Hong Kong budget eatsi

They are the restaurants for everyday eating in Hong Kong – local places where you can fill up on good food for HK$100 and under, reviewed by SCMP food critics. Includes reviews posted in the past year and a half.

  • Melted cheese, tangy-sweet red sauce, seasoned pork chops and egg fried rice – baked pork chop rice is one of the defining comfort foods for Hongkongers
  • The dish can be enjoyed across the city, from ‘soy sauce Western’ restaurants as part of a set lunch to fine-dining restaurants that use exclusive ingredients

French food entrepreneur Christopher Daures, co-founder of meal planner service Eatology, reveals his favourite restaurants for brunch, seafood and dim sum in Hong Kong.

In his eight years in Hong Kong, Joseph Louli has found where to go for the Middle Eastern and European flavours of his upbringing – as well as good Thai and Indian food.


A variety of new restaurants are opening around Hong Kong to tempt foodies in November, featuring everything from grilled meats to French Mediterranean fare to Japanese cuisine.

From Hong Kong’s Middle Eastern food to amazing beef brisket and great suckling pig in Madrid, travel writer Kam Ling shares her favourite restaurants.

Charlene Ho, who works for Slow Food Hong Kong, is a fan of farm-to-table food and plant-based dishes. She visits the cooked food centre in Wan Chai for roast chicken and vegetarian meals.

The 50 Top Pizza Asia-Pacific rankings include 12 Tokyo pizzerias, six in Hong Kong and five in Bangkok. The No 1 position went to a pizzeria in Melbourne, Australia.

Mido Cafe, a 72-year-old cha chaan teng in Yau Ma Tei, announced the news in an ambiguous note posted outside its premises. Many shared their grief on social media at the loss of a ‘Hong Kong icon’.

Philippines’ Jollibee Foods Corporation, famous for its fried chicken, is aiming to not only expand to China, but to serve Chinese food all over the world.


Not enough young chefs want to learn traditional Cantonese cuisine, says chef Jowett Yu, who’s leaving Hong Kong for Australia and worries he won’t find freshly made dim sum if he returns in 20 years.

Looking for a bite to eat in Tsim Sha Tsui? We’ve got you covered – from the Japanese Umai SushiKan and the juicy BLT Burger, Canton Road is filled with delicious eateries

From Hainan chicken rice to Singaporean curry laksa, Asam Chicken Rice serves up classic Southeast Asian dishes. The decor evokes shophouses in Singapore and Malaysia, and the food is authentic and delicious.

We loved the salmon tacos and beef quesadilla at Blackwood Cafe & Bar, which also does a mean avocado on toast. The roadside tables are a great place to relax and watch passers-by window shopping at nearby antiques shops.

The vegan cheese Beyond burger with avocado is under US$15 at hkveganshop in Wan Chai. Although meaty and chewy, it lacked the juiciness, moisture and thickness of a super satisfying burger.

The pho (noodle soup) used fresh herbs and had a sweet, subtle broth, which wasn’t hot enough to cook the beef. Chuck beef was the favourite meat, while the Vietnamese-style drip coffee was rich and smooth

Fish with high mercury levels, fried foods and too much sodium can all be part of a Japanese sushi meal, but are there healthier options?

Falafel, shawarma, fattoush and hummus – delicious, great-value Middle Eastern dishes are on the menu at Shabab Syrian Food in the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry terminal. Everything we tried tasted good.

Most of the staff at Dignity Kitchen are physically or mentally disabled, and they are serving up some of the best Singapore hawker food in Hong Kong. Founder Koh Seng Choon talks about the challenges they had to overcome.


Biryani, thali, dosas, vadas, and idlys – Saravanaa Bhavan in Hong Kong serves tasty Indian vegetarian food that offers good value for money. Vegan options are available, and the staff are helpful. It’s part of a global restaurant chain.

Visitors to the newly reopened Hong Kong Museum of Art have a new casual dining spot to check out as well – Ink, a casual alfresco self-service shop offering quick bites, local craft beers and home-made seasonal ice cream.

Jaffe Road restaurant’s cart noodles in beef brisket soup were an overpriced letdown. But baked smoked duck breast rice with peach and the fish fillet burger were tasty and good value.

Prawn Noodle Shop serves a variety of Malaysian noodle soups, including curry laksa and Hokkien-style creamy. The popular chain’s latest outlet is in a busy food court, so it’s no place to linger.

Baan Mai offers lunch deals, rice and noodle sets and a variety of tom yum. Service at this busy restaurant is efficient, if impatient, and a few dishes didn’t hit the mark.

We’ve highlighted five of the weirdest – and most delicious – hotpot restaurants in Hong Kong that will satisfy even the most adventurous hotpot lovers