Five Best Cheap Hong Kong Restaurants
Fine dining certainly has its place, and for those with the time and the cash Hong Kong has plenty of restaurants to stretch both your tastebuds and your wallet. But this is not a city where you need to splash out – Hong Kong has some of the cheapest food in the world. After all, this is the city that is home to one of the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurants. How cheap is cheap? The dim sum starts at less than $5.
But whether you want some har gow, or prefer imported New York pizza, below you’ll find Hong Kong’s five best cheap restaurants.
Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan
Address9-11 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
+852 2788 1226
Arguably this is not only the best cheap food in Hong Kong but the best in the world. Since Tim Ho Wan gained its Michelin Star a few years ago this bare bones Dim Sum canteen has enjoyed run away success (they have even opened their doors in New York). The Dim Sum here costs anywhere from HK$15 to HK$30, and you eat well for under HK$50. There are now a couple of branches of Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong. The only one that is Michelin star approved is the location in Sham Shui Po – expect to queue.
Best Buy: Steamed pork dumpling with shrimp HK$23
Sun Thai Restaurant
Sun Thai restaurant
AddressHong Kong, 灣仔軒尼詩道314-324號, W Square, 2 樓
+852 2827 8877
Hong Kong has some fantastic cheap Thai food, and while Sun Thai isn’t the absolute cheapest it does offer good service in swanky surroundings for a pretty cheap price. For Hong Kong this is also a big space and they are used to dealing with both large groups and kids. The food is fantastic, from the red and green curries that you would expect, to locally sourced seafood given a Thai twist.
Best Buy: Baked mussels Thai style HK$98
Australia Dairy Company
An absolute Hong Kong institution. Australia Dairy Company offers classic Hong Kong comfort food to locals yearning for the eighties. The fluffy scrambled eggs here have rightly gained a cult following, while macaroni soup and the ham sandwich are two more popular options. Service ranges from poor to Cold War frosty and you should expect to be harried, rushed and tutted at even after you’ve queued for thirty minutes to get in – still, the food is fantastic.
Best Buy: Scrambled eggs on toast HK$33
Shake ’em Buns
Shake em’buns Hong Kong
From North Carolina to Hong Kong. This burger joint is a labour of love for the North Carolina returned to Hong Kong native. As you’d expect the menu leans heavily on burgers served with fries, milkshakes and other American comfort food. The locations are pretty small, with just a few stools at a bar, while food is cooked in front of you on an open grill.
Best Buy: Burger and fries HK$150
Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Address8 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
+852 2414 4445
Local interpretations of Italian food are generally not what mama had in mind. Instead, try Paisano’s. Serving up pizza by the slice or the 24-inch pie, Paisano’s is a genuine NYC import. The family behind the restaurant have been keeping the demanding palates of New Yorkers happy with hot slices of pepperoni since 1982. They now run half a dozen sit down restaurants.
Best Buy: Small pepperoni pizza HK$115
Where To Eat On A Budget In Hong Kong
Eating in Hong Kong is a foodie’s dream come true! With so many different cultures living in Hong Kong, the cuisine here is amazing. You can eat at Michelin-Starred restaurants, dine at a fabulous sushi restaurant, eat freshly cooked Indian food, enjoy some of the best Italian food, eat from all parts of Asia…or, you could grab a plate of noodles from a street-side vendor. Whether you’re splashing out for a fancy meal or eating on a budget, dining in Hong Kong is a true joy.
Here are some of our favourites:
Woodlands Restaurant (Vegetarian, Indian): This restaurant is tucked inside the Wing On Plaza (17, 62 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui) and at first glance it doesn’t look very appealing. However, once you sit down and try the freshly made curries, you will be glad you gave it a chance! It’s packed with Hong Kongers, Indians & foreigners on any given night. The menu has great variety. The Southern and Northern all-you-can-eat thalis come with rice, 3 curries, pappadum, puri/chapatti, sambar, dessert & curd….they’re amazing and cost 77hkd. The dosas are massive and cost 45-55hkd. It’s not cheap, but it definitely doesn’t blow the backpacker’s budget.
Paisano’s Pizzeria: This New York style pizza & pasta chain is found all over the city. They serve really good Italian food; everything from calzones, pastas, salads, sub sandwiches and pizzas (by the slice as well). We went there for the lunch special – a MASSIVE slice of pizza with a beer for 45hkd. On any given day, they have their slices of pizza with one topping for 35hkd, or a slice of cheese pizza for 25hkd. If you decide to combine a salad, pasta, pizza, dessert, etc. make sure to ask if they have any specials, they usually do but don’t list them on the board. This is a good choice for budget backpackers.
Nick enjoying a massive slice of pepperoni pizza at Paisano’s Pizzeria
Roccos Pizzeria (66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui – 852 2369 8981): This is a more upscale Italian place to eat. They have a lunch special with a salmon or chicken pasta and salad bar for 89hkd. They also serve lamb, salmon, beef, pizzas, many pastas, appetizers and salads. Happy hour is between 12:30pm & 8:00pm, with beers & wine 2-for-1. Meals here are between 100hkd and 200hkd.
Tim Ho Wan (8, 2-20 Kwong Wa St. Mong Kok): This is the world’s cheapest Michelin-Starred place to eat! The chef here is a former Four Seasons chef and serves up delicious dim sum. The place is packed and is lined up outside the door most nights. Meals cost between 30hkd and 50hkd.
The outside of Tim Ho Wan
BBQ pork buns at Tim Ho Wan
Dariece enjoying dim sum at Tim Ho Wan
Subway Sandwiches: this is a great option for budget travellers. Go for the “sub of the day” which costs 21hkd for a 6 inch sub. Tuesdays are 2-for-1 subs after 3:00!
Side-Of-The-Road Noodle Stalls: Tucked down quieter streets you’ll find family run noodle stalls serving up soups, fried noodles, rice dishes and dumplings. Delicious and cheap.
Ma & Pa cooking up some delicious noodles for our lunch in Hong Kong.
McDonald’s: Ok, so it’s not authentic, nor is it healthy eating, but unfortunately McDonald’s is one of the cheapest places you can eat in Hong Kong! They have bagels and muffins which aren’t so bad for breakfast.
There are many supermarkets all over the city for self-catering. Marketplace & International are located in the Kowloon area. Here you can find lots of imported goods and wines.
Wherever you choose to eat in Hong Kong, you won’t be disappointed! The variety of food is great and everything is delicious. Enjoy.
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Where to get cheap (but amazing) food in Hong Kong
I was lucky enough to be visiting Hong Kong with a friend who had studied abroad there just a few years earlier, so he knew all the great, cheap places to eat.
We also couchsurfed, and our host, Peter, had tons of great tips on where to eat, including the free meal at the Sikh Temple below!
Read on for where to get cheap but tasty food in Hong Kong.
Free lunch at the Sikh Temple
371 Queen’s Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
If you’re exploring Hong Kong Island and find yourself with a hankering for incredible vegetarian food, make your way to the Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple.
Everyday over lunch, they serve a free meal to international visitors of any faith.
Remove your shoes, grab a head covering, and descend to the basement cafeteria area, where you grab a tray and cup before sitting in long rows on the ground. Men and women come around with giant vats of various, delicious vegetarian dishes (think curries, yogurts, etc.) and will dish it onto your tray. Finish your meal off with a cup of hot chai tea.
The food is incredible and the kindness and generosity admirable. If you wish, you can leave a donation. When we were there in December 2019, they were asking for donations to help restore the nearly 120-year-old temple.
Michelin-starred food at Tim Ho Wan
18 Hoi Ting Rd, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
Tim Ho Wan is the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. They earned their star from their baked BBQ pork buns (so good), but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
With three of us, we split several delicious dumpling dishes, a couple portions of pork buns, and other bits and bobs for only $90 HK ($12.75 US) each.
All-you-can-drink and eat at Mr. Wong’s
10號 Shamchun St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
At this local student haunt, the eccentric Mr. Wong will come out and greet you, proudly wearing his “Make America Great Again” hat. If he finds out you’re from the States, like me, he’ll discuss how great Trump is with you in broken English. I took the route of nodding and smiling.
If you can get past that, he then brings you unlimited beers along with tons and tons of food (the more he likes you, the more food he brings). If he really likes you, he’ll bring out chicken wings (that’s when you know you’re in).
I attribute my awful hangover the next day to Mr. Wong personally, but also the fact that we ate our weight in delicious food and had unlimited beers for $80 HK ($10. 30 US). You really can’t beat that.
Top notch Indian food at Khyber Pass Mess Club
Flat E2, 7/F, Block E, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
If you’re craving some Indian food, Khyber Pass Mess Club in the Chungking Mansions (a sight in their own right) will set you up well. If you can manage to find it, that is.
It took us the better part of an hour riding the various elevators up and down to the seventh floor of each of the towers to discover the sign for Khyber Pass.
Once you reach the right floor, you’ll walk past a sign stating that the restaurant is for members only, and will be seated in the small interior.
We weren’t members, but no one blinked an eye and we still got the standard 10% member discount on our meal.
Slightly more expensive than the previous two options, with the discount our meal came to $118 HK ($15.25 US) each. But we got so much food we could barely walk after, so you could make it cheaper if you wanted.
Lunch meal deals at Amphawa Thai
Hong Kong, Yau Ma Tei, Man Ming Ln, 2號G/F
A true hole-in-the-wall, our friend Jonny knew this Thai food spot from his student days. The lunch meal deal was great value and delicious, with a curry, drink, and side for $58 HK ($7.47).
At first, it isn’t apparent it’s a restaurant (maybe that’s a theme in Hong Kong?). If you’re stuck, it’s the one with the plastic sheeting you walk through to get inside.
Snacks from 7-Eleven
Finally, you can never go wrong grabbing beers or snacks from a 7-Eleven which – like everywhere in Asia – seem to be on every street corner.
Hong Kong is surprisingly budget-friendly if you know where to look. If you’re a budget traveler, read my post on how to save money in Hong Kong for more tips.
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Tak Fat Beef Ball
This small noodle stall is hidden in the bowels of the Haiphong Road Temporary Market – which is temporary in name only as it’s been open for more than 30 years. Walk past the butchers, flower stalls and fruit and vegetable vendors, and head deep into the centre of the market, looking for customers eating noodles served in bright orange bowls with yellow spoons. The star of the show is the beef balls, served in a rich, light broth with your choice of noodles, and optional beef tripe or brisket. Delicately flavoured with ginger and dried tangerine peel, the balls have the perfect “bouncy” texture beloved by the Chinese – often mistakenly regarded as “rubbery” by the uninitiated.
Haiphong Road Temporary Market, 390 Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2376 1179. A bowl will set you back around £2. Open 8.30am-8.30pm
Tsui Wah Photograph: Alamy
This cha chaan teng (tea cafe) started off as a single restaurant in 1967, but there are now more than a dozen branches all over the territory. It’s beloved by locals, who come here for uniquely Hong Kong comfort food, which has influences from the Brits, Indians, Americans and other immigrants, served up with a Chinese twist. The extensive menu includes toast with condensed milk, sweetened milk tea (hot or with ice), Swiss chicken wings, curried beef brisket with rice, Hainan chicken rice, beef with tomatoes, macaroni noodles in soup with preserved vegetables, and instant noodles with a variety of toppings. The branch on Wellington Street in Central – steps away from the bar and clubbing area of Lan Kwai Fong – is probably the most raucous, at least late at night, filled with tourists and expatriates huddled next to local customers.
Branches including GF-2F, 15-19 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2525 6338, tsuiwahrestaurant.com. Average meal around £5 per head. Open 24 hours
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A raucous seafood restaurant on the second floor of the Java Road wet market run by owner and maître d’ Robby Cheung, who is famed for his wacky hairstyles and white rubber wellies, and, as evenings progress, for cranking up the music and getting all his customers to sing along to We Will Rock You (he also attempts – not very successfully – to moonwalk to Michael Jackson). Fine dining it isn’t – but if you choose wisely, you can have a good meal. Regulars know to pre-order a few dishes – the deep-fried pig’s trotters, razor clams (especially delicious with black bean sauce), squid ink pasta with cuttlefish balls, and fried chicken with garlic. Beer is served in bowls, the “napkins” are rolls of toilet paper in plastic dispensers, and the atmosphere is friendly and convivial.
2F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, +852 2880 5224. Meal around HK$150 (around £13) per head. Open 5.30pm-12.30am
Under Bridge Spicy Crab
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The dish typhoon shelter crab was born and bred in Hong Kong, named after the small coves used by fisherman who took shelter there during stormy weather. Facilities on the boats were limited, and the fishermen usually cooked whatever they caught, giving birth to this messy, pungent dish of crab fried with masses of garlic, chillies, black beans and spring onions – a small amount is delicious with white rice or congee (rice porridge), accompanied with a beer. There are several Under Bridge Spicy Crab branches within a block of each other, and the original is as basic as they come – the tables are covered with plastic sheets which, at the end of the meal, are gathered up with the crab shells and thrown away.
Several branches, but the original is at 429 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2573 7698, underspicycrab.com. Meal around £15 per head. Open 5pm-5am
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Like the other food markets in Hong Kong, the perimeter of Queen Street Cooked Food Market is lined with stalls where customers eat under fluorescent lights on hard stools at fold-out tables. ABC is different though – it’s the only one with tablecloths (red and white check), there will almost certainly be bottles of wine on the tables, and it’s probably the only one to have some non-Chinese diners. The restaurant was opened several years ago by staff from the Hong Kong institution M at the Fringe when it closed, and serves up some of its most famous dishes, including roast suckling pig, beef Wellington, braised lamb shank and dessert souffles. It’s not quite as good as M, but then it is a lot cheaper.
1F Queen Street Cooked Food Market, 38 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, +852 9278 8227. Average lunch around £5 per head, three-course dinner around £20. Open Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm, Sun 6.30pm-10pm
Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images
Since it opened in 2009, people have been queuing to get a seat in this tiny restaurant where diners cram shoulder-to-shoulder at Formica tables covered with paper placemats. The lines grew even longer when Michelin gave it a star in 2010, making it, at the time, the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world – a filling dim sum meal will only set you back around £5. The restaurant doesn’t take bookings and two-hour waits are not uncommon, but brave them for the cha siu baau baked buns whose savoury roast pork filling contrasts with the sweet, crumbly topping, the rice flour rolls with pig’s liver, steamed chicken feet with black bean sauce, and steamed spare ribs. Tim Ho Wan now has two other branches – in Sham Shui Po (which also has one star) and Central.
Shop 8, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok, +852 2332 2896. Meal with tea around £5. Open 10am-10pm
Australia Dairy Company
Photograph: Andria Lam
Another cha chaan teng, the Australia Dairy Company is not a place to linger: you queue up, you sit, you order, waiters bring the food, you eat, pay and leave. In other words, it’s very Hong Kong in its efficiency. It’s not very difficult to decide what to order anyway: people come here for scrambled eggs (served with toast, or sandwiched between thick slices of white bread), macaroni soup noodles and steamed egg desserts, as well as drinks such as lai cha (milk tea), iced lemon tea and yin yang (half coffee, half tea). It’s not fine dining, but it is a Hong Kong institution, and so popular and famous that it occasionally gets crowded with people who roll up on a tour bus.
47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, +852 2730 1356. A main course and drink around £3.50. Open Fri-Wed 7.30am-11pm
Lin Heung Tea House
Lin Heung Tea House Photograph: Vincent Yu/ASSOCIATED PRESS
This place has been around since the 1920s, and many of the waiters – and some of the customers – look as if they’ve been around for an awfully long time, too. Some of the regulars have their own tables reserved for them every morning, where they sit, read the paper, nibble on some dim sum, and occasionally speak to each other. One of the few places left in Hong Kong where the dim sum is pushed around on a trolley, although if you’re sitting far away from the kitchen it’s best not to wait until the cart makes its way to you – it might never reach you. Instead, do what everyone else does and get the food yourself. Dinner is a lot more subdued, probably because they take reservations. While the dim sum isn’t the best, the cooked-to-order food at night is better, with old-fashioned dishes such as eight treasures duck (braised and stuffed with rice, chestnuts, mushrooms, lotus nuts – order in advance), pan-fried minced pork patties and sweet and sour pork ribs.
160-164 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2544 4556. Dim sum around £5, dinner around £10. Open daily 6am-11pm
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The logo of a piglet holding a milk bottle should give you a good idea of what to order here – suckling pig. The piglets are roasted to order over an open flame, perfectly cooked so the meat is tender, the fat – just a thin layer of it because it’s a baby pig – is succulent, and the skin is deep brown and crackling. Yes, they serve other foods, too – roast duck, crispy-skinned chicken, simmered pig’s trotters, and grilled skewers of meats, fish and seafood. There’s no attempt at decor (think disposable plastic tablecloths), beer is served in bowls, and customers sit on wooden stools, but it’s packed at lunch and dinner times.
Shop 1, 17 Shun Ning Road, Sham Shui Po, +852 2194 8188. A lunch plate of roast meat over rice costs around £2.50, a meal including whole roast pig will cost around £10. Open noon-midnight
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The staff here are famously grumpy, but that doesn’t stop the crowds from lining up at lunch and dinner. There’s not much choice: beef brisket (which can be ordered in different degrees of leanness) and beef tendon, served either in a clear broth or with curry, and a choice of noodles. There’s no ambience to speak of – diners perch on unpadded stools under fluorescent lights, grab their chopsticks from a stand in the middle of the glass-covered tables and will almost certainly have to share a table with strangers. The staff can be quite abrupt, but don’t take it personally – they’re rude to everyone. And they often close during peak time (around 7.15pm-8.30pm) so that the staff can eat their own meals.
21 Gough Street, Central, no phone. From around £2. Open Mon-Sat 12.30pm-10.30pm
Susan Jung is the food editor of the South China Morning Post
Foodie on a budget? Head to Sai Kung for a day of feasting that won’t hurt your wallet – YP
With summer well and truly upon us, Hong Kong’s sleepy coastal town of Sai Kung is the perfect place for sun and sea. But what about supper? There’s no shortage of options, but finding cheaper eats close to the waterfront can take a little more know-how. Young Post shares its picks for the best Sai Kung restaurants on a budget.
Frugal pho from Saigon Pho
This size and prices of this Vietnamese restaurant may be small, but portions of its main dish, pho, are certainly not. For as little as HK$25, an enormous bowl of noodles, vegetables, and paper thin cuts of meat in a steaming broth can be all yours. If that doesn’t fill you up then a surplus of starters, from shrimp cakes to garlic chicken wings, should finish the job.
Address: Shop 16, G/F, Sai Kung Building, 42-56, King Man Street, Sai Kung
We love the pineapple fried rice at Sawaddee.
Photo: Thomas Gomersall
Tasty Thai at Sawaddee Thailand
You could easily miss this little corner restaurant that’s tucked behind a Wellcome and a McDonald’s, but then you’d miss out on highlights such as three meat satays, crispy squid, and pomelo salad. It’s all easily affordable for a meal with friends but lone diners need not feel left out, as there is a wide choice of noodle and fried rice dishes for under HK$100.
Address: No. 4, G/F, Sai Kung Garden, 16 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung
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Try the fish and chips from Chip In.
Photo: Chip In
Fish and chips from Chip In
If you’re a fan of fried food, head for this takeaway that’s just a stone’s throw from the Sai Kung new Public Pier. With a large fish and chips at HK$75, plus calamari and chicken nuggets for a fraction of that price, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a British seaside postcard. Plus, you get to sample Hong Kong’s only deep-fried Oreos.
Address: 9, King Man Street, Sai Kung
A spot of tea at Let’s Jam
Looking for somewhere quiet for a simple meal? This is the place. Hidden down the lightly trodden – at least, by non-locals – See Cheung Street, this little bistro is ideal for Western classics on a budget. For some real bliss, catch the sun on the outside porch with some scones and a dollop of one of their home-made jams on the side.
Address: G/F, 9 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung
The black rice and mango dessert at Honeydew Desserts is a must-have.
Photo: Thomas Gomersall
Sweet eats at Honeymoon Desserts
While this chain now has restaurants across Hong Kong, Sai Kung is where it all began, and you won’t find anywhere better in town to get your sweet fix. A range of cold desserts can be found here, from mango, pomelo, and sago soup to fruity tofu sago puddings. But for the literal cream-of-the-crop, try their mango and black rice in vanilla sauce: a perfect blend of cool, sweet and affordable at HK$39.
Address: 10A-C, Po Tung Road, Sai Kung
Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge
The best cheap eats in Hong Kong – Foodporn Blog – Great Food and Where To Find It
Fuel up with our guide to the best dishes and snacks in Hong Kong for $50 or less.
We all know that Hong Kong is a famously expensive city, and last year it was revealed by the Julius Baer Lifestyle Index that our hometown is the most expensive in Asia when it comes to fine dining. But forget the luxury side of things, you can still eat cheap in Hong Kong – and eat well, too. Don’t believe us? Here are 50 of the best cheap in Hong Kong costing less than $50.
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The best cheap eats in Central & Western:
Spam and egg rice with drink at 孖沙茶餐廳 (Ma Sa Restaurant)
This authentic cha chaan teng in Sheung Wan has a knack for transforming simple dishes into something truly delicious. Plus, it hands out generous portions for extremely low prices. The spam and egg rice is our favourite. The pork arrives with three perfectly runny eggs on a bed of fluffy steamed rice. The yolk and soy sauce soak beautifully into the rice and create a taste sensation with the spam.
Taiwanese pancake at 艾• 蜜思 (I Miss You)
Tucked away in an old building in Sai Wan Ho, I Miss U is a hidden paradise for those on a budget. Try the wildly popular savoury Taiwanese pancakes which come in a variety of flavours like purple potato or original. Similar to naan bread, the delicious dough is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The best thing about them? You can customise your own filling with ingredients like cheese, sausages and octopus.
Coconut chia pudding at Supafood
Looking for an energy boost that’s also good for your body? This breakfast-friendly pudding contains healthy ingredients like chia seeds, granola and mixed fruits. They’re blended with coconut and almond milk for a sweet, creamy kick. What better way to kickstart the day than the vegan way?
Samosa at Tulsi & Wine
This joint on the slopes of Sai Ying Pun is quickly becoming an Indian cuisine destination favourite. Apart from serving a number of satisfying and flavourful curries and tandooris, the samosas are large in size and packed with veggie goodness. One of the best ways to kick-off a curry night is to indulge in one of these meaty giants.
Ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s
Emack & Bolio’s is always creative with its wide selection of cones and ice cream combinations. Go for the sweet selection of ice cream flavours like Cookie Monster and Trippin On’ Espresso and, for a little extra, add some flair to your order with cones crowned with Rice Krispies or Froot Loops covered in melted marshmallow. Cheap, chilled and awesome.
House fries at Pho Bar
While most people only go for the signature delectable pho in this contemporary Vietnamese restaurant, no customer should miss the appetising house special fries. Dip the fresh, hot and richly-seasoned chips into the mentaiko mayonnaise for a cheap and joyful savoury experience. This is golden-fried goodness, the Pho Bar way.
N°117 chocolat grand cru at L’Eclair De Génie
Bringing a contemporary twist to traditional French pastries, L’Eclair de Génie tells customers to ‘feast their eyes and delight their tastebuds’. The raspberry éclair is a best-seller here but we adore the N°117 chocolat grand cru creation, which uses delicate Guanaja 80 percent chocolate cream as well as dark chocolate glazing. For all you chocaholics out there, head down to your nearest L’Eclair de Génie store and treat yourself. Now!
100g assorted candies at Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe
This Victorian-style shop, reminiscent of a scene from Harry Potter, brings you the best in traditional British confectionery. Here, a 100g bag of sweeties costs you about 20 quid. Sorry, we mean dollars. And the shoppe has a vast selection of retro treats to choose from, including cola bottles, wine-gums, gobstoppers and Wham Bars, as well as plenty of chocolates, toffees and fudge. Are you feeling that sugar rush yet?
Plain congee at Law Fu Kee
Sometimes eating cheap means eating light and eating clean, even for suits working hard in Central. Law Fu Kee is the go-to place for Hongkongers’ staple comfort food – congee. There’s a variety to choose from but nothing beats the hallowed plain bowl. Made with a fragrant fish broth, it’s delicious, clean, soothing, healthy and all for a paltry 16 bucks? Hell yeah!
King prawn wonton noodles at Tsim Chai Kee
What’s a cheap eats list if we don’t mention a good ol’ bowl of wonton noodles? This quintessential Hong Kong meal is one we can’t do without. The use of king prawns at Tsim Chai Kee gives the wontons in this dish an extra springy texture, so there’s more bounce for your buck.
Salted egg lotus paste bun at Lin Heung Teahouse
What started out as a mooncake company more than a century ago now serves its signature salted egg yolk and lotus paste in a steamed bun for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Straightforward and delicious.
Froyo popsicle at Snack Shack
What’s better than frozen yoghurt? Froyo on a stick, of course. For a yummy and guilt-free summer treat, try out one of these low-fat popsicles from Snack Shack. The flavours change seasonally but past varieties have included chai tea and salted peanuts.
The best cheap eats in Wan Chai & Causeway Bay:
Roasted pumpkin, pine nuts and honey bruschetta at Assaggio Trattoria Italiana
This homemade bruschetta from Italian restaurant Assaggio in Tsim Sha Tsui is ideal for a light bite or a bar snack. The sweet flavours of the pumpkin and honey combine magnificently with the rich toasted pine nuts. Start with this cheap eat on the menu before moving on to a pricier main event at this renowned eatery.
Okonomi at 隨您鍾意 (Okonomi Japanese Food)
In Hong Kong, Japanese food can often cost a bomb without leaving you satisfied. Not so at Okonomi, though. This restaurant, with a few branches across town, offers ace Japanese dishes for diners who are on a budget. Tuck into a rice bowl topped with salmon sashimi, cucumbers, eggs and crab roe. Come hungry for this quality raw fish and rice medley.
Bacon pineapple burger at Burger Home
This homegrown burger joint serves up fresh handmade patties each day. Add fresh tomatoes, a slice of pineapple, some lettuce and bits of crispy bacon and you’re in for a big, juicy delight of a meal here. This bacon pineapple burger ain’t complicated but it’s hard to nail perfectly and, thankfully, the guys at Burger Home do just that.
Beets, feta and pumpkin superbowl at Pret A Manger
We say superbowl, you think of American football. But this superbowl is served up by Pret and packed with enough energy to fuel a gridiron player. The beets and feta variety is our fave. The base of quinoa and rice mix comes layered with a combination of spinach, roasted beetroot slices and sweet roasted pumpkin. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up meal without trashing your wallet, touchdown in Pret this lunchtime.
Baked cheese tart at Bake
Bake’s baked cheese tart comes all the way from Hokkaido, Japan, to tantalise our tastebuds. The crusty dark brown dough is filled with a creamy cheese mousse that is soft and silky in texture. And the egg, wheat and milk flavours are complimented by a tinge of saltiness. Irresistible.
Hokkaido milk pudding at Milk Top
Hokkaido milk is famous for its rich, creamy, almost vanilla-ish taste. Symbolised by its 3.6 percent fat content, any dairy product made with this stuff is good for you. Taste the original and unadulterated milky flavour at Milk Top or get it in a plethora of varieties such as matcha, strawberry and cookies and cream.
Steamed milk dessert at Yee Shun Dairy Company
The double-boiled milk pudding at this local favourite cha chaan teng has become iconic over the years. The smooth creamy milk arrives at an almost lip-searing temperature. It’s an authentic experience. Not to mention, tasty too.
Cart noodles at Wing Kee Noodle
Cart noodles aren’t a fussy affair, but they’re a tasty one. The noodles are drenched in broth with tons of goodies thrown in. At Wing Kee, there are three variations including chicken wings, pig skin and pig’s blood.
Rose lychee cupcake at Twelve Cupcakes
Baking fresh handmade cupcakes from scratch daily, Twelve Cupcakes provides an array of choices tailor-made to suit all tastes. The cookies and cream is a delight but we love the rose lychee cupcake. The floral and fruity flavours complement each other perfectly and is always a popular choice.
Calbee crisps and ice cream at Okashi Galleria x Calbee Plus
Just one of Lee Tung Avenue’s Japanese imports, this place should need no introduction. There’s just something so wrong, it’s right when it comes to combining fresh crisps and soft serve, smothered with chocolate sauce. Calbee has created a ‘typhoon shelter spicy wavy’ flavour just for Hong Kong. Flavoured with just the right amount of kick, this is one guilty pleasure not to miss.
The best cheap eats in Kowloon:
Pan fried beef buns at Islam Food
People come from all corners of Hong Kong for a helping of these Islamic ‘beef burgers’. The ground-up beef is finely seasoned and oozing with delicious meat juices. Cheap as chips ($38 for two) and tasty as hell if you are willing to wait in line.
Turkey kidney skewers at Fei Jie
Street food is a staple in Hong Kong cuisine but few compare to this popular local vendor. While Fie Jie offers expected options like cuttlefish balls and soy-braised snacks, the menu is famed for its more unusual yet insanely delicious skewers. Namely turkey kidney and pig offal. It may not sound appetising but throw on some sweet sauce and a dash of mustard and you’ll know why there’re long queues every day. Prices vary, but usually, you can get three skewers for less than $30.
Egg sandwich at Australia Dairy Company
What’s so special about an egg sandwich? Ah, this one comes from the Australia Dairy Company cha chaan teng in Jordan and contains the best scrambled eggs in the city. Always just the right balance of runny and creamy textures, and chock full of rich yolky notes, you can get this in a set meal for different prices throughout the day.
Salmon musubi at Hana-musubi
This salmon musubi is the best quick, cheap lunch or dinner on the go. Grab it if you’re rushing around in Lai Chi Kok or near any of Hana-musubi’s branches in the city. The cheap and cheerful rice ball that’s stuffed with a generous sliver of salmon can certainly tide you over until suppertime.
Uni hand roll at 勁回味 (Tasty Reminiscence)
A typical uni hand roll can cost up to $100 in high-end restaurants. But not at this popular Kowloon spot. Indulge in a delectable, melt-in-your-mouth version of the Japanese classic for less than half the price here. And despite being cheap in price, this doesn’t skimp on quality. The sea urchin boasts a smooth custard-like texture that’s tucked in rice and wrapped in top-tier crunchy seaweed. Uni-d to try it.
The best cheap eats in New Territories:
Dumplings at 婆婆家餃子館 (Grandma’s Dumplings)
Some say that good things come in small packages. This is definitely true for Grandma’s Dumplings and, no, we don’t mean any innuendo there. This fab restaurant in Tai Wai, in the New Territories, boasts small-but-hearty beauties. The dumpling wrappings are thin and tender, and the fillings are well balanced with meat and vegetables. Get them fried or boiled and served with a delicious broth.
Lolly waffle at Haru & P
The lolly waffle at Haru & P in Kwai Fong is big in size and big in heart with a glorious range of flavours. A range of different toppings and icings make the lollies shine, plus there are some fab seasonal toppings on offer too. Haru & P’s maple-syrup waffle is a supreme winner, as is the chocolate variety.
Beef and egg claypot rice at Chan Hon Kee
Tai Po is a top place to go for excellent cheap eats. And you know it’s a good sign when the crowds line up outside a restaurant on a daily basis just for one type of dish. At Chan Hon Kee, they queue in their droves for the claypot rice. There’s a big selection to choose from but the sirloin beef and egg variety is this eatery’s star. Enjoy the juicy meat alongside just the right amount of egg. Open from 6pm daily, dine and devour this sizzling neighbourhood favourite.
Chilli dog at Burger Deli
We know, we know. This place is best known for its burgers but the scrumptious hotdogs shouldn’t be overlooked. You can’t go wrong with this no-frills chilli dog. A plump sausage snuggled inside a warm, squishy bun that’s smothered in mouthwatering chilli con carne is a veritable protein on protein meal. It’s a messy ordeal to eat but the pairing of sauce, sausage and bun should keep you coming back for more. Simple, cheap and delicious as hell.
Shrimp roe noodles with wontons at Ping Kee Noodles
Thin noodles served with generous amounts of shrimp roe, beef balls and wontons in a full bowl of soup. Squeeze your way into the perpetually busy Tai Po Market to get a taste of this eatery’s signature dish that exemplifies comfort food. The smell of dried shrimp powder stimulates the appetite. And, when you dig in, the umami flavours satisfy your palate.
Meaty bao at Couple And The Bao
Solid takeaway sandwiches are the order of the day at Couple and the Bao, although the name uses some artistic license as the bread used is toasted ciabatta. With fillings of slow-cooked pork belly, fried pork chops and boneless chicken wings, amongst others, these are some meaty baguettes, and at around $50 a piece they’re a decent choice for a snack.
Ice cream brownie at Fooody
This chillaxed spot is perhaps the best kept secret in the industrial area of Fo Tan. Spacious, with vintage furniture and homeware scattered around the eatery, it feels like some sort of private members-only club. Claim a sofa, buy yourself a cuppa and soak up the live music during the weekend. Oh, and don’t forget to try the ice cream brownie for the perfect sugar rush! Nothing beats ice cream on a brownie, particularly at this price.
Chocolate and Honey Stars egg waffle at More Eggettes
Egg waffles are a Hong Kong classic and More Eggettes is where the classic becomes the iconic, providing a delicious twist on egg waffles. The eatery combines chocolate and Honey Stars into the mix. You read that right. The kid’s favourite cereal is added on the surface of each ‘bubble’, giving the soft and gooey waffle a satisfying crunch. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
Soy sauce chicken rice at 百寶雞 (Eight Treasure Chicken)
Many restaurants in Hong Kong serve up an unfair chicken-to-rice ratio. Basically, by the time you’re done munching down the meat, you’re left with a huge portion of leftover rice. But at Tai Wai’s Eight Treasure Chicken, you get extremely generous portions of soy sauce-marinated and braised pieces of chook with a perfectly proportional amount of rice. A cheap eat treasure. Eight of them, in fact.
When it comes to hotdogs, Yuen Long doesn’t immediately comes to mind, but thanks to Hotdog Brothers, they are changing up the food scene with their signature meaty hotdogs. Options worth trying are the barbecue pulled pork ($48) and the Mega Cheese ($46) – melted from four different cheese. Make it a full meal and order up some mozzarella sticks and onion rings.
Wooden bucket chicken at 老香港大碗飯 (Old Hong Kong Rice Bowl)
Right inside the hub of a cooked food centre in Fo Tan, this down-to-earth restaurant serves amazing Qingyuan (northwestern Guangdong) cuisine, including the must-have wooden bucket chicken. You get a whole bird that’s boiled in a similar way to Cantonese style but in an amazing marinade and then cut up into pieces, as well as some cucumber slices, a bowl of soup and rice. Incredible. Feed the brood or pig out on your own.
E-fu noodles at O Veggie
One of the social enterprise restaurants under non-profit organisation Gingko House, O Veggie encourages senior employment with the aim of serving farm-to-table organic grub. The menu includes a great variety of pan-Asian food as well as Western vegetarian cuisine. The knockout cheap dish here is the e-fu noodles, which are Cantonese flat egg noodles. They come with assorted mushrooms and taste delightful and nutritious.
Wonton noodles at Ho To Tai Noodle Shop
A Yuen Long institution, Ho To Tai has been banging out steaming bowls of noodle soup for 70 years. The noodles, soups and wontons are all handmade on the premises, and are among some of the best in the territory. Its low prices and quality cooking have earned Ho To Tai Bib Gourmand status in the Michelin guide, especially for the wonton noodles ($28).
Banana chocolate waffle at Uchi Coffee
There are good desserts and then there are sinfully good desserts. Uchi’s banana chocolate waffle is an example of just such a superior treat. It’s an artful construction of banana slices, almond flakes, powdered sugar and rich chocolate syrup, all on a fluffy waffle.
Double-cheese hotdog at Canapés Room
Hidden away on the third floor of an industrial building in Fo Tan, Canapés Room welcomes you with its unexpected earth tone interiors. And then you’re welcomed by an unexpectedly impressive, given the bargain price, melted double-cheese hotdog. The dog is big, it’s dripping with cheese and it’s super-moreish. It’s also only served during the afternoon, though. Top it off with a 62°C hot spring egg if you’re feeling messy.
The best cocktails in Hong Kong
Boozing might not be cheap in Hong Kong, but after all those cheap eats, you’ll have some change for cocktails. Check out our ultimate guide to Hong Kong’s best cocktails.
Hong Kong on the Cheap // How Not To Blow Your Wad In Hong Kong (it’s a poker term)
How Not To Blow Your Wad In Hong Kong (it’s a poker term)
The 2nd most expensive city in Asia, but there are plenty of ways to budget travel Hong Kong.
While Hong Kong is generally raved about, it’s not typically a backpacker stop, mainly because it’s too damn expensive. I’ve seen a lot of lists putting it in the top five most expensive places to live in the world. Even worse, it’s the 2nd most expensive place to drink beer in the world.
Oh my god! Why would anyone even want to go to such a hellish place?
This guide will help you fill your days with unforgettable but inexpensive (many free) things to do. I’ll hook you up with incredible food for great prices. And I’ll even let you in on how to drink a beer, with a breathtaking view, for only $1.50 USD.
Transportation Hong Kong on the Cheap
The Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, and one of the best. It’s an impressive terminal that’s organized and has convenient transportation going in and out.
Coming from China – Shenzhen Bao’an Airport
You might be able to save yourself some money by flying into China’s bordering city, but there is more hassle involved. First off, you need a Chinese visa to arrive here so this is probably only going to work for you if you are coming from somewhere in China.
In the arrival hall, find desk A08 or B04, you can buy bus tickets there for about 90 RMB. The buses leave every half hour and takes around 100 minutes (depending on the border wait).
A cheaper (about 52 HKD) but longer (2 hours) option is to take the Metro system. Shenzhen Metro line 1 goes from the airport to Luohu station (about an hour ride). From there, walk the long corridor to the border gate. When you get through, you can jump on Hong Kong’s East Rail Line all the way downtown to Hung Hom.
When you arrive in terminal 1, I suggest setting yourself up for convenience and savings by purchasing an Octopus Card. This magic card can be used on public transit, in convenience stores, at vending machines, even McDonald’s accepts it. It can be bought at any Metro station, including the one at the airport. You’ll see a desk that sells tickets to the Airport Express train, you can get the card here (and return it there if you are leaving Hong Kong via the airport).
At that same desk, you can purchase a train ticket to Kowloon (downtown Hong Kong) for 90 HKD. The train is the quickest way to get downtown (20 minutes), but not the cheapest or the most beautiful.
I prefer the bus. Not only are they less expensive (10-40 HKD), but they also go over the 7th longest suspension bridge in the world, and past Hong Kong’s impressive shipping port.
A complete list of buses can be found on the airport website.
If you’re not sure which bus to take, you can do a public transit directions search in Google Maps. Bus A21 is great for getting to downtown Kowloon. It goes to Hung Hom Station via Nathan Road, past Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui stations. The cost is 33 HKD and it operates from 6AM until midnight.
Getting Around Hong Kong
The public transit system in Hong Kong is extensive. It has to be, 90% of daily journeys in the autonomous territory are via public transit. The population density of the Mong Kok area is 130,000 people per square kilometer. That’s 3 times larger than the population density of Manila (the most densely populated city in the world), so it’s very important to keep people moving. The escalators in Hong Kong are faster, the trains run faster (they can because there are less stops), and the trains are more frequent. I’m not going to list all of the various bus, train, boat, tram options available in Hong Kong, but they’re all conveniently mapped out in Google Maps, so wherever you want to go you should be able to find a way by using the directions feature.
The best tip I can give you regarding public transit is to get the above-mentioned Octopus Card. It’s another example of keeping people moving in an efficient manner. Again, they can be purchased at any Metro station and can be topped up at most convenience stores. When you are finished with the card, you can return it to any Metro station and you’ll receive your deposit back. Overall, its going to save you money and time.
For more information about Hong Kong’s transportation system, read through Wikipedia’s article on it.
Hotels Hong Kong on the Cheap
In the thick mob of people and towering high-rises, you can’t expect to find a large room for a good price. Many budget travelers head to Chungking Mansions Tower, where you’ll have plenty of opportunity to buy drugs as you make your way to one of the 80 guesthouses.
If you want to stay in this downtown area, which is a great central spot, I suggest heading down the street to Mirador Mansions (54-56B Nathan Rd). It’s a bit safer, less jungle like, and just as inexpensive.
We stayed at Tai Wah Boutique Hostel, which is tiny but clean and sufficient.
If you prefer to be a bit further north, I found the best option in Mong Kok to be the Royal Palace Hotel. It’s not exactly a palace, but it will do.
There are only a few budget places on Hong Kong Island. In my opinion, Homy Inn North Point is the best of them. While I like the fact that the name kind of looks like it says Horny Inn, the real appeal to this place is it’s North Point location. If you are looking to hang out on Hong Kong Island for most of your trip, this might be the best budget option.
You can also browse Airbnb for a place to stay. There are some unique ones, and some locations that you won’t find on sites like Agoda. If you sign up using my link, I think there’s a discount or something… maybe only I get credit. I dunno. But it won’t cost you any extra and I’ll feel good about myself.
Things To Do Hong Kong on the Cheap
Discover Hong Kong has put out a series of self-guided walking tours that are easy to follow, informative, and free. You can combine a few of them to fill up an entire day, or plan them around other activities in the city.
You can also check out the self-guided Hong Kong walking tours on Walkli. They’re made by locals who provide insider knowledge, often taking you to lesser known places.
There are a lot of things in Hong Kong that will make you say, “that looks culturally and/or historically significant”. These tours will help you figure out what it is and why you should care.
Exploring Hong Kong Island
Explore the many Neighborhoods
While a walking tour with historic facts is great, sometimes you don’t want to be told why you should like something. Plus, it’s good to get out of the downtown and away from the swarms of people. Luckily, HK has some neighborhoods that are laid back but still filled with stuff to do, see, and enjoy.
- Stanley is a beautiful bay area that’s pretty popular with tourists. You can stroll the Stanley Market, a traditional street market that’s usually cheaper than anything downtown. There’s also a large promenade that offers great spots to sit for eating, drinking, and chillaxing. If you prefer man-made beauty, the colonial architecture of Murray House will impress you. It has shops, restaurants, and cafes that overlook the water. It’s also one of the oldest public buildings (a former quarters for officers of the British Army) in Hong Kong, however, it was originally built in Hong Kong’s business district and actually taken apart and moved to Stanley. Food and drink will cost more here, so you might want to consider filling up at the Stanley food market.
About a 20 minute walk south will take you to Saint Stephen’s Beach, where you can go for a dip or just relax in the sun.
- Sha Tin is north of the downtown, but just a short Metro ride away. There are a few cool spots by the river there, but I had the most fun exploring the hills around Pai Tau village, where you’ll find the Po Fook Hill columbarium and the incredible 10,000 Buddha Monastery. Read this post for all the details about visiting Pai Tau, an off-the-beaten-path gem in Hong Kong.
- For a laid back town-like atmosphere, Tai Po is your hook up. You can get here by taking the East Rail Line to Tai Po Market station. Not far from the station is the wet market, which is worth walking through. Head to the top floor if you are hungry.
Tai Po Wet MarketJust a short ways from the market is the Hong Kong Railway museum. There you will be able to walk through classic trains, some of which stopped at the station where the museum now sits. The oldest is a 3rd class coach from a 1911 steam train.
The lookout tower in Yuen Shin ParkLeaving the train museum, head up Yan Hing street to the Lam Tsuen river where you can turn right onto a riverside path. Following that (you’ll need to cross the river at some point), you’ll not only get a look at fishermen and some unique birds, but you’ll also end up at Yuen Shin Park. The park is very well designed and has a ton of cool features, but the best has to be the lookout tower with has a spiraling platform that takes you to amazing views. The tower was built to commemorate the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China.
Museums and Art
There’s a museum for everyone in Hong Kong. The larger ones – like the history, art, and space museums – cost 10 HKD to enter. Many of the smaller ones are completely free. I spent a couple hours at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, which had a free Bruce Lee exhibit that was fantastic.
List of museums in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Markets
I love me a market, and Hong Kong has a bunch of unique ones that will keep your camera clicking.
Temple Street Night Market
Almost all tourists visit Temple Street Night Market, a fairly typical night market in Asia where you can buy mostly-crap items and eat a tasty dinner.
On the Pottinger street stairs, there’s a group of booths that are dedicated to playing dress-up. It’s a costume market, where you’ll find all sorts of weird and fun things to hide your shame with (and create new shame).
This picture tells most of the story: Lots of plastic bags filled with water and a fish. I watched a lady trying to patch up a pinhole with tape for about 4 minutes. It may have been the highlight of the trip.
The floral smells and colors are the reason to come to this Mong Kok market. It’s open from 9:30AM-7:30PM. If you want to buy something, the best deals will be on the flowers that are in season, which is easy to tell because there will be a ton of them.
Yuen Po Bird Garden
Right beside the flower market, up on the hill, is this bird market. Cages upon cages of birds will chirp the soundtrack to your visit as you browse the selection of species. Watch for large masses of crickets, grubs, and other tasty bird eats. I wouldn’t say this market was for animal lovers. It’s definitely more bird penitentiary than aviary. I even saw a dead bird being eaten by other birds.
Jade in every shape and color you can think of. Even if you aren’t shopping, take a walk through this indoor market. If you are buying, be very careful not to get scammed. Do your research ahead of time. I found the vendors here a bit pushy. One grabbed Sara’s arm when she tried to walk by. That’s not cool. Don’t mess with Sara.
Map of Hong Kong Markets
Eating Hong Kong on the Cheap
Instead of recommending a pile of restaurants, I’m going to give you a tool. It’s that whole teach a village to fish thing…
OpenRice proved invaluable to us. When you’re suddenly hungry after walking around for hours, the worst thing is searching for a restaurant that’s both decent-looking, serves food you want, and is affordable. OpenRice is basically Hong Kong’s version of Yelp. It has 40,000 Hong Kong restaurants on it. If you click the little map symbol next to the search bar, you can set the map to show you restaurants in your area. Filter them by price to instantly become an amazing budget food discoverer.
Budget Gourmet in Hong Kong
If you’re a food lover like we are, you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks for a meal that will knock your special binging socks off (the ones you wear when you go to a buffet cause they stretch a bit more… no?). Lucky for you, the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurant is in Hong Kong. I’ll say that again, but this time in title-form…
The World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant
Tim Ho Wan has several locations around Hong Kong. They’re all pretty much the awesome-ist, so don’t worry about going to the original (which isn’t even in its original location). Just make sure you order the BBQ pork buns.
Street Food in Hong Kong
Every budget travelers favorite meal is served from a booth, cart, or from a window. Hong Kong has a reputation for street food, but the scene is changing quickly. In 2005, there were 1075 contracts for fixed-position hawkers. That number dropped to 233 in 2011. The government is trying to take away our food!! Actually, they recognize the importance of street food in Hong Kong but they want to keep it safe, hygienic, and they don’t want vendors clogging up the flow of pedestrian traffic. That being said, you won’t have any problems finding Hong Kong’s street specialties: fish balls, egg waffles, stinky tofu, fried squid, roasted sweet potatoes, and tons of meat-on-a-stick.
An absolute must-try is the roasted meat that seemingly hangs at every corner. It’s sometimes referred to as Chinese BBQ, but the official name is siu mei which means roast or burn taste. Its players are all future hall-of-famers.
A lady ordering some siu meiChar siu might be the most famous. It’s the red pork, usually a shoulder cut, that’s been roasted in a honey, 5 spice, soy sauce, hoisin sauce combo.
The pork with the crispy skin is siu yuk. You’ve never had pork skin this good. It’s crispy like glass and saltily delicious. Siu yuk is made from the pig’s belly, the same as bacon, so it’s quite fatty (which is great for my mouth but not my blood pressure).
It’s hard not to notice the roast duck or siu ngaap that hangs from the windows, head and all. If you’ve had roasted Chinese goose, this is basically the same thing, but in Hong Kong it’s much easier to keep ducks. Either way, these birds are incredibly juicy and flavorful.
White cut chicken or baat cit gai is probably the least appealing of the group, but I assure you it is delectable. The chicken is cooked in a salty broth that’s usually seasoned with generous helpings of ginger. It comes with a ginger, scallion, and oil (or sometimes chicken fat) sauce.
Lastly, we have si yao gai or soy sauce chicken. It’s not difficult to figure out what this will taste like. Expect juicy meat with a salty soy flavor.
When ordering siu mei, you can get just the meat or get an order with rice (and usually a couple stalks of bok choy). This is a cheap takeaway lunch (around $3) that can be mind boggling delicious. We feasted on this stuff many times in Hong Kong.
Take out at the hotel. From left to right: siu ngaap, char siu, and siu yuk.
Drinking Hong Kong on the Cheap
While there are many fantastic bars in Hong Kong, I just can’t physically pay more than $7 for a beer.
I just can’t. I’ve tried. I’m thinking it’s a problem with my central nervous system – some kind of a Tourette’s syndrome that’s triggered by getting ripped off. I’d get it checked out, but the doctors charge so much nowadays.
Lan Kwai Fong is the bar district on Hong Kong Island. It is THE place to be… but only if you’ve got a nice big fat wad. Which is really unfortunate, cause I really wanted to hangout in some LKF bars, with business dudes and their giant wads.
The alternative may upset you, but it’ll save you money and it’s less taboo than you think.
Club 7-Eleven is becoming one of the more popular places to drink in the city. While they don’t have chairs or even an area to stand really, what they do have is a selection of beers that are reasonably priced, and over 900 locations in Hong Kong.
Of course, I’m talking about the convenience store.
Because alcohol is so expensive, people drink in the streets more in Hong Kong. It’s not unusual to see groups sitting in a park with a bunch of beers, or even outside of clubs in the bar district. Some people say it’s a problem, it’s causing underage drinking, and it’s ruining the LKF vibe. Those people own bars, and they wouldn’t have a problem with it if they were selling as many $10 beers as they used to. Personally, I love it — and not just because I’m a cheap bastard.
A great place to casually drink a cold one.The best place I cracked a beer in Hong Kong was along the waterfront by the ferry piers on Hong Kong Island.
You can get beer in convenience stores in the pier buildings. You’ll also find bathrooms there. If you want a craft beer, there’s actually a booth in pier 3 and 4 that sells what I’ve been told is the cheapest craft beer on tap in the city. There are some great spots to sit along the waterway while you watch the boats come in and out, the sun go down, and the city light up.
On the other-side of Victoria Harbour, there are a ton of areas to park yourself and watch that little ball of fire comedown. Just be aware that the nightly light show starts at 8:00PM, and the area gets packed around that time for about an hour.
90,000 Hong Kong Food – Life Blog
Since the cost per square meter of housing in Hong Kong is very high, people’s apartments are very small, respectively, Hong Kongers do not have such kitchens that we are used to seeing in our apartment buildings, in fact they do not really need them, since the entire population eats in catering establishments.
Honestly, we began to focus on the topic of “eating in Hong Kong” only after the second trip to this interesting city.There are a lot of cafes and restaurants in Hong Kong, for every taste and budget. But sometimes the search for inexpensive cafes can be somewhat delayed, especially in popular tourist areas, for example, on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront or in the downtown Hong Kong.
We were surprised by the almost complete absence of food courts in shopping centers, various cafes in the malls are scattered across the floors. Directly in the city, there are venues arranged on the principle of food courts, prices are low there, but we could not overpower ourselves and eat there, since, in our opinion, the cleanliness in these establishments, to put it mildly, leaves much to be desired.One of these was very close to our Ibis hotel, it is called Queen’s Street Cooked Food Market and the photos outside the entrance look very tempting, especially if you have a good appetite, but inside we categorically did not like it – everything is so untidy, not very clean … I don’t know, Perhaps this is because we entered late in the evening and after numerous visitors there simply did not have time to clean up, but it would be necessary to check again in the morning or in the afternoon.
Signboard of a small food court
Fast food lovers will definitely not stay hungry in Hong Kong, McDonald’s and the like are very common, and the quality of their products there is much higher than Russian, this is not only my subjective observation, the same opinion was met in reviews from many tourists.In addition to Chinese, Japanese, Korean cuisine, there are a lot of Italian cafes in Hong Kong. Moreover, all of them can be either in a single copy or a representative of a large network, for example, American McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King, Subway, KFC, Japanese Genki Sushi, Yoshinoya, Sushi express, some Singapore Food Republic food courts and Toast Box cafes … all there is no way to list here. Of course, the bulk of small cafes represent various Asian cuisine – Hong Kong, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese … in short, absolutely the entire region of Southeast Asia is represented.
By the way, tips are not accepted in Goknong. , more precisely, they will already be included in the final bill. When you pay, you will see “Service Charge” in the check, usually in the amount of 10% of the order – this is tip, it turns out, you leave it in any case, and it is not very customary to give something else from above, but if that’s all If you really liked it, then you can give it ( it is unlikely that someone will actively resist ).
To assess the level of tourism services in Hong Kong, the QTS (Quality Tourism Service) system was developed.Catering establishments, shops and hotels that meet high requirements receive a special distinction, and if you see one, for example, in a cafe, you can be absolutely sure of its quality.
For the convenience of residents and guests of Hong Kong there is an excellent website https://www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/restaurants, here you can choose an institution by its type, location, cuisine offered , by name, see the description, the size of the average check, read reviews, see photos of the interior, food and menu.A very useful resource, which, by the way, can be used in other Asian cities as well – just select a region from the drop-down list, then the desired city.
A tab with a selection of restaurants on openrice.com
The big problem to eat in Hong Kong is created … by the Hong Kongers themselves! As I said, they prefer to eat in the city, so in the morning, at lunchtime and at the end of the working day, there are unrealistic queues at almost any “food” establishment.This is just a nightmare! Several times we tried so unsuccessfully to eat, but we could not stand the long line, and there were many cafes around, and everywhere there were crowds of local comrades. This is by no means a complaint about the Hong Kongers, just such a feature that a tourist needs to know.
Hong Kong, although not Japan, but certainly lovers of sushi, sashimi and rolls will feel great here. A huge number of Japanese cafes and restaurants are complemented by stalls at most subway stations, where you can buy takeaway sushi and supermarkets.
At one of the Genki Sushi restaurants. Classic conveyor supply, you can take any dishes that travel on the belt, the price is determined by the color of the plate, and if the transporter does not have what you want, then order from the waiter. Also a standard set on the table – powdered green tea, a faucet with boiling water, soy sauce, wasabi, sticks (in a drawer), napkins, in short, quite a standard Japanese cafe. Everything is delicious as you would expect.
Locals are very fond of the Café de Coral chain of cafes – this is something like a fast food in the Chinese version.At the stand, choose a dish ( there is a photo and a description in English ), at the checkout call its number, pay, go to the distribution with a check. It is very funny to watch the well-coordinated and lightning-fast work of the staff during the distribution – hands literally flicker over the trays, laying out the cutlery and ordered dishes. Now you have already taken your filled tray and … you can stand with it in your hands for an indefinite time, since the locals are in no hurry to empty the tables after eating. It is especially crowded in the mornings when the whole city goes to breakfast before the working day.Well, during the day in these cafes you can safely and inexpensively eat.
The sign “Café de Coral” is often found in the city
Personally, after a couple of days in Hong Kong, we looked after for breakfast Pacific Coffee cafe. This is also a large network, there is very tasty coffee ( there are very interesting options ) and fresh pastries.
And this is the Pacific Coffee sign.
There are also many of them, one of the most interesting is at Victoria Peak, there is a beautiful view of the skyscrapers from the panoramic windows of the cafe.
When we chose the Discovery Bay area, we chose one chain restaurant of Italian cuisine “il Bel Paese”, there is not too much choice and certainly not the lowest prices, but everything is very tasty, and most importantly we liked the atmosphere and very friendly service of the italian manager.
Delicious mushroom soup, grilled vegetables, awesome ice cream and great cappuccino at il Bel Paese, Discovery Bay
As you read other articles about food in Hong Kong, you will surely come across rave reviews of the simple but Michelin-starred restaurant Tim Ho Wan, who specializes in dim sum, is, relatively speaking, a Chinese version of dumplings with various fillings.The excitement around this restaurant is such that the line here does not depend on the hour, it is literally from opening to closing. I am absolutely sure that first you need to order these “dim sums” in some other cafe, where you do not have to stand in an endless queue, perhaps you will not like this dish at all, but we were not hooked at all by the “dim sums”, although we tried them a large number in different restaurants of different price categories, so we did not waste time on the promoted Tim Ho Wan.
For those looking to save , Hong Kong has great options as well.Firstly, the most popular chain of shops within walking distance “7-eleven”. There are an incredible number of them throughout the city, here you can buy full-fledged food without loading your wallet – various options for instant noodles ( can be steamed right in the store ), soups, ready-made dinners, all sorts of semi-finished products such as pizza ( everything you can warm up right here ), tea, coffee, beer, a bunch of other drinks and snacks. “7-11” is a real salvation for a tourist! We bought a variety of juices and sandwiches for breakfast in the room in Seven Ileven.The warmed-up food can be taken to the hotel, for sure one of the shops will be somewhere nearby, but you can also eat it on the street, well, not literally sitting on the sidewalk, but culturally on a bench in one of the recreation areas called “Sitting-out area” , the locals are happy and appetite for hamsters here, we did this a couple of times too, this is absolutely normal, believe me, no one will pay any attention to you.
From a distance, recognizable sign of the life-saving store
In “7-11” there are many wounds of very tasty and interesting juices and other soft drinks, surprisingly they are quite inexpensive; We drank at least a couple of bottles a day.
Another option to eat well and save on food is supermarkets. In Hong Kong, in fact, there are only two or three companies that own all the supermarkets in the city, for the sake of decency they are divided into different brands, there are very simple ones like “Wellcome”, there is somehow not very good, but there is a good chain “Fusion”, here you can buy very inexpensive ready-made dinners, but personally we literally “got hooked” on the most tender pork in some kind of awesome sauce and fried duck fillet – it’s just stunned how delicious it is.
Portion of roast duck from Fusion Supermarket; there is meat on the bones, but I recommend taking the fillet, you will not regret it!
We, as real lovers of confectionery sweets , really liked their assortment in Hong Kong. There are many small local pastry shops both in the streets of the city and representatives of world-famous pastry chefs in shopping centers ( for example, L’Eclair de Génie , LaDuree ). Almost every day we bought awesome tartlets ( for evening tea at the hotel ) in Maxim`s cakes stalls, which are at all metro stations.Also, do not miss the opportunity to try the egg tartlets, these are delicious pastries originally from Portugal, especially popular in the neighboring Macau of Hong Kong.
Our “evening set” of tartlets from Maxim`s cakes
“Anatomy” of an egg tartlet – the bakedness of the puff pastry and the tenderness of the custard are clearly visible
And about the Hong Kong waffles that are gaining popularity in our country, I even wrote a separate article.
I need to say a few words about buying fruit in Hong Kong .They practically do not grow their own fruits here, but they are brought to this rich metropolis from almost all over the world, and from neighboring Asian countries in the first place. A fairly large selection is found in street markets, in supermarkets the assortment is much smaller and prices are higher. But it so happened that we bought fruit in the evening, when we returned to the hotel and the nearest street points no longer worked, so we had to stock up in the supermarket. It is important to remember that at market points prices are indicated not per kilogram, but per pound ( legacy of the colonial English period ), that is, for 453 grams! And do not expect to see mangoes, rambutans and so on here as cheaply as, for example, in neighboring Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, after all, sellers must pay for the transportation of fruits from these countries, which affects the increase in prices.
On the picturesque small streets of Hong Kong, especially on the Kowloon Peninsula , there are many street stalls with local food , in most cases these are various fried “kebabs” from everything that can be fried. But to be honest, you either have to be a big fan of this particular food, or a desperate experimenter to try anything. The smell of Hong Kong street food is very specific, and frankly, it is unpleasant, it certainly did not cause our appetite.
There are also a lot of fried duck stalls, but an attempt to buy some duck fillet in one of them failed, since neither the seller nor any of the staff spoke English at all, and sign language did not help … a little fillet with him, the seller first chopped the duck carcass in half … then, apparently, he realized that this was not the case and chopped this half in two more … after ten minutes of fruitless dialogue, we had to quickly retreat so as not to pay for this piece of duck with bones.We made no more attempts to establish contact with the sellers of such stalls, and, as I said above, we took the most delicious duck in the Fusion supermarkets.
5 places in Hong Kong where you can eat tasty and relatively cheap
Hong Kong self-service buffet restaurants are a great chance to taste high quality food at affordable prices.
The prices below are for adults on Sunday from 12 noon to 3 noon.At the same time, on normal days, prices will be lower, and children under twelve years old are usually entitled to a 50% discount.
1. Island Shangri-La – Cafe Too
This is probably the best buffet in town. The seven cooking stations prepare every meal imaginable, from pizza to chicken curry to the freshest sushi. And all this at quite reasonable prices compared to many of Hong Kong’s high-end restaurants. But tables here need to be booked at least a week in advance.Average check – 328 Hong Kong dollars (42 USD).
Address: Pacific Place, Supreme Court Drive, Admiralty
2. Kowloon Shangri-La – Cafe Kool
This is another one of the best restaurants in terms of prices and menus. Here, the food choices are almost as impressive as the more expensive Cafe Too, albeit with a certain bias towards Chinese and Asian cuisine. But there is no need for booking. Average check – 268 Hong Kong dollars (35 USD).
Address: 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
3.Intercontinental – Habourside Restaurants
This is the most exquisite self-service restaurant in Hong Kong, where sheikhs and stars come for a glass or two of champagne, taste seafood delicacies and lighten wallets a little. The choice of dishes is very extensive, and the high prices are justified by the freshest seafood dishes, including lobster and shrimp. Here a table must be booked at least one month in advance.
Average check – 638 Hong Kong dollars (82 USD).
Address: 18, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
4.Jashan Indian Restaurant
Almost all Indian restaurants in Hong Kong have something of a buffet idea, but many can be dark, cramped and rather uncomfortable for newbies. Jashan is the perfect fusion of excellent Indian cuisine in a decent restaurant. Here, the buffet offers a choice of four or five curries, including a vegetarian option, plus a variety of side dishes. Average check – 98 Hong Kong dollars (12.6 USD).
Address: 1st Floor, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central
5.Jumbo – Top Deck
Top Deck is a relatively new addition to waterfront dining, and luckily it has moved away from traditional tourist traps. This Hong Kong restaurant has a modern design and a decent menu. The buffet here is a mix of standard Western and Asian cuisine with a special place for seafood. Taking into account champagne, Top Deck prices are quite justified.
Average check – 378 Hong Kong dollars (49 USD).
Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen
Hong Kong Street Food | VisitChina.ru
In China, as in most countries of Southeast Asia, there is a real cult of street food. You can have a quick snack literally “on the go” in almost any Chinese city, and everywhere will have their own specialties, be it Beijing baked sweet potatoes or caramelized fruits from the northern provinces. Hong Kong stands out from other Chinese cities here too, offering its own specialties and street food traditions.
Let us remind you right away that Hong Kong is a rather expensive city in everything, including street food.And most likely, a street snack will not cost you as cheaply as you would like. But you need to try street food if you want to experience the uniqueness of Hong Kong cuisine. And if you are in a hurry to get to the next attraction, then grabbing a paper bag with tasty contents on the go may be the only way not to go hungry for the next half day – in many cafes and even fast foods in Hong Kong, there are often quite long lines before you can get to the table and menu.
So here are some of Hong Kong’s classic street food:
1) Fish balls.They come in a variety of sizes. For example, ordinary (1.5-2 centimeters in diameter), “supergiant”, several times larger. They consist of a kind of homogeneous fish mass, and are released in a paper bag or a plastic cup. Super-large ones are each pricked on a separate skewer; for small ones they just give a couple of long toothpicks. The taste is specific, delicate (and actually not very reminiscent of fish as such), and quite acceptable even for those who do not like Chinese cuisine in general. A good option for a hearty snack on the go.They are sold in many places, both on the island and in the mainland of the city. Usually, next to the tray with the balls themselves, there is a couple of bowls with sauces, where they are supposed to be dipped. In a restaurant or cafe, the sauce will be served separately.
2) Egg waffles. Outwardly, they resemble bubble wrap for wrapping fragile things, not only from polyethylene, but from a delicate yellow-brown dough and pimples the size of a medium-sized plum. Right in front of you, a street vendor is pouring dough into a waffle iron, for a few minutes – and now you have a crispy sheet rolled into a tube in your hands.It costs about 20-30 Hong Kong dollars per serving. And even those who avoid dough products will not be able to resist eating this local delicacy at least once, especially when the delicate tasty smell fills the whole street!
3) Egg tartlets – they are prepared in cafes and restaurants, but they are often displayed in the window, where you can grab a few pieces and have breakfast on the go. They are delicious almost everywhere, both in expensive restaurants and in cheap street cafes. But some of the most popular are cakes from the small bakery Tai Cheong Bakery, located on the side of the bay – next to the ferry pier in the Chimsachi area and on Hong Kong Island southwest of Mid Levels escalators.By the way, the site klook.com offers
coupons for discounts in this institution, which is additionally nice.
4) Shish kebabs made from meat or seafood are also common – here Hong Kong is not much different from many other Chinese cities. For the better, they are distinguished by the freshness of the ingredients: to find stale fish or shellfish in the Hong Kong washed by the sea – you have to try hard, and the meat is always fresh. The local original dish stands apart: mushrooms – “strings” wrapped in strips of bacon and also planted on wooden skewers.
5) Also on the street windows you can find the so-called “pineapple buns” (Pineapple bun). Let the name not give rise to unnecessary expectations in you – there is no pineapple in them, but the buns are named so for their appearance: their corrugated crust is a bit like a pineapple peel. The bun, as it were, consists of two parts: the top one, the same “pineapple peel”, consists of a hard dough that resembles a cookie; and the bottom is a slice of fluffy Chinese bread. In restaurants, they can be filled with filling, and then, for example, the famous delicious pork buns are obtained – buns with pork filling.
6) They offer street cafes and a variety of broths, usually with noodles, and ready-made meals. Calling it “street food” is no longer quite appropriate, because it is difficult to eat a bowl of broth on the go – therefore, cafes sometimes put small tables and chairs right on the street, on which local people mix with tourists for breakfast or dinner. If you want to eat something ready-made on the road or at the hotel, then numerous food courts and shops offer a wide range of ready-made meals – from excellent quality rolls and sushi to fish or meat with a side dish, which can be simply reheated in the microwave.Some shops offer a “have a snack right here” service – they will heat up your chosen ready-made dish or pour boiling water over the noodles and provide you with a small table. Oh yes, right there for lunch or dinner you can buy beer at a store price. Those who have seen beer prices even in inexpensive Hong Kong cafes will appreciate this opportunity. This is probably the most budget-friendly way to eat in expensive Hong Kong.
It should be noted that if in most cafes and restaurants you can get a menu in English, then on the street you cannot count on such an opportunity.At the counters where semi-finished products are sold and the shopkeepers themselves immediately prepare your choice for you, you will have to use sign language (unless, of course, you speak Chinese, and its Cantonese dialect). However, there are few cooking methods: frying, steaming or deep-fried. But be careful – not every dish may suit your taste – especially for soups with giblets and various offal.
Despite the sometimes dubious appearance of street cafes, you should not be particularly concerned about your health – all food preparation points, from a lone trader with a tray to the most expensive restaurants, are periodically checked by the local licensing department.At the slightest violation of sanitation, the institution will be instantly closed. Therefore, snacking on the street in Hong Kong is pretty safe. And if you are still afraid for your stomach, then visit a cafe or restaurant, since there are a lot of them, for every taste and almost every wallet – from restaurants with prices of thousands of dollars per dish and to no less delicious cafes with fixed prices of 20 – HK $ 30 for a lovely wonton or beef noodle broth. Hong Kong will gladly feed you, and it will always be of high quality and tasty, just decide what exactly you want to try and what budget you should focus on.
Mecca for gourmets :: Impressions :: RBK Style
The point is not even that in this former British colony there are more than twenty thousand restaurants, restaurants, cafes and eateries of all kinds and stripes. Hong Kong has a true cult of food in the highest sense of the word.
Everyone eats here, all the time and everywhere – on the streets, in markets, in business centers, in hotels, in museums.To an outside observer, thinking in simple categories of Western fast food, it may sometimes seem that local residents are completely indifferent to what is on their plate. The main thing is to be fast and cheap. But this impression is completely misleading. The Chinese are well versed in food. You can’t fool them on bad noodles. You can’t lure anyone into an institution where food is tasteless, and it doesn’t matter what the price tag is. In other words, gourmand is the same inalienable historical and cultural reality of China as the Great Wall, Confucianism, or the clay army of Qin Shih Huang.
Unlike Europe or North America, the appearance of a catering establishment in Hong Kong means absolutely nothing. The most shabby shop with an eternal crowd inside and long queues outside, guttural screams of damp waiters and poor kitchen hoods can easily end up in the Michelin guide, but any restaurant that is correct by Western standards will not receive such an honor.
ALPHA AND OMEGA
It is best to start your acquaintance with Hong Kong cuisine from … the market.There are several of them in the city, but the assortment is about the same: a variety of fish and seafood, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits. Fresh, dried, smoked, salted. And also a whole host of varieties of rice, noodles, spices and herbs. The only exceptions are markets dedicated exclusively to seafood. But they, as a rule, are located at some distance from the city – in the so-called New Territories, in the place of old fishing villages.
When you see with your own eyes what exactly is on the counter, you begin to better understand the logic of local taste.In Chinese cuisine, as in any ancient gastronomic tradition, natural preservation products play a huge role. Those that can be stored for a very long time without a refrigerator. First of all, various sea reptiles (including sea cucumber and jellyfish), as well as fruits, less often meat, are used. It is curious that the locals do not even neglect the fruit skin. Moreover, they find a special gastronomic aesthetic in this. Perhaps, only this circumstance can explain the presence on the counter, for example, of such a strange product as … dried orange peels over forty years old.They say that properly brewed, they give the drink amazing shades of taste, and also make it incredibly healing.
Here, in the market, you should definitely try the local fast food – noodles, dim sum and especially fresh steamed buns with various fillings. All of these dishes are extremely easy to prepare. But the seasoned gastronomic traveler knows that in Hong Kong, there can be a chasm between noodles and noodles. Therefore, in search of even the simplest, but properly prepared street food, sometimes you have to wave off half the city.
THE RIGHT CHOICE
For dim sum, it makes sense to go to Tim Ho Wan . The ones with shrimps and pork are especially tasty here. The establishment was opened by Makom Pui Gore, the former chef of the legendary three-star Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant is extremely democratic. But here you can enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine at absolutely ridiculous prices. Mr. Mack does not fundamentally increase the price tag in order to retain thousands of regular customers from nearby homes and from around the world.The success of the first establishment was so great that the chef opened three more, and all three are just as wildly popular.
Cantonese duck is excellent cooked at Yat Lok . This place is recommended for visiting by a Michelin guide, and, admittedly, quite rightly. But there is one feature that the guide does not report. Approximately 60-70 birds are cooked in the kitchen during the day. It is very difficult to cook more without clearly compromising the quality. And no matter how shabby the look of this restaurant may be, its owners have very strict notions of culinary honor.Therefore, the main dish ends already at about nine in the evening. But apart from duck, Yat Lok has something to feast on. For example, chicken stewed in the oven or roasted pork slices that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. As a side dish, they will be offered chuka seaweed with sesame seeds, miyok or kale with various sauces – sweet soy or fermented tofu. It also serves an original variety of noodles. It is much thicker than usual, and looks like glass.
But if we are talking about noodles, then in the seven-million-strong metropolis, there are few places where it is cooked with such art as in a tiny eatery Mak’s Noodle , lost in the winding streets of Hong Kong island.Better to start with noodles in broth with shrimp dumplings. Then you can go to a similar “wet” version, but with beef. Next comes the turn of the so-called “dry” noodles. In this case, the meat is laid out directly on the noodles, and the broth (low-fat, perfectly transparent, with invariable green onion feathers) is served separately, but it will certainly be present. The “dry” version with tender veal cheeks is very interesting.
Properly cooked noodles are usually tangled into one large ball.Trying to get several threads out of it without compromising the overall structure is a hopeless task. You have to bite off in parts, helping yourself with chopsticks and a small spoon. But local residents are not annoyed at all, on the contrary. Indeed, according to Chinese beliefs, the longer and thicker the noodles in the plate, the longer and richer a person’s life.
THE TASTE AND COLOR OF COMRANDS NO
As a rule, fast food establishments in Hong Kong are focused on a small group of the most in-demand products or dishes.In search of other, more exotic, but equally traditional specialties, you will have to run around the city. These include, first of all, turtle jelly and millennial eggs. You can find them in special shops or in good restaurants, but not everywhere.
Excellent tortoiseshell jelly has been made in the shop Kung Lee for three generations. This dish is prepared, of course, not from the turtle, but from the shell, and its lower part. The crushed shell is digested for a long time along with the herbs.The result is a fairly hard jelly-like mass of dark brown color with a specific bitter-spicy taste. It is somewhat reminiscent of our liquorice marmalade. They say it’s a very useful thing. It is eaten with sugarcane syrup. This is if according to the rules. And if not, then ordinary condensed milk will do.
But “millennial” eggs, it seems, have no even remote analogs in European gastronomy. The dish is indeed very specific both in terms of cooking technology and taste.Eggs, usually duck eggs (although the use of chicken and even quail eggs is allowed), are first coated with a mixture of tea, lime, soy, ash and clay, then rolled into rice husks or straw, placed in baskets and buried in the ground for several months. There, without access to air, the process of fermentation, or, if you will, decay, takes place. After the expiration of the prescribed period, the protein becomes elastic and translucent, turning into a dark brown jelly, and the yolk acquires a creamy dark gray color with a greenish tint and a characteristic ammonia aroma.In taste, it vaguely resembles blue cheese, although it has a much softer texture. Millennial eggs do not need additional cooking. They are cut into slices and served as a stand-alone snack.
Another popular Hong Kong delicacy is jellyfish. The most valuable part of it from a gastronomic point of view is the head (what is under the “cap” -the body and from where the “legs” -the tentacles grow). It is neutral in taste, but in consistency it resembles cartilage, crunching appetizingly in the mouth.Jellyfish are gentle creatures. Anything can destroy them – awkward treatment, sunlight. They are caught in the fall, usually at night, with a bamboo (not metal!) Knife, the tentacles are cut off, trying not to hurt the body, and sent to a special saline solution for three months. After that, the jellyfish are ready to eat. They are pre-soaked, peeled and cut into slices, and then quickly – less than a minute – they are cooked in a wok. In essence, that’s all. It turns out a light and very healthy dish with a high content of iodine and various microelements.Jellyfish are eaten directly, dipped in soy sauce, or added to a variety of salads.
However, the gastronomic image of Hong Kong is not only shaped by the establishments with traditional street food and exotic specialties. With haute cuisine here, everything is more than happy. In terms of the number of gastronomic restaurants, including those marked with Michelin stars, the city will easily give odds to the largest megacities on the planet.No joke: in 2014, as many as five Hong Kong establishments were included in the prestigious international top-100 of the best restaurants in the world according to S.Pellegrino.
Today, not only brilliant local chefs work in Hong Kong, but also their highly respected colleagues from England, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, Mexico and many other countries. In this sense, Hong Kong is undoubtedly one of the world’s recognized gastronomic capitals, where you can taste food that is very different in concept, execution and presentation.
For aesthetic gourmets who believe that food should be not only tasty, but also beautiful, a direct road to the star restaurant Ming Court (Langham Place Hotel). Chef Mango Tsang is open to experimentation and culinary innovation, but at the same time demonstrates an extremely respectful attitude towards local tradition. It is worth paying attention to silk tofu with black truffle, juicy and crispy fried Iberian pig with honey, spices and a spicy sauce of dried shrimp, magnificent dim sum with Shanghai pork and king crab and, of course, the most delicate steamed buns stuffed with duck yolk.
Those who never made it to Jason Aiterton’s London restaurant have a chance to experience his Michelin-starred cuisine at Hong Kong Aberdeen Street Social . Here guests are expected in a good sense of the word conservative combinations and impeccable presentation. Undoubted successes include ravioli with Suffold pork, cheese and pepper kidneys, fried fennel with almond puree and orange, bream with bouillabaisse and Provençal herbs, and pork with pumpkin and orange puree, pine nuts and mushrooms.
For supporters of a more democratic, but at the same time, sufficiently complex cuisine, it makes sense to defend the inevitable queue at Yardbird , led by Matt Abergail. For starters, they serve deep-fried corn ball and fried pea pods with coarse salt. As a main course, quail marinated in pepper and garlic, and a Scottish egg, and chicken kebab with soy sauce, to which sake and duck yolk are added, are also good. And for dessert, you should definitely try salted peanut ice cream.
Well, if you want a really unusual gastronomic experience, you should look into BO Innovation to the tireless experimenter Alvin Leung, owner of three Michelin stars. The menu features bold gastronomic designs such as a taro nest with quail eggs and black caviar, sausage ice cream garnished with meringue, goat cheese mousse with boiled tomato and tomato water marshmallows, or corn-fried lobster served with broth and dumplings with pork.
How to get there:
Moscow is connected to Hong Kong by direct flights operated by Aeroflot and Transaero airlines, as well as Cathay Pacific with an improved economy class, oriental tactful and attentive staff, an excellent menu and a constant glass of champagne before takeoff. Travel time excluding transfer is nine and a half hours. S7 operates direct flights from Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok and Khabarovsk.All other airlines fly with connections.
Domestic Movements: There are almost no parking lots in Hong Kong. Therefore, it is most convenient to move around the city by public transport or by taxi, which can be caught almost everywhere. It should be remembered that red taxis serve almost the entire territory of Hong Kong, with the exception of the part of Lantau Island where only blue taxis operate. Green taxis are working in the New Territories. However, you can get to the airport by car of any color.
The local currency in Hong Kong is Hong Kong dollars. 1 Hong Kong dollar = 4.5 rubles. Also in the free circulation are American dollars.
Citizens of the Russian Federation can stay in Hong Kong without a visa for 14 days. To visit mainland China, you must apply for a visa in advance.
Alexander Sidorov. Photo by the author
90,000 Hong Kong Tourist Top 10 – Selected Travels – LJ
A whole week in Hong Kong, in theory, I had to have time to see everything.Distances are short, the list of attractions is known in advance, what can go wrong? The plan itself did not go according to plan! Arriving in sunny (+20 degrees) Hong Kong after frosty (-10) Seoul my body did not like so much that I spent the first days sneezing and coughing, running from one pharmacy to another. Probably a little more and I would be ready to present the top 10 pharmacy in Hong Kong to your court, but nothing happened. The crisis is over, you can start a regular tourist survey.
Christmas school holidays start in Hong Kong on December 18, what does this mean for a normal tourist who comes to Hong Kong on this very day? Yes, in principle, nothing special, except that it is better not to go to Hong Kong at this time! And so the city crowded with people is literally bursting at all the seams: schoolchildren with their parents, Chinese shuttles with bags, tourists from all over the world with cameras.Get ready to face 3 things: queues, long queues, very long queues. Maybe because of this, Hong Kong left me with mixed impressions, everything seems to be in place, but something is still wrong. As a result, even by my overly critical standards, the travel top came out top critical. Looking ahead, I will say that in this topic you will not find two main “children’s” attractions, ie. it will not have Disneyland or Ocean Park. My travel companion said something like: “We’re too old for this shit,” so instead of amusement parks, let’s start with the main Hong Kong disappointment – with food!
So what did I know about South Chinese Cantonese Cuisine? I knew a little that they eat everything from cockroaches to jerboas there, but the fact that this particular cuisine is considered the birthplace of Chinese dumplings “Dim-Sums”. Perhaps you remember my weakness of vareniki, so it is not surprising that after the Krakow madness I thought of something similar in Hong Kong. The result was sobering, whatever you say, dim-sums, these are never dumplings! And believe me, I have tasted enough dim-sums in a week, ranging from Michelin-starred to Zabegalov’s.Perhaps I will decide on a separate dim-sum topic, for now I will say the following, with all the declared variety, boiled Chinese products (and dim-sum is not only dumplings, but also everything that is steamed) seemed to me surprisingly the same.
After a culinary paradise in Tokyo, where you can find only the most uncompromising quality in any dining room, Hong Kong eateries gave the impression of tourist rip-offs! Cheap food remained only on the outskirts in shops untouched by tourists, which, by the way, have a special name “Dai pai dong”.Dumplings with Michelin stars, hipster cafes, eateries with napkins: “We are in the list of the 101 best places in the world”, without show-offs with overpriced prices, even ordinary waffles will not be sold to you in Hong Kong! So absolutely tasteless rice with meat in lotus leaves was served as “The main dish of the evening from a star chef.”
And this despite the fact that we have not been to any really expensive restaurant! There was a thought to go and eat Peking duck in some pretentious place, but at the last moment they exchanged pathos in an expensive restaurant for the “proven quality” of Sichuan cuisine in the institution: “Monogamous”.One of the best ducks in the city, in any case, in the middle price range (price about $ 70), it turned out to be edible, but cold.
What else do you remember about Cantonese cuisine? I have not seen delicacies, shark fin soup, but soup is not for everyone, you cannot find cheaper than $ 100, let the locals eat fried chicken legs. I tasted a vigorous mixture of tea and coffee, a rare nasty thing, as well as a traditional dish: “Drunken duck” in a respectable restaurant “Paradise Dynasty”.
Inedible sushi in some local cuisine left painful memories.However, like all food in Hong Kong! Probably, I have been to the wrong places, but I cannot say where the “TE” places are. The conclusion is disappointing, in any Chinese around the corner you will get the same “authentic” Cantonese food for a more reasonable price. It was impossible to find decent food in Hong Kong without painstaking work on the Internet!
Hong Kong is famous all over the world not only for its skyscrapers, but also for its unique transport network.Remaining from colonial times relics in the form of double-decker trams and buses, one-of-a-kind street escalators, old ferries and funiculars, an ultra-modern subway sparkling with tiles. In words, this entire list looks like one big attraction, but let’s try to look objectively. What do you see in the next photo? Let me tell you, you see about 1/3 of the queue for the funicular! I honestly tried twice to climb the most famous peak in Hong Kong on the most famous “tram” – no chance! In the end, I spat on this idea and went upstairs by bus.
I rode on double-decker trams and this will not be the memory that I would like to keep! I do not argue, from the outside, these old units look cute, but imagine a picture: a hundred Chinese people are stuffed into a tiny salon, as a result you find yourself twisted in the most uncomfortable position, do not sit down, do not stand up to your full height! The Chinese people are quite unceremonious, to move their elbows in the back in the best traditions of kung fu, for them a kind of morning gymnastics.For half an hour of torment, I remained fed up with tram romance for years to come!
Tourist bus with the same Michelin rice, wrapped in lotus leaves, from the previous point. With all my desire, I cannot think of a single good word about this culinary excursion. Expensive, boring, tasteless. Imagine, even in a gnarled form in half an hour of tram horror, I saw more of Hong Kong than in the entire 2-hour bus tour! First, we were taken along the main shopping street of Kowloon: “Look carefully, on the left there is such-and-such market, on the right there is such-and-such market… “Then, in a hurry, by autobahns, we moved to the main island, where we were unloaded at the observation deck near the port and the rest of the excursion we spent walking among tourists photographing skyscrapers. I didn’t find anything exotic or memorable in them.
But the ferry ride is not bad in principle. faster (and 10 times more expensive), but on the other hand, you will not feel the sea romance listening to the groans of an old ship diesel engine and will not see all the skyscraper beauties visible from the dirty windows.On the Internet, it is strongly recommended to use the upper deck (tickets for it are a little more expensive), but to be honest, I did not notice any particular difference between the decks.
8 – Markets
Another classic tourist wiring. In all the more or less significant guidebooks, you can find approximately the following text: “Be sure to visit the Hong Kong markets, feel the authentic, bubbling atmosphere reigning here, blah blah blah …” So advertised that I took it and visited.He started with the famous “Temple Night Market” and what did he see? Yes, this is the spitting image of Cherkizon, only with the lights off. Flea market in its worst form, zero authenticity, nothing to do there!
Continued with the even more famous “Lady Market”. In principle, this is the same Cherkizon, only in daylight. True, there are several thematic sub-markets on the lady market, which will be interesting to visit. For example, the flower market, i.e. several streets given over to florists.
Expecting a lot from the aquarium fish market.I thought there would be a riot of colors, unusual motives and all that. The reality turned out to be much more modest. Well, yes, in some places there were aquariums, fish in plastic bags, to the horror of Greenpeace, swam, but I did not see the whole picture. The shop is here, the shop is there, and between them is the same Cherkizonishche.
After all the disappointments, I was afraid to go to the poultry market and, as it turned out, in vain. The market was full of chirping, colorful cages and, most importantly, the funniest feathered creatures!
Not so big, the bird market can easily replace a visit to any zoo! If you wish, you can conduct real ornithological excursions there.Needless to say, only thanks to the birds, the market theme did not slide to the very bottom of the rating!
7 – Embankment
Embankment Tsim Sha Tsui overlooking the skyscraper business district and the port of Victoria is also declared as: “One of the main attractions of Hong Kong.” Perhaps it was once so, but Repair has settled here for several years. The embankment is being rebuilt in a large-scale and tasteful manner. The construction site stretches for a good hundreds of meters, excavators, containers, fences.The construction attractions on the shore seemed insufficient, so we decided to complement the water landscapes with picturesquely located ship cranes. Beauty!
The Avenue of Stars was moved from the noise of the construction site deep into the city. I fully admit that all these sculptures looked pretty on the shore, but on the bare wasteland they lost all their charm. I didn’t see the famous statue of the 4-meter Hong Kong Oscar at all, it’s not really necessary!
Unless old Bruce is good at any place, wherever they put him.
The widely advertised most-most laser show “Symphony of Light” actually turned out to be just a faded play of a couple of spotlights and illuminated skyscrapers. I watched it several times and could not figure out where the show is? Taking a $ 100 ship special flight to “Plunge into the atmosphere of the show” is out of the question, what a stupid idea! You can look at the opposite bank at any time, the picture will be about the same.
A separate question is whether it was worth overpaying for a hotel overlooking the embankment, i.e.That is, the answer is obvious to me, it wasn’t worth it!
6 – Lantau Island
Let’s see why I have placed one of Hong Kong’s top attractions so low. Without a doubt, the island funicular ride is great! Fascinating landscapes, a unique opportunity to ride with a glass floor, these booths were called crystal. After the “crystal” culinary bus, supposedly decorated with crystals from Swarovski, I was waiting for another tourist divorce, but no, the funicular is great! In addition, the trip is not so short, 20 minutes of the way is enough for everyone.The main problem is not the price, although it is quite decent, about 40 US dollars (by the way, a couple of years ago the ticket cost 2 times less!) The problem is the wildest pandemonium. We waited in line for the funicular for about 2 hours, late Monday afternoon, what is going on here on the weekend, I can’t even imagine. Probably it was worth buying a ticket on the Internet, then the cost would have been a little less, there is also an option with a bus, for a cheap-long time, but still faster.
In practice, not everything turned out so crystal with the crystal booth, on the way there a family of comrades from the Middle East lay on the floor and began to take selfies in different poses.On the way back, half of the booth was taken up by a stroller with screaming children, it is clear, here who is as lucky.
It is not worth explaining that the funicular on Lantau Island was built for a reason, so that people could ride, breathe fresh air and come back. No, the aim of the construction was to bring as many solvent clientele as possible to the tourist-religious center of Po Lin Monastery with a giant bronze statue of Buddha built in the 90s of the 20th century. Then this 34-meter statue was the largest seated Buddha in the world, now a little more sculpture was built in Taiwan, but it doesn’t matter, the Hong Kong Buddha is good.A beautiful 268-step staircase, a bunch of religious sculptural bells and whistles and a lot of tourists. The setting sun did not allow me to take a high-quality photo of the Buddha up close, so I will show you a photo taken from the cable car cabin. The scale is not felt from here, but believe me, the size inspires!
Po Lin Monastery (Precious Lotus) is a typical Buddhist architectural project, i.e. a gilded barn of impressive proportions. I did not notice anything interesting there, the vegetarian canteen offered tasteless dim sum, a couple of restless cows wandered around, smoked incense sticks, just like everywhere else.
Behind the monastery you can walk along the so-called “Path of the Wise Men”. You can pass, but it is better not to do it. A small path with 38 logs, on the logs there are texts of Buddhist sutras. I did not feel any special wisdom. What do we end up with? Half an hour by subway, two hours in line, 20 minutes by cable car and all for what to look at the Buddha, who is no different from those Buddhas that I saw in Japan? Walking among the logs, eating terrible dim sum and seeing another unremarkable temple, frankly, is not a lot! Again, the views from the cable car are not bad, but are they worth the time?
5 – Monastery 10000 Buddhas
Starting from this point, there will be sights that I can recommend to visit, without any excuses.The first truly unique place I saw in Hong Kong was the monastery of 10,000 Buddhas. True, only one name remains from the monastery, the monks have not lived there for a long time, and nevertheless, the place is curious. First of all, photographically.
For you to understand what this is about, the gilded figures in the photographs are not the very “10,000 Buddhas”, these are only more than 500 Arkhans, either the holy incarnations of the Buddha on Earth, or the bronze-plated former monks.
It doesn’t really matter who these guys really are.It is important that the road to the temple is very picturesque, statues, 430 steps and the goal of the ascent (pink pavilion) is already visible.
Taking pictures in the pavilion, where there are actually 10,000 miniature figurines, was prohibited, but that’s okay. I think you already have an idea of what gilded Buddhas look like. Around everything that you expect to find in a Buddhist temple: a 9-storey pagoda, some guy riding an elephant, the Goddess of Mercy in several versions at once, and also gold, gold, gold…
Another 70 steps and we get to the “female” level. From here, good views of the Tai Wai area open up and you can summarize the intermediate results. Getting to the monastery is not that difficult, but there are certain difficulties. Firstly, it is located a little on the outskirts, you need to drive a decent piece by train and not make a mistake with a stop. Then you have to rely on Google, you will not see any landmarks. It remains to go to the side of the mountain and look for the necessary path there, well, then it’s a matter of technology, i.e.e. your physical condition.
4. Sky 100
The inexplicable thing, the observation deck on the hundredth floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong, turned out to be the only tourist spot where I did not see people! Well, well, a couple of dozen tourists who accidentally wandered into a 400-meter height were still present there, but no comparison with ordinary Hong Kong crowds! I don’t know what caused this privacy, the high entrance fee (about $ 25) or the fact that I went there in the morning?
Without any understatement, I can say that the Sky-100 platform is the best observation deck I have ever visited! And as you know, I have visited many.Why did I like the Hong Kong landmark so much? Well, yes, high, but there are higher. All-round visibility, well, this is practically the standard for modern sites. Technological chips, like interactive telescopes, with monitors showing night views, fireworks, etc. this is also not bad, but not the main thing.
The main thing is the variety of views, the 10th largest skyscraper in the world offers them for every taste and color! The business skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island, the endless residential areas of the Kowloon Peninsula, the Port of Victoria, the nearby mountains.Wherever you look, everywhere interesting, everywhere colorful.
I read somewhere that more than 8000 skyscrapers can be seen from here, it may very well be.
The only negative, the low morning sun shone from the side of the Hong Kong island, i.e. photographing the most beautiful views was problematic. Internet experts claim that it is possible to climb to a higher restaurant level at the Ritz Hotel, and then go down to the observation deck for free. I cannot confirm if such a room works, but against the background of horrendous Hong Kong hotel prices, spending on Sky-100 does not look like anything special.
3. Nan-Lian Garden
Amazing place, imagine a traditional oriental garden built among skyscrapers, highways and railways! The contrast is striking. In the middle of the garden there is a gilded pavilion of “Absolute Perfection”, with loud names in the east they are not stingy.
Blue pond with a tea house. I must say that the tea prices in this “house” made us remember the exclusive $ 20 Tokyo seagull as an unheard of cheapness! I do not know what kind of tea they offer there, but their prices were beyond good and evil!
Nan Lian was built in 2006, it is a small garden with an area of only 3.5 hectares.Small but smart! Everything you need is there: two ponds, waterfalls, a rock garden, a tea house, a Chinese art gallery, a couple of religious buildings, a vegetarian restaurant with a mill.
Opposite is the Chi Lin nunnery. Rather, on the contrary, the garden is a natural addition to the monastery. We managed to catch the moment when two excursion groups (one of them was Russian-speaking) cleared the landscape. You might think that there were almost no tourists. In principle, this is how it is, compared to the other two temples on this list, complete pacification and silence reign in Chi Ling.
A soulful place with its bonsai.
2. Victoria Peak
I love skyscrapers dearly, I adore hilly urban buildings, so, in theory, I should like the combination of hills and skyscrapers even more. Nevertheless, I will not put the main observation deck of the city on Mount Victoria in the first place. Why didn’t the quintessence of all Hong Kong skyscraper tourism take its rightful place, you ask? Yes, all for the same reason, which I have already voiced many times – a lot of people! I have already shown the hours-long queue to the funicular that frightened me.Instead of a vertical tram, I took a detour by bus. The road with all the looping and stops took about an hour and, of course, could not be compared with a trip on this handsome man!
On the other hand, while slowly crawling up by the bus, you manage to see from the window many such views that you will not find on the funicular.
At the top I was really overwhelmed by looking at the next line leading to the observation deck: “Heavenly Terrace”, for some reason I decided that there was no need to go there and the free observation point “Lion’s Pavilion” would be enough for me.Do not ask why I decided this? Either the toad decided to save $ 6, or the general psychosis reached a critical level that another frivolous 15-minute queue caused such an irreconcilable reaction. I don’t know what’s the matter, but I saw the most widely replicated Hong Kong look in a slightly truncated version. Although even this version was very good!
About the fact that somewhere at the top there is another “classic” observation deck, I found out too late. A small bonus of the lion’s platform, that here you can photograph the composition: “The Lion and Skyscrapers”.
Decided to go down on foot, although there was no queue for the funicular going down at all. The logic was as follows, I read somewhere that going down you can see completely new skyscraper views. Probably somewhere there are really different views, but not on the road I was walking on! No matter how much it went down, the panorama remained the same, also pretty, but already revised 100 times. Therefore, I can say the following, do not waste time, ride calmly on the funicular and, of course, visit the “Heavenly Terrace”, do not repeat my mistakes!
What can beat the skyscraper Victoria Peak, after all, obviously, there can be nothing more touristy in Hong Kong? The answer to this question came from neighboring Macau. Of course, I am aware that Macau is not exactly Hong Kong, but is it so important to which administrative unit that belongs? Ferries to Macau run quite regularly, and the whole journey takes about an hour. True, you should take into account that a real customs quest awaits you with mandatory queues and filling out all kinds of paperwork.So an hour’s journey is not an hour, but at least one and a half. Plus, the ferry does not come to the city center, but somewhere on the outskirts, while you figure out what to do, where to go, where to go, it will take a long time. The time you need, since Macau is not as small as you might think! Shapkozakidatelskie moods, they say, in 2-3 hours in Macau you can see everything that does not correspond to reality. I stayed there for a clean 7 hours and did not have time to go beyond the historical part!
This means that the whole casino part of Macau, with giant entertainment centers and hotels that can give odds to Las Vegas, remained unseen for me! It is good that at least the most beautiful hotel “Grand Lisbon” was in the right part of the city.
I will say a paradoxical thing, everything that Hong Kong should be different in theory, and I’m talking about authentic Asian bardach, chaotic buildings with traces of the colonial past, and so, for all these things you should go to Macau, because there are no more of them in Hong Kong! Hong Kong has become a sterile skyscraper city without any national flavor. In Macau, the flavor has not yet been demolished, but I don’t know how long these houses with balconies barred to the very roofs will stand.Civilization is coming!
The colorful villas have already remained in their glorious past and now they can only be found in the museum.
Somewhere on the horizon flashed modern skyscrapers, the ruins of an old Portuguese cathedral were pleasing to the eye, but we can say that a walk in Macau brought me back to real Asia! What did I manage to do in a few hours? He walked along the crooked streets, climbed up the fort, visited the museum and the wonderful temple “A-Ma”, ate the famous Portuguese-Macau pastries, walked along the beautiful embankment and the municipal botanical garden.All this was enough to put Mokao on the well-deserved first place in my top!
Hong Kong – information for business travel and tourism
HONG KONG (XIANGAN – Special Administrative Region of China)
Capital: the same Hong Kong.
Population: more than 7 million people. 95% are Chinese.
Language: Chinese and English.
Holidays: January 1 – New Year, January-February – Spring Festival (Lunar New Year, three days off), March 8 is understandable, March 12 is Forest Plantation Day, May 1 is also understandable, May 4 is Chinese Youth Day, June 1 – International Children’s Day, August 1 – Chinese People’s Liberation Army Day, September 10 – Teacher’s Day, October 1 – National Education Day of the People’s Republic of China, two days off.
Climate: subtropical. The average temperature in January is 16C and in July 29C. The hot and humid summer begins in late May and ends in mid-September. The best time is autumn from late September to early December. Winter lasts from mid-December to February. Spring begins in March.
Time: 5 hours ahead of Moscow time.
Currency: Hong Kong dollar (several types – emission from different banks).
In 1997, the PRC regained its sovereignty over the British colony, consisting of the Hong Kong island itself, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and 262 islands.This area has been given wide autonomy (legislation, police, currency, duties, immigration rules) at least until 2047. Given such significant features and prevailing perceptions that Hong Kong is something completely different from China, we have singled out Hong Kong as a separate entity in our list (and not at all for political reasons).
Hong Kong is an important center of international finance and trade, and the level of concentration of headquarters is the highest in Asia (branches and representative offices of more than 600 largest banks and investment companies, and in terms of the number of consular missions, Hong Kong is second only to New York).In terms of GDP per capita, Hong Kong is the richest city in the PRC. In terms of the purchasing power of the population, Hong Kong exceeds even those of Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world for travel and recreation, but ranks among the most expensive cities in the world (and the fine for smoking in public places, airport, shop, subway and taxi is 500USD). First of all, it is the largest wholesale and retail trade center where you can buy any consumer goods – from exclusive brands of the world’s leading manufacturers to cheap knick-knacks.
Hong Kong is a classic “city of contrasts”, a meeting place of East and West, age-old Chinese traditions and modern life. There are many attractions and excellent beaches, the most popular of which is Repulse Bay.
The cosmopolitan spirit of Hong Kong is reflected in the variety of cuisines on offer. Hong Kong is the best place in the world where you can taste real Asian cuisine: Thailand, India, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, while there are many European and American restaurants in Hong Kong.The most popular are various areas of Chinese cuisine (Cantonese, Guangdong, Hainan, Xinchuan, Beijing, Shanghai – just a few of them), especially seafood. Local cuisine is also very popular. Hong Kong people take food very seriously, which is why Hong Kong attracts the best chefs from all over the world. The wide variety of Hong Kong restaurants caters to the tastes of any visitor to suit their budget. There are many ways to dine sparingly in true Hong Kong style.In general, everything from oatmeal to gourmet delicacies.
90,000 Food will rise in price due to the fall of the ruble and cheap oil
Leaders of agroinflation are fruits and vegetables: they have already risen in price by 10-25%
In Russia in the next few months food prices will rise due to the falling ruble and falling oil prices.The analysts interviewed by the Kommersant FM radio do not doubt this. The parliament also warns the population about a possible rise in prices, while food importers think about it.
- Bread, cereals and most of the meat are produced domestically. But raw materials, technology, genetics, partly feed, part of seeds and other incoming resources for food production, come from abroad. As a result, Russian agricultural holdings may raise prices due to increased costs, including the foreign exchange component.
- Another problem is the devaluation of the national currency. It leads to an increase in the export of grain, sunflower oil, poultry meat, says Andrei Sizov, director of the SovEkon analytical center. And the growth of exports means a reduction in the supply of products in the domestic market and their rise in prices.
- The rise in prices for goods that are not produced in Russia is even more obvious. Let’s say that over eight months, retail coffee has risen in price by 15% in rubles. The currency component of the price in a pack of coffee is up to 70%. For the end customer, coffee will once again rise in price in a month, Shai Granovsky, President of the Living Coffee group of companies, expects.Now b2b market participants have begun to pay for products at a new rate, which, with a monthly lag, will also affect the consumer.
- In imported alcohol, the share of foreign currency in the retail price is about 80%, and this is mainly the euro, which is growing faster than the dollar. Suppliers of imported alcohol may raise prices by 5% at the end of November or in the new year, the respondents said.
- Food prices have been going up in the world for three months in a row, according to FAO data. And even despite the fact that Russia has achieved food security in many categories, the global situation will influence the domestic market.
However, Kommersant-FM reminds us, our products add up in price three times faster than in Europe. According to Rosstat, from January to August our food prices increased by 5%, and in the EU – by slightly more than 1.5%. The leaders of inflationary inflation in Russia are vegetables (+ 10%) and fruits, the prices of which have jumped by a quarter.