For some reason, HongKongers have a love affair with Mango. They have tons of mango ice delights and a popular chain has spawned across the whole region just by specialising in, you guessed it, mango ice desserts. Some enterprising Singaporeans have tried to cash in on this trend by bringing the famous chain ( Xu Liu Shan ) to Singapore but the venture failed. Somehow, the mango ice dessert tasted better in Hong Kong.
And I can't agree better.
After I tasted the bad frozen bits in Orchard Road, I yearned to taste the real stuff in Hong Kong. And I did. I ate my way though mountains of mango ice desserts and here's what I'll recommend:
1)Shek Moh Fong Dessert House, Mongkok
2)Sweet Dynasty, Tsimshatsui
3)Hui Lau Shan
If you want to taste real Cantonese cuisine, go to the small restarurants and noodle shops. There are several of them in each block. We had one of the best dim sum lunches at a local place with menus only in Chinese (we don't speak it). We simply asked the waitress for dim sum, and basically picked up every thing that was carried near us.
There are of course many other restaurants, too.
Favorite Dish: Dim sum - any time of the day!
This diner was just down the road from our Hotel and we used to go daily to this place for months on our way to the Polytechnic.This way we had made a very good relation with the staff!
These kind of Diners are very common in HK and theres a very good choice to choose from.
And for the final entry of our visit to this restaurant, we have chosen the most colourful of out dishes! This is tofu and beef in a chilli sauce. They bring out a huge bowl of noodles in a soup for you and then this extra bowl with the topping so you can put as much or as little on it as you want!
Well we were wondering around not really sure where to go as previous trips to HK had left us with the image of McDonalds being the cheapest place to eat...and we really DIDNT FANCY going there at ALL! So a little look around the back streets took us to the nice noodle restaurant. And now all I want to eat are noodles! Living in Beijng people usually eat rice, although its a bit strange because people in the south usually eat rice and in the north noodles..anyway..moving back to the restaurant....its just a small place as you can see from the photo, but always packed. The prices were fairly reasonable, and the staff friendly!
Favorite Dish: There were a thousand and one different noodle dishes ranging from noodles with various types of meat, to noodles in a soup, to noodles in a soup with dim sum in them. And then there were additinal dishes for those who aren't too keen on noodles. Various typical HK drinks like tofu milk drinks and then your regular soft drinks.
We went there on two occasions, the first where I had noodles with dim sum, and the second was noodles with jiaozi which are the equivalent of mainland dim sum....very tasty both times. Charles had beef noodles and then the nxt time was tofu and chilli sauce and beef thrown in together i think!
We took some photos just to show you!
I wasn't a big fan of Dim Sum back in Seattle. But then, I'd never had authentic Hong Kong-style dim sum. Supposedly, Hong Kong has some of the best Dim Sum in the world. They do. And this place is where the locals go when they want good Dim Sum. For you budget folks out there, tea time is from 2:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon, and things are a bit cheaper then.
Favorite Dish: Look for the little striped dessert cakes with the orange things on top (sorry, I don't speak Cantonese, and couldn't name most of the foods I've eaten on this trip). Another great dessert was was a yellowish pudding dish with tapioca in a green dish that looks a bit like a stretched pear shape.
Probably some of the best seafood in Hong Kong, if you don't mind the fact that you have to eat it authentic Chinese style, which means you get whole steamed fish, crabs, shrimp, etc, and have to pick the stuff apart yourself. It's also a fun adventure, especially in the evening. The restaurant is off on the less develope lamma island, and it has it's own ferry at a terminal near the Star Ferry terminal on both the mainland and hong kong island. The ferry is free, but the food isn;t cheap. Oh, and the ferry is pretty small, so the ride can be a bit choppy.
Favorite Dish: Wow... tough one. We ordered a set dinner for 3-4, and the steamed shrimp was good, but the fish was the best. Unfortunately, I can't really way what it was. Even my host didn't know the English translations for everything that we ate. Suffice it to say, though, that you can't go wrong with anything here.
Welcome to a local favorite! Mrs. May Tang's restaurant is usually very busy with locals celebrating. Their specialty is hotpot/sukiyaki style but their regular seafood is also excellent.
Favorite Dish: Swimming crab in rice wine, Swimming crab in spicy sauce, Mud lobster in garlic. These items are usually ordered in advance!
The small local restaurants along the road-sides
Favorite Dish: One of the popular & delicious drinks in Kowloon is the milk tea which are available in the small road-side local restaurants. You should also try the noodles which come in various style e.g. wanton noodles, soya chicken noodles etc.
Fantastic food barbequed steak and lots of beer from the Australians grills and restaurants around Hongkong.