Hong Kong is a food haven! Options for different cuisines are plentiful and very easy to find. Which often makes us forget about the local Cantonese cuisine, which is a sin to miss out on. There are loads of yummy treats and meals for the kids too, and we have come up with a list of not-to-be-missed local dishes for the whole family to enjoy!
Fried rice is a great, easy dish to introduce kids to local food. “Western Style” Fried Rice is a Hong Kong invention made by stir-frying cooked rice with eggs, tomato ketchup, diced ham, and sausages. It is colorful, delicious, easy to eat and thus a great hit with the kids. Steps are simple so it’s also a great recipe to make with your little ones!
Click here for the recipe to make it at home with the kids.
Are you a fan of the traditional French Toast? You must try this Hong Kong variant which is could be even more irresistibly indulgent and definitely decadent. Hong Kong Style French Toast is made by filling two slices of white bread with a peanut butter and, condensed milk filling, soaking it in an egg & milk mixture, and as the grand finale, deep-frying it until golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside. The toast is served with a generous slab of butter and drizzled with golden syrup!
Man Wah Restaurant, 153-159 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, +852 2392 4880 (and various other locations in Hong Kong).
Hing Kee, 182 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, +852 2549 3419.
Traditional fishball noodles is a well-loved dish by locals as a lunch, a light dinner or even a late night snack. The warm broth comes with white fish balls, which are a different kind to the deep fried ones, commonly found at snacks stalls served with curry sauce. The springy, fluffy fish balls that are ever so slightly salty and peppery once combined with the rich broth are a perfect match. Order the deep fried fish skin as a side dish, wash it down with a Red Bean Ice and you have an authentic, affordable and hearty dinner sorted.
Nam Kee, locations all over Hong Kong.
Tak Cheong Noodles, G/F, Comfort Court, 88 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City (favorite among the locals) and locations all over Hong Kong.
Siu Yuk is another crispy treat kiddos are sure to love! Like Char Siu, Siu Yuk is another variety of Cantonese Siu Mei (aka Chinese Barbecue). The dish is made by roasting marinated and heavily seasoned pork in a super hot charcoal oven until the skin becomes crunchy, while the meat remains soft and moist which gives a nice contrast in texture and served with a tangy sweet mustard type sauce.
Tim Kee Chinese BBQ Stall, Stall C5, Kin Yip Cooked Food Market, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Scrambled eggs are not exactly a traditional Cantonese dish, but being the egg lovers that they are, Hong Kongers go far and wide for the perfect fluffy and buttery scrambled eggs. Available at most Cha Chaan Tengs (Hong Kong style tea shops) as a breakfast item, this simple dish has now become one of the must-try foods for visitors in Hong Kong. Some even took the dish to another level, by glamming it up with some black truffle bits.
Gala Cafe, 40B San Chuen Street, Tsuen Wan (known for its value for money portions and serving up lovely HK style dishes)
Capital Cafe, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai
Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, Hong Kong (serves scrambled eggs topped with truffles)
Char Siu is a classic Cantonese dish that is a perfect blend of sweet and savory. Marinated with soy sauce and then barbequed with a sweet and scrumptious honey glaze until slightly charred and caramelized, the pork becomes super tender and juicy. This dish is so yummy and easy to eat that even the younger ones will ask for seconds. You can find this dish in a lot of Cantonese eateries - from affordable siu mei restaurants to dim sum places to even 5 star hotels, so prices can vary significantly.
Mott 32, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2885 8688 (High-end)
West Villa, 5/F, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (Affordable)
Apart from the food, Hong Kong’s special local drinks are definitely worth a mention. Black Cow is a signature drink from old Hong Kong, which is a glass of ice cold coke topped with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Red bean ice is another indulgent, yet refreshing dessert/drink commonly found in Cha Chaan Tengs made with evaporated milk, azuki beans, and crushed ice.
Luk Lam Dessert, 77-79 Un Chau St, Sham Shui Po, Sham Shui Po (various other locations in Hong Kong)
A favorite among Hong Kong people during winter time, claypot rice is as fun to eat as it is delicious. Few things can be as comforting as tucking into a steamy hot bowl of carby goodness covered in delish toppings such as char siu, Chinese sausage, and runny eggs. As you can probably tell from its name, the dish is made by cooking white rice and the toppings of choice in a claypot over a charcoal stove. The result is a hearty, warming dish with a crispy layer of rice at the bottom to give a bit of extra texture, while all the flavors from the toppings are fully absorbed by the rice and then topped off by a beautiful egg.
Four Seasons Pot Rice, 46-58 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong.
Kwan Kee Claypot Rice, Shop 1, Wo Yick Mansion, 263 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun.
This one is a no-brainer, because who doesn’t like Dim Sum? Dim Sum is a wide range of Cantonese snacks served in bamboo baskets, such as dumplings, rolls, and buns. Siumai, Melty Custard Buns, Prawn Toast, Char Siu Bao…there is definitely something for everyone. Cartoon Dim Sum is a big thing in Hong Kong at the moment, all playfully decorated which makes them almost too cute to eat.
Yum Cha, Various locations in Hong Kong. (Cartoon Dim Sum)
Siumai, Melty Custard Buns, Prawn Toast, Char Siu Bao…there is definitely something for everyone. Cartoon Dim Sum is a big thing in Hong Kong at the moment, all playfully decorated which makes them almost too cute to eat.
This might sound a little offputting to children, but this omelet is a winner! It is a savory, crunchy omelet made by deep frying a duck egg and potato starch batter that contains a generous portion of small fresh and succulent oysters. Eat it hot and crispy topped with a spicy sour sauce, scallions and coriander leaves. Each bite leaves a delightful crunch that blends perfectly with the starchy, chewy and fluffy bits, as well as a fresh taste of oysters and a rich eggy aroma.
Chan Kan Kee Chiu Chow Restaurant, 11 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong