Pretty food, oh, pretty food. As a food blogger cum enthusiast, I get this question a lot. Why do you take pictures of food? And to be frank, sometimes, I do it because they look good although not all of them taste as good as they look. And most of the time, they are rather pricey. Well, as what they say, 'you pay a price for beauty'.
Hong Kong is definitely the habitat of cute, picturesque and instaworthy food. Basically, food that will gratuitously make your Instagram look ten times better and instantly gain you a thousand followers, just like the ones listed in the restaurants below.
1. Dim Sum Icon
This is where you find that viral yellow emoji bun that can poop! Unfortunately, the Gudetama series were no longer available (character series are periodically changed) so we had to opt for buns from their signature Kobitos and Lazy Egg series. Their menu is pretty extensive ranging from normal dim sum to heavier dishes such as salt and pepper squid.
|Left: Egg Yolk Buns (HKD $39)|
Right: Kobitos Milk Custard Buns (HKD $49)
|Left: Steamed Pork Dumplings (HKD $48)|
Basically, they are normal buns with obscure characters and emojis stamped on them. The buns are not as soft as those you get in basic dim sum joints, but I reckon it was done purposely so that you can squeeze the liquids out. We've got to admit that poking and squeezing the bun was pretty exciting! But make sure, you poke at the right spot or your buns will sneeze yellow liquid instead (like ours).
Address: B/F Century Square
1 D’Aguilar St, Central
2. Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
|Hello Kitty Egg Yolk Bun (HKD $62)|
|Left: Hello Kitty Har Gao (HKD $62)|
Right: Hello Kitty Glutonous Rice (HKD $128)
The world's first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant! That certainly intrigued us. There were a couple of items on the menu that we wanted to order that weren't available so we had to settle with what they had. Two of our har gao came out without eyes and nose. That broke our hearts a little but the salted egg yolk buns were so adorable! There weren't many choices of food in the menu to begin with so with items unavailable, our options were very limited. Prices are also on the upside for the quality and taste.
Address: Lee Loy Mansion, Canton Road
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
3. Leo’s Espresso
OMG! That’s right, OMG! I don’t know how they do it, but it certainly looks like magic. Be prepared to be mindblown. This coffee joint serves their cups of coffee with foam character figurines on top. Probably the cutest coffee you’ever had. And probably the only cup of coffee that you’ll spend fifteen precious minutes trying to get a good shot of.
Address: Kiosk B2, 2/F Kowloon Commerce Center Tower 2
51 Kwai Cheong Road
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 8am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Closed on Sunday
4. Little Bao
|Sweet Bao - Salt Ice Cream with Caramel (HKD $48!!!!)|
This was probably the most delicious in the list, also the most expensive. They had this absurd policy where you can only dine inside if you are ordering from the dinner menu. So if you are just getting dessert for the sake of trying a bite or taking shots, brace yourself. You’ll have to do it on the bench outside (we did and it was drizzling). Nonetheless, it was surprisingly really good. I found the ice cream a little icy and not as creamy but the fried bun is heavenly.
Address: 66 Stanton St, Central
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 6pm – 11pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm