Most of my visits to Hong Kong are way too short, which runs contrary to my intentions to eat way too much. The alternative is that I just find a lot of places lots of different snacks that are cheap, quick and easy. Here are some of my recommendations.
Tim Ho Wan (添好運)
You really can’t go wrong with Tim Ho Wan because it’s Michelin starred, it’s cheap, it’s quick (sometimes even when you have to line up) and there are now multiple locations in Hong Kong, including right next Hong Kong MRT station, so there’s no excuse for not visiting if you want divine dim sums. Check out my posts on this legendary joint here and here.
Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)
This legendary tea cafe now has multiple locations as well, so you don’t have to line up outside the hole-in-the-wall near Lan Kwai Fong. The service is extremely quick and the food is excellent for the prices — the perfect place for a quick bite, whether it’s noodles or pork buns or milk tea. Check out my full post here.
Sun Chiu Kee (新釗記)
Rice, noodles, congee and coffee, all at reasonable prices. The food is standard fare but the good thing is that you can find one of these tea cafes just about everywhere. More detailed post here.
Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)
It’s pretty silly for an Aussie to go to a place called Australia Dairy Company in Hong Kong, but this place is a regular for foodies who go there to sample its milk, egg and toast dishes. Can’t say I was overly impressed during my lone visit but most others have a different opinion. More detailed post here.
Tsui Wah (翠華)
If you ever need a decent meal but can’t be bothered travelling, just look out for the ubiquitous Tsui Wah, which is everywhere in Hong Kong. They have an assortment of set meals offering different types of food, from sandwiches to noodle soups. More detailed post here.
Tai Hing (太興)
I really like this place, which offers a massive menu with just about everything you can imagine, from rice to BBQ to noodles to light snacks, and loads and loads of beverage options. It’s more like a sit-down restaurant but it’s still quick and efficient. If you’re not sure what you feel like, this is the place I would recommend. The official website is here.
Yee Shun Dairy Company (港澳義順牛奶公司)
I believe this joint originated in Macau, and it’s more of a specialized cafe for people who are into milk desserts, with their double-skin steamed milk pudding being a local favourite. Toasts and macaroni dishes available here too, but everyone goes there for the milk. Multiple locations across Hong Kong, I believe. See here for more details.
Mak’s Noodle (麥奀雲吞麵世家)
If all you want is a steaming bowl of wonton noodles, then this is the place. It’s simple, tasty, cheap, and supposedly the best in town. For address and details check out this link.
Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家)
Lastly, if you can’t stuff any more food into your belly, how about a traditional Hong Kong egg tart? I know everyone goes for Portuguese ones these days, but the traditional ones are pretty tasty too. For locations check out here.