Being lucky enough to take a month off work to travel, I decided that Hong Kong was an ideal first destination. With a strong western culture, I felt that it would be an easy transition (ie – not a huge culture shock) coming straight from Melbourne. And what a beautiful place it was! The busy streets provided excitement and character to the famous city, with alternative tranquil gardens to duck into if it ever got a bit much.
After spending weeks researching Hong Kong’s foodie life, I was pretty excited to experience it for myself. If you’re a fan of seafood, then Hong Kong is the perfect place to indulge with little cost compared to some places in mainland China. If you have enough time to visit the Fisherman’s village, you will be spoilt for choice. With snacks like barbecued squid and cheese grilled shrimp provided in small stalls all around the village, you can try a number of seafood snacks without burning a hole in your pocket.
Another top destination in Hong Kong are the Temple Street Night Markets. This was my favourite place to get dinner, I loved the fact that they cooked the food in the seating area. It was so entertaining to watch, plus you knew the food was getting cooked to order, rather than sitting around for hours. The best places aren’t restaurants as such, but as you walk down the market streets you will come across Dai Pai Dongs, which are the bustling street food stalls located throughout Hong Kong. The English is very limited, so it will just be a case of pointing to what you want and hoping for the best. Most places will have English menus, particularly in popular areas (like Temple Street Market). One of the evenings here a friend and I ordered a large crab with chilli and garlic, along with noodles and giant local beers. The crab was the main expense of our meal, but it still only came to about $10 AUD each.
Another great food experience are the street food stalls dotted around the city. While the freshness of the produce would be questionable, the price and convenience would make up for it. Some great local snacks could be found here including seafood sticks and Egg Waffles, a dessert snack which looks like bubble wrap and tastes awesome. Unfortunately the waffles were eaten before a photo could be taken…
A great recommendation for Dim Sum would be DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store (bit of a mouthful I know). It’s an easily accessible restaurant not far from the Jordan MTR station. An English menu was provided, and they served loads of great local dishes, including my favourites, the BBQ pork buns and tora cakes. A cute dish for those with a sweet tooth and an eye for presentation would be the Piggy Custard buns! Be aware of the tea charge though, it is normal in local restaurants to provide tea when you sit down and later add it to the bill. Tea is not free, simply ask for the tea to be removed if you don’t want to drink it.