Best Winter Warmers
As soon as the temperature drops in Hong Kong, locals crowd the side streets as they feast on hot pot and clay pot rice. Here’re five places to try that are guaranteed to give you a warm, satisfied glow.
Chuen Moon Kee Restaurant
Why: Because the owner sources his fish for the recipes from the local nearby market
Order: The white eel rice is a specialty and delicious, and the claypot rice with prawn is served with vermicelli. All pots come with a heartening medicinal soup.
Where: Man Fok Building, 419 Reclamation Street, Mong Kok
Why: This old-school favourite has shaped its recipes over 30 years.
Order: Everything is good here, but they are famous for their preserved sausages. After 7pm you might wait for up to an hour, so order first and then grab a table.
Where: Shop 1, Wo Yick Mansion, 263 Queen's Road West, Western District
Budaoweng Hot Pot Cuisine
Why: Nice surroundings and an injection of Japanese inspiration
Order: Go dipping in miso broth instead of the usual Chinese varieties.
Where: Baodaoweng has a few branches but I like the views over the city from the one at 23/F iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
FF Hot Pot
Why: Specialises in beef hot pot and offers an unusual array of cuts hard-to-find elsewhere
Order: Go for the special of the day, or try dunking slices of thin-cut beef ‘paddywhack’ into your soup. Offal lovers will also be delighted.
Where: 340-344 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
Why: A firm local favourite, serving innovative soup recipes
Order: Go for the French onion and duck or tom yum cappuccino broth. Both come highly recommended.
Where: 5/F, Lucky Centre, 165 Wan Chai Road, Wanchai