I have recently been coming to grips with a few facts.
1. LA has the best food. Hard to argue w/ the incredible variety. Judging by dimsum in Hong Kong, tacos in mexico, and korean in seoul, LA can’t be beat.
2. There’s no good Mexican food outside the US. I come to this conclusion only after countless disappointments and have yet to be proven wrong. Note: for all you tex-mex lovers, that’s not what I’m referring to as “Mexican” food. I mean the real stuff: http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/)
3. Food in HK sucks. Most everything we’ve eaten has generally been a disappointment. I’ve just developed a different relationship to food, really. Maybe it’s the humidity, maybe the fact that everything is imported, maybe I’m just crazy and haven’t found the good places yet. Regardless, 5 months into it here in HK I can’t say I have tasted something really good yet.
So w/ that, here’s my top three everyday places to eat so far (pics to follow):
1. Yoshinoya: Yes, that’s right player, Yoshinoya. It’s terrific here. Food in-store is served on real porcelain, and is quite tasty. Also delivers to your home, oh my. Trying to order in English, however, is about 10 times worse than getting a root canal + getting all 4 wisdom teeth pulled. The Combo set (yes, half chicken, half beef separated by a canal of vegetables all swimming on a bed of white rice) is recommended.
2. Pret A Manger: Sort of on the pricey side, especially compared to HK local food. But the sandwiches, baguette sandwiches, salad and soup are all fresh (made daily), and quite tasty.
3. Seafood at Lamma Island: Ok, so maybe this isn’t everyday food, but that’s a matter of where one lives isn’t it? As you walk off the dock at Lamma Island, you find about 10 seafood restaurants each with their tanks full of live crab, fish, shrimp, lobster, clams, fish, scallops and fish. You get the point: live, fresh and tasty. Wok-fried garlic crab makes me want to move there permanently. It’s the home of Chow Yun Fat, for you lovers of useless-now-but-maybe-not-later information.