Hong Kong Asia's World City

Seafood

Seafood

It’s fried, baked, steamed, grilled, sliced, diced and stuffed. More to the point, Hong Kong’s seafood is very fresh. So fresh, you can see it swimming minutes before it’s on your table. True to form, Asia’s world city also offers up seafood in a variety of dining experiences that range from cosmopolitan fusions that would impress the most jaded epicurean all the way down to the best-served-with-beer ‘sampan-style’ concoctions.

For a truly enjoyable seafood feast, desert the downtown for a few hours and head for a seafood district. Here you will find rows of restaurants where you can pick your prey from an aquarium and eat it alfresco while enjoying picturesque sea views on a balmy Hong Kong evening.

What to order?

Prices of seafood items are often charged by weight and can vary by season. Different restaurants use different systems to weigh the food, so be sure to confirm the price before ordering. Also, in situations where the fish is purchased outside the restaurant, such as in Lei Yue Mun, cooking charges are added to the price.

Steamed fish

Steamed fish is a staple of Hong Kong seafood menus. Prices vary depending on the type of fish, but the cooking style usually takes a less-is-more approach because simple seasoning allows diners to appreciate the original flavour of the fresh fish. The most common seasonings include ginger, mushrooms, dried fruit peel and shallots.

Food critic, Wilson Yeung recommends the Steamed Fresh Red Spotted Garoupa with Mushroom & Pork at Jumbo Kingdom:

Steamed fish
Jumbo Kingdom
Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2553 9111
Website: http://www.jumbo.com.hk
 How to get there: MTR Central Station, Exit A, then take bus 70 from the Exchange Square bus terminus.

Stir-fried fish

A truly local treatment of a very local staple

Chow Chung, veteran Hong Kong chef and culinary consultant at Imperial Court in the MGM Grand in Macau, recommends the Fried Grouper Fillets with Black Truffle at Golden Bauhinia Cantonese Restaurant:

Stir-fried fish
Golden Bauhinia Cantonese Restaurant
Address: Expo Galleria, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2582 7728
 How to get there: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A5

Stir-fried crab

This is a sampan-style classic. Unique to Hong Kong, sampan style refers to the fishermen delicacies served on small boats. It usually involves the pungent flavours of ginger, garlic and chilli.

Food critic and head judge of the Best of the Best Culinary Awards, Wilson Yeung recommends the Deep Fried Crab with Chili and Garlic at Jumbo Kingdom:

Stir-fried crab
Jumbo Kingdom
Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2553 9111
Website: http://www.jumbo.com.hk/eng/main.php
 How to get there: MTR Central Station, Exit A, then take bus 70 from the Exchange Square bus terminus.

Baked crab

Seafood baked using traditional Chinese methods or showing more Western influences are all worth a try.

Food critic Wilson Yeung recommends the Baked Crab with Cheese at Star Seafood Floating Restaurant:

Baked crab
Star Seafood Floating Restaurant
Address: 55-57 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
Tel: +852 2635 3788
 How to get there: MTR Shek Mun Station, Exit B

Baked lobster

Some like it baked and baked they will get it!

Baked lobster

Drunken shrimp

Shrimp soaked in alcoholic spirits such as baijiu

Benny Li, food critic, TV food show host and food-travel guide, recommends the Drunken Shrimp at Liu Yuan Pavilion:

Drunken shrimp
Liu Yuan Pavilion
Address: 3/F, The Broadway, 54–62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2804 2000
 How to get there: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit C

Deep-fried shrimp

The number of methods of cooking shrimp in Hong Kong would even impress Bubba, but deep-fried is an all-time favourite. Many restaurants wrap the shrimp in other ingredients, such as noodles, before deep frying.

Chow Chung, veteran Hong Kong chef and culinary consultant at Imperial Court in the MGM Grand in Macau, recommends the Deep-fried Prawn Coated with Mashed Squid and Shredded Pastry at Golden Bauhinia Cantonese Restaurant:

Deep-fried shrimp
Golden Bauhinia Cantonese Restaurant
Address: Expo Galleria, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2582 7728
 How to get there: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A5.
What they say

Apart from downtown restaurants, there are many seafood restaurants located at famous seafood places such as Lei Yue Mun, Sai Kung, Lamma Island, which provide visitors with picturesque sea views as well as the unique fresh taste of ‘just-caught’ seafood, delivered fresh to the restaurant.”

Wilson Yeung is a prominent Hong Kong food critic. In addition to writing gourmet columns in newspapers and magazines, Yeung is also the life president of the Association for Hong Kong Catering Services Management Limited.

Did you know?

How can you tell if your steamed fish is fresh? Local catering industry veteran and food critic Wilson Yeung says freshness is visible – if the tail is straight and the fins point upwards, the fish is fresh.

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