Sure, we’re down to splash some cash on a fine meal every so often, but we'd be foolish to disregard the unsung heroes of Hong Kong's exciting and vibrant food scene. We're talking about street food. Luckily, the folks at Michelin Guide agree! Along with announcing the winners of the 2020 Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau yesterday, where a full list of 70 Michelin-starred restaurants was established, a new list of Michelin-recommended street eats was also revealed. From long-time street food veterans to the oh-so-sweet treats, here are some of our favourites.
Where to find Michelin-recommended street food in Hong Kong
If you're going to eat cheap, you've got to do it right
Michelin Guide-recommended street food
Just by the look of the décor – yellow-painted facade, chairs as well as seat cushions with durian patterns – you know this restaurant is all about the big smelly king of fruits. Aside from its hugely popular durian cheese tarts, the durian mochi is also worth a try. Wrapped inside a thin mochi skin are frozen durian, cream and cake. It is basically an elevated kind of durian ice cream.
The Hong Kong tradition of serving yuen yeung (a mixture of coffee and Hong Kong-style milk tea) probably originated in joints like this one. And while tea and coffee drinks can be found across the city, stalls like So Kee are still some of the best “cafés” around. Patrons of the café/noodle shop mostly order the pork ramen with an egg on top – a dai pai dong staple. For a real treat, order the French toast and a glass of yuen yeung.
So the name sounds a bit dodgy, but rest assured, there’s no dog meat involved in any Block 18’s noodles. The name doggie’s noodle actually refers to their specialty glutinous rice noodles. Here at this street food joint, tuck in a hearty bowl of noodles served in rich broth with liberal helpings of mushrooms and minced meat. Their fake shark fin soup with duck is popular, too. Block 18’s noodles make for a perfect meal to refuel after a day of shopping around Sham Shui Po.
Mammy Pancake has more than 10 branches spread out across the city. Thanks to an interview with a Japanese TV programme, the store has been attracting a good number of Japanese tourists. Variety is the name of the game here with more than 15 flavours to pick from, as well as special seasonal flavours. Mammy has recently rolled out salted seaweed and corn, numb and spicy meat floss, and organic chestnut flavours. We had a go at the seaweed flavour ($30), which immediately felt oily when we grabbed it – it was the seaweed. While it did have a crunchy exterior and the corn adds an interesting texture, the eggette sadly lacks a distinctive egg aroma.