It was strange being told by friends and anyone within earshot of the words "I'm going to Hong Kong" that I would be able to indulge in dim sum and dessert at 3 am in the morning if I should please. This sounded wild to me, especially because I live in a city where most food places are closed by 12 am. I would say I like food...a lot, I mean who doesn't. So take this journey with me and see the food I've eaten in my first few days here, the highs, the lows and let me know what you think or where I should try!
*Disclaimer - this is not a list of recommended places to eat if life ever takes you to Hong Kong* - It's just a collection of where I've eaten and the interesting, and maybe sad things I've eaten. You may notice the cheap days, days, where I feel like spending over 60 Hong Kong Dollars (£6), is excessive for a meal and days where I think "treat your self" in reality I really need to silence that voice.
Tsim Sha Tsui Station - Roll & Mari
We headed to TST for cute dim sum, and when I say cute I mean cute, we were supposed to eat dim sum with little faces on them, but none of us thought to check the menu beforehand and arrived to 50 HKD a portion. So as you can tell, it was one those cheap nights. After looking at the menu we made a SWIFT reverse to the exit. Wandering the streets we found an alley way leading to a line of Korean restaurants and supermarkets, which is how we discovered Roll & Mari, the food was really yummy for around 70 HKD which pleased the whole group.
HKU - Hey Hey Dim Sum
We found this local place by just wondering the streets, although this makes myself and my friends sound jobless, I've realised by wandering around you can stumble upon really cool places. This time we had a selection of dim sum and little eats like beef balls, siu mai and mushroom rice. Despite all of this, the star of the show was the chicken feet in black bean sauce, yes that is what the red thing is. It may sound and look slightly strange, but it was great, again we ate for around 70 HKD.
Welcome to the portion of the post, which I call rock bottom. It's good this happened so early on in my exchange because I've basically peaked it couldn't possibly get any worse than this. I won't bore you with the details, just know that one night I was tired, so I did what I do best, boiled two eggs, ate them and went to sleep (yes that is soy sauce). I can hear my friends sighing because they're all too used to this behaviour. This is classic student life right? That's what I'm choosing to believe.
Causeway Bay - The Legend of Ding Tai Fung
One of the highlights of my week was eating in this Michelin star restaurant, for £10, I was also lucky enough to be taught about the culture and etiquette surrounding eating dim sum by my buddies who are also on exchange.
We ventured into time square and tried Street food, which I've developed such an affinity for since trying spiders on the street of Cambodia. Comparing it to places like Yauatcha and HKK known for their amazing dim sum in London, this place was even better, nothing beats authenticity, right?
*I obviously ate more than this, but I were to list it all we would be here forever.*