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Hong Kong Food Culture: Where and What to Eat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the best cities in the world to try different types of cuisine. But the best food in Hong Kong has to be the Hong Kong style food that is inspired by traditional Cantonese cuisine, British food culture and other Asian cuisines.

Hong Kong food culture is all about wholesome ingredients, accessibility (because they can be found anywhere), and affordability. No matter where you are in the city, you can always find the best HK food at any time of the day.

I was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Toronto, Canada. However, when it comes to eating in Hong Kong, I consider myself a local. And I consider myself a foodie (because I spend way too much time researching and looking for good food).

So if you are travelling to HK for the first time and wondering what and where to eat in Hong Kong, then keep reading; I’ll show you all the must-eat food and the best places to eat in Hong Kong.

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Introduction to Hong Kong Food Culture

There are many places to eat in Hong Kong but the best ones are at the typical Hong Kong style cafe that serves Hong Kong-style food or Hong Kong cuisine. This type of food is an eclectic mix of Cantonese cuisine with influences from British culture and a mixture of other Asian cuisines like Japanese and Southeast Asian.

Also known as cha chaang teng (translation: tea restaurant), this type of Hong Kong diner serves the best local food in Hong Kong. It has a la carte dishes and set meals for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Typically, a set meal comes with an entree and a hot beverage.

Helpful tips for experiencing the food culture in Hong Kong

Before you try some of the best Hong Kong style food, check out my Hong Kong solo travel guide and get an overview of the city first.

Here are some additional tips for diving into HK food culture:

  • Most cafes and restaurants accept either cash or Octopus Card, a rechargeable smartcard
  • During peak hours, some Hong Kong style cafes will require you to share the table with other patrons. It is very common to share a table with strangers. But don’t feel obligated to talk to them. Most people keep to themselves.
  • Lunchtime is extremely busy. Avoid the long queues by going between 2:30-3pm and ordering the cheaper afternoon tea menu.
  • Speaking of afternoon tea, most HK cafes have an afternoon tea set meal which includes a smaller portion of the main course and a hot beverage. The meal is cheaper and the cafe is usually not as busy. It is usually between 2:30-5:30pm.
  • Bring your own napkin/tissue. It is a Hong Kong thing.
  • If you want a cold beverage instead, you can add a few dollars (usually $3HKD) and you can change your beverage from hot to cold.
  • Most HK cafes have an English menu. Otherwise, the Chinese/English menu is on the wall or on the table.

27 best HK food: What to eat in Hong Kong

See the summary of the all the must eat in Hong Kong. This is a quick guide for you when searching for things to eat in Hong Kong.

And when you scroll down, I include a more detailed explanation and photo for each must eat food and the best places to find these HK food. Click on the name of the restaurant or cafe, and it will bring you to the location on Google Maps.

Here is a quick summary of the 27 best food in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong-Style Cafe Food

  1. HK style Breakfast (港式早餐)
  2. Scrambled egg sandwich (蛋治)
  3. Pineapple bun and butter (菠蘿油)
  4. Pineapple Bun Sandwich (菠蘿包三明治)
  5. Scrambled eggs and barbecue pork rice (叉燒滑蛋飯)
  6. Baked Tomato Pork Chop Rice with Rice (焗豬扒飯)

Classic Hong Kong must eat food

  1. Wonton Noodles (雲吞麵)
  2. Fish Ball Noodles (魚丸麵) 
  3. Beef Brisket Noodles (牛腩麵) or Beef Brisket Rice (牛腩飯) 
  4. Barbecue Pork Rice (叉燒飯)
  5. Roast Goose Rice (燒鵝飯) Roast Goose Rice Noodles (燒鵝瀨粉) 
  6. Dim Sum (點心)
  7. Steamed Rice Rolls (腸粉) 
  8. Congee (粥) 
  9. High Tea or Afternoon Tea

Seasonal Hong Kong Food

  1. Claypot Rice (煲仔飯)
  2. Snake Soup (蛇羹)

Hong Kong Drinks

  1. Hong Kong-Style Milk Tea (港式奶茶)
  2. Hong Kong-Style Coffee Milk Tea aka Yuenyeung (鴛鴦)
  3. Hong Kong-Style Lemon Tea (港式檸檬茶)
  4. Ovaltine (阿華田) and Horlicks (好立克) 

Sweet treats in Hong Kong

  1. Hong Kong-Style Egg Tart (蛋撻)
  2. Egg Waffles (雞蛋仔) and Hong Kong-Style Waffles (格仔餅)
  3. Hong Kong-Style French Toast (港式西多士)

Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Desserts

  1. Tofu Fa (豆腐花)
  2. Mango Pomelo Sago (楊枝甘露) 
  3. Steamed Milk Pudding (馳名雙皮燉奶) and Steamed Egg Pudding (冰花燉雞蛋)

Hong Kong-Style Cafe Food

1. HK-Style Breakfast (港式早餐)

What is HK-Style Breakfast: there are a few components: eggs (fried or scrambled), meat (ham, spam or sausage), bread (thin or thick. toast). And on the side, you get either a bowl of oatmeal, satay beef with instant noodles or ham and macaroni in soup. As for drinks, HK-style milk tea or other typical Hong Kong drinks.

Where to eat HK style breakfast in Hong Kong:

  1. Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) – rated as the best Hong Kong breakfast cafe, but be prepared to order even before you sit down. Best to go on weekdays.
  2. Red Tea Cafe (紅茶冰室) – my go-to chain cha chaang teng. They have excellent breakfast options and you can customize each item.
  3. Men Wah Bing Teng (敏華冰廳) – a local cha chaang teng with over 20 locations in Hong Kong serves several HK-style breakfast combos.
  4. Café de Coral (大家樂) – one of the top chain Hong Kong cafes serving the cheapest HK-style breakfast.

2. Scrambled Egg Sandwich (蛋治)

What is Scrambled Egg Sandwich: silky and buttery scrambled eggs sandwiched between two pieces of white toast. Try one in the purest form or with ham, salty beef or satay beef. And have it for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at most cha chaang teng‘s.

Where to eat Scrambled Egg Sandwich in Hong Kong:

  1. A Cup of Tea (我杯茶) – the cafe in Wan Chai specializes in satay beef and egg sandwich
  2. John Choy Cafe 2015 (虹吸式咖啡専門店) – coffee shop in To Kwa Wan is known for their coffee and thick egg sandwiches. 
  3. Gala Cafe (嘉樂冰廳) – if you go all the way to this Hong Kong diner in Tsuen Wan, you have to queue and order the thick egg sandwich. Also excellent French toast and Ovaltine drink. There’s also a location in To Kwa Wan.
  4. Lucky Star Coffee Shop (幸運星咖啡室) – get take-away or eat-in at this updated cha chaang teng in Causeway Bay
  5. Milk Cafe (牛奶冰室) – the egg breakfast sandwich is quite big. Several locations in HK.
  6. Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) – as mentioned already. if you are not having the HK-style breakfast, try the fluffy egg sandwich.

3. Pineapple Bun and Butter (菠蘿油)

What is Pineapple Bun and Butter: a fluffy and sweet bread with a golden crackly crust with a thick slab of cold butter in between. Or eat the bun by itself. It doesn’t actually taste like pineapple, but the name refers to the crackly appearance of a pineapple.

Find it on the menu at any cha chaang teng across the city during breakfast and afternoon tea time. Or you can find variations of the pineapple bun at almost all the bakeries in HK.

Where to eat Pineapple Bun and butter in Hong Kong:

  1. Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery (金華冰室) – this local cha chaang teng in Mongkok makes the best pineapple bun in Hong Kong. The crusty top doesn’t fall apart!
  2. Lucky Star Coffee Shop (幸運星咖啡室) – as mentioned above. Try the pineapple bun at this modern cha chaang teng in Causeway Bay or buy one to go.

4. Pineapple Bun Sandwich (菠蘿包三明治)

What is Pineapple Bun Sandwich: a breakfast sandwich made with pineapple bun and different savoury ingredients. Typical ingredients include scrambled eggs, spam, tomato and cheese pineapple bun sandwich.

Where to eat Pineapple Bun Sandwich in Hong Kong:

  1. Men Wah Bing Teng (敏華冰廳) – as mentioned above. Try the “Big men” breakfast sandwich at one of the over 20 locations in Hong Kong.
  2. Shun Hing Restaurant (順興茶餐廳) – a local cha chaang teng in Tai Hang serving the fluffiest scrambled eggs in a pineapple bun.

5. Scrambled Eggs and Barbecue Pork Rice (叉燒滑蛋飯)

What is Scrambled Eggs and Barbecue Pork Rice: fluffy and silky scrambled eggs and slices of barbecue pork over white rice. Then add lots of sweet soy sauce.

Where to eat Scrambled Eggs and Barbecue Pork Rice in Hong Kong:

  1. Cafe Seasons (四季常餐) – a modern cha chaang teng in Central serving this local favourite with a special soy sauce.
  2. Mon Kee Cafe (旺記冰室) – the cha chaang teng has several locations serving their famous Japanese-style eggs and barbecue pork rice.
  3. Shun Hing Restaurant (順興茶餐廳) – besides making a good pineapple bun sandwich, their scrambled egg and barbecue pork rice is good too.

6. Baked Pork Chop Rice with Rice (焗豬扒飯)

What is Baked Pork Chop Rice with Rice: a thick cut of fried pork chop over fried rice. Then top it with sweet tomato sauce and cheese then baked to perfection. Order one at most any cha chaang teng in Hong Kong for lunch or dinner.

Where to eat Baked Pork Chop with Rice in Hong Kong:

  1. Queen’s Cafe (皇后飯店) – the Russian cafe serves a delicious baked pork chop rice and other signature Russian dishes
  2. Café de Coral (大家樂) – besides serving HK-styled breakfast, they serve the cheapest baked pork chop rice and you can get it at one of many locations in the city.

Classic Hong Kong Must Eat Food

1. Wonton Noodles (雲吞麵)

What is Wonton Noodles: a bowl 3 or 4 shrimp wontons and thin yellow noodles in a clear pork broth. Add chilli oil (HK favourite condiment) to the noodles for extra flavour.

Where to eat Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong:

  1. Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop (麥文記麵家) – locals dine at this local restaurant in Jordan regularly. It has been part of the Michelin Guide for many years.
  2. Mak’s Noodle (麥奀雲吞麵世家) – also known for wonton noodles and not related to the one above.
  3. Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop (沾仔記) – this busy wonton noodle shop in Central is another recommendation from the Michelin Guide.

2. Fish Ball Noodles (魚丸麵)

What is Fish Ball Noodles: a bowl of soup noodles topped with boiled or deep-fried fish balls that is made from fish paste. Sometimes the restaurant will include fish cake and some vegetables. Possible to choose different types of noodles including egg noodle and rice noodle.

Where to eat Fish Ball Noodles in Hong Kong:

  1. Aberdeen Fish Ball King (香港仔魚蛋王) – many shops across HK serving fish ball noodles and other types of soup noodles.
  2. Tak Cheong Noodle (德昌魚蛋粉) – a well-known noodle shop in Kowloon City. They have many types of noodles.

3. Beef Brisket Noodles (牛腩麵) or Beef Brisket Rice (牛腩飯)

What is Beef Brisket Noodles: a bowl of egg noodles in clear beef bone broth and topped with tender beef brisket that has been simmered in homemade beef broth for many hours. 

What is Beef Brisket Rice: a flavourful and saucy beef brisket with potatoes that mixes well with white rice. 

Where to eat Beef Brisket Noodles and Rice in Hong Kong:

  1. Kau Kee Food Cafe (九記牛腩) – a popular Michelin noodle shop in Central serving many types of beef brisket noodles. Prepare to queue during weekday lunch hour.
  2. Eight Treasures (八寶清湯腩) – the Michelin noodle shop in Fortress Hill offers many different of beef brisket which are cooked with eight herbs (hence the name). Try it with noodle or rice.
  3. Sister Wah Beef Brisket (華姐清湯腩) – the no-frills Michelin noodle shop is known for their beef brisket noodle. You’ll most likely share a table with someone (very HK) as the shop is quite small.
  4. Islam Food Since 1950 (清真牛肉館) – the local restaurant in Kowloon City is known for their pan-fried beef buns. But their beef brisket with rice is also very good.

4. Barbecue Pork Rice (叉燒飯)

What is Barbecue Pork Rice: or called char siu fan, in Cantonese. Slices of barbecue pork (made with honey and maltose) on rice and a sweet soy sauce is added on top.

Cantonese style roasted meat is part of any staple diet in Hong Kong. There are several popular types of meat including roasted goose, roasted duck, roasted suckling pig and more. You can order one of these roasted meats over rice, two types or even three types of meat

Where to eat Barbecue Pork Rice in Hong Kong:

  1. Chop Chop (食神叉燒) – a modern restaurant with Chinese interior accents serving classic HK roasted meat dishes
  2. Good BBQ Takeaway (好燒味) – a takeaway place that makes good barbecue pork rice
  3. Tai Hing Roast Restaurant (太興燒味餐廳) – over 200 restaurants all over HK, China, Macau and Taiwan, the local restaurant specializing in classic HK roasted meats

5. Roast Goose Rice (燒鵝飯) or Roast Goose Rice Noodles (燒鵝瀨粉)

What is Roast Goose Rice and Rice Noodles: a whole goose that is seasoned with many ingredients then roasted over a fire. The skin is super crispy while the fatty goose meat is juicy and flavourful. Served with plum sauce and is eaten with rice or rice noodles. 

Where to eat Roast Goose Rice and Rice Noodles in Hong Kong:

  1. Kam’s Roast Goose (甘牌燒鵝) – long queue for this Michelin restaurant specializing in roast goose. Go during afternoon tea time; the meals are much cheaper.
  2. Ki’s Roasted Goose Restaurant (棋哥燒鵝餐室) – they specialize in roast goose and have been around since 1976. Several locations across HK. Tip: the afternoon tea set meal is cheaper if you are not super hungry.
  3. Sun Yuen Restaurant (新園燒臘飯店) – a local Cantonese barbecue shop in Sheung Wan worthy of Michelin recognition.

6. Dim Sum (點心)

What is Dim Sum: a meal (breakfast or lunch) with a variety of savoury and sweet dishes and typically served on small plates or bamboo steamers. Some favourites include har gow (shrimp dumpling), siu mai (steamed pork dumpling), char siu bao (barbecue pork bun), cheung fun (rice noodle rolls) and many more.

Besides all the bite-size dishes, drinking Chinese tea is a big component of the meal. In Cantonese, the name “dim sum” is yum cha, which literally means “drink tea.” This Hong Kong food culture goes back to the 10th century when people drink tea and eat small portions of food at tea houses.

Where to eat Dim Sum in Hong Kong:

  1. Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) – an old school Cantonese restaurant famous for their Michelin dim sum. May be the only HK restaurant with a dim sum trolley. 
  2. Luk Yu Tea House (陸羽茶室) – a classic Cantonese restaurant with old-fashion decor serving Michelin level dim sum.
  3. Tim Ho Wan (添好運) – try Michelin level dim sum in Sham Shui Po. Or go to one of several locations in HK. They also have other locations throughout Asia.
  4. LockCha Tea House (樂茶軒) – try dim sum at an eclectic Chinese tea house in Hong Kong Park.
  5. Yum Cha (飲茶) – a modern dim sum chain restaurant serving the cutest and yummiest buns.
  6. Old Fung Tea House (老馮茶居) – cute retro Chinese restaurant in Yuen Long serving dim sum. 
  7. One Dim Sum (一點心) – an affordable and busy dim sum restaurant in Mong Kok that is popular with locals.

7. Steamed Rice Rolls (腸粉)

What is Steamed Rice Rolls: also known as “cheung fun”, which is made with a thin rice noodle sheet and filled with ingredients like barbecue pork, dried shrimp, prawns, or beef. Then rolled together and covered with a seasoned soy sauce. Can be eaten by itself or with congee. Excellent breakfast food or snack at any time.

Where to eat Steamed Rice Rolls in Hong Kong:

  1. Ho Mei Take-Away (好味小食店) – a small take-away shop near Jordan MTR selling local HK snacks. The steamed rice rolls is drenched with hoisin sauce, peanut sauce, hot sauce and sesame seed. I’ve been going there for over 20+ years. So good!
  2. Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食) – a Michelin street food stall serving cheung fun, congee and other popular HK street food. 
  3. Street food stalls, congee restaurants and dim sum restaurants

8. Congee (粥)

What is Congee: rice porridge made with white rice and water. Then different savoury ingredients are added to the porridge for flavour. Eaten by itself, or with rice noodle roll and/or fried breadstick. Excellent for breakfast and lunch.

Where to eat Congee in Hong Kong:

  1. Mui Kee Congee (妹記生滾粥品) – famous congee place inside a food centre in Mong Kok. They also have delicious rice noodle rolls that are made to order. 
  2. Congee and Noodle Shop (粥麵館) – a Michelin congee restaurant in Quarry Bay. The congee tastes really good, the fried fish cake is delicious but everything else is kind of meh.
  3. Trusty Congee King (靠得住粥麵小館) – the Michelin restaurant in Wan Chai has many types of congee and noodle dishes. They have several locations in HK.
  4. Super Super Congee & Noodle (一粥麵) – a HK fast food chain resto that serves many types of congee, rice noodle rolls and other side dishes.

9. High Tea or Afternoon Tea

What is High Tea or Afternoon Tea: small bite-size savoury snacks and sweet treats, scones with clotted cream and jam, and of course, tea (but you can have coffee too). And it is part of the tradition to use fancy flatware, fine china and a 3-tiered tray. It is a custom adopted by Hongkongers when Hong Kong was part of the British Colony.

Most hotels in Hong Kong will have afternoon tea between 3 to 6pm. And an afternoon tea is not cheap, but the food is always delicious and always Instagram-worthy.

Where to have High Tea in Hong Kong:

  1. The Murray Hong Kong (美利酒店) – one of the best traditional high tea. Try it at Popinjays or Murray Lane.
  2. The Peninsula Hong Kong (半島酒店) – the hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui is super popular for their classic afternoon tea at The Lobby.
  3. Mandarin Oriental (香港文華東方酒店) – have afternoon tea at the Clipper Lounge on the mezzanine level in this hotel in Central
  4. Cafe Épure – try the afternoon tea set at the one Michelin 1-star French contemporary dining restaurant
  5. The Lounge & Bar – book a table by the window and have high tea at the Ritz Carlton. The view of Victoria Harbour from 102nd is breathtaking!

Seasonal Food in Hong Kong

1. Claypot Rice (煲仔飯)

What is Claypot Rice: one pot dish cooked in a traditional ceramic pot. It starts with pre-soaked rice and savoury ingredients like chicken and Chinese sausage. Then a seasoned soy sauce is poured on top of the finished product. The rice is fluffy in the “rice casserole” while the bottom has a delightful crusty rice layer. It is a favourite dish during the cooler months in HK. 

Where to eat Claypot Rice in Hong Kong:

  1. Hing Kee Restaurant (興記菜館) – well-known claypot rice restaurant near Temple Street. Queue gets pretty long and the tables can spill into the street.
  2. Kwan Kee Claypot Rice (坤記煲仔小菜) – Michelin claypot rice restaurant in Sai Yin Pun that only serves the famous dish during dinner service. Recommend going at least 15 minutes before opening otherwise it is a super long wait.

2. Snake Soup (蛇羹)

What is Snake Soup: a Cantonese delicacy that is made with shredded snake meat. The thick soup starts with pork and chicken soup broth, then other ingredients like mushroom, fish maw, ginger, herbs and spices are added before serving it with fried rice crackers, chrysanthemum flower petals and lemongrass. It is said that snake soup has medicinal health benefits and will keep you warm during the cooler months.

Where to drink Snake Soup in Hong Kong:

  1. She Wong Hei (蛇王熙) – they serve a Michelin-level snake soup and other Cantonese barbecue meat dishes.
  2. Ser Wong Fun (蛇王芬飯店) – one of the oldest Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong that makes snake soup. 

Hong Kong Drinks

1 & 2. Hong Kong-Style Milk Tea (港式奶茶) and Hong Kong-Style Coffee Milk Tea aka Yuenyeung (鴛鴦)

What is Hong Kong-Style Milk Tea: black tea drained with a sackcloth bag, which makes the tea much smoother and richer. Then add the perfect amount of evaporated milk to balance out the tea flavour. Drink it hot or cold and at any time of the day.

What is Yuenyeung: originated in HK, the hot or cold drink mixes brewed coffee and black tea with milk. The name “Yuenyeung” refers to mandarin ducks which mate for life and are the perfect symbol for conjugal union in Chinese culture.

Where to drink HK-Style Milk Tea and Yuenyeung in Hong Kong:

  1. Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) – one of the oldest cha chaang teng famous for its “silk stocking” HK-style milk tea and HK-style fast food. And it is said that they invented Yeunyeung. There are three locations in HK.
  2. A Cup of Tea (我杯茶) – besides satay beef and egg sandwich, the cafe also makes an excellent HK-style milk tea and HK-style milk tea and coffee.
  3. All cha chaang teng‘s, cafes, convenience stores, supermarkets.

3. Hong Kong-Style Lemon Tea (港式檸檬茶)

What is Hong Kong-Style Lemon Tea: a HK classic beverage made with black tea like Celon tea or orange pekoe. Add several slices of lemon and syrup or sugar to balance the taste. If locals are not drinking HK milk tea or yuenyeung, they will be sipping lemon tea.

Where to drink HK-Style Lemon Tea in Hong Kong:

  1. Lam Heung Ling (林香檸手打檸檬茶) – one of the newest drink specialty shops in HK that sells lemon tea only. The signature handmade lemon tea is good but kind of expensive. Prepare to wait at least 20 minutes.
  2. All cha chaang teng‘s, cafes, convenience stores, supermarkets.

4. Ovaltine (阿華田) and Horlicks (好立克) 

What is Ovaltine: a beverage made with a malt, sugar and cocoa powder. Add water or milk and drink it hot or cold.

What is Horlicks: a sweet malted drink made with water and milk. Another staple in HK cafe culture that can be consumed hot or cold.

Where to drink Ovaline and Horlicks in Hong Kong:

  1. Gala Cafe (嘉樂冰廳) – besides the thick egg sandwich, try either the Ovaltine milkshake or Horlicks milkshake. So yummy!
  2. All cha chaang teng‘s, cafes, convenience stores, supermarkets.

Sweet treats in Hong Kong

1. HK-Style Egg Tart (蛋撻)

What is HK-style Egg Tart: egg pudding baked in a buttery crust. Each bakery will make a version of their own. Some will be sweeter, some will have other flavours including matcha, and with red bean. But they are always made with either a shortcrust or a flakey crust.

Where to eat Egg Tarts in Hong Kong

  1. Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery (金華冰室) – they are known for their pineapple bun but their crumbly flakey crust egg tarts are really good too.
  2. Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家) – a traditional bakery selling different types of egg tart. Try one at one of several locations in Hong Kong.
  3. King Bakery – find many varieties at one of these bakeries that specialize in egg tarts.
  4. Bakehouse – a western bakery selling sourdough egg tart.

2. Egg Waffles (雞蛋仔) and HK-Style Waffles (格仔餅)

What is Egg Waffles: also known as eggette, egg puffs, and gai dan zai, the waffle has round bubbly “eggs” all connected together. It comes in many flavours including original, matcha, chocolate, coffee, spicy pork floss and salted yolk!

What is HK-Style Waffles: waffles with “grids” that are perfect for spreading butter, condensed milk and white sugar. The waffle is folded in half and eaten like a sandwich.

Where to eat Egg Waffles and HK-Style Waffles in Hong Kong:

  1. Mammy Pancake (媽咪雞蛋仔) – my favourite egg waffle place in Hong Kong. They have many flavours to choose from and several locations in HK.
  2. Hung Hom Pancake (紅磡雞蛋仔) – it is possible to try three different flavours (original, chocolate and matcha) in an egg waffle or HK-styled waffle. Michelin recommended.
  3. Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles (利強記雞蛋仔) – try both original flavour egg waffles and HK-style waffle at one of the few locations.

3. Hong Kong-Style French Toast (港式西多士)

What is Hong Kong-Style French Toast: a peanut butter sandwich made with two pieces of white bread and generous amount of peanut butter. Then the entire sandwich is fried until it is golden brown. Add butter and drizzle condensed milk or syrup on top. Excellent snack during afternoon tea time.

Where to eat HK-Style French Toast in Hong Kong:

  1. Mon Kee Cafe (旺記冰室) – this modern cha chaang teng uses whole wheat bread and red bean filling to make this classic local favourite.
  2. Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) – besides HK-style breakfast, they also serve an excellent HK-style French toast.

Traditional Chinese Desserts in Hong Kong

1. Tofu Fa (豆腐花)

What is Tofu Fa: smooth and silky tofu in a bowl with yellow sugar or ginger syrup. This soy-milk pudding is a classic HK dessert and can be eaten hot or cold.

Where to eat Tofu Fa in Hong Kong:

  1. Grandma’s Tofu Pudding (亞婆豆腐花) – grandma only sells two things at her little shop in Tai Po: tofu fa and soy milk. Very affordable and tasty.
  2. Kung Wo Beancurd Factory (公和荳品廠) – try the smooth and silky tofu pudding at this Michelin tofu specialty shop in Sham Shui Po. Their fried tofu is amazing too. 
  3. Tofu Garden (建興亞婆豆腐花) – if you’re hiking in Lamma Island, try tofu fa across from Tai Wan Tsuen Playground.
  4. Some specialty dessert shops

2. Mango Pomelo Sago (楊枝甘露) 

What is Mango Pomelo Sago: a soupy dessert made with mango, pomelo, sago, coconut milk and milk. Super refreshing and excellent for hot weather.

Where to eat Mango Pomelo Sago in Hong Kong:

  1. Hoi Kee Walnut Place (海記合桃坊甜品) – there are many dessert shops in Mongkok including this one. Try their mango sago or other mango desserts. 
  2. Kai Kai Dessert (佳佳甜品) – the Michelin dessert shop near Temple Street has many traditional dessert items on the menu. Their mango pomelo sago sell out quickly but other desserts are good too.
  3. Ho Kee Dessert (浩記甜品) – this 30 year old dessert shop in To Kwa Wan serves Michelin level traditional desserts. Try black sesame paste, glutinous rice balls in ginger syrup and mango sago, tofu fa and steamed egg and milk. 
  4. Some specialty dessert shops and Chinese restaurants.

3. Steamed Egg Pudding (冰花燉雞蛋) and Steamed Milk Pudding (馳名雙皮燉奶)

What is Steamed Egg Pudding: steamed sweeten egg that is egg-y and silky smooth. It has a consistency similar to egg custard and crème brulée. It is eaten hot or cold.

What is Steamed Milk Pudding: similar to steamed egg pudding it is made entirely with milk. This is one of the more unique desserts that only exist in Hong Kong (as far as I know).

Where to eat Steamed Egg Pudding and Steamed Milk Pudding in Hong Kong:

  1. Yee Shun Milk Company (義順牛奶公司) – local dessert shop in Causeway Bay that serves yummy steamed egg and milk pudding.
  2. Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) – if you are not having their popular HK-style breakfast, try their steamed egg or steamed milk pudding.
  3. Some specialty dessert shops

Hong Kong food culture: which HK food will you try?

I hope this post will inspire your inner foodie to come out and enjoy some of the best Hong Kong famous food. I’ll keep adding recommendations as I come across new ones.

And if I miss any Hong Kong must eat places, let me know! Leave them in the comments below!

Thank you for reading my Hong Kong food guide

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 20+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!


  • Sheena
    November 30, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve been using your blog for restaurant recommendations, and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate them! I thought I’d count how many of the places you listed that we went to in HK and it was nine! All of them have been great, so thanks so much. Your Taiwan recommendations were spot-on, too. 🙂

    • queenie mak
      November 30, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Sheena,
      Aw thank you so much for your comment. I’m so glad you were able to try that many places in HK And Taiwan too! I’ve been putting more efforts in blogging about food and the places I ate throughout my travels. I should group them in a section so readers like you can find them easily. Thanks again for your lovely comment. Happy travels! 🙂


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