8 Places Transforming the Hong Kong Food Scene

Soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung. Photo © Andrea Bricco/The Americana At Brand
By F&W Editors Posted August 13, 2014

In a city where change is a constant, two restaurant fanatics reveal the best of the brand-new and the ultra classic.

In a city where change is a constant, two restaurant fanatics reveal the best of the brand-new and the ultra classic.

Hong Kong has long offered two ways to eat out: fancy hotel dining rooms with stunning views, and fluorescent-lit spots with incredibly brusque service. But risk-taking young restaurateurs are challenging the status quo with cuisines Hong Kong hasn’t seen before—Chinese-American comfort food, hyper-specific Thai—in unexpected settings like the city’s “wet” food markets. Here, two locals share their favorite new-guard and classic places. One insider is Lindsay Jang, co-owner of the game-changing Yardbird yakitori joint and a store, Sunday’s Grocery, that she compares to a New York City bodega, “but with mezcal and fried chicken.” The other is Nicole Fung, who named her blog That Food Cray!!! after a Kanye West lyric that’s unprintable here.

Nicole’s Picks

Chachawan
“Bad-ass Isaan Thai food, serious drinks and a party scene”. 206 Hollywood Rd.; 011- 852-2549-0020.

Kam Wah Cafe
“The place for Hong Kong’s famous pineapple buns—which have no pineapple in them. The crunchy pastry layer on top looks like a pineapple.” 47 Bute St.; 011-852-2392-6830.

Little Bao
“Chef May Chow used to work at Yardbird. Now she cooks Chinese-American comfort food, like orange chicken.” 66 Staunton St.; little-bao.com.

Tung Po Restaurant “This Chinese restaurant is in a wet market (waiters wear rain boots), and it’s a ton of fun. The owner drinks beer with you and raps.” 99 Java Rd.; 011-852-2880-5224.

Lindsay’s Picks

Din Tai Fung
“The menu illustrates how to eat soup dumplings filled with things like crab roe”. 68 Yee Wo St.; dintaifung.com.hk.

Po’s Atelier
“A gorgeous space where head baker Angel Yeung makes soy-milk loaves and long, beautiful cheese twists.” 70 Po Hing Fong; www.posatelier.com.

Serge et le Phoque
“Three Parisians (one from Le Chateaubriand) opened this French-Japanese restaurant in a wet market. Perfect example of old-meets-new Hong Kong.” 3 Wan Chai Rd.; 011-852-5465-2000.

Woaw Store
“This shop sells high-design everything–watches, luggage, gadgets—and there’s a new geeky coffee shop in the back called Elephant Grounds.” 11 Gough St.; woawstore.com.

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