The best restaurants in Tai Po
This famous pudding shop has been around for more than 20 years with locals continually flocking to buy soy-based groceries like soy milk, soy beans and spicy bean sauce. However, the place is most famous for its tofu pudding, topped with brown sugar. There’s only a couple of seats in the tiny shop so it’s better to grab take out. Be warned, it’s more than likely there will be a queue.
This famous Cantonese restaurant is extremely popular among locals, especially for its claypot rice and cheung fun. It’s also a favourite spot for Hong Kong stars, so you might be lucky enough to grab a celeb selfie while you slurp up the tasty noodles.
This excellent Thai restaurant near Plover Cove reservoir is a little out of town, but still draws crowds thanks to the quality of the food here. There’s various tasty Thai curries and the tom yum goong soup is spicy and full of enticingly aromatic ingredients. Even though the seating is a little cramped, the friendly neighbourhood vibe and outdoor tables make it well worth a visit.
Get your om on while you get your nom on at this Buddhist-inspired vegetarian restaurant. The stewed aubergine sees the underated vegetable reach new heights of deliciousness and the lotus root pancakes are surprisingly moreish.
Part of Green Hub, a former police station on a hilltop overlooking Tolo Harbour, forward thinking vegetarian restaurant Eat Well Canteen sources as much produce as possible from nearby Kadoorie Farm. So expect dishes of fresh local veggies cooked with love that change with the season.
This is the spot to head to if you’re looking for dessert in Tai Po. The mango pudding is fresh and fragrant. Locals meet here as a matter of habit and then sometimes head to After Five, the bar next door, for a cheeky drink to continue the night’s festivities.
Anyone for a pint? King’s Belly is a classic English pub in the heart of Tai Po. As you might expect, there are comfy sofas, live sports and British pub grub classics like beer-battered fish and chips and full-English breakfasts. Of course, there are plenty of pints to be had too including Guinness, Magners cider and Boddingtons.
Head here early for your beef brisket noodles as there’s always a queue down the street. The shop is tiny, so you’ll be lucky to get a seat, but many grab a takeaway to enjoy the tender beef on the go if they can’t sit down.
New Choi Yun Kei is well-renowned for its fishball noodles, which are regarded as among the best in town. The older Choi Yun Kei branch sells a similar offering but opinions are divided among locals as to which is the best. We’ve reckon it’s the New Choi Yun Kei but why not try both and decide for yourself.
Located within Tai Po market, this local dim sum spot is one of the most underrated in our SAR. Try the fluffy custard buns and don’t forget the char siu bao. They also steam up some mean chicken feet that are well worth a try.