Eating in Hong Kong

Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食) – an unassuming Michelin-recommended eatery

Sham Shui Po has too many small eateries that diners are spoilt for choice and these dining places could be difficult to spot from afar with the crowds of people out and about the bustling side streets!

Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食) is a typical local Hong Kong eatery, which serves simple fare that can be considered as comfort food to some.

I like cheong fun (steamed rice rolls) and when I heard about Hop Yip Tai, I decided to go check it out and have cheong fun for dinner! (for those who are unfamiliar with this dish, most people would typically have this for breakfast instead of lunch/dinner)

Upon arriving, I found a long queue of people outside but they were in the takeaway line.

Inside the shop, all seats were already taken and we had to wait about 10-15min before any seats were vacated. Note that as this is a typical local Hong Kong eatery, you are expected to share your table with strangers when you dine here. It was too congested inside this small shop, with waiting staff busy walking to and fro either serving food or clearing the dishes, so I didn’t take any pictures of the interior apart from the menu on the wall!

Looking across the room, I noted that most people ordered the cheong fun with some side dishes like radish, pig’s skin and curry fishballs.

We’re not hugh fans of fishballs and so we ended up ordering cheong fun (6 rolls) and a bowl of radish with pig’s skin.

The cheong fun was slippery smooth and was served with soy sauce and sesame oil, to which diners can add sweet sauce and chilli sauce to their liking. In addition, the pig’s skin was cooked just right and went very well with the radish, which was sweet and stewed to the level of softness that I like.

I have to say that this place certainly has cheap and good eats and is a good place to dine for those who are on a tight budget.

Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食)
G/F, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.


Getting There: 1-min walk from Exit C2, Sham Shui Po MTR Station

Opening Hours: Daily 6:30am to 8:30pm

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Givres – the place to go for Rose Gelato

When I saw pictures of pretty rose shaped ice cream, complete with petals, I knew I had to hunt down the shop to try it for myself!

Givres specialises in both artisanal coffee and rose gelato and it is conveniently located at the Wan Chai district on Hong Kong Island.

We had just finished lunch and thus dropped in for dessert. There are some counter seats at the shop, but do note that seating is limited to about 6-7 high stools.

You can choose to have up to three flavours in your rose gelato and I thought one was a bit boring, whilst three could be a bit too much and thus I went with two.

After a tough decision on which flavours to pick, I went with the combination of White Peach and Rose Petals.

My hubby on the other hand opted for Chocolate and Vanilla (boring!). We watched the staff piece together the rose gelatos petal by petal and the end results were very pretty, but my only grouse was that they melted too quickly! (probably also due to the summer heat)

Side view:

Top view:

It’s definitely a place worth checking out if you are in Hong Kong! ^_^


G38, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Getting There:
Take either exit B2 or A3 from Wan Chai MTR Station.

Tel: 9659 0816

Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 11:30am to 9pm
Friday to Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm

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Yuen Kee Dessert (源記甜品專家)

It was one of those days when you’ve had too much to eat during the day and thus wasn’t feeling that hungry at dinnertime, so I decided to have dessert instead!

Yuen Kee Dessert (源記甜品專家) is a traditional Chinese dessert shop, known for their almond cream (杏仁露), walnut cream (合桃露) and (桑寄生). All desserts can be paired with lotus seeds and/or egg.

The menu can be found sandwiched between the tables and their glass tops.

I decided to have walnut cream with lotus seeds 合桃露(加蓮子) and it was smooth and had just the right amount of sweetness (i.e. not overly sweet). My hubby on the other hand had almond cream with a raw egg 杏仁露(加蛋)!! He said it made the dessert smoother! Erm…I don’t think I will ever try that as I don’t like eating raw eggs.



Overall, we were both satisfied with what we ordered that night. ^_^


Yuen Kee Dessert (源記甜品專家)
G/F, 32 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong.

Getting There:
2-min walk from Exit B1, Sai Ying Pun MTR Station.

Telephone: +852 2548 8687

Opening Hours: Daily 12:00-23:30

Payment Method: Cash

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Zaks at Discovery Bay

I was looking for a dinner spot with a view of the fireworks at Hong Kong Disneyland and this led me to Discovery Bay, which is an eco-town located on Lantau Island. Cars are not allowed in this housing estate and the only way to get in is via their bus services, ferry or cycle in. I saw many parked golf buggies along the way in.

We decided to dine at Zaks as they have an alfresco dining area which you can view the fireworks from.

We started off by ordering some drinks and I was misled by the waitress who asked me to upsize my drink to the larger one and told me the glass was only a little bit bigger! Just take a look at the Iced Lemon Tea and Shirley Temple (upsized) which we ordered!!:

In addition, the food portions here are American-sized so it’s best to order wisely. Here’s a look at how big the portions are (clearly it made someone very happy…LOL):

Super Hawaiian Tropical Pizza (超級夏威夷薄餅) – With pineapple, thousand island sauce + crispy bacon & ham (HK$130)
I must say that this was quite good! Thankfully it was a thin-crust pizza, otherwise I don’t think we could have finished it!

Seafood Fettucine (海鮮闊麵) – A mixed catch of fresh seafood cooked in a rich tomato sauce with a touch of cream and topped with a king prawn (HK$190)
I wasn’t too impressed with this dish – I mean tastewise it was just average to me as I prefer a richer taste of tomato if it is a tomato-based sauce.

Banoffi Pie (焦糖香蕉蛋糕) – Caramel base cake with fresh bananas, caramel sauce, whipped cream & ice-cream (HK$70)
This was really good! Initially, I was a little skeptical when I read some reviews which raved about this but clearly this dessert exceeded my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it tasted. Again the portion is quite big so if you are planning to order some main courses, it’s best to share the dessert unless you are confident that you can finish it by yourself.

Now for the fireworks… Hong Kong Disneyland is located just across the bay and you can see their nightly fireworks display from here but note that it’s still a distance away. Check the schedule from the theme park’s website so that you can time your dinner accordingly if you want to watch the fireworks display.

Note that you’ll only get to see the fireworks minus the sound, so somehow it didn’t really feel the same to me (but still it was a nice experience).

Here’s a short video clip which I recorded:

Shop G04, G/F & 103, 1/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay Plaza,
Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Telephone:  +852 2987 6232


Opening Hours:  Daily 8am to 11pm

Getting There:  From Sunny Bay MTR station, take bus DB03R to D’Deck/Discovery Bay Plaza which is the last stop on the bus route.

Apologies…I don’t have any photos of the bus as I ran to board it just before it was about to leave, so I didn’t have time to snap any pictures of it.

Information board at Discovery Bay Plaza:

To get back to Sunny Bay MTR, at the Discovery Bay Plaza bus terminal, locate where bus DB03R is parked and board the one which has the lights on and the driver inside. It was too dark to take the exterior of the bus so I took this photo from the bus.

Ferry services to Discovery Bay are also available from Central Pier 3 on Hong Kong Island. You can get a free ferry ride back to Central if you spend HK$120 at the restaurant.

Check or for the latest transport information.

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Disney Special Dim Sum Lunch Set at Crystal Lotus (晶荷軒)

I had heard about Disney character shaped dim sum and was interested in trying it just for the novelty, thus I did some searching online to find out more…

It turns out that this “special” dim sum is only available on weekends at the Crystal Lotus restaurant (晶荷軒), located in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, and is apparently quite popular, so you’ll need to make advance reservations if you want to dine there.

There is however a current lunch set promotion for hotel guests which is available daily and some of the Disney character dim sum items are included as part of the set (…and this was one of the reasons why I then decided to stay at the hotel).

I had pre-booked my lunch before my arrival in Hong Kong and collected these coupons from the front desk when I checked in. They were to be presented at the restaurant and the bill would then be charged to my room.

The restaurant is located at the same level as the hotel lobby.

You can find lotus motifs around the restaurant…

…and even the chandeliers have lotus flowers which hold the light bulbs.

The menu at our table displayed the items in the lunch set (迪士尼特色點心午餐) that we were having, so we didn’t get a chance to have a look at their à la carte menu.

Rice Pasta with Shredded Chicken Salad in Sesame Sauce (麻醬雞絲粉皮) – It doesn’t look that appetising at first glance but the sesame sauce was fragrant and overall this starter was quite tasty. Hmm…I didn’t know that the thick strands of tang hoon are called rice pasta!

Posing with the next few dishes! Gosh…these were super super super CUTE!!! ^_^

Little Pig Barbecue Pork Bun (蠔汁叉燒豬仔包) – I think there was more “bun” in this than barbecue pork! Still they looked really adorable and it was a shame to have to eat them!

Little Green Men Pork and Vegetable Bun (綠色小人菜肉包) – One of the buns looked a bit disfigured with a different coloured eye. However, the filling in these buns was quite tasty and I felt tempted to say “Ooooh!” after I ate one… ;D

Mickey’s Seafood Glutinous Pancake (米奇煎薄餅) – The pancake was chewy probably cos it was glutinous and I wasn’t really a fan of this.

Double-boiled Sea Whelk and Stuffed Whole Dried Scallops in Mickey Winter Melon Soup (米奇元貝燉螺頭) – This came in individual bowls, each containing a slice of wintermelon which was cut in the shape of Mickey’s head and stuffed with carrot bits and a scallop. The soup was extremely flavourful and full of double-boiled goodness!

Wok-fried Shrimps and Disney Root Vegetables (迪士尼小炒) – I thought this tasted like a home-cooked dish except for the fact that the veggies were cut in the shape of Mickey’s head and hands (and if you’re wondering…the bowl’s made from flour and was rather tasteless). Overall, quite nice but you may want to avoid eating the bowl which wasn’t crispy anyway.

Here’s a more detailed look at the items which were contained in that edible bowl – as you can see, all the different types of vegetables were sliced into Mickey-related shapes!

Braised de-boned Short Rib in Spicy Sichuan Sauce (川味家常燜牛小排) – Love this dish! The gravy was fragrant and extremely flavourful, plus the beef was very tender.

Fried Rice with Crispy Eel and Pickled Vegetables in Golden Nest (金盞脆鱔炒飯) – The rice had a lovely wok hei fragrance but the pieces of eel looked and tasted more like char siew rather than eel. I didn’t really notice if there were pickled vegetables in the rice but the entire combination with the nest made from deep fried crispy wonton skin was perfect!

Combo of “Duffy” Steamed Red Bean Puree Bun, Chilled Mickey’s Red Bean Honey Pudding and Chilled Mickey’s Green Tea Jelly (「Duffy 迪士尼小熊」 紅豆蓉包拼雙色凍糕) – I couldn’t bear to eat Duffy and I think I must have stared at it for about 5-10min before I finally devoured it! The red bean filling wasn’t too sweet so I kind of enjoyed it (FYI – I’m not a huge fan of red bean). I wasn’t sure if the jelly was the same as that described on the menu but the top half of the Mickey-shaped one seemed to be osmanthus jelly (桂花糕), and the bottom half was a red bean pudding. The other piece tasted like yam.

Thrilled and satisfied customers!! 😀

Crystal Lotus (晶荷軒)
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Serving Time:
12:00noon – 2:00pm (Mon – Fri)
11:00am – 3:00pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

Price: HK$378 & up per Person if you are a hotel guest (Original Price: HK$415)
(Minimum 2 persons to dine, price inclusive of tea, condiments and service charge)

– Advance booking is required for extra order of Disney-style Dim Sum.
– The menu & price are subject to change.

According to the Hong Kong Disneyland website, this offer is valid from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 (“Promotion Period”) and the last check-in date is on 31st March 2014.

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The Bakery (麵包舖) at Peng Chau

This traditional bakery on Peng Chau sells homemade bread, egg tarts, wife cakes, sesame biscuits and other traditional chinese pastries/biscuits.

The items are freshly baked and displayed for sale on uncovered trays in the shop.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board recommended their Sesame Biscuit (芝麻餅), so we bought 2 pieces (HK$2.50 each) to try and they were placed in a plastic bag (i.e. not sealed) so I couldn’t buy more to bring home as I didn’t have any air-tight containers on hand to store them in. These sesame biscuits were very crunchy and fragrant, so do try some if you want a light snack!

The Bakery (麵包舖)
G/F, 11 Peng Chau Wing Hing Street, Peng Chau, Hong Kong.
Tel: +852 2983 9970
Opening Hours: 6:30am-8pm
Getting there: Walk for 5 min from Peng Chau Ferry Pier to Peng Chau Wing On Side Street, turn right onto Peng Chau Wing Hing Street and walk for another 2 min.

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Petite Amanda

Petite Amanda is a patisserie opened by former Hong Kong model Amanda Strang, who is of French-Taiwanese descent. She left modelling to enrol at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris where she got her first certificate and subsequently served as an apprentice at Caprice in Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Ladurée in Paris and Jacques Genin, a small Parisian chocolatier.

Located at a corner of IFC Mall, the shop can be easily missed as it’s hidden between the huge Apple® Store and Starbucks.

There are a limited number of tables if you wish to take a coffee break in-between shopping but do note it is not easy to find one which is unoccupied. I decided to do a takeaway and enjoy the pastries in comfort of my hotel room instead.

The standard packaging used is this triangular box which looks and feels rather flimsy so I was hanging on to my precious purchase whilst making my way back using the crowded MTR. You may be pleased to know that they use tape to secure the base of the pastries to the box.

There were just too many tempting creations and I couldn’t try them all, but these were what I had bought on 2 separate occasions…

Amarina (HKD$ 43) – I was overwhelmed by its taste as I haven’t had anything like it before. The taste of the cherry jelly wasn’t overpowering (I don’t particularly like strong cherry flavours which can sometimes be found in cakes and desserts) and it paired well with the pistachio mousse. Somehow I didn’t realise the little “apple” on top was a mini macaron until I was about to eat it and I thought that was a clever idea!
Sour Cherry Jelly
Light Pistachio Mousse
Pistachio Financier
Mini Macaron

Wild Berry Mille Feuille (HKD$ 45) – Mmm…loved this! The layers of puff pastry were crisp and had a lovely buttery fragrance. Fresh cream is used and it tasted wonderful! There is a version of this dessert without the fruit and jam but I like berries and thought the combination with the cream was absolutely fantastic! Do note however that this doesn’t travel well as the top layer of puff pastry may fall off during your commute.
Puffy Pastry
Vanilla Light Cream
Black Currant Jelly

Macarons (HKD$ 20 Each) – This comes in 6 flavours but I only bought 4 to try. The pink one (Butter Cream with Strawberry Jelly Filling) wasn’t available and I don’t like coffee, so I didn’t pick the light brown one. I found the macarons not too sweet and just right for my tastebuds but they looked too pretty to be eaten, not to mention having a touch of extravagance with the gold flakes!

Yellow – Butter Cream with Passion Fruit Filling

Green – Pistachio Butter Cream

Orange – Butter Cream with Apricot Filling

Brown – Chocolate Ganache

Plaisir Sucré (HKD$ 46) – This is another favourite of mine and hazelnut lovers will like this! It’s a wonderful medley of chocolate and hazelnut flavours with a little crunch at its base. My hubby commented that it’s like eating Ferrero Rocher!
Hazelnut Dacquoise
Praline Feuillete
Milk Chocolate Chantilly
Chocolate Ganache
Milk Chocolate

Chocolate Tart (HKD$ 43) – Oh wow…let’s just say that chocoholics will love this! My hubby certainly did!!
Pâte Sucrée
Flourless Chocolate Sponge
Chocolate Ganache

On a separate note, most of the young female counter staff whom I encountered weren’t friendly and they do not seem to be well-versed in English as they got my orders wrong – I ordered the yellow, green, brown and orange macarons and besides verbally telling them, I did point to the macarons as well but they still got it wrong and only packed 3! In addition, I ordered a chocolate tart and thought that I didn’t need to point to it when I told them what I wanted but they ended up giving me a Caprice (a dark chocolate sponge cake with chocolate mousse and passion fruit cream) instead **shakes head**. The names of the cakes/pastries were clearly labelled in English next to the individual items, so you would have thought the staff would be familiar with them. Thankfully there was a more senior lady at the shop who spoke fluent English with a British accent and she rectified my orders.

Overall, everything we’ve tried above wasn’t too sweet and was lip smackingly good! We’ll definitely go back again if we visit Hong Kong but hopefully the service of the staff can be improved. The senior lady was very professional but I can’t say the same about the younger staff.

Petite Amanda
Shop 2096 on Podium Level 2, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Telephone: +852 2234 7222


Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am to 8pm

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Kee Sum Cafe (祺森冰室) at Peng Chau

Kee Sum Cafe (祺森冰室) has been in operation for over 50 years and the current owner is the third generation. Their shrimp toast is highly recommended by many people (even food critics!) so I made it a point to stop by this place to try it when I visited Peng Chau.

We checked out the menu to find out what other items were available…

Their current day’s specials can be found written on the board which was hung on the wall, in the middle of the cafe.

Oh lookie here…I’ve got my hands on some Shrimp Toast (蝦多士)!

These deep fried morsels contained small pieces of shrimp in them. Somehow the dish didn’t have the “wow” factor to me but it is a different kind of toast from those typically sold at other cafes, thus it’s worth trying at least once. Taste is quite personal so who knows, perhaps you may like it more than I did.

My hubby was a little hungrier and ordered the Deep Fried Pork Cutlet with Instant Noodles (吉列豬扒公仔麵). The pork cutlet was crispy and the instant noodles were something which you can cook at home. Anyway, he liked it.

Kee Sum Cafe (祺森冰室)
G/F, 38 Peng Chau Wing On Street, Peng Chau, Hong Kong.
Tel: +852 2893 0554
Opening Hours: 8am-4pm (closed on Mon, except public holidays)
Getting there: Walk from Peng Chau Ferry Pier for 3 min to Peng Chau Wing On Street, turn right and walk on for another 2 min.

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Auntie Sweet (甜姨姨私房甜品)

I had heard about this dessert shop for years but hadn’t gone to try it as my travel plans did not take me to this part of Hong Kong. During my recent trip, I had originally thought that I would have to give this place a miss again but a last minute change of plans finally brought me here!

Gosh…at 11:25pm on a Saturday night, people were still queuing to get in!!


Everything on the menu was tempting but I was still stuffed from dinner and thus decided to avoid the heavier stuff. Thus, here’s what I ordered…

Top: Lemon Hawthorn Ice (山楂檸檬冰冰) – A refreshing drink which was more like a slushee and was a little sour.

Bottom: Mango Orchestra 芒果大合奏 (芒果三重奏+芒果雪糕球,芒果癡最岩) – For mango lovers who can’t decide what to have, so this dessert has everything in it! This comprises of mango ice-cream, mango puree, mango pudding, fresh mango slices and even dried mango! Surprisingly, the combination of all the various mango items went well together.

I’ll definitely come back here again to try their other desserts the next time I visit Hong Kong!

Auntie Sweet (甜姨姨私房甜品)
G/F, 13 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong.
Telephone: +852 25086962

Getting There: Take the MTR to Tin Hau (天后), it’s about a 10min walk from exits A1 or A2.

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Tai Ping Koon Restaurant (太平館餐廳) at Causeway Bay

If you are interested in East-meets-West cuisine, this is one of the places which you can check out when you are in Hong Kong. The food served at Tai Ping Koon Restaurant (太平館餐廳) was considered “western” food to Hong Kongers in the 40’s. They are most famous for their Chicken Wings poached in Swiss sauce (瑞士雞翼) and huge Soufflés (梳乎里).

As I was in the Causeway Bay area, I decided to go check out their branch there, which is located on a side street near the big shopping malls but the road wasn’t as brightly lit as those at the main shopping area.

The shopfront was quite plain-looking and I had initially walked past it without realising that it was the restaurant! I guess I was also expecting to see the restaurant’s name in English since it’s supposed to serve “western” food. The door was closed and you can’t see its interior so that also made me wonder if it was open for business!

Seating is quite limited and the decor is reminiscent of a bygone era. Even the waiters are dressed in kitschy 1950s style.



Apart from the 2 recommended dishes which I had mentioned earlier, I wasn’t sure what else was good here so we took the easier option and settled on their set menu for two which included the chicken wings.

Our set meal was a bit too much for me and I was stuffed to the brim! It’s a good thing that we didn’t add on an order for the soufflé as we saw other tables having it and it was HUMONGOUS!! Definitely something which can be shared between 2-4 people and it looked like a meal in itself.

Here’s a look at what we had:

Sea Food Soup (海龍皇湯) – I found it a little amusing that ‘sea’ and ‘food’ are two separate words in the name of this dish. Anyway, this seafood soup tasted quite nice and has fresh springy prawns in it.


TPK Style Chicken Wings in Swiss Sauce (太平館瑞士雞翼) – We were served with 6 pieces of chicken wings which were cooked in sweet soya sauce. Swiss sauce has no connection to Switzerland so I’m not sure why it was named as such. Although some people may find this dish too sweet, I liked it as it reminded me of my late Grandma’s cooking.

Stir-Fry Mixed Vegetables with Bacon (煙肉炒雜菜) – Not bad, the vegetables were fried with a wok fragrance and the bacon was a nice complement to the dish.

Sliced Roasted Leg of Pig with Rice (燒豬脾飯) – Hmm…this also tasted like it had Swiss sauce in it! The pork was nice and tender. Plain white rice was served on a separate plate but I didn’t take a picture of it.

Dessert (甜品) – This was an Egg Pudding and its taste was too eggy for me. I think I prefer the version at Australian Dairy Company.

Overall, the food was quite nice and I’ll probably go try the soufflé next time.

Tai Ping Koon Restaurant (太平館餐廳)
6 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

For Reservations: +852 25769161

Opening Hours: Daily 11:00-midnight (Closed during Chinese New Year)

Getting There: MTR to Causeway Bay station, take exit F and walk for about 4 min.

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