It’s lamentable that we won’t get to go on holidays anytime soon with COVID-19 deferring all non-essential travels for the foreseeable future. One of the last places I managed to travel to before the pandemic was actually Hong Kong.
Having eaten my way through the bustling streets, I fondly remember Hong Kong to be a food haven. From old-school cha chaan tengs to high-end restaurants, I can’t help but wonder when I can get a taste of them again.
That said, there’re some things which can be brought to our shores from abroad, and food is one of them! Here’re 10 Hong Kong Food Deliveries in Singapore that you can satisfy your wanderlust with.
1. Social Place
Social Place is the place to go if you’re all about those good vibes. The renowned Hong Kong chain set up their very first overseas outlet here in Singapore in 2014. They specialise in Chinese cuisine, but with a unique and modern twist, that is.
Their signature dish, the Wagyu Char Siu (for 2 pax) (S$30.89) is a one-of-a-kind dish. Premium and indulgent, it certainly lives up to its name.
They season the wagyu beef with a soy-base marinade first before giving it a good sear on the grill. The end-product? A unique, modern and elevated take on the traditional pork char siew.
2. Kam’s Roast
You can’t say you’ve ever been to Hong Kong without trying or even hearing about Kam’s Roast. This place is at the top of my must-visit-again places whenever I return to Hong Kong.
Their signature 甘牌烧鸭 – 全只 Roast Duck – Whole (S$63.25) is perfect for any special occasion. Thin and juicy, the duck skin complements the ultra-tender meat perfectly to give an all-rounded bite.
It’s simply a blessing that they have outlets here in Singapore and deliver island-wide too. For I never saw roast ducks the same way again after my life-changing experience at Kam’s Roast in Hong Kong.
3. Canton Paradise
When it comes to Cantonese food, dim sum always comes to mind. Fortunately, Canton Paradise offers a good variety of dim sum delights in addition to the usual Cantonese fare.
You might recognise these adorable 猪仔流沙包 Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Piggy Bun (3pcs) (S$6.70) from your Instagram feeds.
With oozy salted egg custard in them, not only are they delicious, but they’re also perfect for the ‘gram. Be sure your phone cameras are ready so you can capture all the oozing action when you tear into them!
4. Mui Kee Congee
Sometimes when you’re feeling down and in need of something comforting, a bowl of congee is all you need.
I had the fortune of dining at the original Mui Kee Congee during my travels in Hong Kong. The congees they serve up are from a three-generational recipe by the current owner’s grandmother.
With an outlet here in Singapore, I can enjoy a bowl of their signature 生滚青衣鱼腩 Parrot Fish Belly (S$13.89) congee.
Thick and luscious the way I like my congee, it comes with an abundance of ingredients. Furthermore, their fish is super fresh too, which takes the congee up another level.
5. Tsui Wah
Famous for their classic cha chaan teng fare, Tsui Wah is a well-known Hong Kong chain with a long history. Their second outlet opening in Clarke Quay in 2018 is indeed a testament to their high standards.
A must-try here that many customers have raved about is the 脆嘩奶油豬 Crispy Bun with Condensed Milk (S$4.70).
Having toasted the buttered bun to golden-brown perfection, they finish it off by drenching it with decadent condensed milk. The ultimate cheat meal it is, but trust me, it’s worth the calories.
6. Tai Cheong Bakery
Tai Cheong Bakery is no stranger to Singaporean foodies. Look up any egg tart directory in Singapore and you’ll definitely find a spot for them.
Their famous Egg Tart (4 pieces) 蛋挞 (S$8) boasts a delightfully buttery cookie crust that isn’t too surfeiting. To balance out the textures and flavours, they’ve perfected the egg custard to the right smoothness and sweetness level.
Tai Cheong’s egg tarts are as fresh as they get since new batches always sell out quickly. Hence, you can bet your egg tarts will still be warm when they reach you at home!
7. Tim Ho Wan
We Singaporeans love all things affordable and high-quality, and Tim Ho Wan ticks all the boxes. As the world’s second-cheapest Michelin-starred eatery, it offers sumptuous dim sum while giving you a bang for your buck.
One of my all-time favourite items here are the Baked BBQ Pork Buns (3pcs) 酥皮焗叉烧包 (S$8).
Sensationally crispy on the outside, the buns carry within them juicy and decadent barbecued pork fillings. Every bite thus encompasses different textures and flavours, making them a simply satisfying snack.
8. Legendary Hong Kong
If you’ve ever been to Jurong Point, chances are you’ve heard of Singapore’s very own “Mongkok” district. One of the plethora of Hong Kong eateries there is none other than Legendary Hong Kong.
The restaurant serves up a wide range of traditional char chaan teng fare. One of their most popular items is the Custard Crust Bun with Butter 冰火菠萝包 (S$3.88).
To me, a sign of a good pineapple bun is the soft crunch of the bun’s top crust. Satisfyingly, this has it. Not only that, but they also include in it a knob of butter, giving it a heavenly touch of savouriness.
9. So Good Char Chan Teng
A modern take on the traditional char chaan teng, So Good Char Chan Teng offers old-school Hong Kong cafe dishes. That said, they also pride themselves in serving up a variety of quality roast meats.
Their Roast Duck Rice 烧鸭饭 (S$8.40) promises an explosion of flavours in every bite. It’s a taste so good of the olden days that you can’t help but get nostalgic over.
10. Guan Chee Hong Kong Roasted Duck
Guan Chee Hong Kong Roasted Duck isn’t exactly a franchise from Hong Kong, but they deserve a special shoutout nonetheless.
Since 1983, they’ve been perfecting the Hong Kong delicacy that roast ducks are, but first as a hawker stall.
The distinct smokey notes of their signature Charcoal Roasted Duck 炭烤烧鸭 (from S$15) is what keeps customers returning. Some say it’s thanks to the secret sauce that the owner and resident duck connoisseur himself, Mr Chi, created.
I can’t wait for the day when we’re able to travel freely again. Hong Kong is definitely one of the places I’ve yet to fully explore. Until then, however, we shall all stay at home and savour these Cantonese offerings from Hong Kong franchises in Singapore!