Hong Kong Eats 2

The Hong Kong food scene is constantly  changing, with new restaurants popping up and the less popular ones disappearing. Thus, my go to places continues to evolve. In my previous post about eating in Hong Kong (check it out here), I had  listed some food finds that were worth going back to. The selection choices still stands, but I thought it’s time to update the list and add more of my finds especially since my home base is in Hong Kong. Just like my latest post on Tokyo Eats, the list will be updated periodically.


Brass Spoon 

Shop B, Ground Floor, 1 Moon Street, Wanchai (灣仔月街1號地下B舖)
Ground Floor, 10 Pottinger Street, Central (中環砵典乍街10號地舖)

My current obsession! I heard about this Vietnamese Pho place a while ago and waited for the hype to ease before giving it a try. I’m totally hooked! The Wanchai outlet I went to is tucked in a quite part of Wanchai, closer to Admiralty, really, housing a few other restaurants, but by far, Brass Spoon was the busiest. There was already a line when I arrived as everyone was waiting for them to open for lunch. There must’ve been around 10 people in front of me. Inside, the shop has around 20 seats, so it fills up quick! The menu is small as they specialize in Pho. There’s a choice between regular USDA beef Pho or premium beef Pho, along with some sides.

You can choose the amount of onion, scallions, coriander and even beef oil in the Pho. The broth was so clear and tasty, I drank most of it (which I typically don’t do). The beef was so fresh and tender, I’m looking forward to trying the premium beef version. The Pho noodles were very slippery and smooth. The best part was, I didn’t feel thirsty nor had any bad after taste, which I usually find after having Pho in most places. Price for the regular beef Pho was HK$88 (US$11), a bit on a pricey side, but it was worth it! Oh and they’re a Michelin rated restaurant!


Best beef Pho ever! This is the regular beef Pho.


Address: Ground Floor, Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai (灣仔石水渠街68號地下)

Expect a line when trying out this place, but it’s worth it. This small rustically decorated place offers elevated Thai street food dishes with their specialty being noodles. Their signature is the wagyu beef boat noodle, which I had. It was sensational! My friend had the stir fried fat noodles with sliced chicken. That was also very tasty. Average check was around HK$120 (US$15) for lunch.

Kong Chai Kee 江仔記粉麵專家

Address: G/F, 2 Canal Road East, Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣堅拿道東2號地舖)

A local, “hole in the wall” that’s famous for their fish balls. The consistency of the fish balls are fluffy and bouncy – not a lot of places are able to do that. A selection of other “balls” are available, i.e. beef, squid, as well as pork dumplings and beef brisket, among other things. This is my “go to” for a quick bowl of noodles. On most days, there’s usually a line, but service is very speedy, so the wait isn’t usually very long. Average check was around HK$45 (US$6).

Hong Kong Style

Capital Cafe 華星冰室

Address: Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai

This place makes one of the creamiest and fluffiest scrambled eggs in Hong Kong! Menu items in this local “Bing Sut”(a traditional coffee house serving light meals) is limited, which is typical of all Bing Suts. For lunch, they have a selection of simple sandwiches – my favorite is their ham and egg on thick toast, macaroni or spaghetti with BBQ pork, and toast. There’s a slightly larger selection during dinner. Nonetheless, people come for their ultra smooth milk tea and their creamy scrambled eggs. Average check is around HK$50 (US$6).

Chan Hon Kee 陳漢記

Address: G/F, No. 91B Wan Tau Street, Tai Po (大埔運頭街91B地下)

In the winter season, it’s common for Hong Kongers to have claypot rice, a rice dish where the rice and its ingredients are cooked in a claypot over a gas or charcoal stove. When served, specialised soy sauce is poured into the pot and is mixed together. I always like the crispy rice bits that needs to be scrapped off at the bottom of the pot. It reminds me of rice crackers. There are many claypot rice places and I’ve had a number of them. A lot of places ‘cheat’ and pre-cooks the rice and ingredients, which is quicker to serve, but I find doesn’t bring out any of the flavors. At this place, the wait for a finished claypot rice is 30 minutes after ordering, and it’s definitely worth the wait! While waiting for the rice, there’s other items on the menu to order from, such as wonton noodles and even stir fry dishes, but most people, including myself, opt for their famous “cheng fun” or steamed rice noodle rolls that is typically found at dim sum places. The place is definitely a far from the city, but it’s worth taking a trip to try it. Average check is around HK$150 ($19).

Japanese Food

The Mon 一門

Address: 4/F, The Goldmark, 502 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

This place has been around for many years and it’s still a very popular place for “not too fancy” Japanese food. They’re famous for their egg omelettes and when I go, I need to have one each time. My favorites are their mentaiko (fish roe) and eel flavor. Another signature dish is their eel and avocado roll wrapped in a soft layer of crepe. The blend of sweet and savory is really interesting. Their menu selection is quite varied from sushi to skewers and the quality is consistent and good. The restaurant is quite dark, but have appropriate lighting in the necessary places. Be sure to make reservations at least a week in advance. I’ve tried many times to try to book the day before, or even 2 days before and they’re always full – even during the weekday. Average check is around HK$250 (US$32).

Sushi Kuu

Address: 1/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central
(中環威靈頓街2-8號威靈頓廣場M88 1樓)

This is yet another place that’s been around for a while. I only had their lunch sets a few times so decided to have dinner. The place had a comfortable and casual atmosphere and found their portions to be quite large. It was just the two of us and we were stuffed after having a half order of pork salad, a side of edamame and sushi platter for two. It’s a good place to have some reasonably priced quality Japanese food in the heart of Central. Average check was around HK$350 ($45).

Chain Restaurants 

Tim Ho Wan, the dim sum specialist 添好運點心專門店

Address: Various locations in North Point, Central, Sham Shui Po, Tai Kok Tsui, Tseung Kwan O (Check here for specific locations)

This Michelin rated dim sum chain has the best baked BBQ pork buns in Hong Kong. I usually go to the outlet in Central and there’s always a constant line for dine in. Their menu selection isn’t that vast, but it’s enough to satisfy ones dim sum craving. I usually just get their BBQ pork buns (multiple of them) and the steamed BBQ pork “cheng fun”, or rice noodle rolls. A good tip – get take out instead of dining in as it’s much faster. Find a place to devour the goods instead of waiting in line! Average check is around HK$50 (US$6).


Baked BBQ pork buns

Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Address: Various locations in Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Shatin (Check here for specific locations)

I’m always amazed by the efficiency the Causeway Bay shop has. I’m pretty sure the other outlets are just as efficient. Ordering is on a small clipboard to include the number of orders for each dish. After submitting it to the server, the first food item arrives within 5 minutes and the rest quickly follows. For second servings, the same order sheet is used since they have a separate column for re-orders. Their food is always consistently good and is a great place for me to get my Shanghainese dumpling craving, along with other Shanghaiese goodies. Although the Causeway Bay shop is massive, it gets filled up quickly during meal times, especially during the weekends. My favorite dishes are of course the “Xiao Long Bao” or the steamed pork dumplings, shrimp fried rice, steamed vegetable dumplings, and braised bean curd puff with black fungus. In addition to Hong Kong locations, they have outlets around China and Taiwan, which is where it originated. Plus, they’re also Michelin rated! Average check is around HK$200 (US$26).

Chapter 1 – Food Finds: Hong Kong

I can’t say I’m the type of person who constantly searches for the newest restaurants in town, and who will go out of their way just to try a new restaurant. I’m the type who stumbles across restaurants I haven’t tried (new or old) and if it’s convenient for me, I’ll give it a try.

The Hong Kong restaurant scene reminds me of the New York City, the strongest and fittest survives. Being the 10th anniversary since my move back to Hong Kong this year, I definitely have my favorite ‘go to’ places, but at the same time, I do get curious to try new places that I come across – whether it be a friend’s recommendation, a review, or if I just simply pass by.

I can’t say I’m an organized person, so more often than not when I try to recall the restaurant I went to last week (forget about last month!) I struggle to locate the information. More often than not, I use my Instagram page as a first reference point, but I still find it difficult. Therefore, I’ve decided to document my food finds here, on my blog! It’s a great reference point for me, and it’ll be good to share it with you too! I will share three food finds periodically focusing on different parts of the world, so be sure to check back often! I will not only share positive recommendations, but also not so great finds, which really is to remind me not to go there again! For my first post, I’ve decided to highlight my home base – Hong Kong! So here goes:

Spot 1Pho Vietnamese Restaurant (越色牛肉粉餐廳)

Address: G/F, 3 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣蘭芳道3號地下)

I find that good Phở, or Vietnamese soup noodle, is extremely hard to find in Hong Kong. I’ve tried many places, from high end to ‘hole in the wall’ joints –  I haven’t been impressed, until I found this place. I came across this place about five years ago when it was at another location. Since they moved (at a more convenient location for me) about six months ago, I’ve been frequenting this place almost every other week. This place offers not only Phở, but other Southeast Asian food items such as Pad Thai, and Hainan Chicken Rice. Service is typical of Hong Kong operation – fast and efficient (at peak times, they push you out the door to turn the table for the next guest). Needless to say, I would still go back for a bowl of hot Phở any day, especially when the weather is chilly.

Spot 2Fleur de Sel 

Address: Shop 2J, Po Foo Building, Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣富明街1號寶富大樓2樓J室)

I came across this place just by simply looking up! Residential buildings in popular commercial areas in Hong Kong are often occupied by retail or restaurants. It’s one way for independent shops to make it financially feasible for their existence (rents are typically much cheaper than ground floor storefronts). I was wondering in Causeway Bay, and looked up to admire the blue sunny sky on a Saturday afternoon – it was after days of cloudy weather, then I saw this European looking balcony and intrigued me to head to the second floor of that building. This cozy French themed venue only serves crepes, savory and sweet. From their chefs to their ingredients, it’s all imported from France – yes, even the chef! Every time I go back, the food is consistently fresh and tasty. Although their management of reservations needs more work (making a booking doesn’t mean you’ll your table is secured), their staff is friendly and caring. The staff once offered me a cup of honey with hot water after seeing (and probably hearing) me cough nonstop because of a sinus infection I had. I don’t go to any other crepe places except this one!

Spot 3i Creameria Dolce Giapponese 

Address: Various locations in Hong Kong
I became obsessed with this green tea themed dessert outlet during this past summer. The first shop started in Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay; a small standing room only locale, but within a span of a couple of months, three more shops opened, two in Causeway Bay (Sogo and World Trade Center), and one in Tsim Sha Tsui (Harbour City). The recipe to their success is simple – to have few but high quality ingredients, in their case, it’s primarily green tea soft serve, vanilla soft serve, red bean, mochi, fresh chestnut, fresh melon and grapes (both imported from Japan). Make it simple and make it good! Their green tea soft serve has a rich tea flavor, yet not bitter at all – one of the best I’ve had – definitely quality similar to ones you find in Japan! The combinations concocted by them is simply to die for!

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