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Best fries in Hong Kong

Crunchy, fluffy, and mouth-wateringly flavoursome, these are the places to get your fill of the best fries in the city

By Sam Evans
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Fries usually play second fiddle to the main feature of the meal, whether it be burgers, fried chicken, or steak. However, there are some fries in Hong Kong that transcend their supporting role to become as, if not more, tasty than the food they're meant to complement. We're talking the height of crispy, fried perfection that leaves us foodies always wanting more of these scrumptious snacks. Whether you like yours skinny or chunky, light or fat-fried and decadent, here are some of the very best fries that our city has to offer. 

RECOMMENDED: We all love fries, but if you want more food options for the weekend, check out our list of the best pizza restaurants, or even the best omurice in Hong Kong.

Best fries in Hong Kong

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Treehouse

Restaurants Central

This plant-based restaurant in Central is built on the premise that dining should be sustainable, ethical, modern, and fast. The sweet potato fries ($50) here are all of those things – not to mention mouth-wateringly good. Not only are these fries packed full of flavour from their outside – that still bares satisfying amounts of thick, wrinkly skin – to the sweet inside, but they have health benefits too because sweet potatoes are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene.

 

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Little Bao Diner

Restaurants Chinese Causeway Bay

May Chow's popular Little Bao brand started life in Hong Kong in Soho, where the hole-in-the-wall eatery became insanely popular primarily due to its bao burgers – which are made from Chinese-styled bao filled with braised pork belly, pickles and leek. The Soho branch has now closed its doors, with the Causeway Bay branch now taking centre stage as the prime location to get your bao on.

Ask any Little Bao regular, and they'll also sing the praises of the truffle fries ($98) here, which represent a sophisticated and sumptuous mixture of flavours that allow this dish to shine much more than your average plate of fried potatoes. Not only are the fries loaded with braised shiitake mushrooms and tempeh, but they also gain their unforgettable flavour with a healthy helping of fried shallots, truffle mayonnaise, and sweet pickled yellow daikon – a true must-try for fry aficionados after something a little bit special.

 

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La Vache (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Restaurants Steakhouse Tsim Sha Tsui

This Parisian-style steak house is known for two things, its steak and its fries. While we could go on about the steak here for days – it is, after all, incredibly succulent and tasty whether enjoyed directly from the plate or slapped in between two slices of bread as a steak sandwich – the fries make for an incredible accompaniment to the meat.

Skinny and with a satisfyingly rough texture, we enjoy the initial crunch of these light bites before getting into their soft, airy centre. These are some of the most moreish fries in the city, so be warned that you will want more, even after your own fries are gone.

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The Shady Acres

Bars and pubs Soho

This free-spirited bar doesn't just specialise in great drinks and great times, but great fries too. Their five-spice duck fat fries ($45) are some of the most decadent fried potatoes in Hong Kong. They are fried to perfection in duck fat, which makes them extra crunchy and bursting with flavour. We highly recommend taking full advantage of the black garlic aioli dipping sauce, and balancing as much on each fry as you can; certainly a little heavy on the calories, but the taste is more than worth it.

 

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Little Creatures

Bars and pubs Kennedy Town

Sure, this Australian import may be known primarily for its beer, but the brewpub in Kennedy Town also serves up some great grub that perfectly complements the drinking experience. The hand-cut fries ($75) in particular are to die for here, being remarkably crunchy with a pronounced, quality potato taste. Lather your fries in the sumptuous truffle mayo that they come with to add an extra lashing of opulence to this waterside fried potato experience.  

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Vea

Restaurants Contemporary Asian Sheung Wan

Vea has long been synonymous with great cuisine in Hong Kong and was recently hailed among Asia’s 50 Best restaurants on the prestigious 2020 list. Their signature parmesan fries are absolutely irresistible, served as a sack of crisp-cut potatoes with a generous helping of truffle mayo, parmesan and mushroom crumble. At $88 they are a show-stopping delight and a perfect accompaniment to your evening cocktails.

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Frites (Kwun Tong)

Restaurants Belgian Kwun Tong

Frites is known around the city for its warm and convivial beer hall atmosphere, as well as for its extensive food menu that offers everything from salads, to soups, to lobster risotto. If you've ever tried the fries here though, you'll know that these deserve a special shout out. Slightly thicker cut than you'll find at many spots around the city and cooked until golden brown, these make for a delectable and satiating accompaniment to one of Frites' Belgian beers.

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Electric Ave

Restaurants Burgers Sai Ying Pun

A good burger restaurant should always do delicious fries, because what's the fun in a great burger that is tainted by insipid strips of limp fried potato? Sai Ying Pun's Electric Avenue is one of the burger joints in the city that takes its fries extremely seriously, crafting them to perfection and adorning them with carefully thought-out toppings to elevate them to a range of solid dishes in their own right.

We love the curry fries ($65), which are doused in a thick and creamy curry sauce. If you're feeling particularly indulgent, however, try the five-hour hand-cut chips with bone marrow ($70) and taste some of the most decadent renditions of the humble fried potato you're likely to have ever tasted.

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Roti Tori

Restaurants Food court Central

Okay, so these aren't exactly French fries, but we've taken such a liking to them in recent weeks that we feel they deserve a place on this list. Besides, french fries and tater tots are basically cousins. The headliner at BaseHall Roti Tori is a Japanese-style rotisserie that cooks up some seriously succulent chicken. However, to complement their protein-filled offerings, we couldn't ask for better than their tater tots ($48).

These scrumptious little bites have a crumbly and slightly crispy exterior, but the fun is in biting into them and savouring the cloud-like potato-filled inside. Sprinkling furikake on top of tater tots is a little unorthodox, but it somehow works here, elevating the overall flavour with salty notes of the ocean.

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