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Hong Kong’s Best Comfort Food

Yearning for your favourite comfort food while traveling, or eager to try other cuisines’ choices of belly-warmers? CityLife offers some of the best comfort food the city has to offer.

Comfort food needs no explanation, everyone has a favourite, or two, or more. That feeling of getting a hearty carbo-boost while chowing down something that smells so inviting and tastes so yummy is tempting for all and provides that instant comfort, no matter where you are. Given Hong Kong's culinary diversity, the city's offers comfort food from all corners of the world. Check out our selection of belly-warming dishes that will guarantee to sate your palate and fill your tummy. Enjoy!

1.Pizza: Arguably the world's most popular favourite comfort food, pizza is a hit here in Hong Kong as well. If you want a large slice of cheesy, oily, pepperoni and sausage pizza, get a 20-inch slice or two from Paisano's . 24 Hollywood Road.

2.Char Siu Fan (Roasted Pork Rice): There are so many popular Cantonese comfort food: delicious dim sum , beef brisket noodles, claypot rice, and etc. Our pick is Char Siu Fan. A plate of piping hot rice and slices of tender, juicy, honey-glazed roast pork is as good as it gets. Order a salty egg on the side for extra savoury or just a plain fried egg. Served all over the city's cha chaan tengs and roast meat restaurants.

3.Mac and Cheese : Another classic dish that provides comfort to millions, especially in America. The dish is also widely served in Hong Kong. Try Fini's, formerly Stone Nullah Tavern, for its famous mac and cheese with an egg yolk in it. G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong

4.Shandong boiled dumplings. Millions in China grow up eating these delicious northern-style dumplings – minced meat and vegetable fillings wrapped with hand-made dumpling skin and boiled in hot water. It's juicy, it's tender, it's yummy and it is ultimate comfort . Ho Hak Shan Tung makes excellent home-made style dumplings -try the pork with cabbage or pork with chives. 17 Burd Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

5.Nasi Lemak: Talk about a food you can take comfort in all day long! The de-facto national dish of Malaysia, which is rice in coconut milk, sambal sauce, peanuts, dry anchovies, a fried egg and friend chicken pieces is eaten around the clock for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper! Café Malacca serves one of the best Nasi Lemak you'll find in town. Level 2, Hotel Jen, 508 Queen's Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, Western, Hong Kong

6.English-Style Breakfast: Eggs any style, juicy sausages or bacon, grilled tomato, grilled mushroom, baked bean and toast – that certainly makes for a hearty breakfast. Try the full English Breakfast at Flying Pan, a real greasy spoon open 24 -hours a day. 1/F, David House, 37-39, Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

7.Taiwan Beef Noodles: Taiwan's most famous food is also widely available in Hong Kong. It's all in the soup, plus good quality beef – and it's soooo tasty! Try the Iron Cow Taiwan Beef Noodles for a bowl of classic beef soup noodles. G/F, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon

8.Traditional Pork Hoof- Shanghainese: Talk about a belly warmer. This famous Shanghainese dish which is pork knuckle braised until the fat and skin becomes crystal clear is tender and mouth-watering – goes perfect with plain Shanghainese buns. King Mang Jardin De Jade : Shop G3–4, G/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

9.Lamb Kebab: Another food aimed to fill the tummy. Tender pieces of lamb wrapped in freshly made pita bread is a beloved dish throughout the Middles East and Turkey. The herbal infused meat is mouth-watering and filling too. Ebeneezers: Multiple outlets .

10.Tom Yum Goong Soup: sour, zesty tom yum goong soup is a great way to get a hearty Thai meal started. There are many Thai restaurants in the city that serve excellent Thai food. Try the venerable Chili Club in Wanchai before or after a night of bar hopping nearby. 1F, 88 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

11. Huevos Rotos (Broken Egg): For the best Spanish comfort food, some may choose a paella, which we also love. Our favourite, though, is Huevos Roto, that down-home dish made of runny fried egg, fried potatoes, chorizo​​s and/or serrano ham. The Optimist, a Catalona cuisine outlet, serves an excellent Huevos Roto. G/F, 239 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.


12.Spicy Miso Ramen Noodles: How about some spicy comfort food, and Japanese at that? You should try out Kikanbo, a trendy Tokyo based spicy miso ramen outlet and order the Premium Ramen with roast pork. Kikanbo Hong Kong, 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

13.Hong Kong Style French Toast: A beloved local favourite good for all hours, the thick toast is deep-fried and dipped in egg batter, spread over with peanut butter or syrup and topped with a large dollop of butter. Served in many local cha chaan tengs – perfect to go with Hong Kong Style hot milk-tea. Try the one at Wai kee Noodles Café in Sham Shui Po. 62 & 66Fuk Wing Street; Shop D, 165-167 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po.

14.Pineapple Bun (Bo Lau Bao): The perfect grab and go breakfast and ideal for an afternoon snack too. This ubiquitous bread, which is a bun baked with a crispy layer of sweet crumbs on top, is served in cha chaan tengs and local bakeries all over. Best eat it while it's still hot. Kam Wah Café & Bakery: 45-47 Bute St, Mong Kok

15.Paneer Tikka Lababdar: When it comes to hearty Indian comfort food we are spoilt for choice. Try the Paneer Tikka Lababdar which is clay oven cottage cheese in a rich tomato gravy and served with garlic naan, served at Kailash Parbat, easily one of the city's best Indian Vegetarian restaurants. 302, Multifield Plaza, 3-7 Prat Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui.


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