Hong Kong is just a few hours flight away from most Southeast Asian countries especially Kuala Lumpur and it makes a great quick getaway destination for those who are looking to spend their year-end holiday in cooler temperatures of below 15°C. Visitors can expect plenty of festive attractions to celebrate the Christmas and also New Year’s Eve while indulging in the year-end sale at famous shopping spots like Mong Kok, Tsim Tsa Shui and more.
However the highlight of winter, especially during festive seasons would be to indulge in warm comfort food! There are plenty of places in Hong Kong to cater the best mix of traditional and modern dining experiences. Here are some of the food you should not skip out on if you’re heading to Hong Kong this winter.
Hot Pots are a winter staple in the Asian region where friends and families huddle together to share a pot of broth and dip raw meat and fish balls into while spending time together. There are plenty of hot pot places in town but one to put in your must-visit list is The Drunken Pot – a modern and contemporary restaurant with 18 creative broth choices including their signature Sake broth (with imported japanese sake). They have a branch at V Point in Causeway Bay.
Another hot pot spot known for their creativity and quality is Megan’s Kitchen on Wan Chai road. They offer diners three different soup bases in one pot to diversify the dining experience. Their selection of new soup flavor such as duck with snow pear, leek and tangerine peel would entice the ones seeking for adventurous flavors while the all-time favorites like tom yum cappuccino with a thick layer of foam would be great for everyone.
Claypot rice is one of Hong Kong’s most popular winter delicacies. We do have claypot rice all over Southeast Asia but it does not beat eating claypot rice to warm you up in Winter. There are topping choices such as tender chicken ribs drizzled with soy sauce and much more. Bet that you would finish it up until the scrapings of crispy, charred rice at the bottom of the pot! Make your way down to Kwan Kee, a local favorite, at 263 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun for a bowl of claypot rice laden with 20 years of history. They’re known for their mouth-watering dishes like duck and spare ribs, traditional Chinese Sausages, beef and egg. They get packed 7PM onwards so make sure you head down a little earlier!
Chuen Moon Kee at the Man Fok Building in Mongkok serves a different variety of seafood with their claypot rice – try out the prawns and white eel for a change! They use a special stove with dual functionality using a combination of electricity and gas to get the right consistency.
BBQed meat aren’t only reserved for Summer. In Hong Kong, BBQs are great dinner options when they temperature drops as the hot and juicy grilled meat will keep you warm throughout the night! At Sha Tin (located in Hyatt Regency Hong Kong), you get to tuck into an all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner at the Pool Bar. There’s a plethora of succulent meat and seafood on the grill – spring chicken, rib-eye steak, king prawn and salmon. There’s also a spread of salad and season seafood, yuzu cheesecake and other tantalising desserts to finish off your meal.
However, don’t miss out on a traditional Texan Southern-style bbq smoked meat and seafood at CRFT-PIT when you’re in Aberdeen. There’s plenty to choose from such as smoked wagyu, short ribs, ham, roast chicken and seafood to make sure you’re spoiled for choices.
If you’re looking for something sweet to finish off your meal and want something to keep warm, Chinese Winter desserts are a must-have in your foodie check list. Yuen Kee is a century-old restaurant that is rumored to be the oldest eatery of its kind in Hong Kong. Located on Centre Street, it is a family-run establishment known as dessert masters in the region for their sweet almond, black sesame and walnut soups that will give you lucid dessert dreams!
If you’re looking to spend time and indulge in desserts, head on over to Luk Lam Dessert at Sham Shui Po as you would be spoilt for choices from over 50 sweet treat to choose from. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some traditional red or green bean soups, black sesame dumplings in soup (tong yuen) or chestnut sweet soup. Don’t miss out on their popular durian or mango-flavored pancakes before you head home!
Pack your winter gear and your check list and enjoy Hong Kong’s Winter offerings this year-end. For more information on Hong Kong’s Winterfest Campaign, visit www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/best.