Food Diary: Hong Kong

Sat down with some friends for afternoon tea!

I was in Hong Kong for five days last week and I honestly thought I would get super fat but Ysa and I realized two days into the trip that we weren’t really pigging out! We didn’t really snack and we only ate two meals a day, at the most. Crazy!

Of course, that did not mean that we ate clean…

Day 1: Lunch

First stop: Din Tai Fung!

We were staying in Causeway Bay and and the Michelin-starred Yee Wo Branch was just a quick walk from our hostel.

They sat us at table 69. HOW DID THEY KNOW??? #matured

The plan was to just get their world famous xiao long bao and some rice dish but Ysa mistakenly placed the wrong order and two bowls of delicious were placed it front of us.

The Hot and Sour Soup turned out to be a yummy accident. I lapped that shit up. Why do we not have Din Tai Fung in Manila???

Xiao long bao my luv.

Pork fried rice.

For a moment, I forgot that I’m meant to be cutting back on rice but I figured I’d be doing tons of walking in Hong Kong so it’s okay if I went a bit carb-crazy. I left maybe a spoonful of the rice.

Day One: Snackin quackin

It was incredibly hot and humid the first day so we escaped to The Flying Pan in Central in the afternoon to cool down and go online. The Flying Pan is a 24-hour breakfast joint and I would normally be all over their menu but I wasn’t really hungry; I just wanted something cold. So I ordered their Chocolate Sundae.

And they weren’t shy with the whipped cream.

Day One: Dinner

After a long day of shopping, we opted to eat at Times Square (right beside our hostel). Pizza Express didn’t seem crazy expensive and the word “express” lured us in. We were starving, lah!

Bread for starters.

Prosciutto and ricotta cheese pizza HOLY SHET THIS WAS PERFECTION.

Bolognese. Meaty, but the pasta was undercooked and gross.

Day Two: Lunch

The next day, we headed to Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui for Toys “R” Us (biggest in Hong Kong). Lunch was at BLT Burger.

I had the BLT combo with fat fries.

The waiter asked me what kind of fries I wanted– skinny, fat, or waffle? “FAT!” as I pointed to myself.

Pickles r great.

Best burger ever???

Look at dat perfect patty.

Day Two: Dinner

Our late lunch filled us up that we didn’t feel hungry until 1am. By that time, we were already in bed so Ysa looked up nearby 24-hour places. We saw that Ichiran was just a few streets away. Unfortunately, most of their staff went home because of the typhoon warning and there was a 1-hour wait. Luckily for us, there was a Tsui Wah down the street!

Condensed milk on crispy buns.

Kagoshima-style pork cartilage with tossed instant noodles.

Luncheon pork and fried eggs with Casarecce in soup.

Meanwhile, Ysa had soup.

Day Three: Lunch

Thanks to the freaking typhoon warning that led the entire Hong Kong to cancel half the day, we were off to a late start. After a wet and windy time at Avenue of Stars, we headed back to The Flying Pan.

Eggs ala Reine with chicken and Swiss.


Pa-picture, parang artista kasi!

I really really liked The Flying Pan. Next time I’m in Hong Kong, I’m going back to try The 4×4 (four eggs, four rashers of bacon, four sausages, four slices of toast, and four sides) AND I WILL EAT IT ALL.

Day Three: Dinner

We had Ichiran for realsies. Went there past 11pm and were finally seated an hour later.

A third of the line.

“This ramen better be life-changing!” Ysa exclaimed.

Very delicious water!

Best 101HKD spent!

Day Four: Brunch

Here are pix of me eating a turkey leg while sitting along Disneyland’s Main Street.

If fashion bloggers can take twenty repetitive photos of them in the same outfit then by golly I am going to take three pictures of me eating a turkey leg!!!

Worst 50HKD spent. I give it 2/5 stars.

Day Four: Dinner

Melona and cup noodles from 711, very exciting.

Day Five: Lunch

We headed back to Tsim Sha Tsui for last-minute shopping and ate at Romankan Yokohama in iSquare for lunch.

88HKD katsu. Nothing spectacular, bland miso soup.

Day Five: Snackin quackin

Tim Ho Wan pork buns, BEST IN THE WORLD.

We passed by Tim Ho Wan before boarding the Airport Express and sitting beside the warm, fragrant buns of love for 24 minutes was torture. My mistake was only ordering two servings :(

Day Five: Dinner

Had katsu again BECAUSE I CAN.

Saboten set.

And that ends my Hong Kong food diary. I wish we ate more authentic Hong Kong dishes but most of the neighborhood eateries we would walk by had menus purely in Chinese! I also wish I saw more nighttime street food vendors in our area because I remember eating loads of isaw my first visit to HK in 2001. I had none this trip :(

PS: Hope you guys are safe and warm!

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  • Reply Trish August 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    How did their luncheon pork taste like? Hehehe. Must add Flying Pan to food bucket list!

  • Reply Joni August 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    “If fashion bloggers can take twenty repetitive photos of them in the same outfit then by golly I am going to take three pictures of me eating a turkey leg!!!” — I LOLd and just had to comment :)) Hope it didn’t rain hard when you were in Disneyland! :)

  • Reply Dan August 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Great food in HK, huh? Sure burn through those HK dollars fast though. Have you done Ocean Park? Real live Pandas!

  • Reply V August 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Now I’m hungry. I want a bowl of those noodle things. Huhu.

  • Reply edelweiza September 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I haven’t been to HK as it’s not on my priority list. But after seeing all these yummy food, I think I might change plans. :)

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