Whether it’s the intricacy of carefully made sushi, the vibrant colours of the city’s best brunches or the outrageous silliness of cartoon dim sum, Hongkongers are constantly snapping away, uploading the most eye-catching dishes in our SAR. We brought you the most Insta-worthy desserts and now it’s time for something savoury, so we’ve found the #foodporn stars of Hong Kong. By Sam Sinha
Hong Kong’s most Instagramable dishes
Picada is the place to go for Latin flavours and its three duck dish hits the spot when it comes to both flavour and beauty. Duck breast, confit leg and egg are served on top of a paella dish of green coriander rice. The contrasting colours make for a particularly like-able photo.
With some of the sexiest sashimi in town, Inakaya serves up fab Insta-material. The sushi platter is an intricate beach scene which showcases the full range of the chef’s skills.
The Drunken Pot is named for its sake flambéed broths and for taking traditional hotpot concepts to the next level, with specially made chicken shaped buns and our favourite – penguin-shaped octopus balls.
Banh mi has everything. A delicious meld of Vietnamese and French flavours, this sandwich features vibrant green herbs, bright shredded carrots and mouthwatering pork layered within a fresh baguette, offering the perfect Instagram opportunity.
BlackSalt serves colourful and innovative Indian fusion food with quirky twists. The Bomb The Bay omelette – a mountain of egg-stuffed-tortilla, madras candied bacon and green mango pickle with a sunny side up quail egg perched on top – begs to be photographed. Phones at the ready!
Social Place serves some of the most attractive dim sum in Hong Kong. One of its most striking treats is its charcoal buns, brushed with gold, which ooze a rich custard when bitten into.
Yum Cha creates many little dim sum artworks every day. Its pork buns resemble little cartoon piggies that’re too cute to eat for some but irresistible to others. It’s also famous for its adorable-but-gross custard buns that vomit custard when squeezed.
The clue is in the title with this one, as InstaCrepes openly encourages obsessive internet smartphone photography at the table. The most photo-worthy crepe has got to be the Everything Gallette with emmental cheese, bacon, beef, caramelised onions, mushrooms, a fried egg and salad – try fitting all that in your frame!
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Health Box is arguably one of Hong Kong's most Instagrammable meal programmes. With colourful boxes full of healthy treats, your desk lunch will be racking up the likes. The carb-free chicken eggplant pizza is a colourful snap and with hashtags like #cleaneats and the like, you'll probably gain some followers.
A-side B-side is all about seasonality, with a farm to table policy for veg, most of which comes from the New Territories. It pairs its vegetables with high-quality imported meat, offering simple dishes with modern touches. The quality shines through on the plate, especially the US striploin – this intricate modern dish will keep you snap-happy.