Like a great dish, cities too have their own unique flavour, and for a city like Hong Kong, the zesty combinations offer one mouth-watering bite after another.
Hong Kong is a city that prides itself on choice, and if there’s one thing that it delivers, it’s a full menu of cuisine options. Cooking it all up are over 14,000 restaurants – mixing, rolling, steaming and frying – delicious meals for every taste.
There are must-eat treats, like Chinese barbecue, a roast that is seasoned and cooked to perfection, and often hung for visibility, to tempt the hungry senses of passing diners. Or dim sum, the tasty little parcels, who’s name translates to ‘touch your heart,’ that satisfy morning, noon or night.
It’s not just restaurants and noodle shops though that are serving up delicious meals. Head to one of Hong Kong’s many food festivals for a great selection of tastes, all in the one place.
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
This popular festival is held every October, and highlights some of the best food and wine combos around. Add live music and entertainment, and spectacular skyline views along Victoria Harbour, and the four-day affair deserves a daily visit.
There are hundreds of booths and stalls where visitors can sample unique flavours. In some, master chefs design special menus for the perfect wine-pairings, while others offer wine tastings or cheese plates with wine.
Sample wines from 28 countries, with over 300 booths to choose from.
Dates: 26 to 29 October 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space – ten minute walk from Admiralty Station
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Hong Kong Great November Feast
The Hong Kong Great November Feast is a month long event that features several culinary events, from ethnic food fairs, and food and wine tastings, to restaurant tasting menus and culinary presentations.
Every day, there’s some gourmet offering to enjoy, and when the mouth-watering foods are paired with an international beer or wine, the meals are elevated to an even higher level of goodness.
Dates: 1 to 30 November
Where: Locations throughout the city
Where to eat…
Hong Kong Island
JUMBO KINGDOM – www.jumbo.com.hk
One of the world’s largest floating restaurants, Jumbo Kingdom is designed like a Chinese palace, seating up to 2,300 diners. The complex includes a tea garden and a gourmet restaurant, serving high-quality traditional Chinese and modern fusion dishes.
LAN KWAI FONG – www.lankwaifong.com
Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to over 90 restaurants and bars. The atmosphere ranges from stylish wine pairings to raucous jelly shots and the food on offer is as diverse as the clientele.
Ashley Road and its cosmopolitan collection of bars and restaurants will be a welcome respite when you are taking on the shopping and cultural attractions of teeming Tsim Sha Tsui. Chinese, Asian and European – the fare on offer is as diverse as the cultural influences that converge in this district.
Closest train (MTR) station: Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit C1. Walk along Peking Road for about three minutes then turn right into Ashley Road.
This erstwhile industrial district is now a gourmet neighbourhood of international cuisines, with Asian specialties very much in the spotlight. Southeast Asian, Thai, Chiu Chow and Cantonese food and local desserts are available in inexpensive and unpretentious family-run eateries.
Closest train (MTR) station: Lok Fu Station
New Territories & Outlying Islands
D-DECK – www.visitdiscoverybay.com
Discovery Bay offers one of the largest oceanfront dining destinations in Hong Kong – D’Deck. This gourmet hot spot features a variety of international cuisine with nearly 20 restaurants along the waterfront promenade connecting to Tai Pak Beach, with 180-degree sea view. Diners will enjoy a free ferry ride back to Central upon spending HK$120 at any of the designated D’Deck restaurants.
SOK KWU WAN
Only 30 minutes from Hong Kong’s downtown, Lamma Island is a popular seafood dining destination. Head to the old fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan, where a row of restaurants, perched above the bay on stilts, offer diners excellent seafood served with pleasant alfresco dining and sea views. Fresh chilli crab, garlic prawns, deep-fried squid and steamed fish with ginger and spring onions are all firm favourites.
How to get there: Take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Wu Wan. The journey takes 30 – 40 minutes. Restaurants are a 1 minute walk from the ferry pier.
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