Food Markets, Hong Kong
Traditional food market (locally known as street market) is an exciting place to be as you need to use all your senses. You'll see, smell, touch the fresh pork, live chicken, life seafood, fruits and vegetables. There are always places in the market that sells cooked food as well, such as bbq pork and any kind of marinated snack (like chicken feet and squid). You'll hear ppl bargain or the loud voices of the vendors of how fresh and cheap their food are.
People, especially the old ones, love to shop at the street markets for the freshness that can't be found in the supermarkets.
Many are found indoor nowadays as the government wants to keep the street clean. But there are still many that are outdoor.
Bowrington Road Markets was our first markets we stumbled upon near our hotel in the Wan Chai district.
The Bowrington Markets is a busy market for the locals, and is off the beaten path for most tourist, tucked away down small side streets. The scent of fish is strong in the air, since a good percent of the shops are wet markets. (fish and meat markets). Theres a great atmosphere, and it's a good place to get a feel of what every day life is like in Hong Kong.
Bowrington Market is located in the Wan Chai District, just off Bowrington Road, and Wan Chai Road. The nearest MTR station is Causeway Bay (Island Line). Take Exit A towards Times Square. Exit Times Square and take a left onto Russell Street. Simply follow Russell street for 3 blocks and you will find yourself at the markets.
There is a shop in the New World Center on Salisbury Road by the New World Reinessance Hotel called Needs. It's basically a supermarket and you can find anything you want there. I actually shopped there a couple of times. It's great if you want snacks or if you're going to be spending an extended period of time there and need to do shopping. Check it out.
What to pay: The same as you would at home.
Though supermarkets are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong, it pays to know where the specialty supermarkets to shop for special ingredients:
The Best Place to Get Organic Produce
Three Sixty, Central
Tip: The tea selection here is superb, I even found Mulberry Leaf Tea which is all the health rage in Laos.Go for the Manager's specials - You get as much as 50% off for some items.
The Best Place to Get Hard to get Western Ingredients
Tip:You can get everything here, from freshly-packed scary looking Alaskan crabs to haricot beans. They also have an excellent pasta section, selling everything from pre-packaged fresh pasta to squid ink!
The Generic Supermarket
Tip: This is the biggest chainstore in HKG so they're pratically everywhere. Go for the membership card since it gives you huge discounts for special items.
This has got to be my most favorite store in Hong Kong. Call me strange, but I LOVE the grocery store. Being in the States, it is generally not so simple to just walk into any store and be able to buy food that is agreeable to the Chinese palate. This place is great for getting staples and fruit.
I visited in August and boy was it HOT!!! I drank lots and lots of water. And of course, being economical, I was drawn immediately to my local Park n Shop in Mongkok. They have many many locations throughout Hong Kong...some are large superstores and others are like quick stop shops. There are also ones in between. They are great if you want to grab snacks, water, and fruit. They typically have weekly specials on things that makes them even more economical!!
What to buy: Water, snacks, drinks and fruit!!!
What to pay: Depends on the items. Check out their website below to get more detailed information.
Turning down Graham Street, I was surprised to find so many merchants selling their fruits & vegetables! I always like turning down one of these small streets. The way the goods are arranged, all the fruits looked so colorful and tempting. I ended up buying a cup of mixed fruits and a mango juice for $20 HKD!
The prosperous city view is one of the Hong Kong appealing attractions. Tourists love going to the Peak to overlook the gorgeous night view of Hong Kong. It is always so nice to have a fine dinner with your beloved ones under an enchanting view. The only revolving restaurant in Hong Kong - R66 - can fulfill these two wishes at once.
The name R66 comes from this restaurant taking 66 minutes to complete one revolving cycle. The pace is just great to bring you a whole magnificent city view but not too hurry to disrupt your meal. It is a good place for taking photos of the Hong Kong’s forest of skyscrapers from a top view. You will discover another beauty in the Victoria Harbor there.
R66 offers international buffet at lunch, tea and dinner time. It is located on the 62/F at Hopewell Center in Wan Chai. By the way, Hopewell Center is the tallest building in Wan Chai. It takes about 10 minutes walk from Wan Chai MTR station. You should be able to figure it out easily.
What to buy: Food and Drink
What to pay: R66 International Buffet: Lunch - HKD$148 Tea (only on Sat or Sun) - HKD$98 Dinner - HKD$318
Established since 1950, Wing Wah remains it reputation on traditional taste of chinese delicacies. Wing Wah is selling variety of chinese traditional foods eg. sweet flaky pastry (wife cake & husband cake), sausage, moon cake, pineapple cake etc.
What to buy: Highly recommend "wife cake", it was made of wheat flour, glutinous rice flour, sugar, egg, palm oil. Was impressed when I first tried it, bought a few packs for friends back home and everyone love it so much. Would recommend to try out the fresh wife cake, it's far more delicious.
What to pay: 6 pcs/pack = HKD 38.00
There are a number of dry seafood shops in Sheung Wan area. @Though I have seen many foreigners there, it may not be easy for you to "shop" there. Alternatively, you could go to "Wing Wah" for chinese sausages and waxed ducks (http://www.wingwah.com/pp_big/WingWah.asp) while for more options you really need to go Sheung Wan.
Wife Cake is the famous product of Hong Kong. It can be found in some cake/bread shops for as cheaply as HK$2 per piece. However, these are without packaging and are not meant as gifts but for immediate consumption.
For giving it as gifts or buying some for back home, go for Wing Wah's Wife Cake stalls. A box of 6 pieces now retails at about HK$42 (May-2008).
They have variants which includes "Husband Cake" and "Couple Cake" but not so popular and they stock minimal of these variants. Having bought and tried the "Husband Cake", I would give it a thumb down.
They have many stores and can be found in the concourse area of some MTR stations. They have 1 branch at the Nathan Road (Exit D1 at Mongkok Station) and cross traffic light to the same side of Nathan Road. Signboard is in Chinese.
They also have a branch at Hong Kong International Airport and the price is the same as in all other Wing Wah stores islandwide. So, might as well purchase in the public area of Hong Kong International Airport (Terminal 1 - 7th floor) before you leave for home.
What to buy: Wife Cake
What to pay: HK$42 of 6 pieces (boxed)
Fa Yuen Street is famous for accessories and, also, has many stalls selling clothing accessories and fruits.
Fa Yuen Street, actually, starts from Dundas Street but the shopping area of Fa Yuen Street starts from Argyle Street and the other end is at end of the road (adjacent to Prince Edward Road)
Bought some fruits and seems like the prices are not very bargainable.
The street has nothing too special apart of the products it sells.
It is specialised in selling ginseng and bird's nest which in Chinese medicine have the properties to grant a long life, to energise and keep you young-looking!
What to pay: Price depends on the shops but I found it very difficult to communicate with the shopkeepers. Did not buy anything in the end.
This is one of my favourite markets at Mong Kok, not becaue of the things you could buy here, which I would never buy ! I would not even know how to cook them.
There is all sort of live and dead food here, some of them very exotic as eels or frogs or snakes, etc...
For me it was very curious thing to see all these diferent species of fish and amphibians live in their basins and tanks awaiting to be butchered right in front of your amazed eyes.
The market itself is a bit of a disgusting place, as it smells quite strong, is bloodstained everywhere and there is quite a lot of live poultry, not exactly reputated by their cleanliness. This late were specially scary as we went there right after the Bird Flu disease.
But it is a good place to visit, as I don't think you will see anything like this in USA or Europe!
What to buy: Uff... I don't know.
Fish, frogs, eels, shrimp, birds, poultry, snakes....
You name it.
Another thing is how to cook these babies.
I can't provide any help with that :-?
Stroll along local markets and see what people buy and bargain its a wonderful experiencing. Watching people shouting and screaming (as in upselling) for their producst can be quite irritating. But then this is Hongkong Market experience.
What to buy: Lots of things to buy and try, and again try not to touch the item if you do not intend to buy. But still, markets and stalls selling great snacks and savouries. Try one!
This stall provide stock parts eg. chick legs, duck legs and chick drums etc. Ready made deep fried pork skin, dry squids are also their product lines.