• "Little Bao is the updated Hong Kong diner, serving delicious twists on the traditional bao or steamed buns.  The owner calls her creations the Asian burger, but they're much more than that.  Her ice cream bao are Instagram favourites.." (Image credit: The Dim Sum Diaries).

  • "Sit in one of the booths by the window on the 1st floor at Mido Cafe, have a classic Hong Kong milk tea and pretend you're in a Wong Kar Wai film." (Image credit: Unknown).

Mina Park on her favourite Hong Kong food experiences

They’re the top five you won’t find listed in any Lonely Planet.

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To bring you the best Chinese food experiences to be had in the city, we went to Mina Park of the popular Korean taco pop up Sook for her hit list.

Yau Yuen Siu Tsui

In my view, Kowloon has perhaps the best to offer in Hong Kong in terms of Chinese food.  One of my favourite places is a small noodle shop that specialises in the Shaanxi cuisine of Xi’an.  I could eat one of their bowls of spicy, handmade papardelle noodles with pork and dill dumplings every single day of my life.  Definitely worth the trek to the dark side.

G/F, 36 Man Yuen Street, Jordan
 

Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter Restaurant

My favourite Cantonese dishes are the seafood specialties like crab covered in a mountain of fried garlic and razor clams served with vermicelli and…more garlic.  The Causeway Bay typhoon shelter used to be filled with hundreds of sampans (small boats) serving freshly caught seafood, and now there are only a few boats left.  The food is good, but the experience is even better.  You’re ferried to your own rustic sampan and have dinner on the water off plastic tablecloths.  Bring a group for this since you’ll have your own boat.

Typhoon Shelter, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
 

Dim Sum

There are so many great dim sum places in Hong Kong that it’s hard to pick just one.  You can have fancy dim sum (like Fook Lam Moon) or more old-school (Lin Heung teahouse).  But I go back to regularly to a place in Happy Valley simply called Dim Sum (with a second name “the Art of Chinese Tit Bits”…not a typo) because of their old-school booths, clean, fresh food and friendly staff.  I try and get there before noon on a Sunday before the neighbourhood wakes up and a long queue starts forming.  My favourite dishes are their rice rolls which you dip in hoi sin and sesame sauces and their dumplings in chilli oil.

Fook Lam Moon | Wan Chai
Lin Heung | 160-164 Wellington Street, Hong Kong
Dim Sum | GF 63 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley Hong Kong
 

Mido Cafe

This is a retro gem in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, overlooking Tin Hau Temple.  From the 1950s, this cha chaan teng (basically, a diner; literally “tea restaurant”) doesn’t seem to have changed their decor or their menu.  Sit in one of the booths by the window on the 1st floor, have a classic Hong Kong milk tea and pretend you’re in a Wong Kar Wai film.

Mido Cafe | 63 Temple Street, Hong Kong 
 

Little Bao

This is the updated Hong Kong diner, serving delicious twists on the traditional bao or steamed buns.  The owner calls her creations the Asian burger, but they’re much more than that.  Her ice cream bao are Instagram favourites, but I’m partial to her side dishes like the mac n’ cheese made with rice rolls and the lamb tartare.  You have to queue to get in, but it’s worth it for the food and raucous atmosphere.

Little Bao | 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
 

What Mina won’t mention is that no trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a stop to her taco pop up Sook. You can read Pepper Passport’s rave about it here. We can’t recommend you track it down enough! 

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