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Canto Crawl

August 15, 2016

The Perfect Day… A Foodie Foray

Every grade-A gourmand knows that Hong Kong is a foodie’s paradise; and while international big-hitters have serenaded the city in recent years, Canto cuisine still reigns supreme...

Before exploring the Fragrant Harbour’s plentiful offerings, make like a local and prep your digestion with a bowl of piping hot congee from Wai Kee – a Central stalwart boasting a highly sought-after, speciality fish broth among many other variations – before embarking on a sensory stroll through the fast-disappearing Gage and Graham Street wet markets.

While disappointingly much of this old-timer has relocated indoors and cut back on vendor numbers, a skip along the beloved strip still unearths the all-consuming sights and smells of dried seafood, spices, and weird and wonderful fruit and vegetables.

Once you’ve Insta’d your way through Graham’s goodies, it’s time to wend your way down into Lyndhurst for a pit stop at Tai Cheong Bakery where you can scoop up a famed egg tart, or two, before hailing a taxi up to Hong Kong Park.

Here, the perfect dumpling destination awaits at Lock Cha Teahouse. Snuggled in the garden’s lush surrounds, this idyllic, latticed-wood retreat stacks bamboo steamers of delicately flavoured vegetarian dim sum alongside expertly poured cuppas and brewtiful tea blends.

You’ve been working jolly hard all morning; time to kick back and enjoy what Hong Kong does second best (after fabulous food, silly) – drift back down to Central’s Ten Feet Tall for a well-deserved foot rub.

Next, swish straight into your pre-booked table at locavore hotspot The Chairman for an assortment of seasonal and locally sourced servings – sparing you from the oft-inevitable MSG jitters. Don’t miss the lip-smacking steamed crab and spare ribs.

Still got pep in your step? Hop on the Star Ferry, and across the harbour you go to Nippon precision cocktail lounge Butler for post-sup tipples (if you can manage to bag one of only a handful of seats). Or, continue your culinary crawl through Mong Kok, sampling local street food – like Fei Jie’s mouth-watering braised squid – along the way. Hooray!

Wai Kee Congee Shop / 82 Stanley St / Central / +852 2551 5564 / 7am-7pm daily

Tai Cheong Bakery / 35 Lyndhurst Terr / Central / +852 8300 8301 / 7.30am-9pm Mon-Sat, 7.30am-8.30am Sun /

Lock Cha Teahouse / KS Lo Gallery / Hong Kong Park / Admiralty / +852 2801 7177 / 10am-8pm Sun-Fri, 10am-9pm Sat /

Ten Feet Tall / 20-21/F / L Place / 139 Queen's Rd / Central / +852 2971 1010 / 11am-1am Mon-Thu, 11am-2am Fri, 10.30am-1.30am Sat, 10.30am-12.30am Sun /

The Chairman / 18 Kau U Fong / Central / +852 2555 2202 / lunch & dinner daily /

Star Ferry / Central Pier 7 / +852 2367 7065 /

Butler / 5/F / Mody House / 30 Mody Rd / +852 2724 3828 / 6.30pm-3am daily

Fei Jie / Shop 4A / 55 Dundas St / Mong Kok / +852 9191 7683 / 2-11pm daily

Photos © nui7711, Tung Cheung, MC Noppadol, Esther Poon, Creative Lab