Home to some of Hong Kong's best cuisine, Dai Pai Dongs embody so much of the city’s spirit. Local lifestyle publication, Sassy, shares some of its favourites.
Serving up much-loved and delicious locals dishes, there’s often no better place in the city to grab a quick bite. So, next time you’re deciding what to eat (and don’t want to part with too much cash!), head no further than one of these recommended stalls.
If you’re after some flavoursome pork noodle soup, and want to sit in a relaxed and casual space, head to Bing Kee. There’s a reason why the pork noodle soup is the best-selling dish, as it’s some of the tastiest anywhere. With juicy, peppery pork, greens, noodles and a flavoursome broth, it is a delicious start to the afternoon. Along with the food, Ping Kee’s hygiene standards are also above average, so its cleanliness, along with its friendly service, makes it a real winner in our books.
Must try dish: Pork noodle soup
Average price per person: $30 to $40 per person (pork noodle soup priced at $35)
Bing Kee, 5 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang
Opening Times: 7am to 3:30pm
Located right by the escalator in Central, Sing Kee is constantly buzzing with patrons savouring its famous dishes night and day. The flavoursome food is as spirited as the energetic atmosphere!
Must try dish: We love the garlicky prawns, along with the classic beef in oyster sauce – though the clam dish also comes high recommended.
Average price per person: Between $100 to $180 (including beers)
Sing Kee, 9-10 Stanley Street, Central
Opening Times: 11am to 3pm; and 5pm to 11pm
It may be bending the rules a little to include Tong Po in this roundup, as it’s located in a Cooked Food Centre and not strictly a true roadside Dai Pai Dong. But, the food here speaks for itself, and the infamous beer bowls are something of a Hong Kong legend. The food here is classic Chinese, including fried rice, crispy skin chicken, sweet and sour pork and so much more. The service is efficient and friendly, and the party atmosphere definitely makes this a great place to come with a crowd – just be prepared for old school songs to start blaring out of the speakers from around 9pm.
Must try dish: Beer in a bowl! Plus the salt and pepper fried squid is a must-try.
Average price per person: Between $250 to $300 (including beers)
Tong Po, 2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point
Opening Times: 5:30pm to 12:30am
Sing Heung Yuen
Recognisable for its queues that snake down Gough Street at lunchtime, Sing Heung Yuen is known for its simple, home-style Hong Kong dishes. Although the menu is in both English and Cantonese, it’s obvious what to order here, as almost everyone is eating the same thing. Noodles in Tomato Soup. Top yours off with your choice of a selection of meats, or a fried egg, and dine like a local at this old-school Dai Pai Dong. Don’t forget to order a side of crispy buns, topped with either butter, condensed milk, peanut butter or lemon jam. If you’re heading here at lunchtime, try to get there a little earlier to beat the rush, as it can be tricky to get a table and some dishes do sell out!
Must try dish: Signature noodles in tomato soup, with a side order of crispy buns
Average price per person: Around $40-50 per person
Sing Heung Yuen, 2 Mee Lun Street, (at Gough Street intersection), Central
Opening Times: 8am to 5:30pm
If you find yourself exploring Stanley, make sure to try out this little Dai Pai Dong. Hidden slightly behind a fruit stall, it can usually be spotted by the queues forming outside. Open early every morning, Si Yik is known for serving up classic HK style milk tea and French toast. The toast is filled with either Kaya (a sweet coconut jam), or peanut butter, and is then deep-fried to ensure it’s super fluffy inside, but nicely crisp on the outside. Wash it all down with a milk tea, or a bowl of noodles (if you’re still feeling hungry!), and work it off with a stroll through the market, a walk on the boardwalk, or just enjoy a snooze on the beach.
Must try dish: French toast
Average price per person: Around $40 for French toast and a tea
Si Yik, 2 Stanley Market Street, Stanley
Opening Times: 6am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays)
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