I’m not sure about my travel buddies but I was constantly stuffed during our five days in Hong Kong. There were snacks which I bought from Kee Wah for the late night peckish moments but those moments never came.
We had many good meals during our trip and here are a few note-worthy ones —
Tsui Wah Restaurant
G/F, 20-22 Cannon St.
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2573 4338
The food is not fantastic, but I’m including this just because it was where we had our very first meal in Hong Kong.
We touched down late afternoon and checked into our respective rooms before getting the concierge to recommend some nearby eateries (this was on the list). Though it is a restaurant chain, everything we ordered was super comforting, which was what we needed after spending the day travelling and queuing.
Must-try their condensed milk toast and coffee! I love their coffee cos it tasted just like the coffee Lips’ mum makes :)
Fu Sing Shark Fin Restaurant
1/F, 353 Lockhart Road, Sunshine Plaza
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2893 0881
On our second morning, we had a dim sum breakfast with Kevin and Jenn – our first gathering in Hong Kong.
We arrived while the restaurant staff were still setting up for the day so the place was completely empty when we were seated. (It filled up really quickly once they were fully operating.)
We had the usual dim sum dishes like siew mai, har gow, cheong fun, carrot cake, gluttinuous rice, egg tarts and such. I can’t remember everything we ordered but I know for sure the carrot cake was amazing and I would go back in a heartbeat!
Xi Yan Private Dining
3/F, 83 Wan Chai Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2575 6966
I’ve been looking forward to trying Hong Kong’s speakeasies since I first heard of the term. It just sounds so quaint and lovely, yet at the same time, mysterious and rebellious. I don’t know if that makes sense. Anyway, Kevin arranged for us to have dinner at this private kitchen on our second day.
Speakeasy, also termed private kitchen in Hong Kong, is a term in modern Hong Kong referring to an unlicensed, restaurant-like establishment for eating. Some of the perceived problems with running a restaurant in Hong Kong – high rents and the common practice of landlords extracting profits from restaurants through clauses in tenancy agreements – have led to the establishment of this type of eatery. Owners also have the additional benefit that many government regulations concerning restaurants can be avoided.
I was expecting somewhere small, cozy and imperfect but instead, was greeted by a spacious, commercial restaurant with their dozen tables and paintings perfectly arranged. (A little disappointing cos I wanted to feel like I was eating at someone’s home.)
The food was good though! They serve traditional Chinese cuisine with pan-Asian flavours in banquet-style. My favourite dishes were the Sichuan spicy chicken and chrysanthemum mandarin fish with lemongrass calamansi sauce. Gosh, salivating just thinking about it!
2/F, Low Block, City Hall
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2521 1303
What is a trip to Hong Kong without eating dim sum off dim sum trolleys? :)
Maxim’s, with its crystal chandeliers and cream-coloured walls, looks more like a British restaurant. But you wouldn’t be mistaken after spotting steaming baskets of dim sum on every table and hearing dim sum servers hollering in Cantonese.
It was one of the best yum cha experiences I’ve had. The dishes were top quality and I love how every time a dim sum trolley came by, I could peer into it not knowing what I might find. It’s just different from ordering off a menu. Some of these trolleys actually have LCD screens on the front to show you what dishes it has – like, seriously.
6/F, 83 Wan Chai Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3428 5824
Lips and I had agreed that we would have Chinese food all the way while in Hong Kong but somehow forgot that agreement after setting foot into this quaint French private kitchen (located just two floors below Xi Yan). We decided we HAD to have a meal there.
The interior most closely resembles a grandmother’s cottage. I loved it, the imperfection. Homely kitchen, huge flower display at the entrance, clapped-out piano in the corner, mis-matched chairs, lamps, books, pots of pencils, vases, and other knick-knacks.
Every table is cluttered with fine crockery, vintage tablecloths and separated by white wood and canvas for privacy (but you could still hear inconsiderate French women screaming at their kids *nudges Mad*).
As for the food, I just have to say, whoever started cooking up snails is a GENIUS! I wouldn’t have thought so before this meal but after tasting Le Blanc’s escargots, I’m lovin’ them snails!
Dinner conversation lasted more than three hours but didn’t quite feel like it. We took turns to tell ‘Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus’ type of stories and laughed so much I think I giggled in my sleep that night.
This was our last night in Hong Kong and I couldn’t have asked for a better full-stop to this trip with the Wongs than that evening at Le Blanc :)
P.S. I just banged this out and am feeling really sleepy so please ignore any spelling/grammatical mistakes, I’ll correct them tomorrow.
P.P.S. Just realised these are not “note-worthy” meals, these are ALL of our meals (apart from the ones we had at Disneyland).
Read the rest of my Hong Kong travelogue:
Visiting the Khoos | Hong Kong Disneyland | Food | Shopping