Butao Ramen judging by reviews is easily considered one of the top ramen shops in Hong Kong. Some people were a little upset that they had expanded from their single hole in the wall 12 seater serving no more than 200 bowls a day to their 3 stores today.
When I first visited Tim Ho Wan in early 2012, they were still a little hole in the wall kind of Hong Kong shop in Mongkok with crowds of devoted diners waiting 2 hours to eat their famous Michelin star worthy Dim Sum specialties. On my next visit to Hong Kong almost exactly an year later, I excitedly made my way to Kwong Wa Street in Mongkok right after I checked into my hotel and was horrified to find that Tim Ho Wan had closed!
Kam Wah Cafe is a Cha Chaan Teng situated in Mongkok in Kowloon and is my absolute favorite spot for breakfast in Hong Kong, mainly because of their heavenly Bo Lo Yau or pineapple buns with butter. Pineapple buns have nothing to do with pineapples but are so named because the top of the bun is made to resemble pineapple skin.
Kung Wo Dau Bun Chong, or Kung Wo Beancurd shop, is a century old establishment in the Sham Shui Po area of Kowloon. They serve only dishes made of tofu and are famous for it all over Hong Kong and beyond. Their signature dish is the Dau Fu Fa, an extremely soft tofu with a smooth and silky texture.
Australia Dairy Company is one of the Cha Chaan Tengs, "Tea Food Halls", of Hong Kong. Small cafes and restaurants that serve a blend of local Chinese fare together with Western food items that are heavily influenced by local Hong Kong flavors and techniques.
The Lam Tsuen festival was a crowded affair and there were plenty of people who had come to visit. Most of the visitors were locals and I did not see too many people from other places. The highlight for most people would have been the wishing trees. In the past, actual oranges were used to toss ones written wishes to the top but apparently one of the tree branches broke down under the weight as the crowds grew more populous. Nowadays you pay a small fee for a light plastic orange to which you attach your note and toss.
Mido cafe is one of those places that are recommended by various travel guides as a place to go to experience eating at a typical Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng. I found myself at Mido cafe following one such guide and am happy to confirm the general recommendation.
Joy Hing Roasted Meat is one of those restaurants you go to experience a quintessential Hong Kong activity, which is to eat utterly delicious yet cheap local food in a crowded, dilapidated and messy little hole in the wall, whilst packed inside at small tables with other strangers and with the wait staff yelling orders to the cooks. Of course, no English spoken or on the menu, if they had menus.
Gai Daan Jai or eggettes or Chinese cakes or whatever else they are known as are one of my favorite street snacks. These are hugely popular in Hong Kong and among Chinese communities all over the world.
Located in the midst of Hong Kong's urban sprawl, the The Chin Lin nunnery and the adjacent Nan Lian gardens are both beautiful places to visit and see. They offer a chance to enjoy a respite from the surrounding bustle.