Hong Kong is all about exploring the city–especially the flavors. In Tsim Sha Tsui, every street you walk down you will find small restaurants packed with locals eating their favorite dishes. Sometimes, it is hard to choose where to eat because all of the menus sound so tasty but sometimes it’s difficult to even find a table or even a chair or a stool to sit at a counter. We have learned quite early on, that if a restaurant is full–eat there—the food is usually good.
So, we eventually got seated, sometimes sitting at tables with strangers; which is common, but we didn’t mind because our taste buds were blown away over and over by the yummy nibbles and bites we found. Here are some are some of our favorites.
This breakfast place Bread, Espresso & HK came highly recommended for offering traditional breakfasts but we just happened to be served much more than we expected. I am a stickler for starting my day with eggs. Here they serve scrambled eggs with a dollop of truffles, along with sides of sautéed mushrooms, fresh cut avocado, and toast. But, I swapped out the toast for a freshly baked crunchy buttery croissant; which was possibly the best I have ever tasted (ok, except for France).
Sometimes, we like having dessert for breakfast—so we did—when Bob ordered the soufflé French toast lightly dusted with powdered sugar that had a caramelized crunch and a “melts in your mouth” puffy delicate inside.
There is a renowned Hong Kong French Toast stuffed with peanut butter and jelly that we planned on eating but we never got around to trying—maybe next time.
*Just found out this shop is permanently closed ☹ and it’s a shame because the food was awesome.
Dim sum is Hong Kong’s claim to fame. We found these adorably cute little pink piggy dim sum stuffed with saucy pork at Yum Cha. I’m a vegetarian, and there were a lot of meat-free choices as well. We also had delicious veggie dumplings and a bowl of stir-fried noodles. We wanted to try the custard filled dim sum but were too stuffed.
I was jonesing for “Hong Kong Fried Rice” a special often served in L.A. But, as we searched for this elusive HK rice, I came to understand that Hong Kong is about celebrating all kinds of food from many different cultures. Lots of noodle dishes and dim sum and that traditional fried rice is not always on the menu. At least not where we were staying, in the area known as Little Korea; which had extraordinary restaurants worth visiting.
We finally found this hidden gem of a restaurant on Kimberly Road called, Kam Mui Kee Dai Pai Dong, which serves traditional Chinese food. We had a fantastic meal of egg fried rice, saucy potatoes and green beans, and mystery meat (not sure because the menu was not in English). We trusted the gentleman at the restaurant to pick out a meat dish that he thought Bob would like and he did not disappoint.
Yeah, I know what you are thinking–we were the dreaded “clueless tourists”–at least that night I was happy we were… Because sometimes, it’s more exciting to let the owners of restaurants and the locals serve you what they like to eat. By being open, you really get to have new experiences and taste some new flavors.
That night we ate and ate and washed it all with a cold beer sipped from a beautiful bowl and left feeling happy and stuffed–I finally had my HK fried rice. 🙂