The Taste of Locals: Home Kong

Hong Kong is known as Food Paradise for many years, where it never disappoints you as it offers everything you could think of, from world-class dishes and michelin restaurants to cheap eats and street food, Hong Kong has proudly presented the best quality of food from everywhere around the world. Today I'm going to share something local, something has a taste of our Home Kong. They might not be the best, but they could be one of the best.

Social Place No. 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

This Cantonese restaurant offers the cutest and the most interesting shape of dim sum. I thought it wouldn't taste like what it looked like; it was surprisingly delicious. My favourite would be their signature charcoal custard buns and the "Mangosteen" which is actually a crispy sticky rice pastry with crab meat and lobster soup inside. The "Mangosteen" was very juicy and tasty! And nothing could beat their custard bun, I'm serious! Everything was in a very high standard and I loved how they made those dim sum so fancy! I would definitely come back for such a good customer service and high quality food, and order my favourite again next time!

Overall : ★★★★★

Paradise Dynasty 6/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, No.99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay

I actually went to this restaurant once few years before, and I thought I should give it a go again when I was around. Unfortunately this restaurant didn't meet my expectation this time, their dishes didn't worth how much I paid. Only one, or two dishes I tried was good, but most of them was just alright, especially their signature dumplings, were as simple as the ones I could get from a cheaper but high standard restaurant somewhere else. In overall, I would still recommend you to try at least once, but this isn't a restaurant that I would try for the third time.

Overall : ★★★☆☆

Steam 11 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong

This Cantonese restaurant in Soho offers Cantonese food and alcohols at the same time. It's more like a western and eastern fusion restaurant. I enjoyed my dinner over there. I had a very nice cocktail, some dim sums, fried rice and also Chinese desserts. The taste was fantastic, however, their price range was way too high. It could be because it's located in Central. But I'm sure you could be able to find something similar at a more affordable price. Try once and see if it's worth it or not?

Overall : ★★★★☆


Shop 205-06, 2/F, Universal Commercial Building, 65-69 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

The most memorable thing I could remember here was the taste, and also their cats! This could be the reasons why the restaurant was busy all the time. Happyland runs by locals and offers fusion food with a taste of Hong Kong! Their service was excellent and made me feel like home when I was there! I love their appetizers very much! I wanted to try quite a few of them but I was too full at the end. I'll have to come back for that! Remember to make a booking in advance to avoid any disappointments!

Overall : ★★★★☆

Meat Pie Gor

No. 28 Luen Yan Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

I found this restaurant on the internet and I thought it would be nice to try. The lobster meat pie looks cool in the picture, but the taste was under my expectation. I couldn't finish the whole thing as it was too salty. And the weirdest thing was the meat pie tasted like the shrimp dumpling (one of the signature Cantonese dim sum), what I mean is I couldn't really taste the lobster bit. It was quite disappointing. However, this restaurant offers many other favours of meat pie and I believed there could be some exceptions. I shall try another one next time and I might probably change my mind.

Overall : ★★★☆☆

Tung Po Kitchen

2/F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point

Imagine having dai pai dong (open-air food stall) in summertime, I'd be dying. Tung Po Kitchen is a dai pai done styled indoor restaurant, so now you can even try dai pai dong with air conditioning in summer! Have you ever tried drinking beer in a battle bowl? This could be a Hong Kong style of drinking beer! Try this like a local! Their dishes were fantastic! I love the atmosphere there, just like a real dai pai dong on the street! It would be five star if it wasn't that expensive. I suggest that you could come with more friends so that you could try more food and split the bills!

Overall : ★★★★☆

Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery

No. 45-47 Bute Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

This could be the best pineapple bun with butter I have ever tried! Don't say you've come to HK if you haven't tried one before. This bun is very common in the local bakery in Hong Kong, but the one was warm, crispy on top and super soft inside. It has a cold piece of butter inside and I loved the combination of warm and cold so much. This cafe is a good place to have a quick breakfast in a very local Hong Kong style.

Overall : ★★★★★

Yat Lok Restaurant

G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

You don't need to spend much to try michelin and Yat Lok Restaurant is one of those cheap michelin that you should definitely try. Their roasted goose is very popular, it comes with various choices of noodles. You could also have a mix of different roasted meat, like BBQ pork or roasted pork. The soup base was so good! It was probably because of the meat which made the taste of the noodles so rich! Yum!

Overall : ★★★★★

Shui Kee Coffee

Shop 17, 18167, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, Sheung Wan

Something that you should also try before leaving HK is Hong Kong styled French Toast! This one from Shui Kee Coffee is quite similar to French toast but it's also very different from it. What makes it stand out from the others? I wasn't so sure about that but it literally tasted different from every others I've tried, possible because it fried with egg. This could be their secret recipe. Don't forget to order their signature milk tea in a bottle as well! It went so well with the French Toast! I had a very nice breakfast over there!

Overall : ★★★★★

Law Mark Kee

L1-11 V City, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Cha chaan teng (Tea restaurant) is probably the localist restaurant in Hong Kong. Law Mark Kee has the best interior design of a Cha chaan teng and that was the most attracting point to me when I first bumped into this place. I felt even hungrier when I looked at their menu. The pictures in the menu look very attempting and mouthwatering, and I could tell you that the pictures here can't do it justice as they tasted even better than they looked like. I loved their fried noodle with soft shell crabs in typhoon shelter style, and also the deep-fried squid very much! The taste was spicy and amazing, and the squid wasn't oily at all, which is perfect. The price was affordable, although you can't compare this chained restaurant with a family cha chaan teng business.

Overall : ★★★★★

I can't wait to try more different restaurants in the future soon!

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