If you are a food lover, Hong Kong will be your heaven of gastronomy. Located in the Eastern part of China and influenced by British colony, Hong Kong cuisines are lighter in flavor than Beijing and Chengdu’s. Hong Kong chefs do not use many seasonings, chili, garlic and sauce in the ingredients, so it is suitable for the Westerners. The fusion of cultures has diversified culinary art in this city where talented chefs absorb quintessence from the mainland and adapt it to fit international taste. Our advice is that do not just eat Chinese foods in Hong Kong, there are many Japanese, Indian, Korean and even French and Italian restaurants in this city.

Dim sum

Dim sum, which means ‘touch the heart’ in English, is a must-try cuisine in this city. The local dim sum is elegantly and exquisitely prepared with several bite-sized dishes in small bamboo steamer baskets. A traditional dim sum meal usually contains dumplings, rolls, buns and egg tart for dessert. Dim sum was traditionally eaten in breakfast or brunch, but now you can enjoy it for lunch and dinner.

Dim sum is mainly cooked by steaming, which is healthy since there is no oil involved. The serving is usually four to six pieces in one dish. Since the portions are small, you can have a chance to sample a variety of dishes and finish with appealing desserts such as pudding or sweet soups. Don’t forget to order Chinese tea which will be beneficial for your digest system.

Some famous dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong

  • Dim Dim Sum: G/F, Man Wah Building, 23 Man Ying Street, Jordan
  • Maxim’s Palace City Hall: 2/F, Low Block, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong Island
  • Tim Ho Wan: 9–11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
  • Duddell’s: Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
  • Tin Lung Heen: 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui

Seafood

Surrounded by the seas and islands, it is understandable that seafood is a must-have part of Hong Kong dishes. Crabs, shrimps, lobsters, and many kinds of fish can be found in the menu. There are many seafood restaurants around Central Hong Kong, but small restaurants in the islands are the places which you can relish the freshness of the ingredients. The cooking techniques for seafood are simplified to remain its sweetness: steaming, stir-frying or eating in hotpot.

Some famous seafood restaurants in Hong Kong

  • Ming Court: 6/F, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • Lei Garden: Unit 3008, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
  • Jumbo Kingdom Restaurant: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen

Hotpot

Hotpot is a flexible dish when you can choose your preferred ingredients and cook them by yourself. A boiling pot containing rich broth will be placed at the center and the ingredients will be put in the pot and boiled. Ingredients can vary from chicken, pork, beef, seafood, vegetables, mushrooms and tofu. Don’t forget to order seafood since it is very fresh in Hong Kong. The broth can be really light or a tongue-burner, it depends on your taste.

Wonton noodles

This dish is really delicious with thin yellow noodles, green vegetables and onions and especially the Cantonese-styled wontons.  In some traditional restaurants, the dough for noodles is handmade from duck eggs, kneaded and rolled by hand. Ground meat, shrimps and peppercorns are mixed and rolled in rice wrappers to make wonton. The broth is rich and sweet, you can add vinegar or chili for stronger flavor.

Chinese barbecue (Siu mei)

Siu mei is a sought-after dish in Hong Kong and Macau. This food is noticeable with the scene of reddish roasted meats hanging in front of the store. Pork, chicken, duck or goose is roasted in an open fire or a large rotisserie oven. Only when siu mei is eaten with special plum sauce will the flavor of this dish be complete.

Cantonese congee

Congee or rice porridge is made from rice boiled in water and broth. Meat, fish, shrimp and flavorings can be added to this dish. In Asian culture, congee is fed for the ones who are sick because we believe that the hot porridge is a fast relief to flu and cold.

Crispy fried chicken

This dish takes a lot of time to prepare, normally a day. Firstly, the chicken is poached with some spices such as anise, cinnamon, peppercorn, ginger and fennel. Then, it is dried, seasoned with vinegar and dried again to make crispy skin. Lastly, it is deep fried and served with white rice.

Chinese pastry

If you have sugar cravings, Hong Kong will offer a variety of choice. Egg tarts, pineapple buns, tofu pudding, coconut pudding, mango pudding, etc. are served in every restaurant. Sweet soup (tong sui) which is made from seeds and root vegetable with sugar will also be a great dessert. If you are lucky enough to visit Hong Kong during Mid Autumn Festival, try delicious Chinese moon cake here.

Some famous restaurants in Hong Kong

  • Ryu Gin: 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Caprice: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
  • Samsen: 68 Stone Nullah Ln, Hong Kong