They only serve one thing here and then variations of it and that’s the sashimi donburi. It’s exceptionally good value for money and you can eat it three ways. Did I also mention that it’s totally Instagram worthy as well?
English instructions and menu are available. First you eat the sashimi mountain as a donburi bowl, then you make hand-rolls with the seaweed they provide and then at last, soup is poured to make an ochazuke (soup with rice) to finish everything off. This is the most basic option, and it was only $108HKD. How amazing is that?!?
Shop B, G/F, 60 Castle Peak Road, Sham Shui Po
Le Petit Salon
How about a cup of Joe? Sham Shui Po is the third location for Le Petit Salon and the first one on the Kowloon side. Nestled and hidden in the Dragon Centre, Le Petit Salon is located on the 5th floor near the very back and is quite hard to find. It’s close to where the elevators are located and if you follow the signs pointing to the washrooms, you should be able to find it. There is only one table with two chairs so very limited seating, but is very cosy. They mix and roast their own beans and prices are very decently priced. Try their Super Mocha for a decadent and satisfying cup of coffee.
Shop 5k100, 5/F, Dragon Centre, 37 Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po
公和荳品廠 Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong
Who knew a tofu store could get so popular and famous? You may have tried tofu pudding before, but let me tell you, no other tofu pudding will be comparable to this store. There are no additional flavours such as with red bean or black sesame paste to choose with the tofu pudding, but it is the softest, smoothest and most amazing bowl of tofu pudding you will every have. Make sure you also buy a brick of fresh tofu for cooking at home; it’s million times better than store-bought tofu.
G/F, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
坤記糕品專家 Kwan Kee Store
Interested in Michelin recommended Hong Kong style snacks? This is the place! This small and unimposing place sells cakes/puddings called “gaos” that are beloved by the locals. The texture is more glutinous and may not be everybody’s cup of tea; however, the local favourite is the bowl cake. As it may be obvious with the name, the bowl cake is made by pouring the batter into a bowl and then steamed. It’s slightly sweet and every bite brings back a dose of nostalgia for the locals.
Address: 深水埗福華街115-117號北河商場地下10號舖 (北河街交界)
Shop 10, 115-117 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po
劉森記麵家 Lau Sum Kee Noodle
Founded in 1956, this place is an oldie but a goodie. The noodles are still made with bamboo rods and the dish to get here is the shrimp roe with dry noodle. Free of charge and on every table is a jar of picked radish, and those are the most brilliant complement to the noodles. There are two locations within walking distance from one another; the address listed is the older store.
G/F, 48 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po
文記車仔麵 (No English name on awning)
The cart noodle store that has a half block queue during noon time and has two stores right next to one another. Cart noodles are the absolute favourite noodles of choice for the locals and this one is known for their spicy sauce and pork intestines. Ordering here is easy as all the toppings are laid out in front of you and you just have to point out what you want and pay. The wait-staff then carry your noodles to a table for you after you’ve ordered and paid. Make sure to try the pork intestines, chicken wings, marinated squid and pig trotters. Don’t forget to ask for the spicy sauce.
G/F, 121 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
合益泰小食 Hop Yik Tai Cheung Fun
The ultimate place for a quick and delicious breakfast of champions! The rice rolls are so yum here. You can choose to either eat in or to hover over your steaming hot plate of rice rolls in the alley and most customers opted for the latter. It is very important to make sure the rice rolls are smothered with sauce (soy sauce, peanut and sesame sauce, and hoisin sauce) and then topped with toasted sesame seeds.
G/F, 121 Lam Street, Sham Shui Po
甜入心 Heart’s Dessert
We haven’t tried anything else on the menu because the #1 thing that people come here for is the caramel coconut pudding in a coconut shell. Not too sweet with just the perfect amount of coconut goodness, it’s too much of a temptation to order anything else here. The dessert also makes for a wonderful Instagram photo – just saying’. They also have a free chocolate fondue and British teas at the front so make sure to give those a try as well.
G/F, 57 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
If you’re craving for a burger, Sham Shui Po has got you covered as well. Burgerman has got some creative Asian influenced burgers as well as the normal fare. We like the foie gras wagyu beef burger – yes, we usually go all-out when it comes to burgers.
G/F., 65-71, Yen Chow Street,, Sham Shui Po
添好運點心專門店 Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists
Located right in between Prince Edward and Sham Shui Po MTR station, we decided to add it in into our list anyway. With several locations around Hong Kong to choose from, the Sham Shui Po location is one of the bigger locations with two levels. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, someone has probably told you about Tim Ho Wan, the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world. Several of their locations are 1 Michelin starred, the Sham Shui Po location being one of them. Unless you have dietary restrictions, it is literally a crime to visit Tim Ho Wan without ordering the BBQ pork buns.
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
飛鷹餐廳 (Steak House)
Have you ever been to an Old Hong Kong style steak house before? The steaks come out on a sizzling hot platter and sauce is poured immediately over the steak, creating a tantalizing aroma and an incredibly loud sizzle. The steak meals usually include bread, a soup (try the Russian Borscht), the steak, sides, and a beverage for around $120 HKD. Yes, it’s a complete steal.
The steak is particularly tender and soaked with sauce at these steak houses, so while we’re usually medium-rare steak eaters, we tend to opt for medium to medium well at these steak houses.
258 Lai Chi Kok Road, Sham Shui Po
維記咖啡粉麵 Wai Kee Noodle Café
This place is so famous in Sham Shui Po that it has got three stores right next to each other, and there is still a queue! How is that even possible? And do you know what they’re famous for? Pig liver and instant noodles. Yup, you read that right. If you want to go the downright local path, try the pig liver and beef with instant noodles and then get a kaya toast with it. Whilst we do like pig liver, we didn’t get the hype over the bowl of pig liver noodles; however, the kaya toast here is delicious. The kaya toast has a very strong and fragrant egg flavour to it, and it’s just the perfect amount of sweetness on a well-toasted piece of bread. If you’ve got a major sweet tooth, try the kaya French toast instead.
Address: 深水埗福榮街62號及66號地下/ 北河街165-167號地下D號
G/F, 62 & 67 Fuk Wing Street / Shop D, G/F, 165-167 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
Interested in exploring more off-the-beaten path neighbourhoods? Join Virginia’s Off the Eaten Path Food Tour that leads you through Whampoa devouring all her favourite local eats in a progressive meal. At each food stop, you’ll be able to taste a flavour of Cantonese cuisine – bitter, spicy, salty, sour and sweet – and all the whilst learning about the local restaurants, their stories and the neighbourhood.
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Virginia is a tour guide by day at Humid with a Chance of Fishballs Tours, creative blogger by night at The Smoo Diaries and avid traveller by weekend. Virginia is a proud Vancouverite now in Hong Kong exploring all corners of Asia. She’s currently discovering her Asian roots – one flight, one noodle and one Canto slang at a time. *slurp*