Top 10 Cafes in Hong Kong

With so many new indie cafes opening in town each month, it's hard to keep up with the coffee trend in Hong Kong. Thanks to the local baristas who put in the hard work educating the public more about third-wave coffee culture, the cafe scene in Hong Kong has definitely matured a lot in the past few years. Here's a glance of our top 10 picks in town, where you can get the perfect flat white and pour overs (hand-dripped coffee). 

Halfway Coffee

 Photo by Justin Lim  @hurtingbombz

Photo by Justin Lim @hurtingbombz

Coffee is a serious affair at Halfway Coffee and drinks are served in the owner's beloved vintage Chinese porcelain cups. If you grab a coffee-on-the-go, their paper cups are also printed with these classic patterns. We’re not even slightly surprised that Halfway is one of the most Instagrammable spots of the year and the quality of their coffee truly speak for themselves. For those who prefer a milder caffeine kick, there’s also a wide range of tea selection available. It's a popular spot during lunch, and as space is limited, it’s best to grab your brew either early in the morning or after lunch. The little shop is tucked away on Tung Street in Sheung Wan, and the vintage toy stall that’s right across the cafe is also worth checking out.

Address: 12 Tung Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Sunday

Free Wifi: No

Coco Espresso (Stanley Street)

 Photo credit: Kim Yeung from Coco Espresso

Photo credit: Kim Yeung from Coco Espresso

The local speciality coffee chain has been taking over the coffee scene in Hong Kong for the past 10 years. The branch on Stanley Street is a keeper in our book, and the staff maintains a great consistency with their coffee beverages under the guidance of Coco's manager Kim Yeung. Our favourite is their iced cappuccino, which always does the trick to kickstart the day. If you prefer something refreshing and not milk-based, the cold brew is a good alternative. The cafe hosts music events with local artists from time to time, which you can find more details on their Facebook Page. Coco Espresso currently has 5 locations, including their beautiful space at 701 Roastery at Kwai Hing.

Address: 50 Stanley Street, Central
Opening Hours: 9 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday
Free Wifi: No

NOC Gough Street

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The minimalist decor at NOC’s branch on Gough Street sets the shop apart from the bustling neighbourhood, and the 2-floor cafe has plenty of space for coffee lovers and digital nomads. We love the clean, white space and the natural sunlight coming in through the windows upstairs. NOC’s team continues to keep their coffee standards on par at their second branch and has a food menu with items such as avocado toast with scrambled egg, acai bowls and egg benedicts.

Address: 18 Gough Street, Central
Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Sunday
Free Wifi: Yes

Amber Coffee Brewery

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Unlike other cafes in Hong Kong, Amber solely focuses on crafting their coffee and only has a limited selection of pastries. The coffee bar is opened up by Dawn Chan, who won the Hong Kong Barista Championship twice and the 4th place of World Barista Championship in 2015. Besides the basic espresso-based offerings, Dawn also makes some of the best pour overs in town, and it’s not to be missed! Signature drink If you want to learn more about coffee and how to brew it at home, ask the baristas for tips, and they're always up for a good chat. We also love the fine Scandinavian cups and Amber opens as a cafe by day and wine bar by night. A small selection of European beer such as Mikkeller and To Øl is available on the drinks menu too, and it’s a good spot for a quick Happy Hour sesh if you're in the area. 

Address: 140-142 Des Voeux Road, Central
Opening Hours: 8 am - 9:30 pm Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday to Sunday.
Free Wifi: No

Brew Bros Coffee

 Photo from  @suelynang

Photo from @suelynang

Brew Bros Coffee is one of the few Aussie style cafes in town, and they use coffee beans from Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee. Their signature cold brew takes 21 hours to make, and while it’s definitely on the pricier side based on its portion, the meticulous care taken to brew it really shows in the cup. Besides coffee, they also serve chai latte made with Prana Chai and luscious matcha soy latte. Pastries, breakfast and lunch menu are also available if you want to grab a bite. They have another location on Hillier Street in Sheung Wan and the food menu there is slightly different.

Address: 53 Hill Road, Shek Tong Tsui (close to Sai Ying Pun Station)
Opening Hours: 9 am to 5:30pm, Monday & Wednesday to Sunday. Closed on Tuesdays. 


Fineprint

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Formerly known as Peel Street Espresso Bar, the cafe offers strong Aussie style coffee, fresh pastries and bagels early in the morning. Owner Scottie Callaghan won the World Latte Art Championship and Australian Barista Championship previously and had mentored many local baristas since he moved to Hong Kong from Australia. The decor of Fineprint makes it one of the most chic cafes in town. The golden communal table sits at the centre of the cafe, and there are also two seats by the window. The daily food menu is written on a black chalkboard on the wall and changes daily based on what's in season. Sit outside with a book and coffee while enjoying people-watching on the street. The cafe also turns into a wine and cocktail bar at night.

Address: 38 Peel Street, Central
Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm, Monday & Sunday. 6am until late Tuesday to Saturday.
Free Wifi: Yes

Black Sugar Coffee

The owners, William and Diana, name their cafe after their Shiba Inu, Black Sugar, and you can find the pup on duty greeting customers every Sunday morning until 1 pm. With plenty of tables and free wifi, Black Sugar Coffee is perfect for a work sesh with a good cup of flat white and a slice of homemade raspberry cake (inspired by the ones from Revolver in Vancouver) on the side. The cafe is also an exhibition space for local artists to showcase their work and it changes every one to two months. Friends and family of the owners would bring back coffee beans from their travels, so look out for speciality beans from Europe, Korea, the States on rotation and ask William to make you a pour over!

Address: 8 Peace Avenue, Ho Man Tin (Close to Mong Kok East Station)
Opening Hours: 8 am - 6 pm Monday to Thursday, 10 am - 9 pm Friday to Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm Sunday
Free Wifi: Yes

Cupping Room on Cochrane Street

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Photo from @eshuxia

Cupping Room is another local coffee chain that has been rising in recent years, and it’s hard not to go inside for a cup when their sign beams about their barista/owner Kapo's achievement of winning second place at the World Barista Championship. Coffee are served in ceramic cups made by Heath Ceramics from San Francisco at the Central location and offers an all-day brunch menu. Some cafes never get the ratio of flat white quite right, but one can trusts Cupping Room to get it perfect every time. There’s limited seatings on the ground floor, but the window seats are great if you want to grab a quick cup. Otherwise, go upstairs for more comfortable seatings. Other locations include the Wan Chai and Sheung Wan branch, and their Roastery is up on the hill on Po Hing Fong in Sheung Wan.

Address: 18 Cochrane Street, Central
Opening Hours: 8 am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday to Sunday.

Why50

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Photo by @siu_siuhung

We’re quite sure Why50 is the only cafe in Hong Kong that offers Dirty on the menu. Inspired by Bear Pond Espresso Bar in Tokyo, Dirty is a drink that’s made with a shot of hot espresso sandwiched between two layers of chilled milk, topped with an extra shot of espresso after. The barista there uses a sleek Slayer espresso machine, and there’s a rotation of coffee beans ranging from Vancouver-based roaster 49th Parallel and The Barn from Berlin. And yes, brunch is also available here so you can eat until your heart is content.  

Address: 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. 8:30 am to 6 pm Saturday to Sunday.

Moni Stand

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Photo from @sumsumgrainy

Located in Sai Kung, Moni Stand might seem too far to take the trip out there just for a cup of coffee, but there’s more than meets the eye. The cafe is tucked away on the first floor of an old Tong Lau, and once you set foot in it, you’ll see shelves of vinyl records and a beautiful, high-end stereo system. The owner Peter is a huge vinyl collector, and he’s happy to help out with recommendations or help you to look for records from a specific artist. You can listen to the records for free with the stellar speakers, which makes the experience even better when you have a good cup of brew in hand. The other owner Monica is known for her superb hand-dripping skills and as Moni Stand is the only importer that carries beans from American roaster NinetyPlus, pour over fans should pay her a visit when she's on shift (you can check their Facebook for her availability). There are limited seatings and can get incredibly busy during the weekend, so either go there when the cafe just opens or go on a weekday. Make sure you check their Facebook page to check their opening days and hours since it changes monthly. 

Address: 1/F, 5 Tak Lung Back St, Sai Kung
Opening Hours: Check Facebook Page for their opening hours and monthly calendar.

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Where To Eat In Hong Kong: Must-Try Restaurants In Town

There’s nothing we care more about than how and where we eat in Hong Kong. Our city is known as a foodie’s paradise because of our humble street food and local fares influenced by the British. We’ve carefully curated a guide to restaurants that are our favourites so you can eat your way around Hong Kong!

The Classics

Kam Wah Cafe

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Photo by Instagram user @johnli1084

It’s been 45 years since this cha chaan teng set up shop in Prince Edward and they’re best known for their pineapple bun and egg tarts. Our fave is having these signature Hong Kong pastries with a cuppa of hot Hong Kong milk tea. Mind you though, there’s no pineapple used in the buns! The soft, pillowy bun is topped with a golden crust and the look resembles to the fruit, hence the name. You can either go with the original, or live a little and order the one with a dollop of butter sandwiched between. I mean, why not go all out right?

Address: G/F, 47 Bute St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6:30 am - 11:30 pm, Monday to Sunday

Ma Sa Restaurant

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Photo by @hkfoodcrawlers

The most iconic dish at this casual diner: nicely done spam, 3 sunny-side up eggs and soy sauce on top of a bed of rice. It’s such a simple dish, yet Ma Sa turns it into a special staple in the neighbourhood. The runny egg yolks are cooked perfectly and mix beautifully with the soy sauce, and the portion is also incredibly generous for its price. Don’t forget to order a glass of red bean ice on the side (a drink that’s mixed of red beans and milk).

Address: G/F, 23 Hillier St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 7 am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday 7 am to 4pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays

Kung Wo Dou Ba Chong

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Instagram @t_lstnr

If you’re into tofu, this is the place for you. Nothing has changed at Kung Wo since it opened in 1958 and the small factory/restaurant has been cooking up delicious tofu dishes such as the tofu pudding and pan-fried tofu stuffed with fish paste. Tofu pudding (known as tofu fa to the locals) is one of Hong Kong’s specialties and it’s often eaten as an afternoon snack or dessert. The extremely soft tofu is served in a bowl and swim in a pool of ginger syrup, which is then finished off with a dash of yellow sugar. You can also buy blocks of fresh tofu made in house from the shop and bring them back home.

Address: G/F, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
Opening Hours: 7am to 9pm, Monday to Sunday

Po Kee BBQ Restaurant

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Photo from Instagram @orangemannn

You probably wouldn’t have thought Po Kee as a Michelin 1-star restaurant when you first step into the restaurant. Just like other casual Cantonese diners, Po Kee is small and unassuming. There's pretty much only one thing that you need to order here: roasted duck / goose leg over with rice noodles. The key to a good roasted duck/goose is about the perfectly crispy skin, yet the meat is still succulent and tender, and Po Kee makes it just right. The legs sold out quickly though, so make it there before 2pm to avoid disappointment.

Address: 425 Queen's Rd W, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.

Mak Man Kee Wonton Noodles

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Photo by @hkfoodcrawlers.com

You might have heard of Mak’s noodles and wonder which branch serves the best wontons in town. The story goes like this: Mak Woon Chi, who was known as the master of wonton noodles, brought the Cantonese-style noodles from Guangzhou to Hong Kong in the 40s. His style of wontons are filled only with prawns, which is different from the original version from Guangzhou, which uses a mix of prawns and minced pork. His sons and their families started to take over and open up more shops, so in the end it all goes back to Mak’s legacy! You’ll find 4 wontons on the bottom of bowl, topped with a bed of thin egg noodles so the noodles won’t soaked up all the soup and loses its chewy texture. Their pig trotters noodles is another favourite, which are marinated with sweet fermented red bean curd. Steamed Chinese veggies is always a staple at such noodles shops but the chef here dresses the veggies with duck fat and oyster sauce, which gives it a richer taste.

Address: 51 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 12 pm to 12:30 am, Monday to Sunday

Crystal Jade

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Photo by Crystal Jade Hong Kong

This Shanghainese specialty restaurant comes from a Singaporean chain and it’s extremely popular in Hong Kong due to its consistency and good service. You can never go wrong with their Dan Dan Mian (a Sichuan noodles with a soup base made with peanut sauce and chili oil, topped with minced pork and scallions) and Xiao Lung Bao (known as soup dumplings in the West). There are currently 21 branches of Crystal Jade in town and it’s my go-to spot for a quick breakfast or lunch after I land at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Address: Shop B221A, B2/F, Times Square,1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: 11 am - 11 pm, Monday to Sunday
* Other branches include Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui and Terminal 1 at Hong Kong International Airport

Din Tai Fung

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Photo by Din Tai Fung

While the Taiwanese chain has taken up shops in the U.S and Asia, it remains a favourite for those who need to satisfy their soup dumpling cravings. Each branch showcases their chefs making dumplings from scratch through a glass window and the show makes a bit better for the wait! Besides the essential xiao lung bao (soup dumplings), try their pot stickers if you prefer something crunchy. There are also plenty of choices for vegetarians as well. The stir fried pea tendrils and cucumber with chili oil are on the top of our lists and we also love the drunken chicken, which is served as a cold dish.

Address: No.68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China
Opening Hours: 11:30 am to 10 pm, Monday to Sunday

Tung Po Kitchen

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Photo from CNN

Tucked away in a cooked food centre in North Point, Tung Po Kitchen is known for its wild and amazing dining experience. The restaurant serves a wide range of classic Guangdong dishes and fresh seafood (steamed/stir fry). Our favourites are the deep fried prawns with salted duck egg yolk, stir fry razor clams with black bean sauce, steamed lotus leaf rice and spicy eggplant with minced pork in clay pot. Don’t forget to order a round of beer, which you then drink out of bowls with the Chinese word “Victory” imprinted in them! Besides the good food, Tung Po is also known for its incredibly fun atmosphere, thanks to the legendary Robby who runs the place and entertains his guests by putting on random pop music loud on the speakers (and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear some opera too!).

Address: 2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Rd, North Point, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 5:30 pm to 12:30 am, Monday to Sunday
*Reservations are needed, or else it might take a while to wait for a table if you’re a big group!

Little Bao

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Photo from Instagram @Littlebaohk

The 20-seat restaurant has an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs work their magic, while you sip on their specialty cocktail Snake Master, a drink that’s made with a snake wine base with a rim of preserved plum. The owner May Chow won the Best Female Chef Award in Asia in 2016 and the food there does live up to its hype. Little Bao is known for their “bao”, a Chinese style burger that’s made with a steamed bun. The recipe of their bespoke bao is created in house and the texture is just a tiny bit denser than the regular ones, which gives it a better chew. Must-try items include fried chicken bao, truffle fries and lamb tartare with tofu chips. Finish off your meal with their deep fried ice cream bao sandwiches and I can never have enough of their salted caramel ones! If you’ve got the time, try to get there 10 minutes before the restaurant opens at 6. The queue can get quite insane and LB does not take any reservations.

Address: 66 Staunton St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6pm to 11pm, Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Chairman

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Photo from Instagram @jeffeclaudio

This contemporary Cantonese restaurant offers traditional dishes made with a touch of Western techniques. The waiters know their crafts here, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations and advice on portions. For starters, smoked baby pigeons with longjing tea and chrysanthemum and deep-fried duck with taro are always a hit. If you’re into seafood, try the steamed flower crabs with aged Chinese wine and chicken fat and king prawns cooked in fish and rice broth for the mains. There are plenty of choices for meat and veggie lovers as well. We love the personable service and consistency at The Chairman, and don’t forget to make a reservation before you go!

Address: No.18 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong, China
Opening Hours: 12-3pm, 6-11pm, Monday to Sunday

 

A Guide To The Best Street Food In Hong Kong

Food hawkers have been selling street food on the streets in Hong Kong for as long as the city has existed. Stinky tofu, curry fish balls, and egg waffles are just a few of the classics, and it’s not hard to get drawn in by their smell before you turn around the corner. As hawking is illegal in Hong Kong, most street foods are found at small shops crammed together in busy districts such as Mong Kok and Causeway Bay. 

There are still street hawkers in business though, but you’ll only be able to find them late at night in grassroots neighborhoods such as Tin Shui Wai and Yat Tung. Otherwise, street food hawkers can be found among the most puzzling part of the city during the first three days of Chinese New Year as the police and health department staff turn a blind eye during the festivities. The hawkers often set up “shop” with their handmade carts in public housing estates and sell their affordable snacks to passersby. During winter, you can even see hawkers roasting chestnuts in a huge wok, along with goods such roasted sweet potatoes and quail eggs. You know it’s getting cold when you can smell the aroma of roasted chestnuts from a block away. 

Here’s our guide to a selection of local favourites that you need to try when you’re traveling in Hong Kong.  
 

Egg Waffles - 雞蛋仔

  Photo by Ashley Yue

Photo by Ashley Yue

This is hands down my favourite childhood snack! Egg waffles are made with a batter of egg, butter, and sugar. They call it bubble waffles in the West since it looks like a gigantic version of bubble wrap, but I prefer calling it egg waffles since it's closer to what the Chinese term entails. The best egg waffles are crispy on the outside while the inside is puffy and it's a bit gooey for the texture. Most egg waffles you can find in Hong Kong are made with electric egg waffle maker, but the traditional way is made over a charcoal grill. The original one will always remain on top of my list, but I also like to change things up a bit and try out flavors such as matcha with red beans, black sesame with mochi and chocolate ones (think brownie and egg waffles). 

* Get your egg waffles here:
1. Mummy Pancakes: G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnavon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; Shop K1B, G/F, 36 Man Tai Street, Hung Hom, Hong Kong; Shop 17, Leishun Court, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2. Tai O Charcoal Grilled Egg Waffles, 59 Kat Hing Street, Tai O, Hong Kong (Close on Wednesdays)

Fish Balls - 魚蛋

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Photo credit: @cogdog via Flickr

As one of the most iconic street food in Hong Kong, fish balls are dirt cheap and often serve as a quick bite for locals who just get off from school or work. They’re usually made with a mix of fish batter, flour and gum (not exactly the healthiest) and dipped in either soy sauce or curry sauce. However, the ones in fishball noodles are made differently - those white fish balls with a bouncy texture are known as the Chiu Chow style fish balls and every single one is made by hand using a traditional method. 

Get your fish balls cravings sorted at Tung Tat: 48 Pitt Street, Yau Ma Tei / 172 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok

Roasted Chestnuts, Sweet Potatoes and Quail Eggs - 炒栗子,烤蕃薯,鵪鶉蛋

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Photo credit: Rude Nugget via Flickr 

You know winter is coming when the aroma of roasted chestnuts hits you even before you turn around the corner. The hawker’s cart has a huge wok that slowly roasts the chestnuts while the sweet potatoes are served piping hot in brown bags. Smoked quail eggs are also quite fun to munch on. There’s nothing as comforting as having a hot, roasted sweet potato in your hand. 

* Where to get these roasted goodies: There's no permanent locations for these street food vendors, but you'll find them pretty easily during autumn and winter in Hong Kong.

Deep Fried “Three Treasures” - 煎三寶
 

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Photo credit: Rosanna Leung via Flickr

This is my go-to street food if I’m in a rush and want a quick bite. Vendors sell an assortment of eggplants, green peppers, tofu and red sausage in a combo of three to five pieces. The meat and veggies are filled with a layer of fish paste, which are then pan-fried on a griddle and tossed into a thin paper, drenched with as much soy sauce as you like and served inside a plastic bag. You can also find the green pepper from the “Three Treasure” at dim sum restaurants. There are often one or two pieces that are actually pretty spicy, so do watch out! 

* Where to find them: Any street food stalls that sells fish balls and siu mai would have this snack!


Hong Kong Waffles - 格仔餅

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Hong Kong’s take on classic waffles is even heartier than the American ones. The traditional waffles are served as a sandwich, filled with plenty of butter, condensed milk, peanut butter and a mix f sesame, coconut strands, and sugar. This sugar bomb is rather filling, and I remember having a whole one for lunch when I was still a student, just to save up some extra pocket money! 

* For traditional waffles, we love Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles: Shop A34C, The 2nd Path, Tai On Lau, 57-87 Sau Kei Wan Road, Sai Wan Ho
* If you're feeling a little adventurous, you can try a matcha waffle with red beans at Modos: 174 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok

Cheung Chau Mochi - 長洲糯米糍

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Photo credit: Tumblr

The famous Cheung Chau mochi has been opening up shops all around in the city in recent years, and I always stop by to grab a mango mochi or durian mochi when I pass by one. Mochi is a glutinous rice casing that's usually filled with different kind of fruits. Mango is usually a best-seller and if you like durian, you cannot miss out! While one cannot know for sure if the owners are actually all from Cheung Chau (a small island that's a ferry ride away from Central Pier), these mochis are just still as good. 

My absolute favourite spot to get these treats: Cheung Chau Mochi - 30 Mong Kok Road, Mongkok

Egg Tarts - 蛋撻

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Photo credit: City Foodster via Flickr

If I have to pick a Chinese pastry that represents my childhood, it would be egg tarts. There’s always a debate whether the flaky puff pastry or the shortbread crust is better. Either way, both are filled with a custard that’s rich in egg, and it’s surprisingly light and less creamy than expected. There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked egg tart that comes right out from the oven! 

Get your fresh egg tarts here:
1. Happy Cake Shop: 106 Queen's Rd E, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2. Tai Cheong Bakery: 35 Lydhurst Terrace, Central
Cheung Fun (Rice Noodle Rolls) - 腸粉

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Photo credit: Will Fly For Food

There are two types of cheung fun you can find in Hong Kong, the plain, simple fare you can find in food stalls in the wet market or the ones filled with barbecued meat, shrimps or beef at dim sum restaurants. The street food version is served with soy sauce, sweet sauce, peanut sauce with sesame sprinkled on top. These rice paper rolls are filling enough for breakfast or a quick snack.

Get these slippery savoury goods at Hop Yik Tai: 121 Kweilin Street, Shum Shui Po

Tong Chung Bang - 糖蔥餅

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Photo credit: Vincci via Flickr

This simple Cantonese sweets has become a rare species over the past few years. Street hawkers carry transparent metal boxes around and I always run to grab one as soon as I spot it on the street, since it's quite hard to find people selling tong chung bang in the city these days. The little sweet wrap is filled with tong chung, a crunchy candy wafer that's hollow on the inside, and shredded coconut and sesame, wrapped with a delicate thin crepe. Besides egg tarts, this is also my childhood in a nutshell! 

* Where to find this sweet: You'll have to count on your luck to see if you can spot a hawker selling them on the street! If you go to Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong, a Chinese grandpapa sells the little treat on the footbridge from the mall to the MTR station.

Siu Mai - 燒賣

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Photo credit: Smoky Sweet

This dish is just as popular on the street as it is in dim sum restaurants, and you can often find customers ordering siu mai along with curry fish balls at the stalls. The steamed siu mai is usually made with a fish filling with a thin yellow pastry wrapped around it. I love dipping it into sweet soy sauce and drenched it with chili oil for an extra kick. 

* Get your siu mai skewkers at Tung Tat: 48 Pitt Street, Yau Ma Tei / 172 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok

Braised Offal Skewers - 港式滷味

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Photo credit: 小布少爺

It is rather true when they say the Chinese don’t like to waste a single part of the animals. Braised offal skewer is a delicacy that locals grew up and the assortment ranges from pig ears, chicken kidneys, squid tentacles to duck tongues. The skewers are cooked before being served chilled, and topped with soy sauce, sweet sauce and yellow mustard. The spice can kick in pretty hard and make your eyes go watery, just like the effects wasabi has. 

* Our favourite braised offal spot is Fei Jie: Shop 4A, 55 Dundas Street, Mongkok

Deep Fried Pig Intestines - 炸大腸

  Photo by Ashley Yue

Photo by Ashley Yue

It might sound weird but intestines are quite common in Chinese cuisine. Vendors cleans the intestines thoroughly before deep frying the entire thing in a wok of oil. It's then chopped into big chunks, served with a stick and you can top it with sweet and sour plum sauce or just plain, old sweet sauce. It's super crunch on the outside while its texture is tender on the inside. I don't deny I crave for it from time to time! Pig's intestines are also served as its own dish at Chinese restaurants, such as stir-fry pig intestines with peppercorn and chilli (Sichuan style). 

* Get freshly made deep fried pig intestines at Delicious Food: Shop 10, G/F, 30-32 Nullah Road, Prince Edward

Stinky Tofu - 臭豆腐

  Photo by Ashley Yue

Photo by Ashley Yue

Just like durian, you either hate it or love it when it comes to stinky tofu. This iconic street food is known for the stench, and some find it so overwhelming that they walk faster just to get away from the stink. The crispy tofu is topped with plenty of sweet sauce and chili bean sauce. It’s a popular snack in Asia, and each country has a different take on it. Fun fact: I've had the most pungent, awful stinky tofu in Taipei last year. The stinky tofu I had there was nothing like the ones in Hong Kong. It was a soft version of stinky tofu and let's not talk about whether I'll ever have it again. But do I like this weird Asian food? Oh, you bet I do, but only the Hong Kong version though! 

* Take on a stinky tofu challenge at Delicious Food: Shop 10, G/F, 30-32 Nullah Road, Prince Edward

What’s your favourite street food in Hong Kong? Let us know by leaving a comment below! 

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