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Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
3-4/F, China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

My friend Kitty took me to dim sum at Ho Choi restaurant, located in Wan Chai. It was quite delicious, so I went back and took my friends when they came to visit Hong Kong. Ho Choi may be a bit tricky to find because it’s in the business district surrounded by several office towers, hotels and government buildings. Just look for the China Resources Building and it’s on the third floor.

Most dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong offer the standard dishes that you’ll find everywhere. However, many places have their specialty dim sum dishes that you won’t find at other restaurants. Ho Choi’s specialty dishes are quite flavorful and unique. You should try an array of dim sum, including their delicious dumplings in soup broth. The preparation and presentation of dim sum is fabulous at Ho Choi and the food will surely satisfy your stomach!

Kitty and I. She knows about all of the great food in Hong Kong!

Pigeon

Reece's favorite food: pigeon!

I also took my friends to eat dim sum too.

A sweet and sour-type sauce to pour on top of crunchy chips

One of their specialties: wontons in a flavorful soup broth

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Tsui Hang Village Restaurant
G/F, Miramar Shopping Centre
132 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 2376 2882

Shrimp

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Hong Kong, and I would highly recommend eating here if you are ever in this city. My friend Kitty introduced me to Tsui Hang Village a while back, and since then, I’ve come back on numerous occasions with friends and family. There are three locations: Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Sai Kung. I’d suggest going to the Tsim Sha Tsui location because it has the nicest atmosphere and the food tastes slightly better, in my opinion. Everything at Tsui Hang Village restaurant is so flavorful and unique in its own way.

The baked crab.

Tofu, Scallops and Vegetables

Whenever I’m here, I always order the baked crab. It takes around 20 minutes to cook, but it is well worth the wait because it has such a distinct, flavorful taste. The crabmeat is shredded, mixed with other ingredients, and baked to perfection. I’d also recommend the sweet and sour shrimp. This doesn’t seem like the typical dish you’d eat at a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong – especially since it seems a bit Westernized – but it is absolutely mouth-watering. Its rich and savory taste will make you wanting to come back for more! Another recommendation is the tofu, scallop and vegetable mix. It is a wonderful combination mixed with a delicious sauce that blends everything so well together.

I could go on and on about other wonderful dishes here, but I can honestly say that mostly everything tastes delicious. It’s one of the many reasons why Tsui Hang Village is one of my top restaurants in Hong Kong!

My friends eating the delicious food!

Chow mein noodles

Duck tongue

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Causeway Bay Spicy Crab
Shop D & E, 440 Jeffe Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Spicy crab - buried underneath the spices!

When you’re in Hong Kong, you must try the spicy crab. There are several restaurants that specialize in this seafood dish, but I recommend going to Causeway Bay Spicy Crab – not far from the main shopping areas Sogo and Times Square in Causeway Bay. My good family friend Kitty took me here on a Saturday evening, and it was quite crowded. We ordered several dishes, but of course the spicy crab is to absolutely mouth watering and full of delicate flavor. You might be wondering: what is spicy crab? Well, it’s crab that is covered with a variety of spices and peppers. There are so many spices that the crab is literally buried underneath it all! It’s a unique cooking style that is very different than other types of crab you will eat at other Chinese restaurants. Plus, Causeway Bay Spicy Crab has other delicious foods – especially the sweet and sour pork ribs.

Kitty and I with so much food!

The shrimp was delicious. It was covered in tasty bread flakes.

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You can find the most delicious, mouth-watering food almost anywhere in Hong Kong. It doesn’t matter whether your budget is five dollars or one hundred dollars because there are so many options that can satisfy your stomach – and your wallet. If you eat around the popular areas of Central, Causeway Bay, or Tsim Sha Tsui, most of the restaurants will be on the more expensive side. But there are special gems in Hong Kong with very inexpensive food that tastes just as good – if not better – than the fancy restaurants.

A funny photo in Tai Po!

Let me introduce one of my favorite eating spots in Hong Kong: Tai Po. It is located in the New Territories, around 40 minutes by MTR from Central, but it is well worth the visit because it has some of the best food in Hong Kong! It’s not the most luxurious of areas, but the food is incredible. Tai Po has a rustic feel to it – a very different vibe than Hong Kong Island. Many restaurant names are only in Cantonese, so it might be more difficult to get around using English. But fear not! There are always ways to communicate, even if it’s through short phrases or hand gestures and pointing at dishes. I was lucky because it is only one stop away from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, so I was there all the time for lunch or dinner.

Most of the eateries in Tai Po are small hole-in-the-wall shops. It’s fun to hop from one place to another and try a little bit of everything. Most of these places are located in the main Tai Po square, which is easy to find from the MTR if you follow the signs towards “Tai Po Market.”

Tai Po Square. You'll find the small restaurant shops all along the perimeter of this area.

It gets quite busy on the weekends (even more packed than this photo!)


Yat Lok Barbeque Restaurant

Address: G/F., Block A, 5 Tai Ming Lane
Tel: 2656 4732
As I mentioned in my previous blog entry (Yat Lok BBQ: The Best Char Siu in Hong Kong), it’s a definite must. The char siu is absolutely mouth watering.

Outside Yat Lok with the owner (second from left)

Eating goose and char siu for lunch. $35 HKD (around $5 USD) for the plate!

群記清湯腩
Address: No. 26 Dai Ming Lane
Tel: 2638 3071
Their specialty is the beef noodles which is tender beef chunks and fresh homemade noodles, all in a flavorful soup broth. It sounds so simple, yet the taste is incredible and it will leave you wanting more! Every day, they open at around noon and stay open until their noodles run out. Sometimes they run out as early as 7 or 8 pm, so you could imagine how popular this place is! The beef noodles cost $35 HKD (around $5 USD) for one bowl. There is no English name outside of this small shop, so you’ll have to look for the Chinese name.

Their specialty: beef noodles

Eating the delicious noodles

Outside the shop.

Pai Gwat (Spare ribs)
I do not know the name of this shop, but they have the best Chinese spare ribs (pai gwat) i’ve ever tasted! The best part? It’s only $15 HKD. They sell the spare ribs, along with other dim sum dishes, outside of their shop and most people take the food to-go, which is what I often did. Since I do not know the name, I will describe where it is located. Go to the main Tai Po square and it is on the left hand side, in the same “lane” as the 7-11. You’ll see a bunch of shops selling their food outside. It is the first shop that sells dim sum/pai gwat outside.

Outside the shop buying the spare ribs

Delicious!

君滬鍋貼大王 (Dumpling King)
Tel: 2651 1188
If you want to eat large and juicy dumplings for only $2 HKD, I’d go here. My friends and I would often stop by to eat a few dumplings and then head over to the beef noodle shop for more food. I would not recommend eating their other food – since this is more of a take-out joint – but their dumplings are delicious!

To get here, walk past Tai Po square (heading north). Then, you’ll reach a main street. Make an immediate left. This shop is located right next to the McDonald’s, so if you get lost, ask someone to give you directions to McDonalds! You’ll see it.

This is how they fry the dumplings...in mass amounts!

Eating noodles and dumplings. The noodles are average, the dumplings are AMAZING.

Outside the shop

If you need more information on how to locate these restaurants/small shops, feel free to leave a comment! I will gladly explain in great depths on how to find the delicious food!

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OpenRice

http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/index.htm

I am a huge Yelp.com fanatic, and the website has steered me to some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, New York City, among others. That’s why i’m a faithful supporter of the website because, well, it’s pretty accurate. Whenever I try a new restaurant, Yelp.com is my “go-to” website to find a delicious meal.

When I moved to Hong Kong, I found out that there was no Yelp.com, but instead there is a website called OpenRice.com. However, at the time, it was only in Chinese, so it’s impossible for a non-speaker/reader to understand (unless you have someone help translate, which could be a hassle). Well, just recently, they opened up an English version of OpenRice.com! It’s essentially the same as Yelp, with real people rating and reviewing restaurants. So enjoy, and happy eating in Hong Kong!

A standard page on OpenRice.com. People rate and review the restaurants!

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