A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 5 – Eating in Hong Kong

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A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 5 – Eating in Hong Kong

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Daraius and I took my parents on an around-the-world trip to the MaldivesIndia, and Hong Kong.  My step-dad, Mark, had never been outside the US, and my mom had only been to India.

We had a free stopover in Hong Kong with our Cathay Pacific flight back to the US.

Daraius and I thought it would be a great experience for them to see Hong Kong because it’s such a dynamic city!  It’s also very different from both India and the Maldives.

Eating In Hong Kong
We Tried a Couple of Local Restaurants During Our Short Stop in Hong Kong

We only spent a few days in Hong Kong during this trip.  So if you want more details about sights, shopping, and restaurants, check out the trip report from our longer stay in Hong Kong in December 2013.

A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong Index:

Eating in Hong Kong

In this post, we will highlight 2 restaurants:

For more Hong Kong restaurant reviews, please see our Asian Holiday trip report.

1.   Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

My parents are great lovers of Chinese food back in the states.  So they were excited to eat authentic Chinese food!  One of our stops was Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao.

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This Restaurant Has 4 Stars on Trip Advisor and Yelp!

My parents were curious to see if their favorite Chinese dishes were any different in Hong Kong.

We gave the server our order and received a receipt.

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They Ordered a Lot of Food

They tried the egg rolls…

Eating In Hong Kong
So Much Better Than Anything We’ve Found in the US

…and wonton soup (1 serving is enough for 2 to 3 people).

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Caution: Soup Bowls May Be Much Larger Than They Appear in This Picture 🙂

I attempted teach them how to use chopsticks (no forks or knives were on the table), but that didn’t work too well.

Eating In Hong Kong
Mark Was Ready to Chuck the Chopsticks and Eat With His Hands

Fortunately, they were served soup spoons and used those to eat.

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Even That Was a Little Tricky

They also ordered shrimp fried rice and sweet and sour chicken.

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All of the Dishes Tasted Very Fresh and Were Delicious!

They loved the food, and finished almost everything!

2.   Tim Ho Wan

We went to Tim Ho Wan for lunch 1 day.  Tim Ho Wan is a Michelin star restaurant which means it’s rated as a very good restaurant in its category.  And it’s also very affordable!

You look at the menu and put a check mark next to what you want.

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All the Menu Items Are in English As Well as Chinese

There are some pictures to help you decide.

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They Call Themselves “The Dim Sum Specialists”  So We Must’ve Come to the Right Place

The dining room was full of people.

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It’s Often VERY Busy Here!  So Be Prepared to Wait

We ordered various dim sum.

Eating In Hong Kong
The Pork Liver Vermicelli Rolls Were a Favorite

But it was all very tasty.

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Prawn Dumplings

I didn’t eat any because of my fish allergy.

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Pan Fried Turnip Cakes

And zongzi.

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Rice and Meat Dumplings Wrapped in Banana Leaves

Daraius loves Asian food, so he was very, very happy!

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“Where’s Dessert?”

All that food and the bill was ~$11.

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What a Bargain!

For details on more restaurants we’ve visited in Hong Kong, please visit our Asian Holiday trip report series.

Cathay Pacific Lounge and Flight from Hong Kong to US

We had an amazing flight home from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific.  And we were able to relax in the Cathay Pacific lounge at the airport before our departure.

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Cathay Pacific Has Some of the Best Business Class Seats and Service Around

How You Can Do It Too!

You can also get to Hong Kong for a fraction of what folks not in our hobby would pay!

Award Flights to Hong Kong

We purchased our tickets from Male to the US with a stopover in Hong Kong during a fare sale.  Check out my post on how to find mistake and low fares for tips on how to find deals on paid flights.

But if you want to use miles to get to Hong Kong for free, here’s a look at how you can make it happen!

 Alaska Airlines MilesAmerican Airlines MilesUnited Airlines Miles
Ways to Get From the US to Hong Kong• American Airlines
• Cathay Pacific
• Delta Airlines
• Emirates
• Korean Air
• American Airlines
• Cathay Pacific
• Japan Airlines
• United Airlines
• Air Canada
• Air China
• ANA
• Asiana Airlines
• EVA Air
• Lufthansa
• Swiss Air
• Singapore Airlines
• Thai Airways
• Turkish Airlines
Miles NeededAmerican Airlines
• 35,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 55,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 67,500 miles 1-way in First Class

Cathay Pacific
• 30,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 50,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 70,000 miles 1-way in First Class

Delta Airlines
• 80,000 miles round-trip in coach
• 140,000 miles round-trip in Business Class

Emirates
• 52,500 miles 1-way in coach
• 75,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 100,000 miles 1-way in First Class

Korean Air
• 85,000 miles round-trip in coach
• 120,000 miles round-trip in Business Class
American Airlines
• 35,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 55,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 67,500 miles 1-way in First Class

Partner Awards
• 35,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 55,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 67,500 miles 1-way in First Class
United Airlines
• 40,000 miles 1-way in coach

• 70,000 miles 1-way in Business Class

• 80,000 miles 1-way in First Class

Partner Awards
• 40,000 miles 1-way in coach

• 80,000 miles 1-way in Business Class

• 130,000 miles 1-way in First Class
Award Booking Tips10 ways to use Alaska Airlines miles


• You can book most partner award flights on the Alaska Airlines website

• You'll have to call Alaska Airlines to book award flights on Cathay Pacific
American Airlines Award Booking Guide

• How to Find Cathay Pacific Award Seats on the British Airways website and the Japan Airlines website

• You can find Japan Airlines Award Seats on the British Airways website

• When you find partner award flights that will work for you, call American Airlines to book
United Airlines Award Booking Guide
How to Earn the MilesBank of America Alaska Airlines Personal

Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business

• You may be able to get the Alaska Airlines cards multiple times
• All the ways to earn American Airlines miles• All the ways to earn United Airlines miles

Award Nights in Hong Kong

We stayed at the InterContinental Hong Kong.  But there are also lots of other great hotels where you can book award nights, like the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui.

Eating In Hong Kong
The InterContinental Hong Kong and Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Are Both Located in Kowloon

Here’s how you can earn free nights at a few hotels in Hong Kong.

HotelsPoints NeededWays to Earn Points
InterContinental Hong Kong• 50,000 IHG Rewards points per night Chase IHG Rewards

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Chase Ink Plus - Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG, but you can get a better value by transferring to partners like United and Hyatt

• Buy IHG Reward points for cheap with the Cash & Points trick
Conrad Hong Kong• 70,000 to 80,000 Hilton points per night• All the ways to earn Hilton points
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui• 15,000 Hyatt points per night• All the ways to Hyatt points
Starwood Hong Kong Hotel & Towers• 12,000 to 16,000 Starwood points per nightStarwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express

AMEX Membership Rewards points transfer to Starwood, but it's typically not a great deal

Bottom Line

Hong Kong has excellent food, and it’s fun trying out new things!  The food in Hong Kong is so much better than what you can find at most Chinese restaurants in the US.

And it’s very affordable!

Hong Kong is compact, so you can see and do a lot even in just a few short days!

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Darius, thanks for your blog giving us wonderful info. Like to share a foodies ‘Must checkout’ website for Hong Kong: http://www.openrice.com (choose English language), loaded with pictures and reviews, with all the subsribers. You will find inspiration and desire on what to order in where. So many options on search and filter to find what you crave. You can also see that Hong Kong has world acclaimed bakeries also (boulangeri and pastiseri, pardon my french and spelling), bakers winning global award. Famous french macaroon bakeries has their branches in HK too. There is link to Michelin restaurants listing for every year. There is molecular cuisine with Chinese food that cannot be found anywhere else. Website originally started for HK restaurants and eateries, now also available for popular Singapore, and some other cities.

Also a correction for your ordered food in Tin Ho Wan (BTW TinHoWan is the cheapest 1-Michelin-star dim-sum eatery in HK), the rice is wrapped and steamed in lotus leaves, not banana leaves. Happy munching.

I cannot believe that someone had time for a brief visit to Hon Kong, went to a xiao long bao restaurant, and decided to try authentic Chinese cuisine by ordering the same Cantonese-American stuff you can find at any strip mall “Chinese” restaurant in Podunk, USA: egg rolls, wonton soup, shrimp fried rice, and sweet and sour chicken! Why not just go to McDonald’s?

You went to a place with xiao long bao IN ITS NAME, which specializes in xiao long bao, and didn’t order xiao long bao?!?

They probably thought you were insane. And I do too!