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Best of HK Markets

August 22, 2013
Where to eat: Local Flavour

The Hong Kong dining scene runs the culinary gamut from three Michelin-starred to curbside dai pai dong, but still, one of the best places to sample some of the city’s fabulous local flavour is at one of the many no frills markets. Admittedly, the lack of aircon, stark strip lights and plastic stools aren’t for everyone – but it’s a quintessential HK experience, so dress down, pack a moist towelette, and take your pick from our city favourites.

North Point’s bustling Tung Po restaurant, located at the top of the Java Rd Wet Market, dishes up some of the best seafood – think mantis shrimps tossed in chilli and garlic, squid ink noodles and black bean razor clams. Note that on weekends after 9pm, rock music blasts and the waitstaff engage in friendly dance-offs.

For something a little quieter, ABC Kitchen in Sheung Wan’s Queen St Cooked Food Market takes a dai pai dong approach to Italian staples, where signature roasted suckling pig and rack of lamb star, and the in-and-out lunchtime sitting is swapped come evening for chequered table linens and a relaxed vibe. Across the harbour, Jordan’s Temple St Night Market is a packed thoroughfare of fluorescent-lit stalls that’s also home to an unmissable strip of restaurants offering the A to Z of local delicacies from claypot rice to chilli crab and curry fish balls. Hong Kong flavour!

Tung Po, 2/F, Java Rd Municipal Services Bldg, 99 Java Rd / +852 2880 5224
ABC Kitchen, Queens St Cooked Food Market, 1 Queen St / +852 3740 0727 /
Temple St Night Market, Temple St, Yau Ma Tei / after the sun sets