Take a look at how the old meets the new in the city
Lin Heung Tea House
For dim sum as the locals do, go to the atmospheric Lin Heung Tea House for breakfast or lunch. Trolleys of fresh dim sum in their bamboo steamers are wheeled through the noisy crowded room of communal round tables. Order the siew mai and lotus seed paste bun.
160-164, Wellington Street, Central, +852 2544 456
Luk Yu Tea House
If you prefer a less harried yum cha experience, book a table at Luk Yu Tea House. Here, the well-preserved dark-wood paneling and stained-glass panes provide an elegant setting for dim sum in the morning and Cantonese cuisine for lunch or dinner. Go for the sweet and sour pork.
G/F-3/F, 24 Stanley Street, Central, +852 2523 5464
Yuet Hua Hui Seafood Restaurant
Seafood is as fresh as it comes here at Yuet Hua Hui Seafood Restaurant. Be sure to order a big plate of the signature Typhoon Shelter Crab, served with a generous mountain of perfectly crisped garlic bits which goes well with a bowl of plain or fried rice. Another dish not to be missed is the salt-and-pepper calamari.
Shop B, G/F, 405-419 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, + 852 2591 6803
Tai Cheong Bakery
Egg tarts are the perfect afternoon snack. Tai Cheong Bakery makes them with deep yellow custard encased in melt-in-your-mouth butter crusts. Get them fresh out of the oven. Other popular baked goods are the wife pastries filled with winter melon paste and walnut cookies.
G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 2544 3475
Mak's Wonton Noodles
Dumplings made from plump firm prawns are what keep locals coming back to this institution since the 1960s. The portions are notoriously small, so do order a second bowl of the piping hot wanton noodle soup.
37, Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2893 0006
Yee Shun Dairy Company
For tong shui, roughly translated as sugar water, go to Yee Shun Dairy Company in Causeway Bay for local delights such as the steamed Almond Milk with Egg White. Smooth and fragrant, it makes for a light post-dinner treat.
G/F, 506 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay,+852 2591 1837
Kau Kee Restaurant
There is more often than not a queue for beef brisket noodles in this hole-in-the-wall establishment. Rich in flavor, the soup complements the unctuous beef slices for a satisfying lunch.
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central, +852 2850 5967
Yung Kee Restaurant
For succulent roast goose, Yung Kee is the locals’ choice. Make a reservation to ensure a table at the popular restaurant. The century egg with its creamy molten yolk is moreish and best eaten with the accompanying pink pickled ginger.
32-40 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2522 1624