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The Hungry Girl's Guide To Hong Kong

Have you really explored Hong Kong?

We’re sure a lot of you have been to Hong Kong. It’s a two-hour trip to good food and great shopping. But have you really explored Hong Kong? In recent years, Hong Kong has become a den of delicious food, tucked away in obscure streets (well, maybe not so obscure now that people are finding them).

Below, we’ve compiled a Hong Kong Foodie Guide to help you hunt down the must-eats in the capital city.

1. Yardbird

33 Bridges St, Hong Kong

A fave of 12/10 proprietors Gab Bustos and Thea de Rivera, this yakiniku-and-izakaya spot is probably the hottest restaurant in Hong Kong right now. It opens at 6 p.m. and it fills up pretty fast so, unless you’re there within thirty minutes of its opening, you’ll probably end up standing (though the experience is still enjoyable sans a table).

We recommend: Sweet Corn Tempura, KFC – Korean Fried Cauliflower,  Maitake Mushroom (can be grilled or tempura, we recommend both ways), Fried Chicken with garlic and kewpie, Chicken and Egg Rice, any Yakitori (but Wings with sea salt and shichimi is highly recommended)

Bonus tip: If you get there early, walk around PMQ right in front of it—a shopping compound inside an old police quarters. We absolutely love the hyper-curated, artisanal Muji there called Found Muji.

2. Little Bao

66 Staunton St., Central, Hong Kong

Little Bao is one of our favorite go-to places when in Hong Kong. Like Yardbird right by it, it opens at 6 p.m. and the chances of you queuing versus not queuing are around five to one (unless you show up early... or it’s raining). They specialize in baos (basically siopao buns) done burger style—they offer both savory and sweet baos. The restaurant also has a wide selection of unique appetizers.

We recommend: “Mac & Cheese” (they use steamed rice rolls instead of macaroni), Short-Rib Pan-Fried Dumpling, Pork Belly Bao, Szechuan Fried Chicken Bao, Both Sweet Baos (Green Tea Ice Cream with Condensed Milk and Salt Ice Cream with Caramel)

Bonus Tip: Ask for the secret dessert bao flavors (their selection always changes)

3. 22 Ships

22 Ship St, 灣仔 Hong Kong

This is a must when you're in the area, especially if you're on the hunt for great food. 22 Ships is a tapas bar, so their servings aren't big but they're bursting with flavor. They have a wide selection from vegetables to seafood, to different meats and desserts, so the resto definitely has something for everyone. 

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We recommend: Jamón, manchego and truffle toastie with quail eggs, cauliflower with mushroom, parsley and walnut pesto, seafood paella with fava beans and crispy bacon, red snapper with pine nuts, chorizo and pepper, Hawke's Bay lamb shoulder with eggplant and mint, suckling pig with pineapple and piquillo peppers (if you're only having one thing, get this one!), chocolate fondant with malt ice cream and 100's & 1000's, and Green tea cheesecake with lime and yogurt

4. Ho Lee Fook

1 Elgin St, Central, Hong Kong

A bite of Ho Lee Fook's food makes you say profanities—particularly the one it suspiciously sounds like. It oozes with personality, which reflects on its food, its design, even the crowd that frequents it. Their servers are extremely friendly and attentive, and they try to gauge your taste to help create a meal that best suits you. They have hearty servings, too, so it's a great place to go when you're hungry. You may need a reservation, though...

We recommend: Mom's "mostly cabbage, a little bit of pork" dumplings with sacha soy dressing, Hokkaido scallops with snowpeas, pickled enoki, shiso and salmon roe, Stir-fried asparagus with broccoli, sugar snap peas, garlic and Shaoxing, Kurobota pork char-siu, roast Wagyu short ribs with jalapeño puree, green shallot kimchi and soy glaze (if you only have time for one dish, get this!), mix your own steamed rice with seaweed, toasted sesame, pork floss and sesame oil, AND "Breakfast 2.0" (Horlick's ice cream, cornflake honeyjoy, oats, dried longan and cocoa coffee crumbs).

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*Minor edits have been made by Cosmo.ph editors.