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Best Cheap Meals: 7 Eateries In Hong Kong That Won’t Break The Bank - Updated 2020

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When it comes to food, Hong Kong is a dream. Whether it’s traditional dim sum or an upscale restaurant, you’ll be hard pressed to find a place where the food isn’t anything short of satisfying. There is an unspoken assumption that there is a premium price tag accompanying quality food. With its near-countless cha chaan tengs, this cannot be any further from the truth. Here are our top picks for the best wallet-friendly places in Hong Kong.

1. Fresh Fish Soup Specialty Shop (魚鱻魚湯專門店)

Fishball noodle soup
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A favorite among the locals, this stall was awarded the Best Restaurant in Tsuen Wan in 2011. They serve a variety of fish dishes, including their signature fish soup. Its regulars love the place for the restaurant’s fresh fish.

The most popular dish here is the fish belly noodle. This flavorful soup often sells out by teatime, so arrive early if you don’t want to miss out!

Fresh Fish Soup Specialty Shop (魚鱻魚湯專門店)

Address: 30 Lo Tak Court, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

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2. Sing Heung Yuen (勝香園)

茄牛面 | Instant Noodles with Tomato and Beef
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Sing Heung Yuen is one of the dying minority of traditional cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong. It may not have the luxury of air-conditioned seating like its modern counterparts, but its cuisine remains well-loved by both the old and younger generations.

They serve traditional toast like crispy kaya and peanut milk toasts, and noodle dishes like its signature tomato and beef noodles. Despite its popularity, Sing Heung Yuen has remained consistent, winning Best Restaurant in Central and Western from 2008 to 2016, and Best Hong Kong Style Tea Restaurant from 2009 to 2016.

Sing Heung Yuen (勝香園)

Address: 2 Mee Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong

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3. Oi Man Sum (愛文生)

Cantonese Food
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For your fix of true Chinese cuisine, you’ll find everything you love under one roof at Oi Man Sum. Here, they serve more than 120 dishes, with options for pork, seafood, poultry, beef and vegetables among many others.

The eatery’s fare doesn’t just encompass traditional Cantonese cuisine, but also from other parts of China, with Szechuan and Teochew dishes among their other offerings. So you can not only indulge in the traditional Cantonese fare, but also a taste of the world outside.

Oi Man Sum (愛文生)

Address: Shop C, 1 Shek Kip Mei Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

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4. Hai Lian Tea House (海連茶樓)

Roast Goose Rice with Plum Sauce
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While there is no shortage of excellent dim sum eateries in the city, locals have continued to return to Hai Lian Tea House for its traditional dim sum. Diners can expect all the classics, from siew mai to har gao.

Besides the dim sum, many locals also rave over the eatery’s rice dishes. The roast pork rice and roast goose rice, in particular, are must-try items here. So what are you waiting for, head over for a traditional and delicious meal!

Hai Lian Tea House (海連茶樓)

Address: Shop 15–16, G/F, Wing Ka House, Fuk Loi Estate, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

Website: Hai Lian Tea House

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5. Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)

Scrambled eggs
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No Hong Kong food guide can go without at least mentioning Australia Dairy Company. For an eatery with a really fancy name, it’s very Hong Kong in nature. It’s most known for its smooth and juicy scrambled eggs, macaroni soup noodles and steamed egg desserts.

Other menu items that come recommended is their toast with their signature scrambled eggs and a few slices of ham, which you can enjoy with traditional Hong Kong beverages like milk tea and yin yang, which is half coffee, half tea.

Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)

Address: 47 Parkes Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Website: Australia Dairy Company

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6. Chiu Lung Dim Sum (照龍點心專門店)

Dim sum
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If we had an article on hidden dining gems tourists don’t know about, this cha chaan teng definitely belongs in it. Chiu Lung Dim Sum gets everything right about traditional dim sum here, and then some – the eatery offers innovative twists on a few of their dishes.

Among the many must-try items that locals have raved about are their steamed prawn dumplings, deep fried squid ball with cheese and almond and a crispy fried version of the traditional custard bun, something not typically offered in dim sum restaurants. Locals also love the osmanthus jelly for dessert, a combination of osmanthus and coconut milk that is satisfyingly sweet without being too cloying.

Chiu Lung Dim Sum (照龍點心專門店)

Address: G/F, 475 Castle Peak Road (Federal Plaza), Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong

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7. Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓)

Cantonese Food
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Established in 1926, Lin Heung Tea House is one of the oldest in Hong Kong, serving traditional Cantonese cuisine. This cha chaan teng comes with more than 80 years of operations and experience. It has been awarded the Best Restaurant in Central and Best Guangdong Restaurant for many years, a testament to the quality and consistency they have maintained throughout.

Among the signatures they serve here are roasted pork, Pa Huang duck and fried carp. It is also well known for its traditional lotus cakes. There’s always a crowd here, regardless of what time of the day you come. But those who want more variety and the freshly made dim sum will probably want to be among the first diners of the day.

Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓)

Address: 160–164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

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Extremely affordable

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
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There are probably many more small eateries and cha chaan tengs that have slipped through our radar. While restaurants on the Hong Kong Michelin Guide and recommendations deserve their place there, sometimes the best options are good ol’ home-cooked, heart-warming comfort foods.

These eateries offer quality food at extremely affordable prices, giving both locals and visitors alike some of the best value for money. If you have other eateries you think deserve a place on this list, feel free to share them with us.

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