Because it is a global city, Hong Kong will include quite an international assortment of cuisines. The majority of foods around and worth trying are of Cantonese origins, but British traditions like tea drinking are still a staple of Hong Kong life. Some of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants on Earth may be found here as well, while Western fast food and diners are mixed in with seafood restaurants, authentic eateries, and trendy cha chaan teng (“tea cafes”).
Much of modern-day Hong Kong still adheres to its Chinese roots, with a variety of street foods (fried everything: fish balls, waffles, octopus, you name it), dim sum restaurants, and noodle joints to tempt your palate. The best places for street food, which will be your budget option during your stay, are Temple Street (north of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon's Jordan district), Mong Kok Ladies' Street, and Haiphong Road (both of which are also in Kowloon). If you're looking for more of a sit-down meal, try dim sum for a sampling of dishes, including meaty buns, dumplings, congee (a popular porridge), and much more. Establishments like Tsui Hang Village, Maxim's Palace, and Tim Ho Wan have built their reputations on dim sum. Finally, your typical noodle joint can be found pretty much anywhere in Hong Kong, although you can't go wrong with both the flavor and price found in many street market locations.
As much a part of Hong Kong food culture as any traditional dish, the cha chaan teng is a must for any traveler. Hong Kong's version of a diner, where egg tarts, coffee and tea mixtures, and breakfast buns rule the day, this often kitschy-style eatery usually provides ample choices and a meal for any budget. Australia Dairy Company, Tsui Wah, and Lan Fong Yuen are quite famous, although there are a ton of options around Hong Kong that serve the same types of foods.
For excellent seafood, head to the Sai Kung Peninsula, while authentic Chinese (usually without an English menu, though) can be had inexpensively; inexpensive dinners can be found as a general rule in the territories outside of Hong Kong and Kowloon. For further information, take a look at our activity listings or interact with our growing community.