One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in a new city is to indulge in traditional fare. Put simply, eat what (and where) the locals eat.
Known colloquially as Asia’s most colourful city, Hong Kong is also a veritable trove of culinary delights – and as such, the best place to indulge in some of the world’s most mouth-watering street food, known to locals as Dai Pai Dong.
The go-to spot for some top quality Hong Kong street food? While there are the more well-known spots like the Bourdain-approved Java Road food centre in North Point or Lang Kwai Fong’s notorious ‘Rat Alley’, it’s in the bustling neighbourhood of Tsim Sha Tsui where the city’s best-kept food secrets can be discovered – and no spot in the area does it better than Hau Fook Street.
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The short, neon-lit street serves up an array of tasty options – everything from “Hong Kong-style” Japanese food (such as the delectable udon at Dai Mon Yokocho – not “street food” per se, but totally worth it), to rice noodle dishes served in a cup at Dou Hua Mei, and sweet soufflés and a range of other dessert creations at Happy Together – while stalls laden with succulent dim sum, roast duck and barbecued meat on sticks are everywhere and will draw you in if you’re inclined to follow your nose.
Be warned: most street food vendors in Hau Fook, and in the more local areas of Hong Kong, don’t provide English menus – so be prepared to choose by politely pointing… which, more often than not, will lead to a more surprising (and delicious) eating experience. And, much like most other foreign countries, you’ll generally find the best street food where the plastic stools and tiny tables are filled with locals, or there’s a line to the counter. But don’t let that deter you from trying somewhere different, away from the crowds.
After you’ve had your fill, crawl down to Haiphong Road and start part two of your Hong Kong street food adventure.