Eat Like The Locals Do in Hong Kong

When visiting Hong Kong, apart from the usual sightseeing, I will make sure that I sample the local food.  My itinerary will usually include a list of eateries that I want to try.  After all, Hong Kong is known as a food paradise.

As we were in Shau Kei Wan (筲箕灣) on our way to Shek O (石 澳), we stopped by On Lee (安利大排檔) for breakfast.  This small Hong Kong style eatery is popular for its fishball and fish fillet noodles.  They also offer beef brisket and wan tan noodles.

The menu

The menu

Even the Chief Executive of Hong Kong dined here

Even the Chief Executive of Hong Kong dined here

Interior of On Lee

Interior of On Lee

We ordered a bowl of fishball noodle and a bowl of cuttlefish ball noodle.  The fishballs and cuttlefish balls were quite big, fresh and springy (弹牙).  The soup base was clear yet sweet.

Fishball mee in clear soup

Fishball mee in clear soup

Big springy cuttlefish balls

Big springy cuttlefish balls

On our way back from Shek O, we had lunch in Man Sing Cafe (民聲冰室).  I found this place through OpenRice.

Man Sing Cafe, Shau Kei Wan

Man Sing Cafe (民聲冰室), Shau Kei Wan outlet

The café was packed when we arrived.  Luckily we managed to get a table shortly after we arrived.  It is not only popular with the locals but it also attracts celebrities as its clientele.

Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame

The signature dish here is the steamed minced pork with salted egg yolk (咸蛋蒸肉饼).  The dish’s uniqueness is in how it’s served – in a ‘mountain-like’ style with the salty egg yolk at the top instead of the usual flat style.

A mountain of steamed minced pork

The minced pork was steamed to perfection – tender and juicy.  It had the right balance of lean and fatty meat giving it the right texture.  Even with the salty egg yolk and drizzled with light soy sauce, it wasn’t too salty, in fact it went well with the rice.   Add in a plate of blanched green leafy vegetable for a complete balanced meal.

2 simple dishes for a balanced meal

We also dined in Kam’s Kitchen (甘飯館), Fortress Hill with some local friends.  This restaurant is opened by descendants of the founder of the iconic roast goose restaurant, Yung Kee Restaurant (鏞記).  So obviously the signature dish here is the roast goose.

Kam's Kitchen in Fortress Hill

Kam’s Kitchen in Fortress Hill

After tasting the flavourful, moist and tender meat with its papery thin skin, I understand the reason this dish received a Michelin star.

Michelin recognisation on display in the restaurant

Michelin Guide on display in the restaurant

Combi platter of roast goose and roast pork

Combi platter of roast goose and roast pork

The other dishes were good too.  The roast pork was juicy with crackling crispy skin and we couldn’t fault the claypot seafood beancurd that was well braised.

The cost of the meal with 4 dishes for 4 people came up to about HKD650.

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