Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Anne Chan, Kowloon sider who loves her local food
From Cantonese to Shanghainese to Alvin Leung’s molecular cuisine and Westernised local food, Chan shares her favourite Hong Kong spots, with a bias towards Kowloon side, her home turf
I travel a lot but when I’m in Hong Kong, I always go back to the most iconic local dishes. I like having a good variety, from fine dining and comfort food to my mom’s home cooking.
I live on Kowloon side so naturally many of my favourite restaurants are there and I’ve been to them many times. They bring a nice sense of familiarity for me.
Tiffany Restaurant (148 Prince Edward Road, Prince Edward, tel: 2380 8029) is a place I started going to as a kid, usually as a treat with my family. It is a Westernised local eatery and it has the best afternoon tea selection. My favourite dishes include the ox tongue salad and the roast pork knuckle or ribs.
As a guilty pleasure, I frequent a place called Sun Hang Yuen (38 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, tel: 2386 2748). It is next to the wet market where my mother used to shop every day. It has really good milk tea, pork knuckle noodles and congee. And it operates 24/7.
My dad’s favourite place for pineapple buns is Kowloon Restaurant (282 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, tel: 3188 9566). It was recently redecorated. Other than the pineapple buns, I like their tuna fish buns especially when they are hot and fresh.
For Shanghainese I go to the Tsim Sha Tsui branch of Ye Shanghai (6/F, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, 3 Canton Road, tel: 2376 3322) for the great ambience. I find the food less oily and more refined than in other places. I like T’ang Court (1/F and 2/F, The Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2132 7898). Definitely it is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong with many award-winning dishes. Ming Court (Level 6, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, tel: 3552 3028) is also very good. I like their fried prawn with egg white.
But the most creative Chinese cuisine is at Bo Innovation (1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2850 8371). Alvin Leung never ceases to inspire with his dishes. I am very impressed by his latest ideas based on traditional Hong Kong dishes. I’m a fan of his iconic molecular xiao long bao and har mi shrimp noodles.