Per usual, most of my itinerary in Hong Kong was planned around my meals. I'm envious of culinary cultures that exalt the small specialty shops that make one amazing thing just as much the contemporary spots. I wish there were more of that here. Tiny char siu shops, Michelin rated dim sum, probably the best modern izakaya I've ever been to. Here's some food porn.
A hot pot place that I got taken to (by a girl I met my first evening that works in the wine industry and gave me a lot of tips about dining in Hong Kong) that provided a giant tray of seasonings to create your own dipping sauce. Lots of ginger.
Tim Ho Wan because the internet yelled at me to go there. I went to the IFC Mall location and it was pretty easy to find because it was the only place with a giant crowd waiting out front. I got seated almost immediately being a party of one and proceeded to order enough food for four people. BBQ pork pineapple buns were unreal. Worth the Michelin star for those alone.
Roast goose and char siu at Yat Lok and Joy Hing respectively. Perfect caramelization and mouthwateringly fatty and tender both. These are the kinds of shops I would die eating in if I had them near me.
Yard Bird is a modern izakaya that has an amazing Japanese whisky list, traditional yakitori, and a menu of contemporary dishes. A chicken liver pâté that was rich without being unctuous topped with weirdly delicious onion strings. I don't remember ever thinking how good onion strings are. Tempura corn balls that were sweet, tender, and fun to eat. Some of the best chicken oysters I've had this side of Tokyo. Finished off with their KFC-Korean Fried Cauliflower. Perfectly crisped skin and an expertly balanced sweet-spicy sauce.