A food blogger's guide to Hong Kong

Nicole Fung

City Guide: Hong Kong

Nicole Fung is the creator and blogger behind That Food Cray !!! as well as 1/3 of MISSBISH's girl bosses. She was born and raised in Calgary, Canada but moved to Hong Kong about six years ago.

What kind of traveller are you?

At first, I was a planner. I used to map out months in advance where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and everything I wanted to eat. Since I've quit my job and gained more flexibility, I've gotten a little too laid back, where my trips are practically spontaneous or extremely last minute. Whenever we travel, we end up meeting with friends who take us to their favorite local spots. I prefer that rather than a generic Travelocity or touristy Yelp-assisted trip.

What are some of your must do's when you travel?

Eat local food! Food is the easiest way to familiarize yourself with a city, its people and its culture. I'm obsessed with visiting local grocery stores and convenience stores.

What are your 5 travel essentials?

  • Camera! I always have my Sony a7 along with a couple of lenses.
  • iPhone 6s Plus! I cannot live without my iPhone and data.
  • Mophie charger for my iPhone of course.
  • Comfortable sneakers. I prefer to walk around and see everything rather than taxi or public transit.
  • I learned this trick from a friend of mine (@jesso), pack a power bar with you. That way, you'll only need to bring one adapter!

Nicole FungPhoto courtesy of Nicole Fung

What got you to start 'That Food Cray !!!' ?

I moved to Hong Kong about six years ago to pursue a career in the finance industry after graduation. I hated my job and knew I had to get out quick. Travel and food were essentially my escape from my boring 9-6 day job. I wanted to document everything I was eating and everywhere I was going, which is how That Food Cray !!! came to be.

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Has the experience of your own blog, helped you in being a part of MISSBISH?

For the editorial part, yes! Both sites run off Wordpress, so the backend was all familiar. However, I'm constantly learning from both sites. Working on the websites has taught me so much since our teams are quite small so we have to be able to do a little bit of everything. There is a lot of problem-solving and ingenuity involved. You're constantly aiming to be efficient and create the best product possible within parameters.

Every city has a way in which it is set up. Can you give an overview of Hong Kong to help orientate visitors to the city?

Hong Kong is pretty easy to navigate. It's a small city split up into three main sections Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories, all of which are connected by MTR (train), ferries or by car. Hong Kong is very English friendly, so finding the right places to go won't be too difficult. If you want to see the glamorous side of Hong Kong, hit up restaurants and bars in the Central area of Hong Kong Island. If you want to see the real authentic side of Hong Kong, get into the thick of Kowloon and check out Sham Shui Po and Mong Kok. If you're into outdoor activities, go for a hike (Dragon's back or the Peak), check out the beaches, visit one of the outlying islands or ride a bike around Tai Po.

Nicole FungPhoto courtesy of Nicole Fung

What are some of your favourite neighbourhoods in Hong Kong?

Sham Shui Po is a really interesting neighbourhood. It's the real deal, old school, random, gritty and everything is so cheap. The whole area is like a flea market, selling electronics, fabric, clothing, cell phone cases, suitcases, fake bags, etc.

Central / Sheung Wan is the complete opposite of Sham Shui Po. It's cleaner, modern and has fancier shops and restaurants. Sometimes this area makes you feel like you're not in Hong Kong. Which when you live here, can be a good thing at times.

Where/what would you recommend to eat, drink or hangout in these neighbourhoods?

There's a ton of cheap "hole-in-the-wall" spots in Sham Shui Po. There's an OG spot that just sells tofu called Kung Wo. Get the tofu pudding and fried tofu! Sun Hang Yuen is another super cheap spot that sells dope noodles and the best beef and egg sandwich!
Kung Wo Kung WoTofu Pudding. Photos courtesy of Nicole Fung

Yardbird, a yakitori restaurant in Sheung Wan is my favorite place for food and drinks on the Island. I also love Fu Sing for dim sum. They have the best BBQ pork, roast pork and baked BBQ pork buns.

Yard Bird Yard BirdYardbird photos courtesy of Nicole Fung

Fu SingBBQ Pork. Photo courtesy of Nicole Fung

Food, in general, is big in Hong Kong. What do you think sets Hong Kong street food/cuisine apart from other food cities like Bangkok?

I love street food in both cities! I think Hong Kong just has unique items that you typically don't find anywhere else such as egg waffles or fish balls. I also think it's so common where you don't really need to go to a specific area to find street food, it's everywhere.

Temple Street Night Market is one of the most famous night markets in the world, what are some of your favourite things to do/eat here?

I don't like to go to Temple Street Night Market; it's very touristy. I'm pretty picky with my street food, so there are only a handful of places that I go to on the regular. I honestly don't even know the names of these places, but I know exactly where they are haha...

Nightlife in Hong Kong has always been exciting. Where are some places good for drinking/partying?

I am getting old haha. The only places I ever go to is Racks, Fly and occasionally Volar (which only happens if I've had way too much to drink).

Can you suggest a food guide for someone who has never been to Hong Kong, and is looking to experience the best food the city has to offer?

I have a food guide on That Food Cray !!! Where to eat in Hong Kong

Places to stay in Hong Kong

This charming apartment is located in the heart of one of Hong Kong most sought-after residential areas, Causeway Bay.

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