Consolidating the second half of the list of must-try food spots was difficult, as I was debating which restaurant to include. Yet as a professional foodie, I have made up my mind. This time, I included some memorable places that I have been in my past visits to Hong Kong. The list also contains foods from my childhood.
#6: Mushroom Rice (KFC)
After recommending you all to visit McDonald’s in Hong Kong, KFC is another fast-food chain that you do not want to miss out. Mushroom Rice, a signature food item that only sells in Asia, is definitely my all-time favorite. The rice is served with sliced mushrooms and a special gravy sauce. In addition, the black pepper spiced up the ordinary dish. I love the simplicity of the dish, and the taste was so comforting that I always wanted to eat more!
#7: Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles
Waffles (格仔餅) is a traditional street food that you can’t miss out on in Hong Kong. It is usually filled with condensed milk drizzle, peanut butter, syrup, and butter. Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles (鴻記極品雞蛋仔) is located in a local food market, Tai On Building (太安樓), in Sai Wan Ho. All waffles were freshly made to order. It was soft and fluffy. If you think waffles are too heavy, then try the Eggettes (雞蛋仔) instead, which are lighter and crispier. If you ever get a chance to pass by here, you should also check out other stalls for more cheap street food.
ADDRESS: Shop A34C, The 2nd Path, Tai On Lau, 57-87 Sau Kei Wan Road, Sai Wan Ho (MTR – Exit A)
#8: Bing Kee Cha Dong
If my friend did not bring me to discover this area, I would never know that there was such an inexpensive and delicious place. Bing Kee Cha Dong (炳記茶檔) is quite hidden, so make sure to bring Google Map with you! Since it is a Dai Pai Dong, an open-air food stall, you are expected to share tables with strangers when there is a shortage of seating. We ordered some of the signature items – Instant Noodles w/ Pork Chop and Fried Egg, Hong Kong Style Milk Tea, Corned Beef, and Egg Sandwich. I loved the instant noodles because the pork chop made it exceptionally delicious. The meal demonstrated Hong Kong’s fast-paced lifestyle. It was simple, quick, and cheap, which became one of the popular spots during lunchtime.
ADDRESS: Next to 5 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang (Tin Hau MTR – Exit B)
#9: N1 Coffee & Co.
Unlike Vancouver, brunches were rare and quite pricey in Hong Kong, because people rarely have time to slowly enjoy a meal in the middle of a day. After some research, I decided to try out N1 Coffee & Co., a cozy cafe located in Tsim Sha Tsui. It serves All Day English Breakfast (HKD80), which included baked beans, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, sausages, bacon, garlic bread, and salad. The portion was generous, with a reasonable price. I heard it is known for the coffee, yet I have not had a chance to try it. The cafe is quite small, so I would recommend coming with a smaller group.
ADDRESS: Shop G, no. 34, Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (MTR – Exit N3)
#10: Hoi Chiu Canteen
Another area where most of the hidden gems located is in the industrial area. Hoi Chiu Canteen (海潮食堂) is one of them. It doesn’t have a store sign nor it has a fancy interior design, yet it still attracts a lot of people to line up. I ordered a signature item – Scrambled Egg & Scallions Sandwich. It looked simple, but the technique of making it was fascinating. They added a layer of half-melted butter in the middle of a slice of toast. Every bite of the sandwich is filled with the half-cooked scrambled egg and the aroma of scallions. I would definitely come back to try the Super Thin Toast (HKD11), with butter, sugar, Ovaltine powder, and condensed milk.
ADDRESS: Shop G6, G/F, Shing Yip Industrial Building, No.19-21, Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong (MTR – Exit B2)