Hong Kong: Food Guide - Dining Out
The Pearl of the Orient
Hong Kong offers an unbeatable selection of restaurants and dining experiences, which is no surprise as Hong Kong is considered the melting pot where China meets the Western World. There are more eateries than can be counted and are of a contrast of local Cantonese and Szechuan shops serving duck, offal, and snake to high-end award winning restaurants. There are wonderful small restaurants in Kowloon that serve traditional Chinese dishes such as Dim Sum for reasonable prices. Seafood restaurants are also very popular. Seafood is served fresh and is often alive for you to choose from. Head to the coast in the New Territories, Hong Kong Island or any number of the outlying Islands for the best sea dishes. Good pubs are abundant and tea time is an institution in Hong Kong; try the Peninsula for a traditional and posh afternoon tea. In Kowloon, restaurants are concentrated in hotels, in shopping malls, and along Nathan Road and its side streets, such as Knutsford Terrace with its many alfresco eateries. Central District caters to area office workers with a wide range of restaurants in IFC mall and Pacific Place and to night revellers in the Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district and SoHo (South of Hollywood Road), with many more restaurants sprinkled in between. Wan Chai, home to both a convention centre and the city's raunchiest nightlife (think strip shows), offers a wide range of restaurants catering to diverse crowds, while the nearby Causeway Bay's dining scene centres in and around Times Square shopping centre. The most striking views are from restaurants atop Victoria Peak, while Stanley, with its market and laid-back beach front restaurants is more relaxed and casual.
Fruit and vegetable markets in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a few good fruit and vegetable markets. For Chinese food and produce head to Reclamation Street where you will find a large food market during the day. In the Spring Garden Lane Market on Hong Kong Island you can find the wet (the path is always wet and covered in fruit skins and peels) market selling fresh produce in its stalls and Asian grocery stores. In Causeway Bay you will find fresh fruit and veg at Bowrington Road Market. There are separate floors for fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.