More commonly known for its huge variety of dim sum and milk tea, Hong Kong is packed with a lot more international dishes. Hong Kong is very much an international city, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise when you see noodle bars of Bangkok, Bahn Mi stalls of Saigon or the grills of Spain.
Here are some known places to try out some extraordinary world cuisines in Hong Kong.
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Built into an old shop-house on Stone Nullah Lane, Samsen specialises in Thai dishes. They are most known for their Thai ‘boat noodles’, which was named so because they used to be served from the boats that piled in Bangkok’s canal system.
Chef of Samsen, Adam Cliff, trained at Nahm in Bangkok. Chef Cliff’s fine dining approach to Thai food changed the game in the capital. He gives humble dishes a twist by applying a fine dining touch, elevating the dish further. Samsen has a no-reservation policy, so finding a long queue will be of norm.
Le Petit Saigon
If you haven’t guessed it, Le Petit Saigon serves up some classic Vietnamese dishes and snacks. Bahn Mi is a classic Vietnamese snack which consists of a crusty baguette stuffed with cut pork, chicken liver pate, fresh herbs and pickles, topped with mayo and a mandatory blast of chilli. Le Petit Saigon serves up one of the best versions of classic bahn mi in Hong Kong.
Pair your bahn mi with a bottle of Saigon lager and dine by the porch outside to have a taste of being in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city. The bahn mi’s are available from noon till they sell out, which often happens. So if you missed their last orders, you can also head to the neighbouring Le Garcon Saigon restaurant to get you bahn mi fix or if you’re searching for a larger meal.
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Spanish food in Hong Kong is all of great quality but it has become overwhelmingly expensive due to the costs of flying Spanish produce halfway across the world. The Optimist skips the riddle by going northern Spanish, heavy on grilled meats and seafood.
A show-stopper in the restaurant is the platter of meat—a 45-day dry aged Galician txuleta rib eye or the charcoal-grilled turbot. The Optimist has turned tapas into cheap bites that can be paired with cocktails.
Situated in the Queen Street Cooked Food Market, Chautari cooks up a storm of Indian and Nepalese dishes that combines great service and wonderfully genuine, affordable food. Chautari, a family-run restaurant, serves up superb naans and grilled tandoori dishes.