If you find yourself heading to your flight on an empty stomach every time you travel from Hong Kong International Airport, the question is why? Ranked 1st as the Best Airport for Dining in the world’s best airport list 2019, it goes without saying that HKG is home to a plethora of delicious restaurants. We’re talking outlets of 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. By Sarah Moran and Ann Chiu and Angel Hong
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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.
Landing its first Hong Kong branch in the bustling arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport, Wolfgang Puck Kitchen is dedicated to bringing its renowned Californian-inspired casual fine dining cuisine to the discerning travellers on the go. Featuring hearty American-style breakfasts and comfort dishes with an Asian twist – such as the signature smoked salmon bagel, bacon wrapped meatloaf and crab cakes – this place is perfect for a delectable getaway from the busy terminal.
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.
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.
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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.