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Hong Kong dining recommendations

I Know a Place: Jun Wu, Amazing Food Challenge winner

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 August, 2014, 1:12am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 October, 2015, 2:36pm

I'm an adventurous eater. That's the Cantonese in me. I like mom-and-pop restaurants; food that is cooked as if you were eating in someone's home. Hole-in-the-wall places are the best. That's where you experience a cuisine as it was meant to be. I love to taste the history and culture behind the food.

Some of the most enjoyable meals I've had were cooked in humble restaurants or local eateries. For example, I go for skewers at the outdoor stalls in Jordan, near Ferry Street. I can't think of any better way to follow up a night of drinking than some grilled meat on a stick.

It's hard to find a decent burger for a good price in Hong Kong. But I'm really impressed with Q-Bay Burger (Dragon View House, 6-16 Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay, tel: 2568 7196). I love their Parisian burger, a juicy beef patty topped with arugula, gruyere cheese, caramelised onions and a truffle cream sauce.

Another favourite is La Fleur (16 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 7337), a cosy restaurant that serves classic French food and excellent wine. I highly recommend the beef cheek braised in red wine.

There's an area in Tsim Sha Tsui known as Koreatown that's crammed with great restaurants. Arisu (3/F, 8 Hau Fook Street, TST, tel: 2369 8008) is the one that stands out for me.

The meat plate for grilling is definitely something you have to order, but I also recommend their kimchi pancake. If you have a large party, get their hearty budae jigae as well.

I love the flavours of Thailand in Chao Phraya (19 Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City, tel: 2382 4855). They use all the different herbs and spices that go into Thai cuisine. I especially love the softshell crab with pumpkin curry.

Hong Kong is known for its amazing skyline and dim sum, and I know the perfect place to experience both.

Budaoweng (23/F iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2152 1166) is on the 23rd floor of iSquare, so you know that the view of the Victoria Harbour will be magnificent.

For first-time visitors, this will be the view that they will remember. The dim sum is excellent, made traditionally for a very reasonable price.

For special meals, two places come to mind. First is Westwood Carvery (2 Wo On Lane, Central, tel: 2869 8111) in Lan Kwai Fong. I love beef, and this place serves up some of the best prime rib in town. They also have slow-braised short ribs that are to die for.

The second is Tapagria (18/F The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2147 0111) for excellent Spanish tapas and an outdoor patio with an amazing view of the harbour.

As told to Andrew Sun