HONG KONG TODAY is a fascinating mix of East and West. There are top class hotels, wine bars and restaurants of every shade to fit your wallet. While it’s undeniable that Hong Kong is a quintessentially Chinese city with temples and noodle shops, it is also tempered by its British legacy and sensibilities. It’s no secret that I’m in love with Hong Kong and its extraordinary food culture. Every time I return to visit my family I am surprised by the ever-changing face of this metropolis. I hope this collection of recipes will illuminate the rich culinary mélange of this gastronomic wonderland. While one eye focuses on the future, the other looks back on a rich heritage. Hong Kong’s cool!

1 If there is such a thing as a quintessential dish not to miss in Hong Kong, it is wonton noodle soup. And one of the best in town is Mak’s Noodles, aka Mak Un Kee located at 77 Wellington Street in Central. It’s a no-frills eatery so expect to share your table.

2 Yat Lok Roast Goose has garnered a Michelin gong for its divine roast goose. It’s so good that diners are prepared to queue patiently to score a seat at this temple of roast meats. 34-38 Stanley Street, Central

3 Ho Lee Fook is pushing the boundaries of what diners perceive of Chinese eateries. The music is funky and the menu is exciting. One signature not to miss is the wagyu beef short ribs with soy glaze and jalapeno puree. 3-5 Elgin Street, Soho

4 Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons is the first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars globally. With its spectacular harbour views, to dine here is a revelation not only for its ethereal food but it is also essential for lovers of fine dining. The dim sum here is beyond sensational. 8 Finance Street, Central

5 Award winning Tim Ho Wan is best known for its affordable dim sum and it has spawned a global chain. But those in the know will always head to the branch in Sham Shui Po for its delicious prawn dumplings and baked barbecued pork buns. 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po

6 If you’d like a break from Chinese food, head to Amber at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental for chef Richard Ekkebus’ sublime, cutting edge food. Using only the finest seasonal ingredients, the menu created by this trailblazing chef is, quite simply, one of the best in this food-mad city. 15 Queen’s Road, Central.

Join Tony Tan on his gourmet food tour of Hong Kong contact sthmelb@helloworld.com.au for details.

Edited extract from Hong Kong Food City by Tony Tan
Published by Murdoch Books, distributed by Allen & Unwin
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Photography by Greg Elms.