[[ ** Updated on 23 October 2015 ** ]]
Can you guess which country is this?
If you have not guessed it right, it’s Hong Kong – Asia’s World City!
After my 3rd trip to this Dim Sum Country, my friends have been asking me for some recommendations, tips, information, etc. After sending them emails, I’ve decided to blog it down instead :)
My first trip to Hong Kong (HK) was with my school band in Junior College and we just followed our teachers’ plan, while my second trip was with my sis, her partner and one of my 死党 and I did some research to input into my sis’s plan. And on my third trip with my whole family, I decided to do a little more than just following and planned my first Hong Kong (brief) itinerary.
So in this post, it will consist of my friends’ and sis’s information, and some of my own research. Here it goes! :)
First up, below are a list of my friend’s itinerary from year 2006 – 2010. For the itinerary dated year 2012, it’s my own itinerary for my family trip. To be honest, for the those itineraries created before year 2012, I’m can’t be sure that the information is still valid. You will need to do some of your own research on those information from the first 3 itineraries! :)
[[ NEW Update!! ]] I’ve also just added in a new itinerary from my trip this year (2015)! :)
- Holiday Trip 2006 (3 days 2 nights trip; 15 – 17 December 2006)
- Family Christmas Holiday 2007 (4 days 3 nights trip; 22 – 25 December 2007)
- Hong Kong Holiday 2010 (4 days 3 nights trip; 20 – 23 July 2010)
- HK Brief Itinerary 2012 (6 days 5 nights trip; 2 – 7 February 2012)
- Extended Hong Kong Trip 2015 (3 days 2 nights extended trip (after our company trip); 23 – 25 August 2015) ** NEW!!
Moving Around Hong Kong!
Upon reaching HK, purchase their Octopus card at the airport.
There is a tourist package card that costs HKD$300 which consist of the following
(if I dodn’t remember it wrongly…)
- 1 x express train ride to HK mainland from airport
- 1 x express train ride to airport from HK mainland
- Unlimited rides on the MTR for 3 days
The express train from the airport will link you to the MTR main lines – See MTR Map.
Do check with the service staff on other available MTR packages and see which combination will suit your itinerary best. What we did when we went on a 6d5n trip, was to purchase the above Octopus package and then we purchased their ordinary Octopus card and top up (works like our EZ link card). But after that we realised that (if I had remembered correctly), there was another package that’s just purely unlimited train rides for 3 days (without airport express). Check with the staff if there is such a package and this will be more worth it than topping up the card.
Don’t forget to return the Octopus card after you exit the Airport Express Train upon reaching the airport. You will get back some HKD$ for the card’s deposit. They have a service counter which you will see after alighting from the train (may need to walk a bit before you can see it).
Don’t keep the cards even if you bought the top-up-as-you-go cards (like our EZ Link cards), unless you’re very sure that you will return to HK in the next 3-6 months time. Their cards have an expiry date attached to it!
Eating Around Hong Kong!
Below are some other food places that we’ll recommend to visit in Hong Kong. You may save the photos and ask around for directions while in Hong Kong. Otherwise, google for directions! :)
* MY FAVOURITE MUST-VISIT IN HONGKONG! *
Garden Restaurant 花园餐厅
This is one of the many food places that we had never fail to return to! It is an affordable western food eatery, served with local Hong Kong milk tea. Here is their namecard, listing down the addresses of all their outlets.
Their set meal will come with soup of the day, bread bun with butter, and a drink.
The mouthwatering meal will be brought to you, sizzling on a hot plate, and the waiter/waitress will then ask you for your choice of sauce – black pepper, mushroom or garlic sauce. A piece of serviette will be opened up and passed to you, for you to place it in front of you. Why is it placed in front of you? Because when they pour the sauce over your meal, the hotplate will siiiiii-zzzzle with the sauce, heh!
If you like steak, their steak is not bad, but definitely worth the money that you’re paying for, as verified and confirmed by my husband, brother-in-law, friend and colleague. My friend totally couldn’t resist that place and we went back a 2nd time during one of our trips to HK.
A definite MUST-TRY is their ice milk tea. They are generous with the amount of teabags/tea leaves used.
This picture above is totally deceiving. It looks harmless, but… their tea is thick to the max! Like how Singaporeans like to describe, gao gao to the max!
* LOCAL DELIGHTS *
Hai Wang Zhou Dian
Apologies that I do not have any more information of this porridge place, except for their menu cover and some food pictures (below). Visiting them during Hong Kong’s winter season will help to warm you up! It’s located at Yau Ma Tei area, near Cityview Hotel.
Yee Shun Milk Company
This famour eatery has a few outlets too, but the one I went to is located at Yau Ma Tei, near Cityview Hotel too. Another outlet that I’ve been to is conveniently located outside exit B2 of Prince Edward MTR Station. Once you get to street level, you will be able to see the shop.
We’ve tried some of their food for breakfast, but they are particulary famous for their milk pudding.
Located at Central MTR area, they are very famous for their roasted meat 烧腊. Without surprises, they sell very tasty char siew, roasted meat, roasted pigeon meat, etc) This Restaurant is A MUST TRY! Due to their popularity, you’re strongly encouraged to call and make a resesrvation prior to your visit to this restaurant. Details can be found at the end of this photo thread :)
Address: 32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong / 香港中環威靈頓街32-40號
Tel: (852) 2522 1624
Fax: (852) 2840 0888
一樂食館 Yat Lok
If you’re on a tight expenditure for your Hong Kong trip (like maybe, you’ve already overspent on shopping and eating, hehe..), consider coming here for their roasted meat 烧腊. Honestly, the roasted meat 烧腊 sold here is comparable to Yung Kee Restaurant’s. Don’t believe? Check out this review done by another blogger :)
My family and I personally prefer Yat Lok over Yung Kee. We like their fuss-free setting, totally local and definitely the $$.
As it is a small eatery, they do not entertain reservations.
Getting to 一樂食館 Yat Lok is simple, and also just a few streets away from Yung Kee Restaurant. Imagine the competition!
1. Come out from Central Exit G
2. Walk against the traffic until you reach Queen’s Road Central
3. Cross the road and walk along the traffic until you see d’Aguilar Street
4. Turn in, walk straight until you see Stanley Street on the right
5. Turn right into Stanley Steet and walk straight to reach Yat Lok
* NOODLES! *
Wing Kee Noodle 榮記粉麵
Intimidating ambience with waiters who are fierce-looking but strangely service-oriented, yummy beef/pork noodle with thick broth at Wing Kee Noodle at Sugar Street, Causeway Bay
Tsim Sha Tsui Dumpling Noodle Sadly, this place has closed down :(
My Boss has eagerly introduced this eatery to me. We managed to find it but since our last trip in 2012, we heard that this eatery has closed down.
Can someone verify this? Edit: It has been verifed :(
Below is the map of Tsim Sha Tsui and how to get to this eatery. I’m really unsure if it’s still there, so, unless you have the time to walk around and verify that it’s closed down or not, I guess I’ll say, don’t waste your time looking for it. It’s quite a walk!
Point B is the location of the eatery and Point A is the location of the famous dessert shop – Xu Liu Shan, that’s opposite the wanton noodles store.
p.s. the markings are quite tiny. Please click on the picture to look at the larger version :)
Delicious Tomato Soup Noodle @ Star Café
My dear friend introduced this place to me, and she has nothing but praises for the tomato soup noodles served here. Unfortunately, till date, I’ve yet to have the opportunity to try it. Hence, I have no pictures for this food item/eatery :(
Nonetheless, I’m still going to provide the information and adventurous readers can give it a shot! :)
Add: 36 Basement Champagne Court Block A 16 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀金巴利道16-20號香檳大廈地庫36號舖 (Next to Mira Hotel)
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit B2)
Opening Hour: 8:00am-9:00pm
Below is the map. If you realise, it’s around the same area as Pie & Tart Specialist (above). You might wanna try both on the same day! :)
* DIM SUMS YUMSSSS *
Tim Ho Wan 添好運
Started in Hong Kong and awarded a Michelin Star, this humble dim sum place has grew and expanded into Singapore. Being a popular eatery offering tasty and afforable dim sum, the queue outside its outlets has never been short and patrons may need to queue up to an hour before they can get a seat.
We personally waited for about 1 – 1.5 hours before it’s our turn to enter the small cafe. We were famished by then. Hence, our advise is, go early or go with some food in your tummy :)
As per our last trip there, we were given a number so we could walk around and come back. If it’s still the same arrangement, that’ll be good. But don’t forget to ask how long you need to wait before going off!
Signature dishes include char siew pineapple bun (baked barbequed pork bun with a crispy crust), stuffed cheung fan (either prawn or char siew) and Malay sponge cake. Despite its fast-food ambience and service, Tim Ho Wan serves wonderfully made dim sum that trumps those of many top restaurants in town.
Below are a list of its outlets in Hong Kong and if you’re interested, click here to read an interview that South China Morning Post conducted with Tim Ho Wan’s founder, Mak Kwai Pui.
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Nearest MTR station: Tsuen Wan Line, Sham Shui Po, Exit B2
Tel 2788 1226
Opening hours: 8am-9.30pm daily
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui
Tel 2332 2896
Nearest MTR station: Olympic, Exit D3
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, ifc Mall), Central
Nearest MTR station: Tung Chung Line, Hong Kong, Exit A1
Tel 2332 3078
Opening hours: 9am-9pm daily
G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point
Nearest MTR stations: Island Line, Fortress Hill, Exit B or North Point, Exit A1
Tel 2979 5608
Opening hours: 10am-9.30pm daily
Below is the map to get to the Tim Ho Wan outlet at Yau Ma Tei. You may click on the picture to look at the larger version :)
Another 1 of the Top 5 Dim Sum places in Hong Kong is Mei Xin (Maxim), located on the 2nd level of the City Hall building (a concert hall venue). The way the restaurant operates and its interior design brings about a fusion of old and new, tradition and modernisation.
Monday to Saturday – 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:30pmSunday and Public Holiday – 9:00am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Although it opens only at 11am, a long queue can be seen before at about 10.30am. Go early if you want to head there for breakfast/brunch! The concept and price are like Red Star in SG.
* CAFES A.K.A. CHAR CHAN TENGs *
Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳
Located in Bute Street, Hong Kong (near Prince Edward Station), it is well-known for its Polo Buns (菠蘿包), also known as Pineapple Buns. This is a must-visit eatery that me and my sis always go to when we visit HK. My sis LOOOOVES the nissin noodles with luncheon meat there. And we all love their Po Luo BaoThey do have 2 kinds – Po Luo Bao and Po Luo You. You can try both, but if you only have stomach to try 1, you have got to try their PO LUO YOU!!!
Below is a map to the eatery. To read more about this cafe and to take a look at some of their food (pictures), check out this blog entry!
Click here to check out more char chan tengs that Skyscanner recommends!
♥ LOVE = DESSERTS ♥
Pie & Tart Specialist
This is a MUST TRY dessert store in Hong Kong and they have many outlets all around, you won’t miss it!
Below are some photos of the mango desserts they sell.
Shopping Around Hong Kong!
Some of you may not be aware, but Hong Kong is also popular among Singaporeans for their branded goods outlet stores. We’ve come to know about an outlet store that carries off-seasons merchandises from the luxury brands like Prada, Mui Mui, etc.
The warehouse is located in Ap Lei Chau. Click here for the full information and the directions to get there! Alternatively, you can use Google Maps and search for Marina Square East Centre, Hong Kong or Horizon Plaza at 2 Lee Wing Street.
For factory outlet shopping, check out City Gate Outlet Mall. Located at Tung Chung MTR Station, there’s a big Esprit outlet and Nike outlet at the mall.
At Prince Edward Station, shopping at Fa Yuen Street is like shopping at Singapore’s Bugis street, but better!
Below are maps of areas around some MTR Stations. And for more information about HK’s MTR system, check out their homepage :)
- Central Station
- Jordan Station
- Prince Edward Station
- Tsim Sha Tsui Station
- Wan Chai Station
- Yau Ma Tei Station
Go have fun in HK!
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