Where does one start? Hong Kong is one of my favourite places, with its electric energy piercing through its streets, the endless honking of the cars, the buzzing red taxis and hills that could give you that workout you are secretly waiting for.
When I first visited Hong Kong I got a taster of so many things this little island had to offer. I knew this would be a place I would love to live in, and be part of its craziness, and that’s exactly what I did for a few months. This little place has so much going on in every street corner, that you will never get bored.
First things first FOOD! It’s all about the food! This is a quick summary of my favourite eats on the Hong Kong Island side.
For Dim Sum
You cannot leave Hong Kong without eating Dim Sum, a Cantonese gastronomical gem, which is traditionally served with Chinese tea. Whenever I have a craving for tasty bite size food this is what I want.
There is an abundance of restaurants serving Dim Sum, from traditional teahouses to Michelin starred and to be honest you can’t go wrong with either. My favourites are Duddells in Central and #10 One Dim Sum. Make sure you try the ever so popular BBQ pork bun and the Steamed Siew Mai.
For Vegetarian Dim Sum
If you are a vegetarian and want to enjoy this cuisine, fret not, there is a wonderful teahouse called LockCha Tea Shop that serves a range of quality Chinese teas and specifically makes veggie Dim Sum. It is tucked in the Hong Kong Park for a little piece of mind. I would recommend booking and getting in at a good lunch hour as they do sell the popular dishes fast. If you like the tea that you’re sipping on, this is the place to get them from.
Beef Brisket noodle, ask anyone and they would say Kau Kee. Over 90 years of brisket making…they must be doing something right. Which is why it is never short of a queue so I would suggest getting there a little earlier. Its nothing fancy and the service is fast and the menu is pretty straightforward. I personally liked the Beef Brisket Kway Teow Soup. (21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong)
For Egg Tarts
Now for the sweet tooth; Egg tarts are a local favorite and it might not be the first dessert you’d want to get your teeth into when you think of ‘dessert’, but it is a game changer in my opinion. The tarty taste and a lovely buttery pastry base makes you want more and you’d want to buy them freshly baked. They are available all over the city but my favourite is Tai Cheong Bakery, which also means a queue, but that moves fast. (35 Lyndhurst Terrace,Central)