Hong Kong Cheap Eats

A guide on affordable, budget-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong!

November 5, 2017 7:00 pm by Bettina Bacani
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Whenever we go to a new country, it is often to explore different places or to try new activities. For example, when I flew to Thailand for the first time, our group went around numerous temples and shopped at one of their floating markets. In Dubai, one might consider going skydiving or perhaps go on a desert safari. More often than not, before we even decide on where to go for a trip, we already have specific places we want to go to and certain things we want to do in mind – basically the main reasons why we even want to visit that country in the first place.

But on my recent trip to Hong Kong, my friends and I decided to do something “different”. Different in the sense that instead of filling our itineraries with places and activities, we thought we’d fill ours out with – you’ve guessed it – food! Since I was going on the trip with two of Manila’s top food influencers, Forkspoonmanila and Food for Tata, we all figured it would be fun to do our version of a Hong Kong Food Crawl.

For this article, let me share with you our list of affordable and budget-friendly restaurants that we’ve discovered during our HK foodventure!

Are you ready to delve deeper into HK’s food scene? Let’s go!

I don’t know about you, but when I think food in Hong Kong, the first thing that comes to mind is anoodles. And for that, we went to Maks Noodle located at 47 Parkes Street, Tsim Sha Tsui. You can have it with soup or just tossed, but I highly recommend ordering the ones that come with shrimp wontons or beef brisket.

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Mak’s Noodle Shrimp Wonton in Soup, Tossed Noodles with Beef Brisket, Tossed Noodles with Beef Tendon, Tossed Noodles with Wonton Dumpling & Oyster Sauce

Photo courtesy of Life in Technicolor

If you’re looking for more options in terms of noodles and broth, I suggest you head to Kau Kee instead. Their menu offers a variety of combinations: choose from rice, e-fu, flat, or vermicelli noodles to go with oyster sauce, curry, or regular beef broth. Finally, top it off with beef slices, brisket, or tendon. Kau Kee is located at 21 Gough St, Central, Hong Kong.

Price point per bowl for both Mak’s Noodle and Kau Kee is around 50 HKD (~330 PHP).

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Kau Kee Beef Brisket in Broth, Beef Slices in Broth, and Beef Tendon in Curry

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Next on our list? Dimsum!

For adorable, instagram-worthy dimsum (yes, it’s a thing), head over to Yum Cha at Granville Road. Prices start at 39 HKD (~260 PHP) per order. We tried the BBQ Piggy Buns, Hot Custard Molten Buns, and Spicy Minced Pork & Shrimp in Sichuan Style, and took our precious time taking photos of each for the ‘gram. Do note that the restaurant charges 12 HKD (~80 PHP) per person for tea/water, so you might want to bring your own drink when you visit if you want to save money.

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Yum Cha Dimsum – BBQ Piggy Buns, Hot Custard Molten Buns, and Spicy Minced Pork & Shrimp

Photo courtesy of Life in Technicolor

Another must-visit dimsum place is Dim Dim Sum at #6 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai. Items here are relatively cheaper compared to Yum Cha, with prices ranging from only 16 HKD (~105 PHP) to 27 HKD (~180 PHP).

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Dim Dim Sum’s Piggy Custard Buns, Mushroom Buns with Taro Filling, Steamed Rice Rolls with Black Truffles and Mixed Mushrooms, Pineapple Buns with Pineapple Custard Filling, Deep Fried Dumplings with Wasabi Filling, and Shrimp and Pork Dumplings with Crab Roe

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Now if you want quick, easy, and convenient, Café de Coral is the place to be. It is a Chinese self-service restaurant with branches all over Hong Kong. The best part? The food is actually pretty affordable. Would you believe that their Crispy Roasted Pork Combo with Rice (lower left of the photo below) only costs 45 HKD? That’s less than 300 PHP!

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Cafe de Coral Hong Kong fast food

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a real Hong Kong food guide without some street food in it! Most if not all of the street food we tried are priced around 10 HKD (~65 PHP) to 20 HKD (~130 PHP). Not bad if you just want a quick snack to fill you up after a long day of walking around. A lot of these stalls also offer drinks like water chestnuts with grass jelly and sugarcane juice.

Photos courtesy of Life in Technicolor

You can get everything from grilled sausages, fish and curry balls, squid tentacles to fried intestines and organs in a bowl. Just try to keep an open mind with the latter.

My favorite street food finds are Lee Keung Kee North Points eggette and Tai Cheong Bakerys egg tarts. Both are really popular and have numerous branches across the city. The eggettes are priced at 18 HKD (~120 PHP) while the egg tarts cost 9 HKD (~60 PHP) each.

Photos courtesy of Life in Technicolor

 

For a more in-depth guide on where to eat in Hong Kong, also check out:

http://www.bettinabacani.com/2017/09/hong-kong-food-guide.html

http://www.bettinabacani.com/2017/10/hong-kong-food-guide.html

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