Hong Kong: cheap eats

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Hong Kong is known for its great food and we tried to sample as much of it as we could! It turned out that our favourites were also the cheapest meals we had. Here are some of the things that we enjoyed.

Egg custard tarts

These are related to pastel de nata and were brought over by the Portuguese. The Hong Kong variety are bigger and can have either short crust or puff pastry. There are bakeries on every corner and we had a lot of these, but this perfect specimen was our favourite.

egg custard tart

Tai Cheong Bakery, 35 Lindhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

Sour & spicy noodles

We hadn’t had any spicy food in Hong Kong, so on our last day we thought we’d be safe when we chose two out of five chillies on the menu scale at Heartbreak Sour and Spicy Noodle. Wrong! This was possibly the hottest meal either of us have ever eaten and we love our chillies.

two bowls of spicy noodles

Heartbreak Sour and Spicy Noodle, New Mandarin Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Roast goose

Yat Lok is a great lunch spot. The roasted meat is super tender, has a thick, sweet sauce and comes with rice. All washed down with an iced lemon tea. This was one of my favourite meals in Hong Kong.

girl eating roast goose

plates of roast goose

Yat Lok, 34–38 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

Pineapple buns

A great breakfast treat, they don’t actually have any pineapple in them, but the crunchy top is made to look like one. They come served with a big slab of butter in the middle. The best one we tried was at Kam Wah, which is famous for these tasty buns!

pineapple bun with butter

Kam Wah Cafe, 47 Bute Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Dim sum

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without at least one dim sum meal. We had a few, and the best was Tim Ho Wan's dim sum (as we suspected!).

table of dim sum dishes

Tim Ho Wan, the Dim Sum Specialists, 9 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Panda burger

First off, panda is the name of the restaurant, not the type of meat in the burger! After eating Cantonese food all week, we felt like something a bit different one night and went to a local burger joint. At only 60 HKD (£4.50) for a burger, fries and drink, this was a bargain and the burgers were cooked perfectly, with a great selection of toppings.

burger and fries

Panda Burger, 22 Pok Man Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong

For lots more tips, have a look at my Hong Kong guide.