Filipinos are known to be big eaters but if there’s anyone out there who loves food as much as we do, it has to be the Hong Kongers. Like us, they’re not ashamed to have several meals throughout the day. And they’re also not one to waste any food, making sure to use every part of the animal including the intestines!
If you want a taste of the food that Hong Kongers eat on a daily basis (without having to make the 2-hour trip), this list is for you. ICYDK, there are actually a handful of Hong Kong restaurants in Metro Manila you can hit up! There’s one that serves succulent roast duck, one that cooks up HK street food, and another that will feed you tons of dumplings.
1. Darwin Dimsum Hong Kong Special
Darwin Dimsum was first conceptualized when its owner came back from a Hong Kong trip. When he realized that there weren’t many places to get good HK-style dimsum in the metro, he decided to create a place of his own. To make sure things stay as authentic as possible, he got a Chinese chef to run his kitchen and filled his pantry only with quality ingredients.
Some of the bestselling items from the menu include the Special Hakaw, Special Siomai, Siao Long Pao, and Chicken Feet. They also have cartoon dim sum that are too adorable to eat! Do you have the heart to sink your teeth into a Hello Kitty Custard Bun or a Panda Vegetable Bun?
Darwin Dimsum Hong Kong Special can be found at these locations.
2. Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food
With its streets lined with shoe shop after another, Hong Kong has gotten extremely popular among sneaker heads. But aside from limited edition Nikes, another thing you’ll find an abundance of is street food! If you want a taste of Hong Kong’s variety of tasty eats, Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food is the perfect local haunt to visit.
They have all sorts of food-on-a-stick, including things like Fish Cake, Fried Stuffed Tofu, and Pancake Balls. Another menu item you shouldn’t miss out on is their bestselling Hong Style Fried Noodles, best eaten with their addicting peanut sauce!
Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food can be found at these locations.
3. Hap Chan
Tea houses are found all over Hong Kong, well-loved by both locals and tourists for their eclectic menus, cheap prices, and friendly neighborhood vibes. To get a feel of what it would be like to enjoy a meal in one, drop by a Hap Chan branch and get ordering! This local tea house keeps things as authentic as possible, from the flavors down to the service.
Like how it usually is in tea houses in Hong Kong, Hap Chan’s menu is pretty extensive. They have congee, dim sum, noodles, rice toppings, hot pot, as well as classic Chinese dishes. They also have a bunch of refreshing desserts to help cleanse the palate after all that eating!
Hap Chan can be found at these locations.
4. Hong Kong Master Cook
Something that not all tourists get to discover about Hong Kong are its seafood streets located outside of the city. There are tons of aquariums in these areas, all filled with the country’s freshest catch. If you missed out during your HK trip, just head over to Hong Kong Master Cook in Pasay and help yourself to their specialty seafood dishes!
A meal here wouldn’t be complete without getting to taste their bestsellers like the Master Cook Steamed Fish, Crab with Salty Egg Yolk, and Two Ways Lobster. But if you’re not into seafood, there’s no need to worry because they have a tasty selection of pork and chicken entrees too!
Hong Kong Master Cook can be found at Seaside Palengke at Paluto, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay, Metro Manila.
5. Kam’s Roast
Kam’s Roast is an OG in the Hong Kong dining scene, having opened way back in 1942. This mom and pop shop has since then garnered a lot of praise, even earning itself one Michelin star! The great news for us Filipinos is that it’s finally here in the country (the branch here dons a much more modern look), bringing with it its signature mouthwatering dishes!
If you’re not sure what to order from the menu, you can’t go wrong with the all-time favorites like the Roast Duck, Roast Pork, Suckling Pig, and Char Siu. Their famous Roast Goose isn’t on the Philippine menu yet but it’s coming soon so watch out for it!
Kam’s Roast can be found on the 3/F of Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.
6. Tim Ho Wan
Hong Kong seems to be a breeding ground for Michelin-starred restaurants, with over 200 awarded establishments under their belt. Tim Ho Wan is one of those who have been recognized by the Michelin Guide, and fortunately for us, they’ve found their way to local shores. Thanks to THW, Hong Kong dim sum doesn’t have to be so far from our reach!
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all these years, you probably know that THW’s Baked Bun with BBQ Pork is a huge hit. They’re soft and fluffy on the outside, gooey and flavorful on the inside, and just overall impossible to resist!
Tim Ho Wan can be found at these locations.