Hong Kong is known for its diverse and equally delicious cuisine and seafood.True to being a metropolitan hub in Asia, it is also home to cuisines from around the world and locals relish eating sushi, steak and spaghetti at the hundreds of restaurants in the city. But for tourists, nothing beats being able to eat at the numerous street markets and it helps to know where they are and what you can order. Here are a few to try while you are there:
1. Temple Street: Temple Street and Nanking Street
The Temple Street Night Market is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The market does not come to life until after 5pm, making it ideal for a late dinner and even later bargain shopping. There are numerous restaurants on Temple Street and on adjacent streets, all of which cook fresh seafood fare and have outdoor seating. Opt for one that has pictures on the menu to make choosing a dish easier, although many now have English menus due to the large tourist influx. Dishes are served family style and it is a good idea to pick a few items to share. Do try the fried tofu which is considered a classic of the street market and enjoy the late night shopping scene afterward. Many of the restaurants stay open until morning, making this an ideal spot to get a bite to eat after a late night out as well.
Temple Street Night Market can be reached by taking the Tseun Wan MTR to Jordan station, exit D. It’s a short walk from here but the market spans several blocks so be prepared to do some walking if you plan on staying for the market after dinner.
2. Mongkok: Dundas Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street
Mongkok is where the densest population of locals live and the area is busy at all hours of the day and night. The Ladies’ Market is located here, a great place to buy souvenirs and women’s clothes at a discount as well as Sai Yeung Choi Street, a haven for electronics lovers. These two parallel streets are closed off to pedestrians only and on many of the corners, vendors sell street food for take away only. There are many to chose from, all very cheap and very very tasty. For the daring, there are octopus legs and squid and for the more conservative, there is always tofu and battered vegetables from which you can chose a few. The fare comes on a stick and is ready to eat. Although the name might sound precarious, do try the fish balls which are exceptionally sumptuous and savory.
Mongkok can be reached by taking the Tseun Wan MTR to Mongkok station, exit D3. Ice milk teas, coconut milk and waffles are also a favorite and many street food vendors have just such a place nearby.
3. TsimShaTsui: Haiphong Road
Right at the edge of the Kowloon peninsula, TsimShaTsui is always full of tourists and there is plenty to do and see in this part of town. An idyllic place to watch the night show or to shop at high end luxury stores, there is also much to eat as far as street food goes. Along Haiphong Road and on the small adjacent streets stemming off, there are a handful of street vendors selling the typical fare of fried fish balls, tofu, and grilled vegetables. There is also a juice bar on this street which presses fresh fruit and vegetables–you pick the fruits and vegetables and they blend it for you instantly. Right around the corner crepes and waffles can also be bought for take away.
TsimShaTsui can be reached by taking the Tseun Wan MTR to TsimShaTsui station, the East Rail MTR or the Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai. From either of these transportation options, a little bit of walking will need to be done (4-5 blocks) but compared to the amount of walking you will do while shopping in this area, it should be no problem at all.
Scattered throughout the city are many street food vendors both on the Hong Kong and Kowloon side. Fast, delicious and cheap, there are plenty of options to sample a different one each time until you find one that you like best. You will quickly understand why Hong Kong is considered so highly commended when it comes to cuisine–whether on white plates or in a paper bag.
Photo of food stand at Mongkok market, Hong Kong originally posted by tracyhunter