Eat your way around Asia: Hong Kong

Time Out Hong Kong pick out the their favourite spots

Hong Kong’s streets reveal Michelin-starred establishments nestled cheek-by-jowl with hole-in-the-wall joints catering to some of the most spoilt palates in the world.

Cheap eat

One Dim Sum
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There are two things inevitable in the life of every Hongkonger: dim sum and queues. Prince Edward’s One Dim Sum offers both – rest assured though, the food’s worth the wait. The atmosphere in this cramped dining room is always buzzing, largely by virtue of the fast customer turnover and constant movement, but don’t be afraid to take your time and savour each bite of the perfectly executed dim sum. While other well-known dim sum restaurants have expanded their reach and fanbase internationally, the humble homeliness and authenticity (if not originality) of this off-the-beaten-path diner ensures a consistency that never disappoints.
Meal for two, 150HKD.

INSIDER TIP If the sight of a lengthy line has you in despair, you’re just around the corner from Hong Kong’s famed Flower Market, so take a stroll, smell the flowers and work up an appetite before your number is called.

Casual dining

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Helmed by Sydney-based, Taiwanese-born chef Jowett Yu, Ho Lee Fook offers an innovative interpretation of contemporary Chinese cuisine, dabbling with pan-Asian and European influences. The décor is as funky as the name and features a wall of waving lucky cats, an open kitchen situated behind a mosaic of mahjong tiles and graffiti tags from artist Space Invader. The creations on the plate at Ho Lee Fook are delicious and daring, including favourites like ‘Mom’s mostly cabbage, a little bit of pork’ dumplings with sacha soy dressing; roast wagyu short ribs with jalapeno purée, green shallot kimchi and soy glaze (pictured below); and the indulgent Hong Kong-style peanut butter French toast. With a no reservations policy, make sure to get there before 7pm to beat the crowds or you could be waiting for up to two hours. Collar your friends and go with a big group – that way you can sample each of the awesome dishes.
Meal for two, 900HKD.

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SAVE ROOM FOR Something sweet. The desserts – such as the ‘HK-style à la mode’ complete with kit-kat brownie, milk tea flavour ice cream, marshmallows, salted caramel and popcorn – are delightfully bonkers combinations.

Fine dining

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Vea is a partnership between two of the Hong Kong dining scene’s brightest stars – Vicky Cheng, formerly of much loved private kitchen Liberty Private Works, and Antonio Lai, Hong Kong’s most iconic bartender and the man behind Origin, The Envoy and Quinary (which all placed on this year’s inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars list). Perched on the top floors of The Wellington centre, this eatery mixes innovative Western cuisine with plenty of local influences to forge delicious dishes that reflect Hong Kong’s proud amalgamation of East and West. Expect tuna and sea urchin encased in a burnt cucumber jelly, a clam and black bean hors d’oeuvre, and a smoked quail egg that’s theatrically plated beneath a glass dome cover (pictured below). There’s only an eight-course degustation menu on offer here, so come hungry to make the most of it.
Meal for two from 2,360HKD.

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DRINK THIS For an additional 600HKD, there’s the option to pair the meal with wine or cocktails. Given Lai’s many accolades, we strongly recommend the cocktail pairing. Expect quirky taste combinations such as dashi (Japanese cooking stock) and cucumber or yellow wine infused with white grape vinegar to enhance the flavours and aromas of the dishes. If you think the food is good here, the drinks take it to another level.
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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