Food and travel are a perfect combination, by sampling the local cuisine, you also get to taste a country’s history and rich culture. Albeit my husband’s non-adventurous tastebuds, he willingly gave in to my demand, food tripping Hong Kong’s cuisine. Some restaurants are not authentic Chinese but these are the food places recommended by other HK travellers.
1. Modern Toilet – 240-244 Portland St. Room 3B MPM Bldg., Mong Kok
Yes, the restaurant’s name is Modern Toilet and my article’s topic is about food. So why such name? This is because the restaurant’s setting looks like a toilet. They don’t have comfy chairs to sit on but toilet bowls, there are no tables for the food but a makeshift bathtub or sinks covered with glass. And the food, well, they’re edible but they are served in mini toilet bowls and the drinks are served in mini urinals. Cool! Don’t forget to order their poop-shaped ice cream as dessert.
The food is average, for something as 75-85 HKD a meal, this maybe quite expensive. But the servings are good enough for two. The poop-shaped ice cream lacks sweetness, and so is their iced milk tea. Obviously, the Modern Toilet’s come on is its totally quirky ambiance, people go to the restaurant for the experience but not for the food.
2. Pepper Lunch – Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Pepper Lunch fan here! I was quite surprised to see Pepper Lunch in the food court of Silvercord Mall, while here in the Philippines, it’s considered as an upscale resto. But I still ordered our staple, Salmon Pepper Rice for me and Beef Pepper Rice for Jeff. The price in Pepper Lunch Hong Kong is more expensive than here in the Philippines, but the servings are bigger. I see more beef, more salmon, more veggies and more rice on our plates. The taste is similar, still deliciously hot!
Finally, an authenthic Chinese restaurant. The restaurant was intimidating at first and most of their staff don’t understand English. So we ordered our dimsum just by looking and pointing at the menu. We ordered 3 dimsums: Shu Mai, Xiao Long Bao and the other one I can’t recall the name. All three dimsums are delicious, the Xiao Long Bao’s filling of shrimp is so tender and fresh. The other dimsums are juicy. We devour the siomai of Siomai House, but after tasting Tao Heung’s authentic Shu Mai, I thought we’re missing out a lot.
4. MOS Burger – Langham Place, Mong Kok
MOS stands for “Mountain Ocean Sun”, this burger joint originates from Japan and has captured Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. I hope Philippines will have MOS burger too. The beef patty is so juicy and tender, add to that is the special sauce sandwiched between the cheese and the ruce buns. What made them unique is that the buns are made with rice, hence the name, MOS Rice Burgers.
5. Ajisen Ramen – Langham Place, Mong Kok
Another fastfood-restaurant originally from Japan, Ajisen Ramen also made its way to the hearts of Hong Kong locals. We ordered Spicy Ramen, as you can see from the photo, the red color indicates that it’s spicy. And boy, it is really really spicy! But despite its kick, you can still taste the flavorful soup. The ramen or the hand-pulled noodles, which is said to be the secret of their menu, is tasty on its own.
If Philippines has Jollibee and Chowking, Hong Kong has Cafe de Coral. Almost every corner in Hong Kong has Cafe de Coral, this Chinese fastfood joint offers a variety of affordable Chinese food. We got to try their breakfast at the Hong Kong International Airport, I can’t judge the food since we only had their breakfast menu at that time which has a limited offering like ham, scrambled eggs and sausage. The macaroni soup tastes bland.
Aside from Cafe de Coral, fastfood restaurants that can be found in Hong Kong are KFC (serves yummy egg tarts!), Yoshinoya (their Beef Bowl and the rice is a must-try!) and the trusty McDonald’s. They even have Jollibee in Hong Kong but only has one branch located in Central.
7. Fresh juices along Haiphong Road – Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
We passed by this juice store on our way to the China Ferry Terminal and Silvercord Mall. People would line up and wait for their fresh juices to be extracted, so we followed suit. Had I discovered this store since our day 1 in Hong Kong, I could have brought my fresh orange juice drink here every morning.
Aside from fresh juices along the sidewalk, you can’t miss the hawker stalls especially in Mong Kok that sells takoyaki balls, gizzards, fish balls and other what-nots similar to the ones here in the Philippines.
8. Royce Chocolates
I’ve got to save the best for last! Before Royce Chocolates opened in Rockwell, Royce is the most coveted chocolate when one goes to Hong Kong. Located in City Super inside Harbour City, we got tired walking and searching for it inside the humongous mall. Only to find out that the Royce Nama Chocolates are sold at 100 HKD, more expensive than the prices at Rockwell. But still, I bought one because it’s my first time to taste this. I was disappointed, maybe because my expectations are so high for that expensive price. Indeed, it melts in your mouth like everybody claims it to be. But I tasted a similar Sachi Nama Chocolate from Heavenly Chocolates a year ago, same texture and taste, yet cheaper. Meiji Melty Kiss which is also my fave is also a lot cheaper alternative.