It is, indeed very possible to find cheap food in Hong Kong. Many get intimidated by the budget in traveling in Hong Kong but know that you can easily work on your budget. I must admit that I only lived in Hong Kong a few months and found it really expensive – no lying in that. However, in those months that I lived there, I always tried to eat on a budget or cook at home. Hong Kong’s food scene is very diverse and one of the best in the world so I hope this article will help you in budgeting for your Hong Kong trip. Please take note that the $ in this post is all in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD). $1 HKD = $0.13 USD.
Good luck and hope to meet you, too!
#1: Pan fried beef bun at Islam Food
A beef burger tucked into a Shanghainese pan-fried bun. Super crispy on the outside and extra juicy on the inside. For years, Islam food has been serving halal food that’s definitely became a favorite in this mixed-culture city of Hong Kong.
Islam Food is located at # 1 Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City. Open from Mondady to Sunday, 11:00 am – 10:45 pm.
#2: Shanghai-style steamed sticky rice at King of Soyabeans
The best thing about King of Soyabeans? Everything is made to order. Expect some freshness when you choose to eat here and don’t forget to try their hand-rolled sticky rice which is the best-seller!
King of Soybeans is located at Kowloon Bay (Amoy Plaza). Open from Monday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 10:00 pm; Friday to Sunday, 7:30 am – 10:30 pm.
#3: Chicken and egg curry at Kashmir Curry House
You can choose a side of rice or paratha, a flatbread that is popular in India and some areas of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. prevalent throughout areas of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Paratha comes from the word parat and atta, which means layers of cooked dough. This is my favorite curry recipe in Hong Kong and I always come here for takeaway!
Kashmir Curry House is located at 264D-G Cheung Sha Wan Rd, Sham Shui Po, open from Monday to Sunday, 11:30 am to 10:30 pm.
#4: Thai boat noodle (in soup) at 66 Boat Noodle
There are over 10 Thai boat noodle soup at 666 Boat Noodle. Beef balls, meatballs, thai dumplings, pork chops – the selection in this menu range from $44 – $48 HKD. If it’s your first time here, the most recommended dish is the pork Thai noodle.
666 Boat Noodle is located at G/F, Chung Ah Mansion, 366 Des Voeux Road West. Open from Monday to Sunday, 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
#5: Signature buns at King of Sheng Jian
Served in pieces of 2 (or 4), King of Sheng Jian’s signature bun menu range from $14 – $21 HKD. Take a plunge in the array of selection like xiao long bao stuffed with soup (or stuffed with shredded crab meat), deep-fried buns, and even vegetarian buns!
King of Sheng Jian is located at #72 Soy St, Mong Kok. Open from Monday to Sunday, 12:00 nn – 11:00 pm
#6: Thai skewers at Grill ขุนทอง
Chicken, beef, pork, squid, chicken wings, Thai fish cake, jumbo prawns, until baby corns and organic asparagus, Grill ขุนทอง skewers range from $22 – $50 HKD per stick. When I am doing take out, the party box package is the best option. This place is good for drinking (while snacking) as they also sell alcoholic beverages. This is also the go-to late-night food in Central as it closes at 5:30 am!
Grill ขุนทอง is located at G/F, 1 Wo On Ln, Central. Open from Monday to Saturday, 11:30 am – 5:30 am; Sundays at 11:30 am – 12:00 am
#7: Tomato soup at Sing Heung Yuen
Tomato and egg, tomato with scrambled egg and corned beef, tomato and pork chop, tomato and chicken wings – you can definitely eat anything tomato (with something else) at Sing Heung Yuen! This is actually cheaper than $50 HKD as most of the dishes in the tomato menu are only $31 HKD. Tasty, delicious, and cheap! This is one of my favorite dai pai dongs in Hong Kong for quick snacks.
Sing Heung Yuen is located at # 2 Mee Lun Street, Central. Open from Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; closed on Sundays
#8: Breakfast set at Australia Dairy Company
This breakfast set consists of toast with butter, eggs of your choice (fried/scrambled), macaroni with ham in chicken soup, and coffee or milk tea! A perfect combo available at Australia Dairy Company until noon. This is only $32 HKD!
Australia Dairy Company is located at G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan. Open from Friday to Wednesday, 7:30 am – 11:00 pm; closed on Thursdays.
#9: Traditional dessert at Kai Kai
Handmade desserts and rice balls in a variety of selections – chinese almond, sweet walnut, black sesame, red bean with lotus (my favorite), and many more! All range from $20 – $22 HKD only!
#10: Skewers at Fei Jie
You’ll always see a long line at Fei Jei because they always have a 3 for (a certain price) promo. Through the years I am visiting Hong Kong, I’ve seen Fei Jie go from 3 for $23 HKD to 3 for $29 HKD and even if the prices change, people still come for the skewers! There is always a huge line here but I swear, it’s worth the wait!
Fei Jie is located at Shop 4A, 55 Dundas Street, Mong Kok. Open from Monday to Sunday, 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
#11: Siu mai at Lui Jai Kee
There’s siu mai all over Asia but I can say that Hong Kong siu mai is my favorite! I love how they kept the culture of making it every day and serving it fresh to customers. At Lui Jai Kee, siu mai is definitely a bestseller, made with fresh seafood from the Aberdeen Market! An order of siu mai at Lui Jai Kee costs $28 HKD only.
Lui Jai Kee is located at Shop A, 121 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan. Open from Monday to Sunday, 2:00 pm – 12:00 mn.
#12: Luncheon meat rice at Ma Sa Restaurant
Ma Sa is my favorite breakfast joint. They have taken luncheon meat in a different level – filled with flavors that you can’t find in your canned luncheon meat. Plus, this meal will fill you up for only $35 HKD!
Ma Sa Restaurant is located at G/F, 23 Hiller Street, Sheung Wan. Open from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; closed on Sundays.
#13: Minced pork on rice at Yuan is Here
If you’ve ever been to Taiwan, you’ll know how much the Taiwanese love minced pork rice – they have it everywhere! In Hong Kong, Yuan is Here brings the Taiwanese culture of minced pork with Taiwan old streets as its theme of decor. For $39 HKD, explore the menu of deep-fried chicken, cheese omelet, and other Taiwanese favorites!
Yuan is Here is located at G/F, 28 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong. Open from Monday to Saturday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; closed on Sundays.
#14: Lunch sets at Soo Viet
Craving for Vietnamese? The lunch sets at Soo Viet are available from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm! For only $33 – $39 HKD, get different set meals that include famous Vietnamese dishes like beef ball rice noodle soup, soo viet banh mi, grilled porkchop with vermecelli, lemon grass chicken wings rice, and more!
Soo Viet is located at 247 Des Voeux West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District. Open from Monday to Sunday, 11:30 am – 10:30 pm.
#15: Beef satay French toast at Lok Yuen
It sounds like a weird combo but when I first tried it, this is one of the most creative dishes I ever had! Imagine beef marinated with satay sauce stuffed inside the French toast topped with butter and condensed milk. I did try making this at home and failed! I consider this as one of the most unique dishes I’ve tried in Asia – you really need to try this!
Lok Yuen is located at Shop 6, 3/F, Kowloon City Municipal Services Buildling, Nga Tsin Wai Ro, Kowloon City. Open from Monday to Friday, 7:15 am – 3:45 pm; Saturdays from 7:15 am – 2:00 pm; closed on Sundays.
#16: Shack-cago Dog and Shack burger at Shake Shack
I highly doubt that you will get tired of Hong Kong-style food but when you do, here’s an American option to the rescue. Shake Shack is originally a hotdog stand and their original hotdog sandwich is called the Shack-cago Dog®, dragged through the garden with Rick’s Picks Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt, mustard. This is only $39 HKD while the single Shack Burger® is at $50 HKD.
Shake Shack is located at Shop 4018, 4/F, IFC, 1 Harbour View Street, Central. Open from Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm.
#17: French sandwiches at Tim Kee
Looking for real baguettes banh mi style sandwiches? Tim Kee’s french sandwiches is cheap, accessible and super affordable! For $39 HKD, get a huge-as* sandwich that you can choose to share (or not).
Tim Kee French Sandwiches is located at Shop A, G/F, Man Yiu Building, 30 Man Yuen Street, Jordan. Open from Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am – 12:00 mn.
#18: Hong Kong-style waffle at BB Egg Waffle
Ice cream in a waffle. Pick from the dozen ice cream flavors to add to your waffle: chocolate king, mango, green tea, vanilla, cookies and cream, peppermint chocolate, coconut, yakult (recommended) – all for $22 HKD!
BB Egg Waffle is located at Shop C, G/F, Lee Kee Commercial Building, 221-227A Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan. Open from Monday to Saturday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm; closed on Sundays.
#19: Spam musubi at Pololi
Spam is a staple in the Pacific and Pololi features its classic Spam Musubi that everyone can’t get enough of. It’s sushi rice seasoned with soy sauce, wrapped in toasted seaweed. Stuff yourself with this favorite as it’s only $20 HKD each!
Pololi is located at G/F., 35-39 Graham Street, Central. Open from Monday to Friday, 11:30 am – 9:00 pm; closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
#20: Chicken wings set at Chicken Wings Mountain
One of a kind chicken wings dressing: rose, wasabi and lime, salted lemonade – Chicken Wings Mountain’s wings set of 4 is at $38 HKD and 6 at $48 HKD. There’s even a party set of 120 pieces of chicken wings for $780 HKD! Most recommended is the wasabi and lime but trying all of the flavors won’t hurt.
Chicken Wings Mountain is located at Shop 14, G/F, T.O.P. This is Our Place, 700 Nathan Road, Mong Kok. Open from Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am – 12:00 mn.