Nothing captures the spirit of summer like parking yourselves at a table overlooking the sea and feasting on a bounty of seafood (not to mention some sneaky beers for Mom and Dad)! Here’s a roundup of the fuss-free seaside seafood restaurants in Hong Kong for you and your loveable bunch
Head to Po Toi O for the beautiful views and a long hike on Clearwater Bay Country Park trails before winding down at one of the scrumptious seafood restaurants overlooking the bay. Find all the goodies, from an array of fresh fish, which you can have steamed with fresh spring onions and ginger, as well as all sorts of crustaceans including crabs, lobsters, mantis shrimp and more! The village is unique and there is even a small temple to explore.
End of Tai O Mun Road, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong, More info: www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/hike-feast
Established by pirates more than 200 years ago, Lei Yue Mun has grown to become the most popular place for local Hong Kongers to enjoy fresh seafood in an authentic fishermen village ambience. Featuring stilted houses similar to those found in Tai O, there are numerous restaurants serving fresh seafood to order in restaurants ranging from simple dai pai dongs with no-frills plastic furnishings and plastic table coverings to more formal sit down restaurants with air conditioning, such as Happy Seafood Restaurant.
Happy Seafood Restaurant, Shop A, G/F, 53 Hoi Pong Road, Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong, +852 2340 1998
If you and your wee ones are out for adventure, then take a detour off-the-beaten track to Castle Peak Beach in Tuen Mun where you’ll all be able to muck about building sandcastles by the sea before tucking into a delicious (and very affordable) meal at one of the dai pai dongs lining the shore. Similar to Sai Kung – minus the tourists – pick your prey from the tanks of live seafood and specify how you’d like it to be prepared at one of the many restaurants including longstanding favourite Chinese Legend.
Chinese Legend, Shop 1, Sam Shing Hui Seafood Market, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, +852 2955 1313
Get away from it all with your mini Robinson Crusoe's in tow to nearby Po Toi Island via the ferry from Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market or Stanley Pier (across from H&M in Stanley). This remote island getaway offers a sandy beach and trails to explore. Book a table at Ming Kee and dig your toes in the sand while enjoying black bean sautéed razor clams, steamed scallops with garlic and vermicelli and whole steamed fish among other delicacies. The best part is that it’s BYOB!
Ming Kee, Tai Wan, Po Toi Island, Hong Kong, +852 2849 7038
If you’re aboard a junk bound for Lamma, chances are you and your sun-and-sea-loving crew will wind up at one of the seafood restaurants for lunch or dinner. The queues filing out of Rainbow Seafood Restaurant reflect the yummy offering here, from the baked lobster in butter sauce to the deep fried black pepper and salt calamari, you and your kids are bound to find dishes you’ll all love!
Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, G/F, 1A-1B First Street, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, +852 2982 8100, More info: https://www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/bay-lamma-island
Take your kiddos on a tour back to Hong Kong’s past with a trip out to Tai O on Lantau Island. Start off by walking through the ancient fisherman’s village – famous for its quaint stilted homes – then jaunt down to the traditional dried seafood market. There are also kayaking expeditions to work up an appetite before heading to either the simple Cantonese style eateries or the beautifully renovated Tai O Heritage Hotel for a lovely meal at its glass-domed restaurant, where you can feast on specialties using the locally produced shrimp paste.
Tai O Heritage Hotel, Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 2985 8383, www.taioheritagehotel.com
Heading to Sai Kung for seafood is a no-brainer and you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the sheer number or seafood restaurants lining the shore – all with tanks overflowing with fresh fish, crabs and all manner of shellfish. For seafood done with a Mediterranean flair, try Flavor Casa de Portugal. There is tapas to start including traditional bacalhau salt cod, calamari and mussels, as well as meat mains including roasted suckling pig.
Flavor Casa De Portugal, G/F 43-45 Hoi Ping Road, Sai Kung, +852 2392 3123
A short ferry from Central Pier 5 brings you and your little ones to Cheung Chau, where you can bike along the pier whilst enjoying local snacks like potato chips on a stick or the island’s famous fish balls, before a fresh seafood meal at Sar Bo Kee restaurant after a day of fun. Don’t miss out on their Sichuan chilli fried prawns, or succulent prawns steamed in garlic sauce.
Sar Bo Kee, G/F, 11C Pak She Praya Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, +852 2981 0998
City-dwelling families looking for a quick seafood fix without straying too far can make a beeline to The Seafood Kitchen in K-Town. This no-frills restaurant covers all the bases with a range of steamed seafood, said to lock in the natural briny flavors. A few highlights include their steamed king crab legs, shrimp and abalone – and there’s also a hodge podge of other random offerings including kimchi, udon and sashimi.
The Seafood Kitchen, Shop E-F, G/F, 18 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2556 8555
Get a taste of “Real Hong Kong” with a trip out to High Island – a ride away from Sai Kung by sampan where you’ll encounter a pristine beach, hiking trails and an authentic seafood restaurant run by a family of fisher folk. Feast on fresh fish, calamari, crabs among other super-fresh seafood dishes – Yau Ley Seafood sources all of their products from local fishermen and lovingly prepare every meal the old fashioned way. You can even have them pick up up by boat at the Sai Kung pier!
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