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The JT Insider Food Guide: Hong Kong

We talk to editor Celia Hu of Hong Kong’s award winning magazine Foodie to get her expert opinion on the city-state’s top culinary spots.

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Three to try

‘Our top picks are the roast goose at Yat Lok, garlic chilli typhoon shelter crab at Under Bridge Spicy Crab in Causeway Bay, and the wontons at Mak’s Noodles.’

Yat Lok, G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central. Under Bridge Spicy Crab, G/F, Shop 1-2 Ascot Mansion, 414-424 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay. Mak’s Noodles, 77 Wellington Street, Central.

Top spot for dim sum

‘The best all around dim sum restaurant would have to be Maxim’s Palace City Hall. It’s a huge, comfortable venue with harbour views – plus they still push classic trolleys to serve the dim sum.’

Maxim’s Palace City Hall, Low Block, City Hall, Edinburgh Place, Central.  

Where you’d take a friend

‘Hutong for the palatial view and classic Chinese ambiance.  It is touristy but it makes a great first impression for visitors. The food is ok but nothing outstanding though.’

Hutong, 1 Peking Road.

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A scenic spot

‘Anything on the TST side [Tsim Sha Tsui in southern Kowloon] overlooking the Hong Kong side [Hong Kong Island] is a winner, such as Alain Ducasse’s SPOON in the Intercontinental.’

SPOON by Alain Ducasse, 18 Salisbury Road.  

Foodie neighbourhood

‘Sai Ying Pun – there are so many amazing hidden gems and hipster joints set in this quaint old neighbourhood.’

Blowout dining experience

‘Mandarin Grill or Caprice – they have exquisite wine lists and innovative menus, yet they are classic enough to guarantee a satisfying dining experience.’

Mandarin Grill & Bar, 5 Connaught Road, Central. Caprice, 8 Finance Street.

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Authentically local dining experience

‘Tung Po restaurant in North Point Cooked Food Centre. It has the best fried garlic covered crispy skin chicken, and pork knuckles.’

Tung Po, 99 Java Road.

A lazy Sunday hangout

‘Zuma brunch for non-stop peach bellinis, sake and Champagne.’

Zuma, Landmark, Level 5-6, 15 Queen’s Road, Central.

Latest food trend

‘Hipsterfied Asian cuisine – Fu Lu Shou is a prime example.’

Fu Lu Shou, L7, 31 Hollywood Road, Central.

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A chef worth checking out

‘Exec Chef Vicky Cheng of Liberty Private Works is humble yet so skilled.’

Liberty Private Works, 26/F Stanley 11, 11 Stanley Street, Central.

Over and under-hyped restaurants

‘Over-hyped – Chom Chom, which has the same flavour profiles for almost every dish.’ 

‘Under-hyped – Le Port Parfume for classic French comfort food by the same people who created Bistro du Vin.’

Chom Chom, 58 Peel Street. Le Port Parfume, Shop C, 6-10 Kau U Fong, Central.

Taking culinary classes

Dimcook is a great online resource for Chinese recipes, while Daydaycook.com and Towngas host cooking classes geared towards local food.’

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Take a look at the Foodie website to read reviews of these restaurants and find out more about the Hong Kong food scene.