Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hong Kong with Children - What to Eat in Hong Kong

One important thing to take note when bringing children overseas is - do not forget the proper three meals! As in, not to skip or delay the usual meal time when you are busy visiting places of interest. And of course you can have more than 3 meals! In Hong Kong, we did not forget our mealtime, because food is everywhere!

Many eateries in Hong Kong have small space, so don't be surprised to share seats with strangers. Some eateries do not have high chairs for babies and no space for stroller, so you have to carry your baby on your lap or let him / her sit next to you if bench is available.

What to eat with children in Hong Kong? Sharing our "food passport" during our trips in June 2015 and December 2016!

p.s. Read the end of the post for "Guide on How to Order Drinks in Hong Kong like a Pro"!

1. Dim Sum
Read our post on dim sum culture to find out what you need to do before you eat dim sum!

We were recommended to try dim sum at Fung Shing Restaurant (鳳城酒家), which is located at 1-2/F, 749 Nathan Road - near Prince Edward MRT exit C1.

We reached at 8.50 a.m., 10 minutes before the opening hour, but there were already people reading newspaper and making tea by themselves! I also joined in the DIY fun by brewing tea without knowing what kind of tea leaves I threw into the tea pot!

The price was HKD32, 24 and 16 for 大點 (big), 中點 (medium) and 小點 (small) respectively (correct as of June 2015). There is also charge for tea per pax. The price is not the cheapest among Hong Kong dim sum restaurants, but it is not the most expensive.

During our visit in December 2016, we visited Tao Heung (稻香)'s branch at Tsim Sha Tsui, 3 Minden Road.

This restaurant chain offers dim sum at a more affordable price than Fung Shing Restaurant. The price was different during different time, the cheapest timings are 7.30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. - HKD23, 20, 17 and 13 for 特點 (special), 大點 (big), 中點 (medium) and 小點 (small) respectively (correct as of December 2016). There is also charge for tea at HKD9 per pax. Though the price is affordable and there is quite a good variety of food, it took almost half an hour to serve the food.

There is no dim sum trolley in these two restaurants. If you want to experience dim sum culture with dim sum trolleys in Hong Kong, some restaurants that I had researched are Maxim's Palace Chinese Restaurant and Lin Heung Tea House in Central area.

2. Hong Kong cafes / Cha chaan teng (茶餐廳)
We had our meals at cha chaan teng every day when we were in Hong Kong! One of the chain restaurants is called Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳).

The breakfast set is quite filling, I ordered satay beef instant noodles (沙嗲牛肉麵) breakfast set (HKD33, SGD5.80), which includes noodles, a cup of hot drink, a crispy bun and scrambled eggs.

They also offer afternoon tea set meal. See what we ordered at the airport before we left Hong Kong - fishball rice noodles, beef and tomato instant noodles, and yes, do not forget to order bo lo bao with butter (菠蘿油)! Do note that if you order 菠蘿包 instead of 菠蘿油, you would not get the slice of ice cold butter, of course you need to pay extra for the slice of butter!

Another food chain that we visited is Cafe de Coral (大家樂) which offers set meal. This is baked pork chop rice set, I topped up a few dollars to get ice red bean drink (紅豆冰), which is very delicious!

Cafe de Coral changes its menu at different season. When we visited it in December 2016, there were hot pot set meals! It was timely for the cold winter season! Depending on the type of meat, the price of the set meal varied from HKD60 to HKD70.

Other than Hong Kong cha chaan teng, there is also Macau cha chaan teng. Located at 25-27 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, I think the food is a bit pricey. But it was an experience for children to try food like roasted pigeon.

Roasted pigeon

Portugues egg tarts

Pork chop bun

Baked pork chop rice and chilled milk tea

3. Street food
Shopping along Mongkok Dundas Street (登打士街) you will find a lot of street snacks!

"Stink" tofu 臭豆腐

Fish balls 魚蛋

Egglets / Egg waffle 雞蛋仔

There are also quite a number of nice street food at Sham Shui Po, one of them is Kung Wo (公和荳品廠). Check out street food that are in Hong Kong Michelin Star 2016 in our blog post on Sham Shui Po!

4. Dessert
I wanted to have steamed milk and steamed egg at either 義順牛奶公司 or 澳洲牛奶公司, but the grandparents do not like dairy products so we gave it a miss this time. The photo below was taken 2 years back at 義順牛奶公司. One the left was steamed egg, and on the right was steamed milk pudding.

During summer time, do try cold dessert like mango pomelo sago (楊枝甘露), this photo was also taken 2 years ago.

Do look out for Mobile Sofee (ice-cream mobile van) too! We spotted one at Sai Kung, near the bus terminus in June 2015.

5. Seafood
As a seafood lover, I wouldn't miss the opportunity to have seafood when I visit Hong Kong. Well, to be honest, it is not really that cheap to have seafood in Hong Kong.

When DaDi and I visited Hong Kong before we have children N years ago, we were recommended to have seafood at Po Toi O (布袋澳). However, there was no price list, and our wallet was burnt with a big hole as I misunderstood how the price was calculated, so we decided to have our seafood feast at Sai Kung(西貢) in June 2015. Read our experience at Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant at Sai Kung.

In December 2016, DaDi requested me not to go to places that require long bus ride, so I satisfied my craving for mantis shrimps (椒鹽瀨尿蝦) at 金山海鮮酒家 near Jordon (佐敦) MTR station. The minimum order was 2 pieces, and each cost HKD68. It was my first time to de-shell mantis shrimps by myself, and it was quite a challenging task!

6. Calbee
Yes, you heard me right, Calbee! Other than Japan, you can also find freshly made Calbee potato chips in Hong Kong! It is located inside Okashi Galleria at Shop G14-15, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai.

Well, this original potato chips + chocolate sauce + soft ice-cream cost HKD45. It was considered expensive, but the ice-cream was very yummy with a rich milky flavour.

7. Ichiran (一蘭) Ramen
Eating Japanese ramen at Hong Kong? Please don't laugh at me! But Ichiran Ramen is one of the best ramen that I have ever tasted! What a pity that it is not available in Singapore yet!

The secret sauce was quite spicy, but no worries, you can order one without sauce. In addition, you can choose the flavour strength for the soup, noodles' texture and so on.

8. 村爺爺龍蝦湯-泡飯-燉湯專家
We explored the area near the hotel we stayed - Inn Hotel at Yau Ma Tei, and found this small eatery that offered great food at an affordable price! I ordered seafood and lobster soup (極上海鮮龍蝦湯泡飯), which cost HKD68. I could taste all the richness from the seafood in the soup! DaDi ordered dried noodles with satay sauce, it was so yummy that he slurped it down so fast that I didn't manage to take a photo of it!

Guide on How to Order Drinks in Hong Kong like a Pro:
The grandmother wanted to drink teh-o (tea without milk), but if you tell the waiter "teh-o", he would probably rolls his eyes and says "huh??!"

Singapore way vs Hong Kong way
Tea with evaporated milk: Teh-si = 奶茶
Tea with condensed milk: Teh = 茶走
Tea without milk: Teh-o  = 茶走奶
Tea without milk and sugar: Teh-kosong = 茶飛沙走奶
Coffee with evaporated milk: Kopi-si = 咖啡
Coffee with condensed milk: Kopi = 啡走
Coffee without milk: Kopi-o = 啡走奶
Coffee without milk and sugar: Kopi - kosong = 齋啡
Coffee + Tea = 鴛鴦
No ice = 走冰 / 走雪
If you need to take away, don't say da-bao, say 行街!

What is the must-eat food when you visit Hong Kong?

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  1. Whoops! I didn't heed your warning. Now I am hungry already! Haha. My kids LOVED the food in HK and I am so looking forward to going! Now need to convince my husband. Dunno why he is less keen, especially since he is the Cantonese one around here!! LOL

    1. Go go go! You have been to so many other places, it is time for you to visit HK again to enjoy the food!

  2. How can you forget meal times in Hong Kong??? The whole day would be meal time if I go to Hong Kong... LOL! Argh... Shouldn't have came in here before having lunch... I have craving for dim sum NOW.

    1. Have craving for dim sum now? Try this place in Singapore:

  3. Ohh!!! Your how to order drinks in Hong Kong list is sooo good! Gonna book mark this... kekekeke!

  4. Wow heng ah!! I read your post after dinner. This is seriously a torture even though I ate already.

    Shirley @ SAys! Happy Mums

    1. Hehe, I told you to read my post after your meal, right?

  5. Such interesting lingo to order drinks! We visited HK when Dana was 2. We enjoyed the dim sum there too! :D

    1. I also find the lingo interesting. There are more, but I think these are more useful to tourists to act like locals!

  6. Hong Kong is an ultimate food paradise and I love their milk tea. Smooth and aromatic.

    1. Agree! I drank milk tea every day when I was there!

  7. So much good food in Hong Kong! I love Australian Diary, Tsui Wah and Yee Shui too. I'm getting hungry already

    1. It was a pity that we didn't visit Australian Diary and Yee Shui during the recent trip, I miss the steamed milk!

  8. Hong Kong is one of our favorite places in the world. The food there is always one of the highlights, and we will go through your list for kids, the next time we are there! :)

    1. Food was indeed the highlight of our trip! Hope you have a great food trip with your family when you visit HK next time!

  9. Hong Kong! Eat Shop eat again!
    There are always food around every corner, and the desserts, sumptuous!

    Mango Pudding please.

    cheers, Andy

    1. Hong Kong is a great place to eat, shop and eat again! The mentioning of mango dessert makes me drool...

  10. I like your Singapore vs HK tea guide! Your post make me miss the food in HK a lot. Man, wishing I can sink my teeth into some roasted goose right now!

    1. We didn't get to eat roasted goose during our visit, now you remind me!


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