10 Mar Kowloon City Restaurants: Our Top 7 Picks
10 Mar 2016 . Kowloon City is well-known for the diversity of cuisines from around Asia. Today, I share my 7 Kowloon City Restaurants: local family-run restaurants, street food, dessert shops and something truly unique. Read on, and build up your appetite…
Kung Wo Salted Bean Curd Factory . 公和荳品廠 .67 Fuk Lo Tsun Road
The mosaic tiles on the wall detail the history of this small eatery which has witnessed many changes in Hong Kong over 60 years. It’s incredibly popular, in the years of the famous Kai Tak Airport, 3,000 bowls of tofu and 1,000 cups of soy milk were sold every day! Order a bowl of hot bean curd 豆腐花 (HK$12) and enjoy the smooth and warm texture while socking up the atmosphere in this humble restaurant, which is believe it or not, listed in the 2016 Michelin Hong Kong Guide!
Hoover Cake Shop . 豪華餅店 . 136 Nga Tsin Wai Road
This bakery is a favourite of Hong Kong’s most famous actor-Chow Yun Fat! It may not look like anything special, just another local bakery, but their egg tarts are phenomenal. As owner Mr. Chow puts it: ‘Crunchy on the outside, silky sweet and soft on the inside’. Hoover’s record stands at selling 3000 egg tarts in one day. Try an egg tart 蛋撻(HK$7) or the popular Grand Swiss Roll 巨型瑞士卷 (HK$75).
Lok Yuen Restaurant . 樂園 . 3/F, Kowloon City Municipal Service building
Time to try something unique! This is traditional teahouse served up comfort food with a twist! Lok Yuen started 50 years ago as a mobile street hawker and is one of the more popular local hangouts because of its creative menu choices. French toast and iced red bean milk is nothing new, but how about Satay Beef French Toast 沙嗲牛肉西多士(HK$28) and Red Bean Milk Tea 紅豆奶茶 (HK$21)? It may sound weird, but these dishes are surprisingly good and definitely unforgettable.
Hop Shing Dessert . 合成甜品 . 9 Lung Kong Road
Tuck in! Unlike some Western desserts, Chinese sweet soups are a healthy not a guilty pleasure. The green bean soup 綠豆爽sold at Hop Shing is said to help cool you down in the hot and humid summer. Their special chewy jelly 清心丸(HK$31), although common in Chiu Chow cuisine, is hard to find elsewhere in Hong Kong! Don’t forget to try persimmon cake (HK$4) served with the sweet soup. This treat, a great flavour combination, is a Hop Shing speciality.
Islam Food . 清真牛肉館 . 1 Lung Kong Road
Muslim or not, people flock here from all over Hong Kong to buy the halal beef dumplings, 牛肉餅 (HK$34 for 2 pieces). Thin crispy pan-fried pastry with a fresh juicy meat filling they are worth queuing up for. They sell 1,000 pieces per day! Not a fan of beef? Try the lamb brisket or ‘pop pan with scallion’! Owner Mr Ma lived and worked all over China because of the war. He picked up recipes and flavours wherever he went, which explains the variety of different Chinese cuisine on the menu.
Glady’s Estate Coffee . 6-8 Lion Rock Road
‘Lion Rock spirit’ reflects Hong Kongers ‘can-do’ attitude and fighting spirit. Gladys Estate Café, on Lion Rock Road, is a pioneering example of this spirit. Enjoy a relaxing moment in this cafe, one of the first modern coffee shops in this old district. The barista does a mean cappuccino, so sit down and let the owner take you on a coffee journey. Millie-feuille is their signature cake, freshly prepared in a limited edition of only 15 a day.
Futurus Gourmet . 49 Tak Ku Ling Road
A rare western fine dining restaurant in this grungy district. Futurus Gourmet specialises in Spanish ham, cold cuts and other delicacies, its speciality: Spanish Jamón Iberico de Bellota ham hanging on display inside the glass cabinet! Also plenty of frozen seafood from around the world, all washed down with fine wines. This dining experience, prepared by a former five-star hotel chef, won’t disappoint you!