Foodie on a budget? Head to Sai Kung for a day of feasting that won't hurt your wallet

By YP cadet Thomas Gomersall

Eat your way around Hong Kong’s idyllic waterfront district without breaking the bank

By YP cadet Thomas Gomersall |

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You can get more than just a taste of traditional fishermen culture at Sai Kung.

With summer well and truly upon us, Hong Kong’s sleepy coastal town of Sai Kung is the perfect place for sun and sea. But what about supper? There’s no shortage of options, but finding cheaper eats close to the waterfront can take a little more know-how. Young Post shares its picks for the best Sai Kung restaurants on a budget.

Frugal pho from Saigon Pho

This size and prices of this Vietnamese restaurant may be small, but portions of its main dish, pho, are certainly not. For as little as HK$25, an enormous bowl of noodles, vegetables, and paper thin cuts of meat in a steaming broth can be all yours. If that doesn’t fill you up then a surplus of starters, from shrimp cakes to garlic chicken wings, should finish the job.

Address: Shop 16, G/F, Sai Kung Building, 42-56, King Man Street, Sai Kung

We love the pineapple fried rice at Sawaddee.
Photo: Thomas Gomersall

Tasty Thai at Sawaddee Thailand

You could easily miss this little corner restaurant that’s tucked behind a Wellcome and a McDonald's, but then you’d miss out on highlights such as three meat satays, crispy squid, and pomelo salad. It’s all easily affordable for a meal with friends but lone diners need not feel left out, as there is a wide choice of noodle and fried rice dishes for under HK$100.

Address: No. 4, G/F, Sai Kung Garden, 16 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung

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Try the fish and chips from Chip In.
Photo: Chip In

Fish and chips from Chip In

If you’re a fan of fried food, head for this takeaway that’s just a stone’s throw from the Sai Kung new Public Pier. With a large fish and chips at HK$75, plus calamari and chicken nuggets for a fraction of that price, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a British seaside postcard. Plus, you get to sample Hong Kong’s only deep-fried Oreos.

Address: 9, King Man Street, Sai Kung

A spot of tea at Let’s Jam

Looking for somewhere quiet for a simple meal? This is the place. Hidden down the lightly trodden – at least, by non-locals – See Cheung Street, this little bistro is ideal for Western classics on a budget. For some real bliss, catch the sun on the outside porch with some scones and a dollop of one of their home-made jams on the side.

Address: G/F, 9 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung

The black rice and mango dessert at Honeydew Desserts is a must-have.
Photo: Thomas Gomersall

Sweet eats at Honeymoon Desserts

While this chain now has restaurants across Hong Kong, Sai Kung is where it all began, and you won’t find anywhere better in town to get your sweet fix. A range of cold desserts can be found here, from mango, pomelo, and sago soup to fruity tofu sago puddings. But for the literal cream-of-the-crop, try their mango and black rice in vanilla sauce: a perfect blend of cool, sweet and affordable at HK$39.

Address: 10A-C, Po Tung Road, Sai Kung

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge

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