Eating out in Hong Kong

The people of Hong Kong have long been passionate about fine cuisine and Hong Kong has repeatedly been praised as one of the world’s best places for eating out. Hong Kong chefs frequently win many awards at international competitions.

There is no shortage of variety when it comes to eating in Hong Kong, as it has more than 10,000 restaurants featuring both local cuisine and food from all around the world. Eating is taken very seriously in Hong Kong, so there are very frequent special events of some kind celebrating food and eating.

The Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo areas are those most famous as fashionable and trendy places to eat. Different districts are known for providing different culinary delights; for example, Lamma Island, Sai Kung and Lei YueMun are well known for their many seafood restaurants. More traditional Asian cuisine is most likely to be found in Kowloon City and other international eating places are likely to be found in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. The majority of the restaurants to be found across the city are small, locally run businesses rather than big chains.

The first 14 days of May are a particularly good time for eating in Hong Kong, as this is the time for the two week long “Hong Kong Gourmet Delight”, a festival of food. It features many different activities, including different themed feast and cooking classes.

Yum Cha, which means literally “drinking tea”, is the phrase used to describe Hong Kong’s tea culture. A variety of different teas are often drunk, including teas in the preferred styles of England, China and Hong Kong. Tea drinking is an important part of Hong Kong’s culture.

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