Wine & Dine

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Relatively small kitchens in the homes of many Hong Kongers make going out for meals a convenient and popular option. Whatever the occasion or craving, you are guaranteed to find the right option for your taste buds (and wallet).

Fine Dining
In addition to Hong Kong’s love of street food, fine dining has also caught on significantly in the city. The Michelin guide has helped to increase awareness of the culinary talent residing in our city.

Hot Spots
There are many districts packed with numerous choices of restaurants.

Malls and Office Towers
Guide of Wine & Dine at Malls and Office Towers

Desserts and High Tea
A lovely English tradition that remains in Hong Kong is the afternoon tea. Served at both older, iconic Hong Kong hotels and in some of the more recent arrivals, it is often accompanied by gentle, live music.

Coffee
Grabbing a paper cup of java on the way to work is a ubiquitous sight these days in Hong Kong.

Local Taste
Hong Kong has inherited a tea-house tradition believed to have begun in the 12th century.

Fine Asian Dining
Hong Kong offers a dazzling array of Asian cuisines.

Chinese Cuisines
Hong Kong is understandably the world’s great Chinese food Mecca. Along the center of Chinese capitalism, intellectual freedom and enjoyment of life, Hong Kong considers all Mainland regions special, with superb examples of authentic cuisine that span virtually the entire range of China’s widely varying regional styles.

International Dining
Hong Kong’s vast and varied international dining scene is unrivaled in the world today.

American Dining
For those who are craving a taste of home, especially those who want a good steak, there are several good restaurants that will serve a thick slice of grade-A beef.

Italian Dining
The Michelin Guide recently noted that some of the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy are in Hong Kong.

Pizza
Pizza is a favorite meal for locals and expatriates living in Hong Kong.

Desserts
Chinese-style desserts include those served in Cantonese restaurants, which sell red bean soup and different sweet syrups with fruits, gelatin and tapioca.

Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau
The latest edition of the bilingual Michelin guide for Hong Kong and Macau reflects an improvement on the quality and choice of restaurants available here.

Chinese Diners
There are many different styles of Chinese restaurants and diners.

Banquet Halls
Usually occupying several floors, these important social centers serve morning, afternoon and Sunday dim sum. Sunday can be a half-day excursion for the entire extended family, which may total 10 to 20 people.

Dining With a Difference
Junk trips and the hiring of a traditional tram are popular Hong Kong party options.

Haute Chinois
International competition has led to the creation of haute Chinois restaurants, which adopt the French nouvelle style for presentation and service.

Sea Food Centers
These eating places have enormous, and usually rather slimy, glass-walled seawater tanks of fish and crustaceans.

Street Stalls — Dai Pai Dongs
Assemblages of street stalls, known as dai pai dongs, are effectively outdoor versions of noodle and congee shops – Hong Kong’s answer to street cafés.

Al Fresco Dining
There are some places for al fresco dining in Hong Kong.

Cooked Food Markets/Centers
There are over 25 licensed cooked food markets located in many urban areas in Hong Kong.

Secrets of the Chinese Kitchen
Of the eight Chinese cooking methods, the most common one in Hong Kong is wok cooking.

Table Etiquette
Chinese diners eat in groups at round tables from a shared array of mixed entrees, except for rice and noodles, which are usually served in individual bowls.

Exploring the Menu
Most major restaurants offer set dinners of good value and provide a fairly representative sample of the cuisine’s distinctive style.

Chinese Tea
While wine has certainly become popular with almost everyone, there will always be tea.

Fast Food
Eating quickly is a way of life for everyone in Hong Kong. Taking long lunches is not the custom, where as grabbing something fast and eating it on the run is more typical.

Healthy Lifestyles
Vegetarianism often accompanies organic lifestyles.

Farmers Markets
The affluence of residents, and the increasing incidence of food scares (particularly with food imported from China) have driven the wide acceptance and demand for locally grown organic foods.

Organic Produce and Restaurants
While all the supermarkets in Hong Kong carry organic products imported from all over the world, there are now numerous organizations and small retail shops providing locally grown organic produce for the market.

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants
A growing number of people are switching to plant-based diets for health reasons.

Halal Foods
Muslims have diverse cultures, but food restrictions are common among them all. Here in Hong Kong, Muslims come from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa, the Middle East and China.

Kosher Meals
The Jewish community has two kosher restaurants

Wine for Everyone
Hong Kong as a wine hub is an ideal place to ship wines to and from.

Where to Wine and Dine
There are many wine and dine events in Hong Kong, with more being planned and hosted all the time.

Where to Learn about Wine
With this encouraging atmosphere and vibrant economy, a plethora of wine clubs, wine dinners, wine classes and wine fairs are available for all those who seek to learn more about wines.

Where to Store Your Wine
With the boom in wine imports, wine storage has become one of the most rapidly developing ancillary businesses of the wine trade.

Asian Food & Wine Pairing
Learning how to match Asian food with wine is a hot topic here, particularly since meals are not consumed in a series of specific courses, and heavier dishes might well be followed by something lighter, or a meat dish might be followed by fish.

Wine Trends, Wine Auctions
Since slashing the tax on alcohol in 2008, Hong Kong has risen to become the most important wine center in the world for auctions and trade in fine wines, having surpassed New York and London.