Quick and easy snacking options in Hong Kong

December 19, 2013 in Best Of, Food, Hong Kong, Reviews, Travel

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)

tim

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)

lan

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)

sun

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)

egg

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)

tsui

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)

zachy new 377

zachy new 379

zachy new 381

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)

zachy new 391

zachy new 388

zachy new 389

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)

zachy new 314

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)

IMG_2170

IMG_2169

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.

Return to Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan (Hong Kong)

September 29, 2013 in Food, Hong Kong, Reviews, Travel

照片 086

The first time I blogged about Tim Ho Wan, a Hong Kong dim sum restaurant famous for earning a prestigious Michelin star, was in 2010 (that post is here). At the time, there was only one store in the Mong Kok area, and a 2-hour wait was a frequent occurrence at the tiny joint.

Now, that place has relocated and there are four Tim Ho Wan branches across Hong Kong (Sham Shui Po, North Point, Tai Kok Tsui and Hong Kong Station). There are also two or three outlets in Singapore.

It was our last morning in Hong Kong and so we decided to check out the Hong Kong Station branch (which I see every time I visit HK), which is located in the row of shops between HK Station and the IFC Mall. It’s open 9am-9pm and I thought a visit around 10:30am would be relatively wait-free. I was wrong, but it wasn’t too bad — about a 15-minute wait in the end.

Admittedly, this new Tim Ho Wan has lost some of its original hole-in-the-wall charm. It’s obviously more commercialized, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The place is now more spacious, looks cleaner and better organized than it was before. And the prices are still very reasonable and you can get full for less than HK$40.

We ordered a lot of stuff.

The must-get is still the BBQ pork buns, which are world-famous because of the different skin that makes it almost like a pineapple bun. So the outside is crusty, crunchy, and the interior is hot and filled with delicious BBQ pork.

照片 081

 

照片 085

 

The quality of the rest of their stuff is also excellent. I particularly liked the salty dumpling, which is probably the best I’ve had anywhere.

 

照片 077

 

The regulars, such as the shui mai, har gao (prawn dumplings), turnip cake and vermicelli roll are also great. Just good ingredients and nicely made, with just the right mix of flavours.

 

照片 080

照片 082

照片 078

 

照片 079

 

Two dishes that I didn’t really like were the Cantonese sponge cake and the Medlar laurel blossom cake, but only because I’m not a fan of this type of dessert. My wife liked them a lot though, so it’s just a matter of personal preference.

照片 083

照片 084

 

You know what? My experience of Tim Ho Wan this time was probably even better than the first. It’s not a typical yum cha place where you can sit down and enjoy a long meal, but as far as the food and service are concerned you can’t really do any better.

9/10

Details

Tim Ho Wan (添好運)

Address: Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central

Phone: 2332 3078

Hours: 9am-9pm