Thursday, 13 February 2014

Hong Kong cheap eats

There are so many incredible dining options in Hong Kong. The amazing fine dining restaurants with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour, but when it comes to eating out in Hong Kong, I don't think you can beat the various options for cheap and cheerful dining.

Since it was winter season, it was the perfect weather for clay pot rice. There's nothing that warms you up faster than huddling over a warm pot of rice. Four Seasons in Yau Ma Tei is a very popular claypot rice restaurant. We had previously walked past at dinner time and there was a massive line that snaked all the way around the corner. The next time, we arrive at 6pm to squeeze into one of the remaining tables before a line started to form, so definitely get in early!

Chicken feet & pork rib claypot rice with extra chinese sausage

Claypot rice at Four Seasons start from $30HKD a pot. After browsing the web, it does appear that they have english menus stuck somewhere, but during our visit, they only had the chinese menu stuck up on the walls. 

Four Seasons claypot rice 四季煲仔飯
46-58 Arthur StYau Ma Tei

Nearby to Four Seasons is Mido Cafe, a Hong Kong style cafe (cha chang teng) that feels like you have stepped back in time to the 1960's. 

Beef with crispy egg noodle

Hong Kong style french toast

Red bean & coconut drink

Baked spare ribs rice

Mido Cafe
63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei

One thing you definitely have to eat whilst in Hong Kong is roast goose - so simple but so delicious! 

Roast goose leg with rice

Roast goose lai fun (a type of rice noodle)

Roast Goose King
119 Fuk Wing Street
Sham Shui Po

Or if you fancy soaking up the hectic Hong Kong night life, check out one of the outdoor dining options (dai pai dong) which are increasingly becoming rare due to health regulations. Most of these restaurants now have a store front - like this extremely popular Mongkok joint, who seems to have taken over several shopfronts to house all their customers.

The live seafood is scattered out the front in various tanks, and you can have a browse before ordering to see what looks good that night. 

Salt and pepper fried white bait

Entree platter with various intestines, pork neck and fish cake

Razor clams with garlic and vermicelli 

Siu Choi Wong - 小菜王

43 Fuk Wing street
Sham Shui Po

And just because anything served in a bread bowl is bound to be awesome:

Curry beef brisket in a bread bowl

This food court was where all the local workers gather for a feed during their breaks, with so many choices - though I couldn't go past the beef curry in a bowl. You even get a cup of curry to dip your warm and crunchy bread into! It was super filling though, best shared between 2. 

Mongkok cooked food market
557 Shanghai street, Mongkok


Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

I'd love to go back to HK for the eats! Those razor clams look tasty and I'd eat my weight in goose!

Annie said...

been feeling the urge to travel lately especially to HK. the curry beef in a bread bowl definitely sounds super awesome!

Karen N said...

HK is the place to stuff yourself silly! The goose was amazing

Annie - Definitely recommend HK as a travel destination for any foodie!

Tina said...

Mmmm, cheap and delicious HK eats... That French toast looks interesting!