Shopping all day can work up an appetite, but luckily in Hong Kong there are places to eat around every corner. Here are just some of the snacks that I ate along the way…
You can’t go to Hong Kong without trying egg waffles, or gai daan jai (鷄蛋仔). Every time I go to Hong Kong, I try to eat as many of these as possible because they’re so good! They are made by pouring a batter made from eggs, flour, sugar and evaporated milk onto a hot waffle iron with round indentations. Each egg-shaped bubble is filled with a soft cakey centre but the rest of the waffle is wonderfully crispy. They come in a range of different flavours nowadays, but I almost always get the original “egg” flavour. My favourite vendor is North Point Egg Waffle which has several locations around Hong Kong.
Another thing that I love to eat in Hong Kong is wonton noodles. We visited Chee Kei (池記) for a pre-dinner snack one night where you can get a small bowl of wonton noodles and a side for only HK$42 (about AU$5).
The noodles are thin, chewy egg noodles with slippery wontons floating around in the soup. A side of steamed young gai lan completes the meal.
Chee Kei also offers something for congee lovers. A bowl of sampan congee (tang jai jook, 艇仔粥) plus a side dish will set you back about HK$48 (about AU$6). The sampan congee contains a mish mash of ingredients, like seafood (typically fish and squid), some meat and peanuts.
There are a range of sides to choose from, including fish balls and chicken wings, but we go with the deep fried wontons.
Long time readers will know that I have a big sweet tooth, so of course some of these snacks were going to include cakes and yes, macarons as well. We stumbled across Paul Lafayet Patisserie Francaise in the K11 shopping centre, and I couldn’t resist getting some to take home with me. The flavours we tried were (left to right, top to bottom) – matcha, black sesame, vanilla, chocolate, passionfruit, caramel, pistachio and raspberry.
On a friend’s recommendation, we also went hunting for a cake shop called Patisserie Tony Wong. We were greeted by a little store that had an almost dazzling display of intricate cakes and pastries.
It was hard to choose which ones to get, but in the end we sampled three cakes between us. Each cake cost around HK$40-45 (approx AU$5). They were all so good I couldn’t pick a favourite!
If you’re after good coffee (or one with a bear face!) there are two places that I can recommend. The one above is from Cafe Corridor (26A Russell St, Causeway Bay) – literally located in a corridor off the street in Times Square. The other is 18 Grams which also does a pretty good coffee, and has 3 locations in Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui.
And for some treats that you can take home with you, there are these adorable chocolates available from Lucullus, which has several locations around Hong Kong. In addition to chocolates, there are also cakes and cookies, but who can resist the cute little mice, cats and bunnies? It also helps that they taste great :)
North Point Egg Waffle (北角雞蛋仔)
Shop E, 178 Nathan Road (near Jordan MTR)
Tsim Sha Tsui
Open Monday to Saturday from 11am, Sunday from 12.30pm
Other locations in Wan Chai and North Point
Chee Kei (池記)
Shop 10, Level 4, Langham Place
8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok
Ph: +852 3514 4000
Other locations in Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, Kowloon Bay and Wan Chai
Paul Lafayet Patisserie Francaise
G23, Ground floor, K11
18 Hanoi Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui
Ph: +852 3586 9621
Open 7 days, 12pm-11pm
Other locations in Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and Sha Tin
Patisserie Tony Wong
Ground floor, Golden Jubilee
399 Lockhart Road
Wai Chai, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2575 8993
Open 7 days, 11am-9pm