and found that most street food was more simple and tasty than the fancy restaurants. (Can I say I love VNmese street food! I think I gain 10lbs in the two weeks I was there.) My problem with the fancy places was that they have great service and more like what we can expect at Western restaurants but they tend to have fusion touches to them which is so tiring in NYC. We just want a real authentic experience. When I go to Chinatown, I love to go to those little holes in wall with congee and noodles and roast meats as well as the huge dim sum places with all the carts so we can communicate with our hands.

Is there any absolute do not miss place? And what do you think of those home restaurants that I've been reading so much about? Is that a must do and can we make reservations at those or do we just show up?

I'm so glad I stumbled on to this site, there is so much good info here.

#106 aprilmei

aprilmei
  • participating member
  • 534 posts
  • Location:Hong Kong

Posted 13 September 2005 - 08:48 PM

If you love seafood, you're in luck, sort of. Hong Kong has fabulous seafood but unfortunately, we're now in the middle of a mainland fish and eel scare - the fisheries in China have been found to be using a banned substance called malachite green. Fortunately, we also get a lot of fish from other countries so that should be fine - I would just stay away from eel at the moment because most of it is imported from China.

If you have time, go to one of the outlying areas for seafood. Lamma, Cheung Chau and Lei Yu Muen are all good but I prefer the latter. There are lots of seafood vendors there. You first find your restaurant (I always go to the very end one in Lei Yu Muen) and sit down at your table. Then you go find a seafood vendor, pick from all the fabulous stuff available, tell him how you want it cooked and where you're eating (oh, and better check the price, first! it can get expensive) then go back to the restaurant. You don't pay the seafood vendor, you pay it all at the end, at the restaurant. I recommend squilla (aka "pissing prawns" because they squirt water) - they're delicious and unusual - you won't find them everywhere. They look like prehistoric lobsters. Also the lobsters and crabs are excellent here. In Lamma and Cheung Chau, the restaurants have their own seafood tanks so it's a little easier. Oh, try the cuttlefish, too - they're these really cute little creatures and they taste delicious. All the seafood is fresh - in other words, alive. Some tourists get freaked out by that.

Oh, and if you have time, get over to Macau. Really excellent food at great prices. It's mostly Macanese/Portuguese food but you can also get good Chinese, including seafood. You don't need a visa but don't forget to bring your passport. And if you want a good French meal, go to Robuchon a Galera. The HK$288 three-course set lunch is a great deal for the quality of food. It's a luxurious experience and it has the best (and most reasonably priced) wine list in the region. It's in a hotel called the Hotel Lisboa, which is .... not very elegant. (to put it nicely).

I'm on deadline so gotta go now, but I can give you some names and phone numbers of private restaurants later. They're quite fun but at some of them you have to book way in advance.

#107 Yuki

Yuki
  • participating member
  • 428 posts

Posted 13 September 2005 - 09:47 PM

Our family used to go to Lei Yu Muen for seafood but recently we have been going to Lau Fau Shan. We go to the Happy Seafood Restaurant(you can't miss it because it is right beside the bus stop with fish tanks in front of the store). It is a bit harder to get to than Lei Yu Muen but it is a great place to go. After you are done with the seafood meal, walk along the narrow street to the seaside. On your way, you will see lots of vendors selling dried seafood. I really like the traditional oyster sauce(it is quite different from commercial oyster sauce since it is thinner and has a much stronger oyster flavor) and golden dried oysters(between fresh and dried oyster, you can pan fried them and dip in sugar to eat, November is not exactly the best month to get the golden oyster but it is still okay, you need to wait until December and January for the best). Once you get to the seaside, you will see stalls cooking oysters, shells, and sting ray over charcoal.

Recommendation for ordering in Happy Seafood Restaurnt

Shrimps
-if you like small and sweeter shrimp, get the plain boiled nine shrimp(it is only available in Lau Fau Shan)
-if you like bigger shrimp, pick some out of the tank and ask them to pan fried it with soya suace
Squilla, cook it in the traditional way with lot of garlic and chili or try their sweet sauce.
Soft shell crab should be appearing in November so try some
Shells
-scallop steamed with garlic and vermicelli
-a type of stick shape shell, steam it with black bean and garlic
Fish
-if you like a more delicate fish then pick a small fish for steaming
-our family like bigger fish but we are often not able to finish the huge fish but restaurant might sometimes portion out the fish for sale. If you are able to get a portion, ask them to prepare it in two style(stir fry the meat and deep fry the bony part and put it in a dark sauce.)

If there is any dish or food that you particularly want to try, I can send their Chinese name to you so you can show it to the vendor.

#108 infernooo

infernooo
  • participating member
  • 364 posts

Posted 13 September 2005 - 09:52 PM

Hi there!

I have been to Hong Kong 7 times over the past 7 years (usually once per year.. sometimes twice), and as a fellow foodie (and a dedicated shopper), it is a truly terrific place. When I last went in August (this year), the sales were insane regularly seeing 90% off already cheap prices. Anyways, back to food.

We are going to VN for three weeks in November and stopping in HK for three days.  We would love any recommendations for restaurants and key places to see in HK in only three days.


We don't know where we'll be staying, any suggestions?  I don't speak any Chinese dialect at all but I'm thinking that I might bring one of those translators thingmajiggy and everyone tells me that we can rely on English to get by.  Would you disagree?  Should I try to learn a few things, at minimum names of some of my favorite Chinese dishes :)

Forget the translator, English is one of the national languages, and most people you will interact with will speak some english (most people in shops, restaurants etc speak english VERY well). Even for street food and hole in the wall family run restaurants/food shops, you can just point or 90% of the time they will have a menu with pictures that you can point at, or a menu with pictures AND english.
If you like remember the names of the chinese dishes, but you won't have any problems.

For a central location that is right next to the MTR (you use the MTR to get EVERYWHERE in Hong Kong) and a nice hotel, try the Kowloon Hotel (or Holiday Inn Golden mile for more $$ but larger rooms). Also, don't forget to buy an Octopus card as soon as you get the chance so that you can hop on a train whenever you want (just put it in the back of your wallet, and when you pass through the turnstiles, put your wallet down on the scanner).
You basically have 2 choices, Hong Kong Island, or Kowloon. I have always preferred Kowloon as a lot of the cheaper shopping is on Kowloon side, but further up towards the New Territories. It really is personal preference, some of my friends prefer staying on the island, but this usually means more expensive hotels (unless you stay way out near the airport, which is a pain in the a$$). For cute touristy paintings and collectables, goto Stanley markets, for non-touristy stuff, don't goto the Stanley markets. If you are going to HK only once, MAYBE go up to the peak just for the view and the trip there (similarly, the trip to stanley via bus is quite nice with all the winding roads and scenic views), but I never go back there as I personally thing its pretty lacking besides the views.


If you are interested in *cough* legit DVD's, software, games etc PM me.

Is there any absolute do not miss place?  And what do you think of those home restaurants that I've been reading so much about? Is that a must do and can we make reservations at those or do we just show up? 


I have one suggestion that has yet to fail me on my trips to HK. One time I was walking around Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) and I wandered into a building known as ChungKing Mansion which appears to be an apartment complex (I guess you could call it that) on top of a pretty run-down shopping "centre" (once again, hard to describe it for what it really is) and it is packed with the local Indian population (HK has a decent sized Indian population) and indian fast-food & small indian restaurants.
The gem is on the first floor (up one flight of stairs) and on your left (The actual address is: 1/F., 103-104, Chung King Mansion, 40, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Tel: 27225350, 27237618) and it is called "Swagat Indian Restaurant".
Compared to the surroundings, it really stands out (the surroundings are as mentioned earlier, quite run down and sub-standard), but this little restaurant really stands out like the gem it is. The same lovely people have been working there since I first went, and the food has been EXACTLY the same, which I really appreciate. Before I continue, if you dislike "Indian food", please, just please try it. If you don't like it, leave and go grab something from somewhere else, but give it a go, it is not the usual "westernised" British/American/Australian curry house style food where people go and eat it just to be "tough" or "manly" and see how much chilli they can digest, because in Hong Kong, this wouldn't last as Hongkee's (Hong Kongers) don't eat that way.
If I may, I would recommend TWO things that you try.. and FORGET all of the previous indian curries you have tried as I guarantee these are so much more subtle and properly spiced/seasoned. Get the Rogan Josh and the Mulligatawny (its not a heavy fatty coconut soup, its light & delicate, but still has body and really hits the spot), which has to be one of the few soups I have ever enjoyed in a restaurant.

OK I know what you are thinking... why goto HK & order Indian? because, as I said, there is a decent sized indian population there and I think its always worth seeing how things are done in other parts of the world.

IF you do decide to try this restaurant, as you are walking in, DO NOT take a flyer from any of the locals standing around handing them out (they are flyers for the indian restaurants), if you take JUST ONE, they will all surround you and try and give you their brochures/convince you to goto THEIR restaurant... and when there are 10 of them doing it at once, it can get quite scary. However, as long as you don't take the brochures, they won't bother you at all, just walk past them into the centre. Having said that, it is not dangerous in the slightest, or even sleazy/trashy. It is merely one of the many buildings that aren't maintained nearly as well as most western shopping centres (you will notice this a lot in HK when not in the huge shopping centres) and so it looks run down. The people inside are friendly and just trying to make a living by trying to advertise their restaurants. In fact, if you do say yes to one of them to goto their restaurant, they escort you up to it personally.

Now onto the cantonese food.
I only found this place last time, and I just happened to choose their award winning dish by accident (only found out later), which won the "Best Beef" dish in all of Hong Kong (apparently judged by a panel of culinary wizards). If you decide to take this suggestion, and I urge you to, the dish is called "Crispy Juicy Stewed Beef". (Check it out http://www.discoverh....g_beef_1.jhtml). The restaurant is called "Tai Woo Restaurant", and you will find it at 27 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (for directions, Take the MTR to Causeway Bay, take MTR Exit C, then turn left and walk along Lockhart Road to Percival Street, you will see a big neon sign advertising it as "Tai Woo Seafood Restaurant" or something similar to that).

Finally, probably the most famous restaurant is the Fook Lam Moon http://www.fooklammo...m/chi/index.htm (53-59 Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon or 35-45 Johnston Rd in Wan Chai) Restaurant. This is cantonese at its most luxurious (and perhaps most expensive).

If however, you are a street food/cheap restaurant fanatic, whilst browsing the markets, there is no shortage of stalls selling grilled fish & squid balls, grilled meat balls, steamed snacks, sugar cane juice etc. The good thing about HK is, there are so many restaurants, its unbelievable that they could all get business, but they do, and so look out for the ones packed with families and locals, avoid the sandwich shops, KFC & mcdonalds (stuff you can get at home) and a chain of restaurants called the Spaghetti House. If you are an absolute coffee fanatic, there are starbucks everywhere now, but quality is questionable.

Also avoid steak houses... unless you want to pay US$30 for a steak (it may be big... but $30!?) because all of the prime meat is imported.

Personally, I think the hole in the wall noodle shops are the best (usually called congee & noodle shops), you get a big bowl of steaming noodles/congee with whatever you like (I would recommend the squid/fish balls, meatballs, cha siu, salted fish roe etc). From experience, the japanese restaurants are sub-standard, as are the italian, korean and french-asian fusion ones. The vietnamese restaurants are quite good (quite authentic, but since you will have been to VN, I would stick with local food), thai is OK, but I think that since you are Hong Kong, eat what the locals have been eating for so long & go with Cantonese food. If you have any problems finding good local places (which you shouldn't), just ask some of the hotel employees (if you stay at a hotel that is) where they like to eat.

Anyways, I have just realised I have almost written an entire essay... sorry about the long windedness of my post, but I love HK & everything about it (the people are the best, there is NO condescendence from shop keepers whatsoever, and the people are just so nice), they love their food, clothes, electronics and most importantly, food (as do I).

Edited by infernooo, 13 September 2005 - 11:11 PM.


#109 Yuki

Yuki
  • participating member
  • 428 posts

Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:18 PM

I have one suggestion that has yet to fail me on my trips to HK. One time I was walking around Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) and I wandered into a building known as ChungKing Mansion which appears to be an apartment complex (I guess you could call it that) on top of a pretty run-down shopping "centre" (once again, hard to describe it for what it really is) and it is packed with the local Indian population (HK has a decent sized Indian population) and indian fast-food & small indian restaurants.
The gem is on the first floor (up one flight of stairs) and on your left (The actual address is: 1/F., 103-104, Chung King Mansion, 40, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Tel: 27225350, 27237618) and it is called "Swagat Indian Restaurant".
Compared to the surroundings, it really stands out (the surroundings are as mentioned earlier, quite run down and sub-standard), but this little restaurant really stands out like the gem it is. The same lovely people have been working there since I first went, and the food has been EXACTLY the same, which I really appreciate. Before I continue, if you dislike "Indian food", please, just please try it. If you don't like it, leave and go grab something from somewhere else, but give it a go, it is not the usual "westernised" British/American/Australian curry house style food where people go and eat it just to be "tough" or "manly" and see how much chilli they can digest, because in Hong Kong, this wouldn't last as Hongkee's (Hong Kongers) don't eat that way.
If I may, I would recommend TWO things that you try.. and FORGET all of the previous indian curries you have tried as I guarantee these are so much more subtle and properly spiced/seasoned. Get the Rogan Josh and the Mulligatawny (its not a heavy fatty coconut soup, its light & delicate, but still has body and really hits the spot), which has to be one of the few soups I have ever enjoyed in a restaurant.

View Post


I think I know about the famous(or rather infamous...) building that you are talking about. That building is known for its inexpensive room, and concentration of non-Chinese people. I've been warned by relatives not to go there by myself and must be accompanied by a group of people. The restaurant in there that is known by Hong Kongers would be the The Delhi Club. I think The Delhi Club are not authentic (but it still taste good) since most of their clients are not Indian. If you really want the true Indian flavor then just go to the little Indian store at the ground level and get a rice box(You only see Indian people lining there, unlike the restaurant where they have Chinese, American, and Japanese). You are also right about Hong Kongers not liking strongly flavored food.... but I guess the authentic restaurant would stay with the local Indian population and adventurous Hong Kongers.

I would recommend a website for the largest amount of restaurant reviews in Hong Kong. Most people write their review in Chinese but some do it in English. The site can be navigated using both Chinese and English.
Open Rice

Edited by Yuki, 13 September 2005 - 10:20 PM.


#110 Cha xiu bao

Cha xiu bao
  • participating member
  • 13 posts
  • Location:Hong Kong

Posted 14 September 2005 - 07:30 PM

Hi NYC Foodie

Why come to HK for Indian Food??

Try Tai Wing Wah Teahouse in Yuen Long. The queue for dinner there is freakingly long. So go there at 5:30 pm to join the starving line. Try the 'steamed rice with lard and soy sauce.'

Try also the Lin Heung Teahouse in Central, which is easier to access for you as a traveler than Yuen Long. Near the end of Willington Street. Go there early for a dim sum lunch. Sit with the locals. No more City Hall Maxim Teahouse as told by the guidebooks...

Don't forget, of coz', the chachannteng. Like a bistro or cafe in Paris, this is what you ought to try when you're in HK.

#111 Tepee

Tepee
  • participating member
  • 1,804 posts

Posted 14 September 2005 - 08:06 PM

I would recommend a website for the largest amount of restaurant reviews in Hong Kong. Most people write their review in Chinese but some do it in English. The site can be navigated using both Chinese and English.
Open Rice

View Post


Yuki dear, how does one access the site in English? My chinese is not velly good leh.
TPcal!
Food Pix (plus others)

Please take pictures of all the food you get to try (and if you can, the food at the next tables)............................Dejah

#112 Yuki

Yuki
  • participating member
  • 428 posts

Posted 14 September 2005 - 09:41 PM

I would recommend a website for the largest amount of restaurant reviews in Hong Kong. Most people write their review in Chinese but some do it in English. The site can be navigated using both Chinese and English.
Open Rice

View Post


Yuki dear, how does one access the site in English? My chinese is not velly good leh.

View Post


Okay, I can't help with that part....they do have most of the important stuff in English on the side bar and such. But since they have no control in what language people write the review in, it is up to you to find the English review :hmmm:
I know that even in the Chinese version, they have some people posting in English too. I wonder if the post that is made in English will also go on the openrice English page(most likely not)??

You can also go to the other English version of the openrice site, but of course it won't be as comperhensive since there are much less people writing in english. Here is the english version.
Open Rice English

#113 Tepee

Tepee
  • participating member
  • 1,804 posts

Posted 14 September 2005 - 09:42 PM

Thank you! Muahhhhh! :wub:
TPcal!
Food Pix (plus others)

Please take pictures of all the food you get to try (and if you can, the food at the next tables)............................Dejah

#114 Yuki

Yuki
  • participating member
  • 428 posts

Posted 14 September 2005 - 09:51 PM

Thank you! Muahhhhh! :wub:

View Post


I think the English site does not represent the current food trend in HK.... How can TGI's Friday be voted as one of the best restaurants in a couple of categories? :huh:

#115 hzrt8w

hzrt8w
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,855 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, CA

Posted 15 September 2005 - 02:01 AM

That's what I love about this forum. Every few months or so, someone will prompt for recommendations on restaurants and places to visit during a trip to Hong Kong or elsewhere in China. We all got together and offered our experiences. And at times debated each other about the choices. And in the end, the persons requesting recommendations often ended up getting something entirely different during the trip. And what a fun exercise! Here we go again...
W.K. Leung ("Ah Leung") aka "hzrt8w"

#116 hzrt8w

hzrt8w
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,855 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, CA

Posted 15 September 2005 - 02:52 AM

We don't know where we'll be staying, any suggestions?  I don't speak any Chinese dialect at all but I'm thinking that I might bring one of those translators thingmajiggy and everyone tells me that we can rely on English to get by.  Would you disagree?  Should I try to learn a few things, at minimum names of some of my favorite Chinese dishes :)

View Post

A good friend of mine just made a trip last October (2004) and stayed at Prudential Hotel Hong Kong:

Some info here for Prudential Hotel Hong Kong

She paid only around US $70/night - but that was off-season rate.

She also recommend checking out: Tatami Hampton Hotel Hong Kong on expedial.com. I just checked on Expedia and they offer standard room for US $58/night. Supposed to be a 19-story hotel. Should be okay. She said the rate is so low perhaps because they are grand-opening. When I looked around Expedia, most hotel rooms range from US$100 to $200.

Anyway... Prudential Hotel is at a very convenient location along Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is not at the tip of Kowloon Peninsula but pretty close to it (10 minutes walking). It is on top of a MTR (Hong Kong's subway) station, very convenient. And it is very close to MongKok (2 MTR stations away) and the famous "Temple Street" where the night market is. If you want to do your tourist thing and experience hotel cafe, great view of the Victoria Harbor, excellent service and all that, go down to the tip of Tsim Sha Tsui (1 MTR station away or 10 minutes walking along Nathan Road). If you want to experience the real "local" stuff, head the other direction along Nathan road to Mongkok - the heart of the Kowloon central shopping district. You will find plenty of local eateries offering the common, day-to-day local food. Also, plenty of street food along the Temple Street area at night.

Also bear in mind that in recent years, food courts inside shopping malls are in. They are kind of like the hawker centres in Singapore and the food courts in the USA. You can do your visual shopping around different vendors before deciding what to eat.

Since I don't live there any more and my last visit was 6 years ago, it's hard for me, or anyone to make specific recommendation based on memory unless one lives there. Businesses in Hong Kong has a very quick turn over rate. In 3 to 4 years things can be totally different. Of course the good ones can last 10, 20, 30 (or longer) years...

Yes, English will get you by. But if one knows how to order in Cantonese, it can be more specific.
W.K. Leung ("Ah Leung") aka "hzrt8w"

#117 hzrt8w

hzrt8w
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,855 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, CA

Posted 15 September 2005 - 03:01 AM

Hi NYC Foodie

Why come to HK for Indian Food??

View Post

That's my feeling exactly!

Hong Kong is the capital city of the best Cantonese cuisine. So why try to find subpar Indian food, Italian food, steak, Korean, Japanese, whatever... during a limited-time visit?

From my perspective, it's always like ordering a steak while in Boston and ordering a lobster dish while in Dallas.

And the answer is always like: I want a variety! We can have dim sum for only so many days... (but Cantonese food is not just all about dim sum...)
W.K. Leung ("Ah Leung") aka "hzrt8w"

#118 Laksa

Laksa
  • participating member
  • 874 posts
  • Location:Verona, NJ

Posted 15 September 2005 - 08:09 AM

Try Tai Wing Wah Teahouse in Yuen Long. The queue for dinner there is freakingly long. So go there at 5:30 pm to join the starving line. Try the 'steamed rice with lard and soy sauce.'

View Post

Hi Cha xiu bao,

"steamed rice with lard and soy sauce" sounds interesting. Does the dish have any ingredient besides rice, lard and soy sauce?

Or is that something you order instead of plain steamed rice?

#119 Cha xiu bao

Cha xiu bao
  • participating member
  • 13 posts
  • Location:Hong Kong

Posted 15 September 2005 - 06:17 PM

Try Tai Wing Wah Teahouse in Yuen Long. The queue for dinner there is freakingly long. So go there at 5:30 pm to join the starving line. Try the 'steamed rice with lard and soy sauce.'

View Post

Hi Cha xiu bao,

"steamed rice with lard and soy sauce" sounds interesting. Does the dish have any ingredient besides rice, lard and soy sauce?

Or is that something you order instead of plain steamed rice?

View Post


The three is the only ingredients. You sort of toss them together in your clay bowl. A very old-fashion comfort food that you don't see often even in HK. I do have a thread about this dish in my blog so go and take a glance. I would call them the Trinity of Steamed Rice... haha!

Other than that, you may try their sweets like steamed sponge cake with custard, starchy steamed buns with custard and etc. For the mains you may try five-flavored braised chicken, steamed grey carp (from fish farms in Yuen Long), stir-fried vermiceli in village style, and so forth. Almost all the dishes are above standard. Look at the local crowds and you know you can't be wrong.

#120 Yuki

Yuki
  • participating member
  • 428 posts

Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:05 PM

Rice served with lard and soya sauce is something that lots of Hong Kongers grew up with in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Since people are so poor back then, anything can be served on the table. For my mom, one of her greatest joy in childhood would be her mother buying a block of lard. Grandma would fry the lard in some oil and after a while, all the pork fat would come out. The lard is then cooled down, then it would be placed on hot rice with some soya sauce.

I went to Tai Wing Wah but I didn't think their lard was flavorful. My mom told me that they probably used the dripping oil from the roasted meat, therefore it should be more flavorful than regular lard but it was not. I like Taii Wing Wah for its value, atmosphere, and the old style dishes. The chicken is one of the best deal in town(for around HK$50, you get a whole chicken, can't really complain about that although it is still missing the some chicken flavor), the dessert(I love the salty eggs in their thousand layer cake, not sure if they still have the salty egg in there), and all the fat. They are not afraid to use fat there so you will see lots of pork neck meat (super fatty), lard, salty egg, and fat. :raz:

I think most of the good food in HK are either concentrated in the Hong Kong Island(the traditional richer area, but the food aren't necessarily expensive because the quality is very high) and future up in the New Territories(the best place to find cheap and good food). I live in Kowloon and it is not as easy to find good food here...... I remember living with my counsin for a couple days in the New Territories and all those nice noodles shop 10min walk from the house.

If you are looking for a more rough style of dinning in Hong Kong. I would recommend Tung Po in the top level of the market building in North Point. They are close to the tai pai don style but they just have a roof on top of them. :wink: The place is clean and it is close to the MTR station, so I think you can go there with little trouble(print out the address and ask people if you need to). Even though they are Chinese, but they are quite creative and always come up with some new dishes. Some food that I like from them:
Salty Egg Yolk Fried Shrimp
Fried Chicken with Garlic
Fried Pork Feet (this is the best :wub: )
Cold Pork with Garlic
Stir Fried soft bones of chicken
Fried Rice and noodles (any place that have good dishes would have good starches since it is the fundamental part of good cooking)

I think they have fried durian now..... and I didn't know about it when I was there.
I must try it next time, if they haven't completely changed the special by then. My mom thinks I am going crazy now since I keep talking about all the food that I would like to eat next summer. :wacko: I can't find a place that have good pig feet in Calgary and I miss them.