Best Breakfasts in Hong Kong: Where Art Thou?

Hong Kong is known for its abundance of choices when it comes to restaurants and picking a good breakfast place can be a daunting task sometimes. Whether you're traveling in Hong Kong for the first time or coming back for another visit because you just can't get enough, take notes of our favourite brekkie spots in town so you can start off your days all bright and shine. 

Yue Hing

Photo by @  yipsssfood

Photo by @ yipsssfood

This outdoor food stall (also known as dai pai dong) serves one of the best and most unique breakfasts on/in Hong Kong Island. We love their toasted sandwiches and our favorite is the spiced pork dice, scrambled egg and melted cheese combo. What makes this sandwich addictive is the layer of peanut butter and shredded cabbage, which adds another layer of flavor and texture. Another option is corned beef, though we find it lacks the kick in the spiced pork version. Known for being meticulous, the chef at Yue Hing makes only one dish at a time to ensure customers can enjoy their sandwich all crispy and hot. These sandwiches get sold out quick and early though, so we highly recommend to grab a seat there around 9am/9:30 am.

82 Stanley Street, Central
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, from 8:00 am - 1:45 pm; closed on Saturday and Sunday

Nathan Congee and Noodles

If you're looking to try some traditional Hong Kong breakfast fares, Nathan Congee and Noodles serves up classic dishes such as congee, yau ja gwai (Chinese fried dough stick) and noodles. While this little casual eatery might be small and old, they serve the best chicken congee in town, and it's a dish that we always order. The chicken is juicy and tender, and you can smell its fragrance upon taking a bite. The aroma comes from the Chinese wine used to marinate the meat. Order a side of yau ja gwai, a savory donut stick that accompanies to congee. Dip them in and have them just warm for an extra crunch. Other best-seller dishes include pig liver and fish congee and century egg served with a side of ginger. There's also an assortment of noodles as well. Like many old-school restaurants, Nathan also has a handwritten menu all over the walls, mostly in Chinese but also in Thai as there are quite a lot of tourists visiting from Thailand. English menu is also available!

11 Sai Kung Street, Jordan
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 11:00pm Monday to Sunday


Australia Dairy Company

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Eating at Australian Dairy Company is an experience on its own. It's known for its "get in and get out" attitude. The staff is rude, and service is basically non-existent in the realm of Australia Dairy Company. However, the food does shine. The scrambled egg is the king at ADC, and you can see everyone eating it at every. single. table. Another you-really-shouldn't-miss-it dish is the steamed milk pudding with egg white, a classic comfort dessert in Hong Kong. It's great for those who want a little bit of sugary kick in the morning! There's always a queue outside and don't be intimidated/have the impression that you'll have to wait long, as the restaurant asks customers to leave as soon as they finish eating. According to our friend at Will Travel For Food, she was in and out within 15 minutes!

47 Parkes Street, Jordan
Opening hours: 7:30 am - 11:00 pm

The Flying Pan

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As much as we love Chinese breakfast, all we want sometimes is a good, hearty diner style breakfast. And The Flying Pan delivers exactly that. The two locations in Central and Wan Chai are open 24/7 and can cure any homesickness and hangovers. Lots of egg-dishes including the typical egg, sausage, bacon breakfast combo, egg benedicts, frittatas, and omelets. Oh, and they served classic pancakes with golden syrups too!

David House, 37-39 1/F Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
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9 Old Bailey Street, Central
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Shui Kee Coffee 

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Tucked away on the 1/F at Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, Shui Kee is a cha chaan teng that's been serving classic comfort food for more than half a decade. Their signature Hong Kong-style French toast isn't as heavy as the typical deep fried ones. Using the very first HK Style Toast generation method, the owner dips the bread in egg batter before pan frying both sides till crisp. The golden toast is topped with drizzles of condensed milk. We love how it's lighter to the typical HK style toast and its fluffy texture. Don't forget to order Hong Kong milk tea on the side. While the iced version isn't as creamy and rich as the hot one, it's served in a classic soft drink bottle (with no labels), so it might be worth for an Instagram shot.

Shop 17, 18167, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.

Grassroots Pantry

Last but not least, we know it's quite hard to find truly gluten-free and vegan food in Hong Kong. Grassroots Pantry is a leading force in the local community and promotes healthy eating without sacrificing the taste. Located on Hollywood Road, the restaurant has an incredibly high ceiling (which is quite rare in Hong Kong), and the airy space has a mix of rustic and industrial vibes with its mismatched chairs, neutral tones and plenty of hanging plants. Smoked carrot crepes, lemon chia seeds pancakes and carrot walnut french toasts are some of the owner's favorites.

108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

 

5 Cocktail Bars That Are Absolutely Killing It In Hong Kong

The Old Man - Photo from The Old Man's Facebook Page

The Old Man - Photo from The Old Man's Facebook Page

While Hong Kong is known for its crazy nightlife scene at Lan Kwai Fong, craft cocktail bars weren’t a thing until they started to thrive in the past few years. We’ve selected some of the best cocktail bars in Hong Kong that make professional cocktails like no other. The kind of drinks that you wish you knew how to make it at home, but you’re probably too intimidated to do it yourself. Rest assured, the bartenders at these bars are here to make sure you have a great time. 

1. Bar Butler

Photo from Michael Cheung (Instagram:  @michaelcckcheung )

Photo from Michael Cheung (Instagram: @michaelcckcheung)

For those who are into Japanese whiskeys and top-notch cocktails, the bartenders at Bar Butler surely know their craft. Their impressive whiskey collection (with a focus on Japanese producers) can be a little daunting for whiskey amateurs, but the boys do a great job giving you an intro and helping you find one that fits your palette. 

It’s quite hard to get a table over the weekend, so make sure you call ahead of time to reserve your seats. If you’re stopping by, feel free to name drop and tell them Ashley send you! Michael is our go-to bartender at Butler. This guy knows his craft inside out and is a perfect listener if you’re looking a quiet night out and good company for a chat. 

Address: 5 or 6/F, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 6:30 pm to 3 am, 5:30 pm to 1 am - Sundays. Closed on Mondays + Public Holidays. 
Notes: Minimum charge of $200 starting at 8:30 pm

2. Cafe Grey Deluxe at The Upper House

Photo by Dennis Kayzer (Instagram  @dkayzer )

Photo by Dennis Kayzer (Instagram @dkayzer)

Imagine yourself watching over the top of skyscrapers in Hong Kong, within a distance that you feel like you can almost reach it. While some say Ozone at Ritz-Carlton (the highest bar in the world) has an unbeatable view, we prefer the view at The Upper House a lot more. The bar is classy and the gorgeous night view is breathtaking enough to impress your date. It isn’t only about the skyline at Cafe Grey Deluxe though. They make simple, classic cocktails just right and we love their whiskey sour there. 


Address: 49/F at The Upper House Hotel. 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 10:30pm (restaurant + bar)
Notes: Drinks are surprisingly affordable compared to some of the other rooftop bars in Hong Kong. Average price for a cocktail is around $130 + 10% service charge. They also serve beer, wine, and mocktails here.

3. 001

Photo by Marko Vesterinen (Instagram: @ markovesterinen )

Photo by Marko Vesterinen (Instagram: @markovesterinen)

Armed with a heavy black, wooden door and a classic Chinese doorbell at the front, 001 is as unassuming as you get in Hong Kong and we love how it’s hidden behind the veggies stalls in the midst of Graham Street market. With a New York speakeasy vibe, 001’s menu covers some of the best classic cocktails such as Old Fashioned and stronger doses such as mezcal-based smokey Lapsang cocktail. They also serve one of the best Early Grey martinis in town, perfectly frothed with egg white, lemon juice and bergamot (we prefer the 001 take on it compared to Quinary’s best-seller Earl Grey martini with caviars). Classic jazz flows throughout the night, and the underground speakeasy is quite dark, and its mysterious vibe makes it a great place to whisper your secrets and past over a few cocktails. 

001 might just be the hardest bar to find in Hong Kong, especially when it’s hidden in plain sight in the dark. Look for the Pizza Express on Wellington Street, then turn to the alley of Graham Street and the unmarked door would be on your right. If you’re lost, ring us up for a private cocktail crawl, and we’ll show you around.

Address: Shop G1, LG/F,  Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Central
Opening Hours:
Notes: Cocktails range from $160-180

4. Mizunara

Photo by Ashley Yue  @heresaheart

Photo by Ashley Yue @heresaheart

Taking the first step into Mizunara feels like walking into a secret Japanese chamber with a zen garden at the back. Located on the 4th floor at an unremarkable commercial building in Wan Chai, the Japanese speakeasy is led by award-winning bartender Masahiko Endo with 20+ bar experience under his belt. Mizunara offers an extensive list of whiskeys, including artisanal Japanese distilleries and some lesser known labels. It definitely has a different vibe from Bar Butler. Everything is meticulous at Mizunara, and it’s a quiet haven for whiskey and cocktail lovers. 

Address: Kiu Yin Commercial Building, 4/F, 361-363 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6 pm to 3 am, Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.
Notes: Minimum charge of $400 starting at 9 pm

5. The Old Man

Photo by  @spoonek9

Photo by @spoonek9

Boy oh boy, where shall one start when one talks about The Old Man? The Hemingway-inspired bar specializes in gin-based cocktails, and the service is definitely one of the best in town. Co-owner Roman Ghale was the senior operations manager at Cafe Grey Deluxe at The Upper House, and he’s the master of the front of the house at The Old Man. I had a quick chat with Roman upon my first visit and was quite impressed that he greeted me by calling me Ash when I returned the second time. 

As an ode to Hemingway and his work, each cocktail is named after the late author’s novels. The Snows of Kilimanjaro might not be your everyday drink as the experimental cocktail is made with marshmallow gin, lacto-fermented raspberry, and citrus topped with grated gruyere. Did we just mention there are cheese shavings on top of this drink? We surely did. The drink is finished off with a fluffy, egg white foam and the drink plays with a surprisingly good balance of savory, citrus and sweetness. Our favorite is the insanely refreshing Green Hills of Africa that’s made with rosemary-infused Pisco, turmeric, tamarind cordial and citrus.They also make classics such as Gin & Tonic and Old Fashioned if you prefer simpler fares. 

Opening Hours: 5 pm to 1 am, Monday to Sunday
Address: Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Notes: Walk-ins only, so we recommend going there either during Happy Hour since the bar gets insanely packed after 8/9pm. Drinks are $90 each + 10% service charge. The bar is tucked away in the little alley right across Happy Paradise on Aberdeen Street.

 

Top 5 Dim Sum Restaurants in Hong Kong

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One of our many talents is to fight for dim sum at a chaotic, traditional Chinese dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong. We're not even joking when we say it's literally like a war zone in there. 🙊

At this insanely popular dim sum restaurant, customers would follow the dim sum granny and her cart like bees swarming over their hives. But we know much better than to follow the crowd like that!

Here's another tip: If you're at a dim sum restaurant with dim sum trolleys, never, ever try to take a dish by yourself when you're in front of the dim sum cart. It's a huge no-no to the dim sum grannies. Just tell her firmly and politely which dishes you'd like and hopefully she'll give them to you before they run out. And don't forget to bring your dim sum card with you when you're on your hunt. 

Looking for the best dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong? Our guide is here to help.

Photo credits: Eva Wang at  Eat With Eva

Photo credits: Eva Wang at Eat With Eva

1. One Dim Sum
This small and crowded dim sum restaurant is located in Prince Edward in Kowloon and it's also a 1 Michelin Star recipient! There's always a queue lining up outside and it takes around 20 minutes to get seated depending how packed the restaurant is. They serve all the traditional dim sum fares at very affordable prices! Who says dining at Michelin-star restaurants have to be an expensive, fancy thing?

You can check out the menu (available in English and Chinese + a bunch of other languages) while you wait in the line. Check off the boxes of items you want to order so you can hand the dim sum lady your ordering sheet once you get seated. Food is served quite fast here and we got our first dish within a few minutes. For more details of the restaurant, check out our friend Eva's blog for her review of One Dim Sum here.

Recommended dishes: Fried glutinous dumpling with salted pork (Harm Shui Kok), shrimp dumplings (ha gao), baked barbecue pork bun (char siu can bao), steamed minced beef balls.

Address: 
Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion,
15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward
Closest Subway: Prince Edward Station (Red Line)
Opening Hours: 10am - 12:30am
Affordable ? : Oh yes.

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2. Sun Hing Restaurant

THE dim sum restaurant that's adored by the drunkards crowds (cough*) and it's the place to go to if you're craving for dim sum at 3am! You'll get to share a communal table with fellow dim sum lovers. To order the dishes, either go up to the front where all the bamboo baskets are on the right side of the restaurant and take your pick. Those baskets are steaming hot though so usually the dim sum lady would ask you what you'd like and she'll help you stack them on your tray. Or you can wait patiently and the staff will come around, calling out the names of the dishes that just got freshly made in the kitchen.

Recommended dishes: egg custard steamed buns, quail egg siu mai (pork dumpling), steamed pork ribs, deep fried milk (available at the cashier counter), steamed turnip cake. 

Address:
Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road,
Kennedy Town, Western District
Closest Subway Station: Kennedy Town (Blue Line)
Opening Hours: 3 am to 4pm
Affordable ? : Oh yes.

3. Dim Dim Sum
Dim Dim Sum is another dim sum chain that has several locations in Hong Kong. If you're looking for a spot that serves shrimp dumplings (har gao) and barbecued pork rice noodle rolls (cha siu cheung fun) at night, this is the place to go! 

They serve all the traditional dim sum fares such as egg yolk and custard buns, siu mai and har gao, 

Recommended dishes: Crispy rice flour rolls with shrimp, pan-fried stuff eggplants with teriyaki sauce, pork dumpling with crab roe

Address: 112 Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 11am - 2am
Affordable ? : Oh yes.

4. Luk Yu Tea House

Established in 1933, Luk Yu remains a classic tea house in Central. The restaurant is filled with old world wooden chairs and paintings. If you're looking for a less chaotic dim sum restaurant and want some peace while you enjoy your meal, this is the place to go. 

While there are no dim sum trolleys around here, you can order with a dim sum sheet and the staff will come out with a silver tray of goods such as cha siu so (barbecued pork pastries) and other Cantonese sweets from time to time. Do keep in mind that Luk Yu only serves dim sum from morning to early afternoon, and they change their dinner menu to classic Cantonese dishes in the evening.

Recommended dishes: sesame seed with egg yolk bun, deep fried prawn toasts, barbecued pork buns, fried dumplings.

Address: 24-26 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Closest Subway Station: Central (red line)
Opening Hours: 7 am - 10pm
Affordable?: It's in the medium price range and it's definitely more expensive than the previous dim sum restaurants we mentioned.

Photo credits: Eva Wang at  Eat With Eva

Photo credits: Eva Wang at Eat With Eva

5. Yan Toh Heen
Just like what our Eva mentioned in her review at this 2-star Michelin restaurant, dim sum is usually a casual meal shared with family and friends, so having them at a fine dining setting is definitely reserve for special occasions! The dim sum here are more delicate and you'll get to dine in front of a perfect view of the Victoria Harbour. We suggest making a reservation prior to your visit so you won't have to wait in line! Yan Toh Heen is also known for their Peking Duck and we also highly recommend it for dinner. 


Recommended dishes: seafood beancurd rolls in chicken broth, crispy sesame dumplings with pineapple and custard cream, Yan Toh Heen Superior Dumplings, Har Gow (shrimp dumplings)

Address: 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong (at the basement of InterContinental Hotel)
Opening Hours: 12-2pm (dim sum), 6-11pm (dinner: classic Chinese dishes)
Closest subway station: Tsim Sha Tsui (red line)
Affordable? : Save it for a special occasion or if you're down to splurge a little!

And that's a wrap! What's your favourite dim sum dish and restaurant?


Here's to more good food and memories in Hong Kong,
Ash