The best place to party with street full of people dancing till 5 in the morning, you don't find that in every city. LKF (Lan Kwai Fong) is definitely the most happening street i've ever seen, full of good clubs and pubs, it is definitely the place to be if you love to party.
Another remarkable thing is the Pub Crawl, an organized pub hopping events where you can visit 5 good pubs in just 100 HKD (not to forget the free shots you get at every bar). Organized every thursday nite, it is one thing you should not miss.
We tried as many different dishes as we could while there. There is no shortage of restaurants and the best ones to visit are the ones where the locals hang out. Eat what they eat. Do what they do. And enjoy!
This is a fun and educational hour long class on Thursday afternoons at the teahouse in Hong Kong Park. Mr. Ip Wing-chi is very personable and he will teach you all about the different kinds of tea and how to prepare each one in the traditional fashion. He also prepares some tea for everyone to taste at the end!
The class is free, but I also recommed staying afterwards for some dim sum and tea at the teahouse - a great chance to hone the skills you just learned!
Eating out in restos like this is one good way to feel the place... its ambience, its people, its noise and of course its food... we ordered what we see others order and just didnt refer to the menu at all hoping we wouldnt end eating jelly fish or cow's eyes or anything "exotic". as they say, when in rome....
we chose this place coz its crowded so we figured the food must be great. and it was... i love chinese food.
1. A fresh juice from a street vendor. With everything from cantalope, to celery, to starfruit, and waterchestnut, for only 10HKD its a great treat.
2. Fish balls. Available from street vendors in just about any district, these deep-fried balls are a spicy and filling snack, only setting you back about 5HKD skewer.
3. Swiss rolls. Ok, so they aren't exactly authentic 'Hong Kong', but they are everywhere. These rolled sponge-cake treats are filled with interesting creamy, paste fillings like red bean, green tea, and peanut.
Before this reccent trip, my favourite street food was Egg Balls HK$10 (S$1.90). I would always buy one to eat while I walked from Causeway Bay to the Hong Kong Stadium. Also a great snack to have while you're shopping :)
But on this trip I discovered something new - Spicy Fishballs (Yu Dan, Lat) HK$6-7 (about S$1.30). For that price, you get one stick with about 6 fishballs. The best one I had was at the street stall near Rong Yuan (other post in Restaurants for directions) - the one here is so spicy that my mouth takes a good half hour to recover, but it's so good that I can't help but eat more of it despite the discomfort! My mouth is watering just thinking about it now...
Another one of my favourites is the Deep Fried Squid Tentacles HK$10 (S$1.90). Also a great snack to have while you're shopping :)
On this trip, I finally decided to give Smelly Tofu (chow dow fu) a try. The one from this stall used to be really smelly - approaching it, I would wonder if the smell was coming from a drain - but for some reason this time it wasn't that bad... and as expected it wasn't smelly when I bit into it. It was pretty much just normal deep fried tofu, a bit of a let-down really... but maybe I will change my mind when I try a really good one.
i stayed in guang dong hotel and around the area there were alot of small chinese restaurants that have good food. you just have to be willing to risk a bit. incase the stomach feels it took too much my tip is YAKULT it!
If you have to have a cup of tea anywhere in the world, let it be here in the Peninsula Hotel....the service is first class the tea is out of this world good....and the selection of pastries and finger sandwichs's are outstanding.....put it doesn't come cheap.....it runs about 200 HKD per person almost $30 US, but it's well worth it...we came without eating lunch and this was more than enough !!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT !!!!!!!
One of the main attractions of Hong Kong is the wide variety of food that it offers. From roadside stalls, to smoke-filled Cha Can Ting (Tea Restaurants), to fast food, to full fledge restaurants.
Hongkongs eat 6 meals a day: breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.
For breakfast and morning tea, try the traditional dim sum that consists of prawn dumplings, meat dumplings, glutinous rice with chicken etc. You will be spoilt for choice. The recommended one is at Shamrock Seafood Restaurant. Cheap, good and authentic.
For lunch and dinner, you can try the Japanese Ramen (different from that found in Singapore), Roasted Meat Delight (Roast Chicken, Pork, Pigeon, Duck, Goose). Or you can try any of the themed restaurants (like Teochew food - braised duck and pig neck, fish meat noodles etc) or Hakka food (braised vegetables and meat)
For afternoon, head down to the Tea Restaurants for a Pineapple Bun (Bo Luo Bao) or an egg tart, with a traditional Coffee or milk tea. If you cannot decide whether tea or coffee, try the Yuan Yang - a mixture of Coffee and Tea.
For supper, try the steamboat, a unqiue asian dish of dipping raw food into a piping hot pot of soup to cook, then dip the food into a sauce mix before putting the food into your mouth. Hong Kong has a wider variety of food that can be cooked in the steamboat, as compared to Singapore. For example: Fish, Fish egg, Xiao Long Bao (Meat Dumpling), Shui Jing Bao with pork in it (Glutinous Rice Ball), Fried Fish Skin and others.
Hong Kongers love desserts too...hence always end your meal with either a sweet steamed egg custard or a mango dessert !
Hui Lau Shan is a local chain of dessert shops that specializes in fresh fruit juices and other sweet concoctions. I didn't put it under the restaurant category because it really is a "Must Do" activity in Hong Kong.
You simply must plan on stopping by one of their outlets at least once while you are in Hong Kong.
The mango juice is out of this world, but you should also try the special coconut gelato that is served on top of mango pudding in a bowl of melon balls and strawberries. You will be amazed at the variety of delicious desserts involving fresh fruits. There is also a small selection of traditional Chinese snacks such as fried turnip cake. (luo bo gao)
The menu always has seasonal additions and weekday discounts apply to different items every day.
I always stop by Hui Lau Shan whenever I'm in Hong Kong and it's extremely popular with the ladies as well. There are a few impostors in the surrounding areas that attempt to copy Hui Lau Shan's success but make sure you visit the original for the best healthy fruit desserts in China. See the distinct signboard in the accompanying photo.
Don't let fear stop you. You have not travelled half the world to be sitting in a McDonald munching on a Big Mac. Not that I will stop you of course. Language barrier is not a fearful thing, just look around and see what appeal to you. Food is one thing I truly love in HK. Go for congee porridge, wanton noodles (prawn dumplings noodles), roast pigeon, roast goose, and the milk tea in HK is to die for. Cantonese food is light and very easy on the stomach, though for most westerners, the MSG may get a little trying after a while. For most Asians, what MSG?
A simple meal of noodles and milk tea should not cost you more than US$2.
While wandering in Hong Kong, you'll see fresh juice stands, vendors, and shops EVERYWHERE. You must stop and treat yourself to a glass of fresh orange juice, cantelope juice, watermelon juice, cane juice, etc. while in Hong Kong. It's so delish and a nice way to recharge the batteries after walking around in the heat and humidity.
And, at only about $1.25US, it's a bargain!
Definitely the great Asian beer. Be sure to drink this when youre in HK....(or Shanghai or Beijing...most especially when youre in the Philippines)