Category: Hong Kong Food

Mar 08

Best Hong Kong Fine Dining Restaurants

Whether you’re a foodie in the hunt for award-winning cuisines, or you’re simply looking for the most romantic restaurant with a stunning view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Fine Dining scene offer choice, quality and ambience. Add this to the innovative and exciting menus and you’re set! In this guide, we select the best Hong Kong fine dining restaurants.

Best Cantonese Fine Dining Restaurants

Lung King Heen

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Much of Hong Kong fine dining is based inside its many five-star hotels, but Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons stands out amongst stiff competition. It’s a 3 Michelin star holder, gaining the recognition in 2009 as the world’s first Cantonese entry. The food from Head Chef Chan Yan Tak more than holds its own against the stunning views of Victoria Harbour which give the restaurant its name: View of the Dragon. Don’t miss the exceptional seafood as well as a fabulous dim sum menu. If you’re an in-house hotel guest, then book a spot on the “In the Footsteps of a Dragon” food tour. It begins in the Lung King Heen’s kitchen and then meanders around Kowloon, where Chef Tak grew up and where he still finds his culinary inspiration. Participants can try a range of local ingredients before returning to the restaurant for a three-course lunch.

Photos: Lung King Heen

Duddell’s
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It may “only” have received two Michelin stars, but those seeking an unforgettable Cantonese foodie experience should not overlook Duddell’s. You’ll find it above Shanghai Tang Mansion. This restaurant is particularly popular for its weekend brunches. Unlimited food and free-flowing champagne mean that it is always lively. Tempting dishes like shrimp dumplings with morel mushrooms, jelly fish with sesame, braised fungus, crispy pork ribs and braised E-fu noodles will keep you topping up your plate. The atmosphere is great and we’re sure you will have a lasting impression!

Photos: Duddell’s

Ming Court

Again reinforcing that Hong Kong fine dining is associated with its hotel scene, the Ming Court, located at the Cordis hotel in Mong Kok, won two Michelin stars for its exceptional, authentic Cantonese cuisine. The food will have you returning over and over. Many of its signature dishes are award-winners in their own right. Try the Eight Treasure Soup, featuring abalone, chicken, fish maw, shiitake mushroom, bamboo pith, black tree fungus, dried tangerine peel and ginger. The Australian Wagyu beef, sautéed with foie gras, Thai basil and cashew nuts, is a must-try too. Vegetarians are also well-catered for; you’ll find it hard to resist pumpkin, taro and wild mushroom braised in coconut milk in a clay pot!

The Chairman

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Few Hong Kong fine dining restaurants showcase local produce quite like The Chairman. Its chickens and pigs are raised locally in the New Territories before making their way to the table. Local fishermen rise early each morning to catch live fishes and shrimps in the South China Sea. Vegetable farmers toil in the fields of Yuen Long and the meat is cured at the restaurant’s own farm in Sheung Shui. Of course, the chefs play their part, creating sauces that lift these basic ingredients to the loftiest of heights. Little wonder, therefore, that these fresh ingredients combine to create dishes bursting with true Cantonese flavour. We say, you have to try the Slow Cooked Crispy Lamb Belly with Chinese Vinegar and Garlic Dressing!

Photos: The Chairman

Above and Beyond

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Above and Beyond, located at the Hotel Icon, serves some of the best Cantonese cuisine in the city. For lunch, its dim sum set menus hit the spot, incorporating such dishes as Steamed Barbecued Pork Bun and Steamed Shrimp and Bamboo Shoots Dumpling. For dinner, the Hong Kong Style Peking Duck set menu continues to delight clients. Alternatively, try Executive Chef Paul Tsui’s new signature dishes of Wok-fried Lobster with Egg White and Black Truffles and Wok-fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Green Apple, Mustard and Wasabi. With 23 years of culinary experience, Chef Paul transforms even the most ordinary ingredients into works of art. Each of his dishes is created with the best of land and ocean in mind. Such exquisite food should be top on your Hong Kong fine dining bucket list!

Photos: Above and Beyond

Top Kaiseki Fine Dining Experience

RyuGin

This Tokyo favourite came to the Hong Kong fine dining fore with much anticipation. RyuGin offers kaiseki cuisine with a contemporary twist. Seasonal produce is flown in daily from Japan to ensure the dishes are fresh as well as interesting. You’ll find it at the top of the ICC Tower in Kowloon where the views are as jaw-dropping as the menu.

Most Innovative Hong Kong Fine Dining Experience

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

This delightful establishment has worked hard to maintain its three Michelin star rating and boasts receiving the accolade for six straight years. Everything about L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon screams luxury: the velvet-upholstered seating, the contemporary décor and of course, the exquisite food. The restaurant is designed with a bar which encircles an open kitchen. You can witness all aspects of cooking while taking your pick of the French-style dishes. They’re served in tapas-sized portions enabling you to try a wider selection.

Most Romantic Hong Kong Fine Dining Restaurant

Caprice

Two Michelin stars and a clientele of repeat customers assure Caprice a space on this list of the best Hong Kong fine dining experiences. It’s based at the Four Seasons in Central. A team of chefs work in an open kitchen to produce innovative and sophisticated dishes with a French flavour. Produce is flown in daily from France to ensure an authentic dining experience and artisan cheese is stored in Hong Kong’s first cheese cellar, located on the premises. With an extensive selection of wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as beautiful interiors and Chinese-inspired Czech crystal chandeliers, it offers the best atmosphere for romantic dinners, birthday or anniversary celebrations.

Best Fusion Fine Dining Experience

Ta Vie

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Another Central favourite is Ta Vie, meaning “Your Life” in French. Its ethos is simple: Pure, Simple and Seasonal. In Japanese, the restaurant’s name translates as “journey”. Indeed, diners embark on a culinary journey as they work through the creative Asian menu. All the while, taste is the guiding factor and is never sacrificed for a gimmick. To highlight the Asian heritage, Ta Vie features a selection of unique-flavoured herb teas, served with raw honey harvested from local organic farms. They also offers a fine selection of Umeshu and Japanese whiskies. Under talented Chef Hideaki Sato’s management, Ta Vie has been awarded Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, it is ranked 33 on the list.

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Best Hong Kong Fine Dining Restaurants for Business Meetings

Man Wah

Many attest that Man Wah is Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining location, with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour setting off the opulent decor. The ambience is perfect to impress your business partners. On the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, its silk paintings and birdcage lamps are exquisite. The food is no shrinking violet either. Braised Japanese sea cucumber, wok-fried fillet of spotted grouper and a comprehensive lunchtime dim sum menu hit the spot. For drinks after the meal, The Chinnery or Captain’s Bar welcome suits with open arms.

Amber

The bronze organ chandelier suspended from the ceiling is a focal point of Amber’s decor but it’s still the food that’s the star of the show here. The superb restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has two Michelin stars under its belt. Dutch Head Chef Richard Ekkebus draws heavily on French cuisine for his innovative menu. Fresh fish of the highest quality is imported daily from Japan. Try the eight-course degustation menu and you won’t be disappointed! Exquisite food and attentive service make this the perfect choice for business meetings, reflecting the importance of individuals who are joining you.

Top Hong Kong Fine Dining Restaurant with a View

Hutong

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Proving that Hong Kong fine dining doesn’t have to be synonymous with Michelin’s recommendations, Hutong offers superb Chinese cuisine in a delightfully atmospheric setting. Try the Ao Yun tasting menu! With dishes such as tender Waygu beef cheeks, seared scallops and stir-fried Pacific lobster, it is sure to make a lasting impression. Other signature dishes include Crispy de-boned lamb ribs and “Red Lantern“, crispy soft shell crab with Sichuan dried pepper. The breathtaking views over the harbour from its floor to ceiling windows are also something special, a far cry from the narrow Beijing alleyways which give the restaurant its name. One crucial tip that we’ll like to share – do request for window seats. If your reservation is around 8pm, you will be in perfect time to catch the spectacular light show, A Symphony of Lights!

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Looking for more insights into Hong Kong’s dining scene? The range in Hong Kong is astounding, from high-end cuisine in luxurious restaurants to comfort-based traditional street-food stalls. Based entirely on your interests, let us customize a culinary journey for you on our private Hong Kong Food Tour. We offer flexible food-stops and pace, as well as a taste of Hong Kong’s history, culture and local life. Visit Big Foot Tour for more details today!

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Feb 03

Top Ten Hong Kong Desserts

Do you have a sweet tooth? Read on! From mango pomelo sago, to red bean soup, to shaved ice, here are our picks of the best Hong Kong desserts!

Hong Kong Desserts: Mango Pomelo Sago

Hong Kong Desserts: Mango Pomelo

This much-coveted favourite among Hong Kong desserts was created over three decades ago by Lei Garden. In this refreshing bowl of dessert, you’ll find a mix of boiled sago, diced mango, coconut milk, sliced pomelo, evaporated milk and regular milk. Always served chilled, it is the perfect antidote to the oppressive tropical heat and humidity, especially during summer in Hong Kong. Try your luck at Lucky Dessert in Sham Tseng and Hui Lau Shan in Mong Kok!

Hong Kong Desserts: Egg Waffle

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Known locally as gai daan jai, egg waffle is a popular Hong Kong dessert choice. Oval in shape, some say they took this form because after the war, eggs were a luxury item in short supply. The egg shape mould was a nod to the food they truly wished for. However, others say the batter has historically always contained egg. These days, on top of the traditional mix, flavourings such as ginger, green tea or purple sweet potato help to create a modern twist to the Hong Kong classic. If you’re looking for the best Hong Kong egg waffles, we recommend checking out Lee Keung Kee in North Point and Mammy Pancake in Causeway Bay.

Hong Kong Desserts: Sweet Red Bean Soup

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Soup might not be the obvious choice when it comes to Hong Kong desserts but you will want to try sweet red bean soup. As the name suggests, it’s a sweet treat and can be served hot or cold. It gets its flavour mainly from adzuki beans. Sometimes, dried tangerine peel is added to add a hint of tangy citrus. The addition of Chinese rock sugar completes the trilogy, creating a subtle flavour. This soup will leave you begging for more. We recommend visiting Yuen Kee Dessert in Hong Kong’s Western District and Kai Kai Dessert in Jordan!

Hong Kong Desserts: Tofu Pudding

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Tofu is quintessentially Asian and in Hong Kong, this pudding is commonly paired with the aforementioned sweet red bean soup. The main ingredient has been around for over two thousand years. Liu An first came up with the idea during the Han Dynasty. This traditional bean curd secured a spot on Hong Kong’s inaugural list of living heritage, published in 2014. Smooth and silky, pair it with sweet ginger or serve it with syrup and savour the taste as it slips down your throat. You can find this, one of the all-time classic Hong Kong desserts, at Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong in Sham Shui Po and Kin Hing Tofu Dessert on Lamma Island!

Hong Kong Desserts: Glutinous rice balls

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It’s common to have a bowl of glutinous rice balls during Lantern festival or Chinese weddings. Known locally as tong jyun, which translates as round balls in soup, that’s exactly what you’ll get. The round shape symbolises togetherness, so the dessert has emotional significance as well as great taste. Balls of rice flour dough are filled with sugar, sesame seeds, sweet bean paste or sweetened tangerine peel. Head to Fook Yuen in North Point and Chiu Chow Hop Shing Dessert in Kowloon City to see what the fuss is about!

Hong Kong Desserts: Grass Jelly

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Grass jelly is another of our favourite Hong Kong desserts; though it has a slightly bitter taste. When served chilled and topped with fresh fruit, it really hits the spot! It’s made by first boiling the stalks and leaves of a special plant. Thereafter, the mixture is cooled until it sets to a soft jelly. Purists will order it with sugar syrup but it’s great with fruit such as melon or mango. If you go to Kei Kai Dessert in Yuen Long, ask for their B Boy Grass Jelly. We’d also like to point you in the direction of Honeymoon Dessert in Sai Kung.

Hong Kong Desserts: Steamed milk pudding

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Steamed milk pudding, or double-layered milk, is the ultimate naughty but must-have Hong Kong dessert. During the Qing Dynasty, a farmer accidentally invented this dish as a way to preserve milk! We recommend the steamed milk pudding from Yee Shun Dairy Company in Causeway Bay and the Australian Dairy Company in Jordan.

Hong Kong Desserts: Mooncakes

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You can’t miss these sweet pastries, especially during Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival. Whole duck egg yolks are encased in thick lotus seed paste and sweet pastry. Look out for inventive fillings devised by the big hotels, who seek to outdo each other to tempt Hong Kong people’s taste buds!

Hong Kong Desserts: Egg Tart

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If ever a dessert is a reminder of the melting pot of cultures that characterises Hong Kong, then it’s the egg tart. It draws its influences from the Portuguese Pastéis de Belém and the British custard tart. However, the Hong Kong egg tart has the creaminess of the former and the smooth uncaramelised taste of the latter. This delicious hot pastry is commonly consumed in teahouses known as cha chaan tengs as an accompaniment to tea, though you’ll find it in bakeries as well. If you’re looking for some of the city’s most flavorful egg tarts, then head on over to Tai Cheong Bakery and Happy Cake Shop!

Hong Kong Desserts: Shaved ice dessert

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Shaved ice dessert is the perfect solution to a hot day, refreshing yet tasty and of course, sweet. It originated in Roman times in Italy but is now popular throughout Asia. It’s one of the best Hong Kong desserts in our opinion. The dish has different names depending on where you source it. In Taiwanese cuisine, ask for Baobing. If you are in Japan, it’s Kakigori; in Korea, Patbingsu. Our favourites are the Hanbing Korean Dessert Café which you’ll find in Harbour City. It serves its snow ice in a wide range of flavours including green tea, mango and even Oreo! If you’re in Causeway Bay, Chung Kee Dessert is an alternative we’re also happy to recommend!


Are you a foodie and looking for a personal gastronomic experience in Hong Kong? Join us on our Hong Kong Food Tour today! For more information, please visit our main website, Big Foot Tour.

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Jan 09

The History of Egg Tarts

Hong Kong’s egg tarts pack a whole lot of history into just a couple of bites. These flavoursome pastries owe their existence to both the Portuguese Pastéis de Belém and the British custard tart. They represent a fusion of culture and cuisine that is uniquely Hong Kong.

We begin our culinary journey in 19th century Portugal, in the Jerónimos Monastery in the Lisbon district of Belém. The monks were in the habit of baking tiny custard tarts. A mix of sugar, flour and egg yolk caramelised in the oven to create their distinctive appearance and delicious taste. A few decades later, a small factory opened next door and the recipe was handed down from generation to generation. Then, as now, queues formed around the block. Locals and visitors alike were keen to savour the sweet creamy filling and rich crumbly pastry. From 1557 to 1999, Macau was a Portuguese colony. It was no surprise that egg tarts leaped from Europe to Asia too.

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Fast forward to the 1940s and 1950s, there was an influx of immigration into nearby Hong Kong from mainland China. Many migrants came from nearby Guangzhou, a populous city to the north east of Hong Kong, where egg tarts were already popular. Europeans had settled in the area since the time of the First Opium war, siting their opium warehouses in Guangzhou. As settlers are prone to do, they brought with them their own cuisine. Bakeries and cafes commonly unveiled special dishes and new inventions in an attempt to win new custom. It’s generally thought that egg tarts were one such item.

Known locally as dan tat, the egg tart found in Guangzhou consisted of a shortcrust pastry base, made with lard rather than butter. Sometimes, puff pastry was used, which many people say is a more authentic Guangzhou ingredient. Inside, the filling was a rich egg custard, glossy in appearance and silky smooth on the tongue. It drew from both Portuguese and British tarts, though it wasn’t a match for either. There were variations too: coconut tarts, chocolate tarts, green tea tarts, ginger tarts and even bird’s nest tarts. However, nothing could quite equal the classic egg tart.

Influenced by its own colonial heritage, as in Guangzhou, the Hong Kong tart fused the creamy texture of the Pastéis de Belém with a British custard tart. The Hong Kong version combined the best characteristics of both tarts to make something approaching perfection. Bakers ditched the nutmeg and served the tart hot rather than cold. Egg tarts started to appear in teahouses – known as cha chaan tengs – as accompaniment to tea. Western influence was de rigueur and the pastry aimed at a wider audience.

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Where to go for Hong Kong Egg Tarts

One of the best places to try Hong Kong egg tarts is Tai Cheong Bakery on Lyndhurst Road in Central. The original bakery opened in 1954. This popular chain has a string of branches across Hong Kong. Among them, they produce over 30,000 tarts every single day!

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There are a plethora of places in Hong Kong serving egg tarts – they even appear on the menu at KFC! The Hoover Cake Shop in Kowloon, located at the corner of Nga Tsin Wai and Fuk Lo Tsun Roads, also wins plenty of plaudits amongst egg tart connoisseurs. Don’t expect a seat – it’s takeaway only – but do expect to wait in line before the hot, sweet tarts make it into your hands.

If you’re not planning a side trip to Macau but can’t bear the thought of missing out on one of the Portuguese-style Pastéis de Belém, then you’ll find top Macanese bakery Lord Stow at The Excelsior at Causeway Bay.

The egg tart was famously a favourite of the last British governor to Hong Kong, Chris Patten. Of course, he’s long gone, but fortunately for visitors to this iconic melting pot city, the pastries remain. Bon appétit!


Love what you’ve read? At Big Foot Tour, we love to introduce you to authentic Hong Kong food. There’s so much to choose from – egg tarts, Dim Sum, Wonton Noodles, or exotic options such as Snake Soup and Turtle Jelly. Join us on our private Hong Kong Food Tour today! Unlike a typical group tour,  we customize your itinerary around your food preferences and sense of adventure. You determine what, how much and how fast you eat! For more details, visit Big Foot Tour.

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Mar 10

Hong Kong Food Tour – As Featured in British Airways’ The Club Magazine

We are very delighted to know that our Hong Kong Food Tour has made it to this list by British Airways’ The Club Magazine –

Hong Kong: Six Reasons to Stay On!

Dim sum, egg tarts, barbecued pork, shrimp dumpling noodles, snake soup, turtle jelly – these and many more dishes are some of the milestones on the Big Foot Food Tour, run by Singaporean Ski Yeo. The tours can be customised, and take in local neighbourhoods and culture as well as cuisine.

If you are in town, come and join us on a truly personal culinary adventure! Simply share with us your food preference, dietary restrictions as well as your sense of adventure. Your Hong Kong Food Tour guide will then lead you to discover mouth-watering local delights that have conquered the hearts of millions of Hong Kong people. For more information on our Hong Kong Food Tour, please refer to our main website, Big Foot Tour.

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Aug 08

Big Foot Tour: Hong Kong Food Tour | Foodie Magazine

Here’s a great piece of news! Our Food Tour has been featured in award-winning Hong Kong Foodie Magazine, leading food and beverage authority in Hong Kong! Among the city’s best food tours, Big Foot Tour has been awarded the highest rating for Family Friendliness!

“The best part about the morning was that we didn’t feel like we were on a tour. There were no time pressures or constraints and with Ski’s relaxed and easy-going nature, she has the ability to make you feel like you’re spending time with a friend!“

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In town for the week? Come and join us on our Hong Kong Food Tour. Let us share with you authentic Hong Kong food and the interesting stories behind each dish. With a fully flexible itinerary, you determine what, how much and how fast you will like to eat. To top it all, this is the tour where you’ll also get a taste of Hong Kong’s history, culture and local life! Hungry for more? Book your tour today!

 

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