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3 meals in Hong Kong
Food expert, Helena Lee, picks three great eats in Hong Kong:
Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant
1/F, Sunshine Plaza, 353 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2893 0881
Nicholas Lander was "impressed by Fu Sing's rendition of char siu (barbecued pork)" in the FT, and I can happily say, so was I. Fu Sing serves classic Cantonese dishes, such as soy sauce chicken, and is also known for its great dim sum (brunch). The atmosphere and decor is old-fashioned, but don't let that put you off - the food is consistently great.
28/F One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3428 8342
Hutong is stylish, expensive and deliciously clandestine. The restaurant, which resembles the narrow Beijing alley it is named after, serves rich North Chinese cuisine. Grab a window seat at dusk and dine with spectacular views of the Hong Kong island skyline. Particularly good is the Chong Qing spicy crab which arrives sitting on the peak of a mountain of dried chilli. Do not order the obvious - be brave and dare to try foods like fish lips and pork tendon - you will be rewarded!
Bowrington Road Wet Market
Be prepared for the Bowrington Road market. Buried in the backstreets of Wan Chai is a wet, vigorous artery of shouty vendors selling fresh ingredients to buy and food to eat. Some sights can be alarming - the live beating heart of the freshest fish cleaved in two - but the variety is amazing, from pink dragonfruits to hundreds of tofu, earthy dried herbs and mountains of vegetables. Makeshift tables and chairs are put out for the hungry, and workers slurp their noodles or congee (Chinese rice porridge) here. I'd recommend grabbing snacks like squid balls on a stick or a bowl of noodles with some roast duck for a quick supper.
Finally, do not eschew restaurants in the shopping malls, many of which are exceptional quality. Expect to see queues by the entrance to the lifts at Dim Sum time.
Helena has travelled widely both for business and pleasure, and now writes a food blog of her Culinary Tales. She is Features Assistant at Harpers Bazaar.
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