Hong Kong, the special administrative region of China PRC, is widely known as a paradise of Chinese foods. This special administrative region offers the variety of exotic foods ranging from Dim Sum in the morning to luxury traditional Cantonese foods in the evening. Many have told that Hong Kong still preserves the genuine tastes of Chinese foods which are long lost from mainland China decades ago. Searching for top-notch restaurants in Hong Kong is definitely not an easy task since there are more than thousands of restaurants cramping in a tiny little area of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. After having spent almost 6 days in Hong Kong, I have finally come up with 6 best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong you should not miss while staying in the Chinese foods paradise.
1. Kam’s Roasted Goose
Address: G/F, No.226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Operating hour: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Kam’s roasted goose has earned 1 Michelin star in 2015 after the restaurant was just opened in 2014. Speaking of roasted goose dish, Yong Kee restaurant used to be on the top list but it was dethroned by Kam’s roasted goose soon after the restaurant was opened. As a matter of fact, owners of Kam and Yong Kee are relative but I don’t want to dig up into a family’s conflict. However, Yong Kee restaurant was stripped of Michelin star in 2012 and finally disappeared from Michelin guide in 2014. As of today, Kam’s roasted goose is the number one on the top of roasted goose restaurants in Hong Kong. Be warn that Kam takes no reservation by phone, you have to line up in front of the restaurant before 7:00 pm otherwise you may not be guaranteed the seat.
A signature dish of Kam’s roasted goose (of course). Kam has specifically used gooses from Dongguan farm in China. Dongguan is recognized as the best place for goose farming. The texture and aroma of roasted goose are unquestionably superb.
Roasted suckling pig and crispy roasted pork
A traditional Cantonese dish. The whole body of a young pig is grilled until its skin turns blistered and crackled. By controlling roasting temperature, the skin will gradually become moderately crisp. Served with sweet Soya bean sauce.
BBQ Pork Belly (Fatty Char Siu)
A common dish found in many Chinese restaurants but Kam’s BBQ Pork has proved itself to be one of the best. A meat texture is moist and juicy inside but crispy on the outer edge.
2. Sweet Dynasty
Address: Shop A, Hong Kong Pacific Centre, 28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsu, Tsim Sha Tsui
Operating hours: 10.00 – 24:00
This restaurant locates in a busy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui. It is easily accessible from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui station Exit A1 by taking Haiphong road and make a left turn at Hankow road. The restaurant has just relocated from Canton road to a new and spacious building at Hankow road.
Don’t get spooky by the luxury decoration of the restaurant. You will be surprised that Sweet Dynasty will charge you as low as the price you usually pay for any street food vendors. From my point of view, Sweet Dynasty is one of the great restaurants in Hong Kong that offers fine quality foods with reasonable price.
Tofu (Soya Beancurd) Pudding
Tofu Pudding is the signature dish of Sweet Dynasty. It is served in a wooden bucket with separate syrup. The large bucket is available at HK$ 100 while the small one is HK$ 60.
Chinese Herb soup ingredient
For those who want to cook clear chicken or duck soup with Chinese herb but don’t have an idea about the ingredient, you can order the restaurant to prepare them for you with only HK$ 40/ pack.
3. Xin Dou Ji
Another one of Michelin Star restaurants in Hong Kong. The restaurant was originally found in Cheong Lok Street, Jordan, Kowloon peninsula in 2006 and expanded its branches into various locations around Hong Kong. Through being available in many locations, I highly recommend you make a reservation with the restaurant in advance because Xin Dou Ji is often crowned with clients during lunch and dinner.
Roasted suckling pig
Xin Dou Ji has earned 1 Michelin star from serving this signature dish. Unlike gas-grilled suckling pig from Kam’s, Xin Dou Ji uses charcoal briquette to roast its suckling pig. With charcoal briquette grilled, suckling pig from Xin Dou Ji retains most of the charcoal flavor that eventually enhance crisp and taste of suckling pig’s roasted skin.
Sweet and sour spare ribs
To maintain tender meat, the chef will carefully control the cooking temperature to ensure the perfect concoction of sweet and sour recipes.
Pan-Fried Egg Noodle with Bean Sprouts in Soya Sauce
Great choice for vegetarian. This dish shows that you can enjoy delicious food without meat.
Deep-Fried Spicy Cuttlefish with Salt & Pepper
A Chinese-style calamari dish. Instead of using squid, the restaurant opts to use cuttlefish as the main ingredient. Comparing to squid, cuttlefish does require longer cooking time than that of squid. Cuttlefish meat is crisper but less tender than squid meat.
4. Chui Fat
Address: 11A Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Operating hours: 8:00 – 1:00
Chui Fat restaurant is located in a busy district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. From MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, take the H exit and walk along Peking road and make a right turn at Lock road. Then continue walking along the Lock road. The restaurant will be on the left-hand side next to a stationary shop. Chui Fat is widely recognized for its excellent menus of Congee and shrimp wonton dish.
Congee (rice porridge) with the meat of your choice
Most clients come to Chui Fat for this signature dish. A creamy rice porridge is served with various choices of meat such as pork, chicken, beef, oyster, liver, abalone, and shark fin.
Wonton with noodle in a sauce
You will be given the choice either pork or shrimp for your wonton but both are good.
Beef brisket with noodle in a sauce
A beef-lover should not miss this dish. Beef is steamed at high temperature for a long period of time until meat becomes tender and juicy.
5. Mott 32
Mott 32 restaurant is famous for modern Cantonese foods fusion with Peking and Sichuan foods. After a grand opening in 2014, this restaurant has been praised by Tatler, a world-class lifestyle magazine from U.K. Mott 32 is named after “32 Mott Street general store” on Mott Street in New York.
The head chef is Mr. Fung Man Ip who previously worked as a head chef at Lei garden, one of the prominent restaurants in Hong Kong. Mott 32 has positioned itself as a premium restaurant by using premium ingredients for their menu.
BBQ Prime Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey (HK$295)
A top-grade Iberico pork is cured in Yellow Mountain Honey based ingredients for 2 days before being cooked with secret recipes. The meat is so soft and tender that it almost melts down in your mouth without chewing.
Kurobuta Pork, Soft Quail Egg, Black Truffle Siu Mai (HK$90)
As the name speaks for itself, this is not an ordinary Siu Mai (Pork dumpling). The dumpling is stuffed with high-grade Kurabuta pork and soft Quail Egg. With precise temperature control, the egg yolk inside is lightly cooked and remains creamy soft.
King Prawn Ha Gao (HK$ 65)
Ha Gao is best known as steamed shrimp dumpling but Mott 32’s Ha Gao is different from the others as they use an expensive King prawn as the main ingredient.
6. Tai Chong Bakery
The number 6 is not actually a restaurant but rather a bakery shop. Don’t be surprised if you see lots of people lining up in front of the shop to buy Tai Chong’s egg tart. Hong Kong’s egg tarts are totally different from Portuguese-style egg tart which is made from traditional pie crust. Tai Chong egg tart is made from flaky, crumbly butter-flavor shortcrust pastry and custard inside is sweet and creamy, almost melt in your mouth.
As mentioned earlier, you may have to wait in a long queue if you go to the main shop at Lyndhurst Terrace in Central. Alternatively, you can save a bundle of time by visiting its new branch in Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui.