I visit Hong Kong at least once a year because of my family. I have a love-hate relationship for Hong Kong. It’s such a cosmopolitan and lively city, which I often described it as the “New York of Asia”. However, the population is so dense, and with many tourists, I feel suffocate and intense whenever I stay more than 3 days. Nonetheless, I spent a week in Hong Kong with my brother this summer, and got to explore few cafés. Let’s take a look…
In my previous Le Parloir post, I have expressed how much I love high tea. It has become a tradition whenever I visit Hong Kong. In case you don’t know, Hong Kong was colonized by the Britain, hence a huge part of their culture is strongly influenced by the British. Locating in the Clipper Lounge of Mandarin Oriental, the afternoon tea set is the best one I’ve ever had so far in Hong Kong (price-wise is reasonable too!).
Hong Kong is definitely one of the cities with most diversity for its food scenes. From local street food vendors to Michelin-starred restaurants, and classic Hong Kong-styled eatery to prestigious western fine dining. Hong Kong is one of the places in Asia that allows you to “eat around the world” without traveling too far.
Personally, I’m a brunch lover. Nothing is better than starting off the weekend with a brunch! There are few decent brunch spots in Hong Kong, but it’s a bit pricy. However, Brunch Club & Supper offers variety of brunch dishes with reasonable price!
Butao ramen is the #1 on my ramen list (better than Ippudo, which was my #1)! It is also a must-visit for me whenever I’m in Hong Kong since there’s no decent ramen spot in Kaohsiung. There are only four types of ramen (all based on pork bone marrow broth), which are classic (豚王), spicy miso(赤王), squid ink(黑王), and pesto (翠王).
One Dim Sum is definitely my top choice for dimsum outing in Hong Kong! It is awarded with Michelin one star in 2011, and managed to keep it! Despite the Michelin star, the price is considerably cheap in Hong Kong for such quality of food. The portion each dimsum is pretty big as it fills up most of the bamboo steamer. However, be prepare to wait for at least 20 to 30 minutes during dining hours! The queue is always long, and the restaurant doesn’t take reservation. It’s first come first serve.