Taking a Food Walk in Mongkok
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Hong Kong is a bustling and vibrant city, and its colorful and lively streets are probably one of the most visited places here in Asia. Aside from Hong Kong’s picturesque skyscrapers, lively theme parks, and countless places to shop from, Hong Kong’s food is what makes us love this city. Hong Kong is just a tiny city compared to the other colossal tourist destinations around the world, but never underestimate Hong Kong’s culture and love for food, because this little heaven is one of the cities with the highest number of restaurants around the world!
We had our spoon, forks, chopsticks, and cameras ready as me and my travel buddies conquered Food Walk in Mongkok, courtesy of AirAsia and Vikings Luxury Buffet in relation to their “Dine and Fly” promotions. We experienced an almost three-hour-long food tour of Mongkok, which was more than just a food appreciation—it was also a cultural immersion, as we all rediscovered Hong Kong in a fulfilling gastronomical stroll in the busy streets of Mongkok.
Ready your own cutleries and selfie machines, here are the restaurants and places we visited in our Food Walk in Mongkok:
Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roast Goose Restaurant
Address: 427-427A Reclamation Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Phone:+852 2381 6161
Our first stop for our Food Walk in Mongkok was at Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roast Goose Restaurant, a famous food joint in Hong Kong for making the best-tasting roast goose. I admit that I have never been a huge fan of goose dishes, but after trying their tasty and juicy golden brown roast goose, I immediately became a fanatical convert.
Hung Fai Cake Shop
Address: G/F, 153-155D Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po
We shed off some of the heavy goose meal we had from the first destination and walked around Mongkok to find this cake shop located in Fuk Wa Street. Hung Fai Cake Shop is not your typical, classy-type cake shop where you can sit down for hours with bottomless coffee and a guilty slice of sweet chocolate cake. Hung Fai is a takeaway bakery where you can buy freshly-baked goodies to-go.
After showing us the bakery, our tour guide bought us a freshly-baked egg tart. The fresh-from-the-oven treat and its warm, flaky and crunchy crust perfectly complemented the not-so-sweet custard filling. It’s probably one of the best tarts I have ever tasted, second to the one I have tried in Macau.
Yan Wo Tofu Factory
We reached Yan Wo Tofu Factory after walking past stall after stall of fresh produce, deep-fried street food, spices, and several varieties of egg.
Yan Wo Tofu Factory has few tables and chairs to accommodate people who want to grab a serving of their famous beancurd pudding. Their Soya bean curd pudding is served beautifully without any sweetener, but they also offer unrefined sugar as a condiment.
Traditional Herbal Tea Shop
Our light meal of soya bean curd pudding was followed by another walk along the lively streets of Mongkok. This time, we passed by the fish market, where crabs, live and frozen fish, and shellfishes, were put on display. Right at the corner was a shop that sells Chinese herbal tea, which also happened to be our next destination.
We took a sip of their black colored tea. Its bitterness reminded me a bit of Lipton black tea, but it was more soothing as it had medicinal properties. Our tour guide also explained to us that the herbal tea can cure ailments and flush away harmful toxins in one’s body.
Sher Wong Yip Snake Shop
After the teashop, we proceeded to the most challenging part of our food trip—eating a hot bowl of snake soup! Some of my travel buddies were hesitant at first, so I took a brave step forward, summoned my inner Andrew Zimmern side, and grabbed a small bowl. The snake meat, to my surprise, tasted a lot like chicken! The meat was chewy, which is probably why they served it in shredded, tiny bits.
Tasting my very first snake soup was a whole new experience for a foodie like me, and definitely immersed me even deeper into the Chinese food culture!
Dim Dim Sum
Address: Dim Dim Sum Specialty Store
Wan Chai Branch: 2891 7677
It didn’t excite me when I learned that our next destination was at a Dim Sum shop because I already visited a lot of Dim Sum places in my hometown Manila. But everything changed when I saw them serving the food, which was similar to the ones I see in Manila but was very much more interesting. Their dim sum spread, their eggplant dish with tasty meat as a topping, and their deep-fried dumplings with wasabi filling was twisted and over the top. Hong Kong is really a food haven!
Fishball Stall along Tung Choi Street
You can tell a food stall sells good food if it is flocked by people. That’s how we spotted this fishball stall along Tung Choi Street. Locals, tourists including our group, lined up for their hot-off-the-pan fishballs. They’re tasty and best of all, cheap!
Kee Tsui Cake Shop
Address: 135 Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
Contact Number:+852 2394 1727
We headed next to Kee Tsui Cake Shop to try out some of their famous red bean pastry. It is undeniably the favorite shop of the locals. The crowd we saw when we arrived was already enough proof!
Our tour guide bought us a glutinous rice cake with red bean paste filling. The appearance reminded me of hopia (moon cake) because of the filling, but it tasted more like Chinese tikoy for me. Was it good? I’m actually craving for one now!
Modos Ice Cream
Our last stop at Mongkok was for dessert—ice cream! The newly-established shop offers various types of pudding, eggettes, and ice cream. Their coconut pandan ice cream was to die for! It was the perfect dessert for every meal that I had that day.
We all left Mongkok with our tummies, eyes, and hearts full. We thank Vikings Luxury Buffet (http://vikings.ph), with branches at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Lanang Premier, Vikings Jazz Mall, SM North EDSA, SM City Marikina, SM City BF, and SM City Bacolod, for sponsoring our trip. We also thank AirAsia, which offers daily Manila to Hong Kong flights and vice versa, for sponsoring our trip as well.
And if you want to experience a fantastic Food Walk in Mongkok like we did, you can book your tour at www.eatingadventures.com. Our food tour will not be as memorable and educational without the help of Eating Adventures team. Booking their tour is better than DIY tours if you have an extra budget for it because, at just a little extra price, your trips will become memorable, like ours.
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