A typical day of gastronomy indulgence in Hong Kong looks like this: Spend a few hours to yum cha in a dim sum restaurant in the morning, have an entire roasted geese thigh to yourself for lunch, and splurge on a four-course dinner at a Shanghainese restaurant in the evening. But what if you’re looking for halal alternatives instead? Surprise, surprise, turns out finding Halal restaurants in Hong Kong does not require hiring Agent 007 to do the job.
Here’s our round-up of the best Halal and Muslim friendly restaurants to have a meal at to get you all fueled up for your holiday in Hong Kong, sans any Maggi cup noodle onboard. You better be ready to eat!
Dim Sum @ Islamic Centre Canteen
The yum cha (tea drinking in Cantonese) culture is as synonymous as Hong Kong itself, and it usually constitutes spending a few leisurely hours of eating steaming hot dim sum off bamboo baskets, Chinese tea and chit chatting with family and friends. From the must try chicken siew mai and BBQ chicken steamed bun to the flavorful braised chicken feet, and the succulent har kau (shrimp dumpling), a scrumptious dim sum brunch at the Islamic Centre Canteen will have you leaving the restaurant happy and ready to conquer the city that never sleeps!
Duck Rice @ Wai Kee
Roasted duck meat is less popular among Hong Kongers that prize the roasted geese more, but that does not mean the roasted duck meat is less yummy. Our favorite establishment to get this juicy, tender, aromatic roasted duck rice lunch is Wai Kee, a humble stall located on the first floor of Bowrington Market Cooked Food Market food court.
Tender duck meat, roasted until its skin turns golden brown… we’re already salivating just thinking about it. If you’re not in the mood for duck, they are also famous for their soy sauce chicken and mutton curry!
Xinjiang Cuisine @ Ma’s Restaurant
Like the community from which the cuisine takes its name, the cooking style reflects the flavors of the many ethnic minority groups in China, which include Uyghur, Hui and Dongxiang. Because the majority of the population in Xinjiang are Muslims, the cuisine is predominantly Halal.
Ma’s Restaurant offers an extensive menu (the menu book was close to 20 pages when we visited, by the way), but we’ll just give you these three must-tries— braised beef brisket noodles, spiced beef tendon and veal (beef) goulash.
Tofu Pudding @ Kung Wo Soy Bean
Sham Shui Po’s tofu king, Kung Wo Soy Bean is known for their well-loved tofu pudding (otherwise known as tau fu fah) and soy milk. The tofu pudding is silky smooth with a slight hint of sweetness from its red sugar syrup drizzled on top. Unlike the brown or white sugar syrup we are accustomed to here, red sugar has a more subtle flavor and brings out the soybean flavor of the tofu pudding better. Their pan-fried yong tau fu is also worth a try!
Classic Hong Kong breakfast @ Chrisly Cafe
Here’s a fun thing to try: Stand outside Chrisly Cafe on an early morning and as the bakery pulls up its shutters, breathe in the wonderful smell of freshly baked goods wafting along Queen’s Road.
You’d want Chrisly Cafe’s egg tarts badly, especially when they are fresh and hot out of the oven. The egg custard filling melts-in-your-mouth and is not too sweet, while the crust is crispy and flaky. Other famous desserts include buttery pineapple buns, wife cakes and more! They also serve the Classic Hong Kong breakfast — toast with condensed milk and peanut butter, fluffy scrambled eggs, served with your choice of coffee or tea.
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