If you find yourself heading to your flight on an empty stomach everytime you travel from Hong Kong International Airport, the quesiton is why? HKG has a plethora of delicious restaurants, including outlets of certain Michelin-starred restaurants, tasty Chinese cuisine, top-notch burgers and Insta-worthy desserts. So the next time you travel, do yourself a favour, check in earlier and treat yourself to some good food before facing that in-flight meal. Sarah Moran
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Chao Inn retains the classic flavours of Chiuchow cuisine while incorporating various new elements and ideas to create innovative dishes and snacks. The restaurant’s modern interior design enhances the contemporary vibe going on. The soya platters, hometown fried oysters and eight-treasure rice pudding are all crowd-pleasers.
Popular xiao long bao chain Crystal Jade is home to a variety of Beijing, Sichuan and Shanghai dishes as well as made to order Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles. Its signature dishes include delicious xiao long bao dumplings – the thin wrappings filled with hot soup and juicy meat – spicy dan-dan noodles and healthy, refreshing braised mushroom with tofu.
The first rule of Flight Club is, talk about it how good Flight Club is. If you’re in the mood for some healthy food, or simply in a hurry, this new eatery is the place to go. Flight Club offers light Western food such as salads, a daily breakfast selection, freshly made hot food and sandwiches that are packed with carefully selected ingredients for a nutritional pre-flight boost. There are also a number of slow-press juice options to quench your thirst.
Founded in 1946, Ho Hung Kee, once a humble street stall, was the first Hong Kong wonton noodle shop to be recommended by Michelin. Whether it’s the wonton’s size, colour or taste, or the texture of the noodles and the density of the soup, Ho Hung Kee still uses traditional cooking techniques when preparing its food and the quality is evident. Aside from noodles, they also serve a variety of dim sum and congee.
The North Point original was awarded one Michelin star for five consecutive years and garnered fame for its soy-braised dishes. Baubles aside, Hung’s Delicacies provides quality food at a relatively affordable price. Some of the must-eats include the braised vegetables with bean curd, marinated goose slices, drunken duck tongue and Chua Lam-style mixed noodles.
An upgraded version of Pokka Café, Le Grand Pokka Cafe offers a range of creative French, Italian and Japanese dishes such as Italian risotto, Japanese rice bowl dishes and Korean bibimbap. Coffee lovers will be pleased to find that the café serves an array of single-serve brews like Blue Mountain No 1 and even the highly rated (and expensive) Kopi Luwak from Indonesia. Get buzzed before tackling that long-haul journey.
Serving authentic traditional Korean cuisine, Sorabol’s seafood and vegetables are air-shipped from Korea every week. The Korean barbecue joint offers more than 10 meal packages, complete with banchan nibbles. If you have the time, opt for the barbecue and get the beef ribs. Don’t miss their selection of Korean roasted chicken and wine, too.
The original Sham Shui Po branch has received the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award these last few years and punters flock there to sample its signature Hainanese chicken rice. The airport outpost of this iconic Thai restaurant boasts similar quality food and echoes the SSP venue with its green décor and two-room setting.
Though this branch of the Japanese Mitsui-Mitada Noodles Factory doesn’t offer the brand’s signature tsukemen noodles, they do at least have eight different types of ramen you can choose from – such as original flavour, spicy, black sesame oil and curry – that get combined with the ever-popular tonkotsu soup base. Order your ramen on its own or in a set with dumplings or a fried pork chop. Alternatively, the hot-plate fried rice or curry rice aren’t bad either.
If you’re a fan of classic Hong Kong tea time snacks, head to Tsui Wah and have a cup of HK-style milk tea paired with a crispy bun topped with condensed milk. The popular local chain serves all your Hong Kong favourites with efficiency and to a decent standard. You can’t go wrong with the fish balls served with ho fan, the Swiss chicken wings or the Malay curry beef brisket rice.
This popular chain of Vietnamese restaurants has more than 20 outlets all over Hong Kong and serves staples such as pho, cold vermicelli noodles and curry with red rice. The soup bases here are made from fresh beef bones and a supposedly secret recipe. Viet Choice’s beef and sliced brisket pho, Vietnamese-style beef shank noodle soup, lemongrass chicken wings and fried shrimp cake are all a must-try.
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Opened in 1969, Baikohken Ramen was the first restaurant to receive the prestigious Asahikawa Best Ramen Award. Fast forward to 2012 and the ramen joint finally made its way to Hong Kong, offering locals its signature tonkotsu soup made with chicken, sardines and kelp to make it extra sweet. Like the restaurant in Japan, the soup base here comes in your choice of soy sauce, miso or salt. Don’t miss the quality gyoza and fried chicken either.
Seating up to 120 people, the airport outlet of this popular burger chain offers meat lovers from around the world the chance to chow down on signature gourmet burgers and creations exclusive to Hong Kong International Airport such as the char siu burger (pictured), Hong Kong Breakfast Toastie – an HK-style breakfast dish with macaroni, cheese and béchamel slathered between crispy thick-cut toast – and a delicious milk tea crème brûlée.
Caviar House & Prunier is one of the world’s leading premium food brands with products like caviar from Bordeaux and the famous Balik smoked salmon of the Swiss Alps. Here, not only can you buy souvenirs, but can also sample fresh oysters with top-quality caviar and other equally decadent food. It doesn’t hurt that they have a stunning 180-degree view of the airfield outside.
While it’s difficult to compete with the stranglehold that the Mak family has with its wonton noodle shops all over town, Chee Kei does a good job cooking up excellent wonton noodles all its own. Famous for serving high-quality ‘sai yung’ – a miniature bowl with only a few wontons and a mouthful of noodles – Chee Kei also serves congee, fried rice, noodles and various Chinese sweet soups such as a mulberry red date egg soup.
This super popular confectioner’s airport branch is its fifth opening in Hong Kong. Nothing screams jet-setter than indulging in a variety of sweet cakes before heading to your gate. Customers can also get their hands on frozen mille crêpes cakes, sold exclusively at the airport shop, to snack on during their flight. Each frozen cake is individually sealed, comes with insulation bags and an appropriate amount of dry ice, so you can enjoy it on both long-haul and short-haul flights.
With more than 1,800 chain stores around the world, this fast-food chain from the United States is the world’s second-largest fried chicken speciality restaurant. Popeye’s serves New Orleans-style fried chicken, Cajun wings and it’s all halal. If you want to steer clear of the fried offerings, try the mushroom rice and spinach chicken rice.
A historic restaurant in Central, Yung Kee uses traditional recipes and cooking techniques passed down from generation to generation to make famous dishes like its roast goose and preserved eggs with pickled ginger. Fuel up on the signature roast meats before boarding or take away some fried beef noodles to enjoy on the plane. You can even buy local specialities such as XO sauce, preserved eggs and cured meat as a souvenir.