They say the best things in life take hard work and dedication, we couldn’t agree more. Whether you need a paddle out for some sea urchin or climb Hong Kong’s highest peak for a milk tea. We assure you, these restaurants are worth trekking to.
Duen Kee Tea House
Located on Hong Kong’s highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, this tea house offers fresh food at a reasonable price. The family-run restaurant is located on two levels with indoor and outdoor seating available. All its dishes are self-served in a buffet style for a flat rate fee. Dishes include Hong Kong classics such a siu mai and lo mai gai.
Yau Ley Seafood Restaurant
Only accessible by boat or foot, this secret seafood spot is one of Sai Kung’s hidden gems. Serving up fresh seafood, you can overlook the crystal clear waters of Sai Kung. Dine classic favourites including fried squid, razor clams and Singapore noodles, before hopping back on board home. If you don’t have a boat try trekking there instead.
Sea Urchin Breeding Centre Seafood Restaurant
Built on a concrete platform that juts into the sea, this restaurant serves up some of the freshest uni in town. Based in Leung Shuen Wan, the popular dish is only served throughout the months of March to May. It comes in a variety of dishes including sea urchin and seaweed spring rolls and sea urchin fried rice.
Tai O Crossing Boat Restaurant
Trekking five hours across Lantau, will take you to this classic Tai O restaurant. Located in a traditional stilt house, the crossing boat restaurant serves up fresh seafood and classic Cantonese-style stir-fries. It’s dishes also feature Tai O’s most renowned produce, shrimp paste, dried seafood and pork.
Read more: Your neighbourhood guide to Tai O
Chung Kee Store
Serving up Hakka cuisine to hungry hikers. Chung Kee Store is a hidden gem tucked away in the north of Hong Kong in Kuk Po village. The restaurant is known for its steamed oysters and fried oyster omelette and its signature duck and pork belly.
Royal China Aqua Garden
Tucked away in Sam Mun Tsai, the Royal China Aqua Garden is arguably one of the best outdoor dim sum spots in Hong Kong, with stunning water views that stretch into Plover Cove. If this isn’t enough for you, the dim sum is pretty damn good too. If you are planning to make the trip to Tai Po for sea-side dim sum, get there early as it tends to get busy on sunny days.