The name Mong Kok in Cantonese means busy corner, it has most congested shopping and famous for popular markets, such as the Ladies’ Market. Another thing you may want to do is doing a food tour in Mongkok.
Below is a reference guide for you if you happen to visit Hong Kong, Mongkok.
1. Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose 深井陳記燒鵝
Hong Kong is famous for its roast goose and one of the top restaurant to visit is Sham Tseng Chan Kee. The restaurant is about 5 mins walk from Mong Kok MTR. In Cantonese, it is called “Siu Ngoh”. A good “Siu Ngoh” possess crispy skin with a flavourful layer of fat beneath and tender meat that isn’t too gamey. Best serve with a final touch of the traditional plum sauce, slightly sour and sweet.
Address: 427-427A Reclamation Street, Mong Kok
2. Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery 金華冰廳
Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery is actually a Hong Kong style of Cha Chaan Teng. What is a Cha Chaan Teng? It has a casual setting serves local comfort food at a very reasonable price. A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without eating at Cha Chaan Teng. Some of the top food you may want to try out in Kam Wah Cha Chaan Teng are Pineapple bun 菠蘿包, Hot Dog Bun, Satay Beef Bun, Beef chow fun. The signature is still Pineapple bun or called in Cantonese “Bo Lo Bao”, the bun does not contain any pineapple but inside the bun, there is a thick butter hidden, which is also the surprise when you bite on it. When you visit Cha Chaan Teng, best to order Hong Kong Milk Tea, as each Cha Chaan Teng has their own version of specially brewed tea.
Address: 45-47號 Bute St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
3. Taste Of Shanghai 滬小館
This place offers dim sum with affordable price and fast service. Try their signature of Shanghai Xiaolongbao!
4. Mongkok Wet Market
Hong Kong people only love to eat their seafood live so when you visit Mong Kok wet market, you will see plenty of sea creatures that are still alive and swimming in the small containers. I have friends who are from America and they usually don’t want to see the whole fish with the head and eyes staring back at them when served on the dining table.
Location: Canton Road, Mongkok
Closest MTR: Mongkok station exit c4
Besides fresh seafood, there are also cheap and affordable “siu mei” – roast meat, pork, and chicken. The Mongkok Wet Market caters for local but you do see some tourists come here to have a peek at what the local eats.
5. Aberdeen Fishball & Noodles Restaurant 香港仔鱼蛋粉 旺角
The fish ball here tastes different from the fish ball sold on the street. A bowl of fish ball comes with noodle of different kind. Affordable price and there are also other local dishes beside fish ball noodle.
6. Lok Tea Union (Drinks)
The shop signatures are Lok Mongo Cheese (HKD35 or SGD 6.10 or USD 4.50) & Brown Sugar Pearl Milk. Bubble tea is still very popular in Hong Kong and originally it comes from Taiwan. You can find bubble tea shops open in every corner in Hong Kong. Just pop in anyone and experience the bubble tea in Hong Kong.
7. McDonald’s is not the same in Hong Kong
Another thing you may want to try out is Mcdonalds, it may sound boring but it is actually the cheapest food you can get. Mcdonald in Hong Kong has its special menu (they even have pork burgers on their menu). I ordered Bourbon strawberry sundae cone, look super cute right.
This bridge connects Mong Kok MTR and East Rail Station
8. Mong Kok Gold Fish Market
Hong Kong housing is very small so goldfish make a great pet for Hong Kong people. Another reason is you don’t have to take a goldfish on walks. I am quite amazed to see so many people looking a the goldfishes in Mong Kok. The price is inexpensive too. I am sure goldfish is a great de-stressor for busy Hong Kong folks here.
These goldfishes have very bright colors, they look fake color to me. What do you think?
9. Strolling in Mong Kok Alley
Strolling in the small alley Mongkok can be very fun. You may discover some hidden gem. Even if you don’t, a small alley is still a great spot for photography.
10. Shoe Repair in Mong Kok
Shoe Repair is a common scene in Mong Kok, can be found usually near the MTR.
Mongkok is one of the busiest districts in Hong Kong, full of eateries and markets and shopping. You may like to join the food tour with Klook Mongkok Food Tour. You get to taste 7 delicious local delicacies including goose, snake soup, and Dim Sum.