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Signature Dishes from around the World

We show off Hong Kong’s food diversity and makes the case for why the city is one of the great culinary capitals of the world
 
Naturally, As one of world’s top travel destinations, Hong Kong has much to offer, and much of it well-described and welldeserved: east meet west culture, its colonial legacy and heritage, the stunning harbour and world famous skyline, reputation as a shopping mecca, and quality food offerings, starting with Hong Kong local food and Cantonese seafood. And speaking of food, while Hong Kong is widely recognised as a culinary destination, one can argue that the diversity, depth and quality of its dining excellence is still under-marketed and underappreciated, crowded out by other alluring images of Hong Kong. 
 
To say that Hong Kong has a strong food culture would be overly modest – for local people, food culture is perhaps the defining element of our DNA and dining out and 
trying out new cuisines and dishes is in our blood. The city’s limited living space certainly encourages holding social gatherings and formal meals outside the home, with restaurants taking on the role of local hangout; our role as an international business and trading hub and one of the world’s freest port encourages new culinary infusions; and the city’s large expatriate population from the world over ensures a healthy diversity of culinary choice. With over 11,000 restaurants offering a staggeringly wide array of cuisines, quality, service and prices, Hong Kong is the perfect place for hungry visitors to either get adventurous or, if already homesick, to hunt out some home town cooking. 
 
To help maximise the enjoyment for your adventurous taste buds, CityLife has selected a broad sample of signature dishes from different cuisines ranging from Hong Kong local food, Chinese regional cuisines, regional Asian varieties, and international cuisines. Bon appetit!

 

Hong Kong
Har Gao
 
This classic shrimp dumpling dim sum item, among many others, is lovingly prepared by some of the best dim sum chefs in Hong Kong at one of the city's finest Cantonese restaurants.
 
Victoria City
2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
2827 9938
 
Typhoon Shelter Fried Crab with Chili 
 
This famous fried crab with chili is a Hong Kong original. The crabmeat is tender and sweet, and Hee Kee's colourful history as the original chili crab restaurant is equally enchanting.
 
Hee Kee Fried Crab Expert 
Shop 1-4, G/F, 379 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
2893 7565
 
Baked Lobster with Butter and Cheese 
 
The Baked Lobster with Butter and Cheese is a local innovation served by the likes of Chuk Yuen, a wellknown and long-established seafood restaurant catering to locals and tourists alike.

 

Chuk Yuen Sea Food Chinese Restaurant
G/F, HK Pacific Centre (South Wing), 28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2722 0633
 
Chiu Chow
Oyster Congee 
 
Chiu Chow cuisine is highly popular in Hong Kong and for good reason; the oyster congee with minced pork is a local favourite, as are the marinated meats.
 
Shung Hing Chiu Chow Restaurant 
G/F, 33 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan
2544 8776

 

Sichuan

Water Cooked Fish
 
One of the city's more well known Sichuan restaurants, San Xi Lou's water-boiled fish is served piping hot, in sweat-inducing spiciness, and the fish fillet tender and fresh. Drink lots of beer!
 
San Xi Lou
7/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels
2838 8811
 
Hakka
Salt-baked Chicken 
 
Arguably Hakka Cuisine's standard bearer, the baked chicken is tender, accented by the infused salty flavour. Chuen Cheung Kui offers this dish heaped with spring 
scallions, for added aroma.
 
Chuen Cheung Kui
7-8/F, Phase 1, Causeway Bay Plaza I, 489 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
2577 3833
 
Shanghai
Stir-fried River Shrimps
 
A classic Shanghainese dish featuring authentic hand-peeled Jiangsu shrimp, stir-fried to perfection.
 
Yè Shanghai
Shop 332, 3/F, Pacic Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
2918 9833

 

Beijing

Roasted Peking Duck
 
This classic dish is a staple of Dong Lai Shun's menu; the restaurant itself enjoys an illustrious history with over 100 outlets in China serving traditional Beijing cuisine.
 
Dong Lai Shun
Basement 2, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon 
2733 2020

 

Japanese

Angel Bomb
 
The mother of all sushi pieces, Angel Bomb is layered with seared otoro, chutoro, uni and negitoro, served exquisitely at this cosy, secluded Japanese restaurant known for its omakase selections.
 
Hanabi
4/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
2723 2568
 
Malaysian
Penang Assam Laksa 
 
Arguably Hong Kong's best Malaysian restaurant, Café Malacca serves this authentic Penang Assam Laksa of thick rice vermicelli in a tangy and spicy fish-based soup, 
generously garnished, like no other. 
 
Café Malacca
Level 2, Hotel Jen Hong Kong, 508 Queen's Road West, Western District
2213 6613

 

Thai

Tom Yum Kung
 
Mango Tree, One of Hong Kong's more refined Thai restaurants, serves this classic Thai soup with large, fresh shrimps and a zesty soup base second to none.
 
Mango Tree
Shop 2032, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
2668 4884
 
Chinese Halal Cuisine 
Minced Beef Cake
 
The pan-fried beef cake, in which the juicy ground beef is stuffed and fried in flour, is well known in halal cuisine and not to be missed.
 
Islam Food
1 Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City
2382 2822
 
Indian
Lukhnowi Gosht Biryani
 
Famous delicacy also known as “Pukka”Biryani where the rice and lamb are cooked separately with traditional herbs and spices and then layered.
 
Bombay Dreams
4/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central
2971 0001

 

British

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy
 
A classic English meal, hearty and tasty, brought to life by famed British chef Gordon Ramsay.
 
London House
G5, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
3650 3333

 

Spainsh

Signature Seafood Paella 
(for 2 people, ink sauce available)
 
Valencia Style Seafood Sauce with Saffron Rice, served with tiger prawns, squid, mussels, clams
 
Playa de Papagayo
Shop 2, G/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2323 1379
 
American
Fillet 11 ounce
 
The most tender-cut of corn-fed premium USDA beef, grilled in sizzling butter at this venerable and globally renowned steakhouse.
 
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Shop 2&3, G/F, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty
2522 9090
 
Turkish
Toothpicks Lamb
 
A highlight among the array of delectable dishes at this vibrant restaurant on Knutsford Terrace specializing in Turkish cuisine.
 
Merhaba
G/F, Yiu Pont House, 12 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
2367 2263
 
French
 
Miyazaki wagyu beef strip loin, barbecued with dulse and red cabbage slaw horseradish and pepper berry emulsion is served at Amber, one of Hong Kong's most elegant French restaurants.
 
Amber
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road, Central
2132 0066
 
German
Roasted German Pork Knuckle
 
As authentic as it gets, King Ludwig Beerhall's crispy roasted signature dish is highly popular, and goes perfectly with a pint or two of German lager.
 
King Ludwig Beerhall
Shop A & C, G/F, 8 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
2556 7033
 
Italian
Pizza
 
Home sick for homemade pizza? This cosy, home-cooking Italian eatery makes pizzas the original Italian way, baked in ovens made in Italy, no less.
 
CAPO
Shop 4C-D, PL/F, Tower 1, China Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2523 9009

 

 

(Edited on 28 Apr 2017)

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