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Taiwan Hong Kong! LOL that was a hilarious typo so I’ll just leave it there. Starting with highlights, then moving on to the rest. I lived near Sham Shui Po MTR station, so a lot of my breakfast spots will be there. OpenRice.com is a great resource for food in Hong Kong, it’s more updated than Yelp.
There are two sections in this post, 1. Favorites, 2. Shoutouts. Pics go BELOW the descriptions.
1. Rice Rolls: 合益泰小食
Hong Kong, Sham Shui Po, Kweilin St, 121號號
Once listed on the Michelin Bib Gourmand (think of it as the little sister of the Michelin star list), this place is famous for their rice rolls, which comes with a sesame-like sauce and a soy sauce. On the table are also spicy sauce and sesame seeds, which look beautiful sprinkled on top. It’s lovely how gorgeous the plating looks with so many different colored sauces. Lots of locals and elderly eat here in the morning, most with an order of rice rolls and porridge!
2. Steamed Egg White Custard: Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
They also have steamed egg custard (the yellow one), but that one’s almond flavored and I don’t like almond flavored things. Custards come cold or warm, and the cold egg white custard was so refreshing! It was pure, just a tad sweet, slippery–almost like tofu pudding, but with a milder taste. Also note the macaroni with ham, which is popular as a breakfast/lunch dish at tea cafes.
3. Eggette (AKA puff waffle AKA bubble waffle): 利強記
Hong Kong, North Point, 北角英皇道492號
Also listed on Bib Gourmand, this is literally a hole in the wall small kitchen at the corner. There are no seats, just a window where you can receive the food you ordered. I liked this eggette the most in Hong Kong, because it’s quite crispy. Crispy is my most beloved texture in food 🙂
4. Toasted beef egg sandwich: 新香園咖啡粉麵店
38 Kweilin St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
The sandwich was highly recommended on OpenRice, but 新香園 offers a ton of other food like porridge and noodles. For an extra 1 HKD, you can get the bread toasted! I couldn’t figure out how to ask for the crust on without sounding crazy, so it was crustless. [I also saw a loaf of bread at another restaurant that already had all the crust taken off, so maybe they just come like that. Wait, where does the crust go?! Are they wasted? 😦 ]
The egg and beef are cooked together, and the combination is fragrant, soft, and flavorful. It pairs very well with crispy toast.
5. Porridge: 森記粥店
G/F, 137 Nam Cheong Street, 137 Nam Cheong Street
This was my last meal in Hong Kong, so I came here with my suitcase and backpack. Thankfully, the server and shop owner are very nice and this restaurant gave me the best service of my entire Hong Kong trip!
Unfortunately I didn’t like the porridge I ordered (艇仔洲）because I didn’t enjoy the pork skin, but I really loved how they allow you to add vegetables to the porridge. The store was also clean and bright, unlike some of the other roadside eateries around Sham Shui Po.
6. Tofu Pudding and Takoyaki: 一豆花
These were just street food from Hong Kong. It was interesting because the tofu pudding is much softer than the ones I’ve had in Taiwan, perhaps they add more water to it? The sugar syrup is made with ginger, as opposed to brown sugar, but it was a nice cold treat on that hot day. The giant takoyaki is from another stand just a few steps away.
7. Roast Duck and Boiled Vegetables: Joy Hing Roasted Meat 再興燒臘
Another Bib Gourmand! The duck wasn’t bad, although to be totally honest I thought it tasted about the same as roast duck in Taiwan. The boiled vegetables here are cooked in soup broth instead of plain water in Hong Kong. Both places slather the vegetables in soy paste though.
8. Pork sandwich: 老鳳冰室
G/F, 216 Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po
As a breakfast item, the sandwich in a ciabatta-like bread was too salty and sweet. But this restaurant is famous for its unique interior, which is all themed around old-school Hong Kong cinema stars. The menu was cute and letter themed too.
9. Espresso: The Coffee Academics Flagship
38 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Ambient cafe for a cup of espresso and some morning reading. When I came there were very few people, because they were closing early that day for a private event, thus it was quite relaxing. Tall ceilings, dark wood and granite tables, and some light meals.
Reading List suggestion! Devoured: A Journey into the American Food Psyche. It’s by Sophie Eagan, and an approachable insight into American dietary patterns and mindsets.
10. Dim Sum: 添好運
9-11 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
How could I make a Hong Kong food post without Tim Ho Wan? (I probably could pull it off, like how I made my Taiwan list without mentioning Din Tai Fung). My friend found out for me that my airBnB was within walking distance of this place, and when we went at 9AM on Sunday there was no line at all! My favorite was their char sui buns, which had a crispy exterior resembling a pineapple bun.
11. Shrimp wonton noodles: 權記雲吞麵
No.303 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
We were originally going to a nearby beef noodle place, but the line was insane and I doubt I would have lasted 40 minutes under the Sun. The shrimp wontons here are big and the skin super thin! Communal tables are packed, even past prime lunchtime.
Happy munching around Hong Kong!
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” -Michael Pollan