Street food is a window into Hong Kong’s soul. For the first time in its history, the Michelin Hong Kong Guide has included a street food section in its 2016 edition, reflecting the diversity of the dining scene in this city teeming with food options. Not only the locals and expat residents in-the-know have been packing these places, as tourists come from all corners to sample these traditional snacks.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board shares its drool-worthy details of 5 selected eateries with specialties that all foodies cannot miss.
Kee Tsui Cake Shop
Watch out for the best time to get fresh-from-the-oven red bean pancakes, with a crispy outer layer and glutinous filling. This traditional pastry shop also offers the famous “wife cakes”, egg tarts and “baby chicken cakes.” Their secret? Everything is hand made fresh every day.
Address: 135 Fa Yuen Street / Nearest MTR Station: Mong Kok
Mammy Pancake makes the best Hong Kong-style waffles! Locally known as gai daan tsai, the series of golden ovals must be eaten piping hot. They’re soft and chewy in the inside and crispy on the outside. Among the toppings offered are sugar, condensed milk and peanut butter!
Address: 8-12 Carnarvon Road / Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
When you want a classical Hong Kong-style snack, with the Michelin stamp of approval, visit Fat Boy. Order the chilled chewy-octopus skewer, packed with tasty flavours of the sea. Don’t forget their special mustard and seafood sauce that gives it that extra tasty zing!
Address: 3 Hau Fook Street / Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
So who doesn’t love potatoes? This tiny street stall knows nobody can resist them fried, baked or hash brown! Try the twice-baked cheese and bacon potato, hash brown with fried onion and bacon and the baked potato with egg. Another irresistible favorite is the mashed potatoes with a wild mushroom gravy. Go with friends so you can try out several specials!
Address: 30-32A Nullah Road / Nearest MTR Station: Mong Kok
Hop Yik Tai
Rice rolls from Hop Yik Tai are true classics and it’s no wonder they made it to the Michelin list! These smooth rice noodle sheets are carefully rolled up and cut into bite-sized pieces with scissors. Now comes the secret dip: a mix of soy sauce, sweet peanut sauce and chili sauce with a sprinkling of white sesame seeds!
Address: 121 Kweilin Street / Nearest MTR Station: Sham Shui Po