Hong Kong Food Diary

I went to Hong Kong for the first time! And ate approximately six trips’ worth of food, clearly. You’d think we planned our entire itinerary around meals and snack times.

But food in Hong Kong is just that good and accessible—everywhere we went there was something that looked delicious and didn’t make a dent in our wallets.

I think breakfast is such a great way of seeing the every day life of people in the country you’re visiting. The things they eat, the way they order food like they’re talking to a friend, the time they take to sit there and eat. Some of them opened up their newspapers, some of them took a bite and were on their way out.

(We spent a good hour taking pictures while eating like the tourists we are.)

The old-fashioned places were my favourite. This one was called Mido Cafe and straight out of the 60s, timeless in its subdued green hues and patterned tiles.

When we weren’t sitting at cafe or cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style restaurant) eating we were roaming around and hitting all the food stalls on the street. Egg tarts for HK$45! I almost want to write a currency table so you could see how cheap it is in different currencies.

And they were freshly baked.

There was a famous stall called Hop Yik Tai in Sham Shui Po selling cheong fun—they ladled out mini rice rolls onto a plate, splashed it with sauces and gave it to you to eat in the alley next door. No-frills but delicious.

Another famous Hong Kong snack! Egg waffles that looked puffy but were actually crispy and airy inside.

And of course we had dim sum. Because that’s what you do when you go to Hong Kong—eat dim sum every day. It’s hard not to when it’s just! So! Cheap! And my stomach has a huge capacity for steamed buns.

We had the famous BBQ pork bun from Tim Ho Wan and it was a game-changer. No other pork bun comes this close for me. The chain’s got a lot of pressure with its one Michelin star and critics saying it’s overrated, but as far as I’m concerned it was the best I’ve had. I could dream about that crispy crust.

Dim sum was cheap on the whole, but it could get expensive in the swankier areas. I specifically wanted these piggy buns from Yum Cha, which was a proper restaurant in the city with waiters that actually paid attention to you (in fact ours was hovering right in front of us and refused to leave the entire time, but that’s another matter). Anyway, I got the buns and they were the cutest thing on the island I ate.

And if this isn’t the prettiest har gow I’ve ever seen! Certainly the best dressed shrimp dumpling you’ll find.

These were pineapple puffs! If I’m going to pay double the price for dim sum, they’d better come in a silver cage shaped as baby birds.

That was just a fraction of the food pictures I had from the entire trip, but we did actually do things other than eating! Like observing the billions of cats that seem to populate the streets of Hong Kong.

We also found ourselves crawling through a pirate’s cave on Cheung Chau island.

The travel bug is real. I finally got to check Hong Kong off my list of places to go! It was a gritty city cramped with old buildings and movement, but being in the middle of all that meant I got to see all the colours and neon lights and the towering double decker buses up close.


10 Responses to “Hong Kong Food Diary”

  1. 1 A Hearty Nomad March 19, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Everything you mentioned was delicious I wish I could go there one day. Nice post and tellme what you think about my blog. Please comment it would be wonderful to read what you think.

  2. 4 The Explorasaur March 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Great post! Love how you edited your photos too, so cute xo

  3. 6 fluffybunnydesu March 20, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Cheap accessible delicious foods everywhere and dreams of crispy crusts; I love it Cheryl! Paradise found!!

    Everything looks so cute and appetising as well an impressive addition to your wonderful Diary; just as well your betsubara is well trained for the six trips’ worth of food and that plethora of steamed buns!

    Immersed in such colourful hues over breakfast at Mido Cafe perfectly captures the ambience of a classic HK drama; it’s lovely.

    I’m so happy you, kuma and Friends had a really fun adventure filled with cherished moments and got to indulge so many interesting new foods.

    Discovering ancient valuable treasure whilst exploring that pirate’s cave would’ve made for great souvenirs too!

    As with every update it’s a real joy to learn of your new and exciting explorations and achievements; the experiences gained must give an ever greater sense of fulfilment and self-confidence!

    You are so ambitious and inspirational and have my encouragement always.

    Take care.

    PS: A dance video to complement the list of places you intend to visit would be nice you know ^^

    PPS: Next time try ‘Lucky Coffee Shop’ with ‘Waiter Sui’ (Prince Egg Tart) you’ll get all the attention needed ^^

    • 7 Cheryl March 29, 2017 at 8:48 AM

      Hong Kong is a food paradise and I’m glad I got to try so many things! Thank you for reading!

      • 8 fluffybunnydesu March 29, 2017 at 5:38 PM

        As you know Cheryl I’ve been a great admirer for many years now and reading about your Life always inspires me; so Thank you!

        Hope all’s well at School and you are still managing to find time for fun with Friends amidst study commitments; wishing you every success.

  4. 9 afoodnote April 16, 2017 at 3:03 AM

    wow!! welcome to Hong Kong 香港😁

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