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