Hong Kong - November with 2 kids

oh, i ate congee for breakfast five days in a row at law fu kee, right opposite the tai cheong bakery in central. go to the latter right after 9 am for fresh out of the oven egg tarts.

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Hi @js76wisco, I didn’t really chime in on this thread as I don’t visit HK as frequently as I’d like and when I do, I have a few local foodie friends that take care of dining options.

I think you have great coverage from everyone who has replied. There is one place I didn’t see mentioned - visit to the seafood heaven of Sai Kung or an alternative closer to the city is Lei Yue Mun. It’s a pick your seafood type of place, the kids will get a kick out of it and the variety of seafood is amazing. An additional suggestion is to check out a Typhoon harbor crab specialist, they use the super sweet mangrove mud crabs which I think are far superior to Dungeness crabs. Seek out hairy crabs, I think they should be in season in Nov. Perhaps some Shunde cuisine. Capital Cafe in Wan Chai is a good “cha chaan tang” local breakfast option close to Central. Just a warning its a locals joint aka one with rather curt service.

+1, the local no-frills joints want to turn as many tables as possible to cover the exorbitant rents, so limit lingering post dining.

2 place I definitely want to hit next time I’m in HK - Chairman for the crab and Belon for the super precise traditional french plates. I’ve enjoyed reading the exploits of this recent transplant

Let me know if you are seeking something specific and I’ll see if I have any suggestions. You’ll be fine dining with the kids, Asian families tend to drag their kids along everywhere they go.
Have fun, I love dining in HK.

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Thanks this looks fun. Wasn’t planning on going towards that area but I think my kids would enjoy picking out their own seafood.

I’ll also check out Tiny Urban Kitchen.

I asked my friend at work whose parents live in HK for recommendations. She visits pretty much yearly. She doesn’t even know the names of the places they go to. They’ve been going to the same places for so long it’s hard wired into their brains - they just know what streets and alleys to go down. Sounds like you have a similar “problem”.

Beware of those recs. Unless these locals are foodies that are willing to travel and will seek places out, their recs will typically only involve local neighborhood joints that they like but aren’t travel worthy places.

good point
I’ll stick with my FTC recommendations unless I can properly vet these parents

i would also say not to worry too much. it is hard to eat badly in hong kong.

and check open rice. probably a better guide than ftc (no offense to anyone who has been to hong kong more often than me).

Alas my parent’s have fallen into this category, convenience trumps quality as they’ve gotten older.

Ha! If you ask my mom, Garden Cafe in Alhambra and Capitol Seafood in MP are the best restaurants in LA. #Providencedidn’tmakehercut #Seaharbourandeliteareshit

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Very slow hard site to navigate. But definitely looking around. Good to see a lot of pictures and menu prices.

Thanks. Nice timing.

Question on tipping in HK. Some places add a 10% service charge. Are you supposed to add any gratuity on top of the 10%?

What is an appropriate tip in Hong Kong for a local no frills type of place vs a Michelin starred place?

Thanks in advance.

No, but you can if you want.

Optional. Tips isn’t expected if it’s not mandatory.

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@beefnoguy have you been to this place?

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The menu looks great. Adding to my list.

Nope but it seems to be like a Hong Kong version of Mister Jiu’s San Francisco.

Holy…fuxk.

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Has anybody been to HK recently or have friends/relatives that have visited recently? I’m starting to get a bit worried about our trip to HK give all the unrest and protests. I know we still have 3 months until our trip but don’t necessarily want to take a vacation if there are still protests. We are staying in Central which seems to not have a lot of activity but we’ll be in the Causeway Bay area and out n about around the whole city.

TIA for any feedback from the ground and advice.

I don’t, though I have relatives and friends I haven’t personally talked to since the mess started, and I do see their social media and subscribe to some local media sources.

If you haven’t booked your trip yet and want to play it safe, then cancel and plan for somewhere else instead. The situation is still very volatile and I don’t see things improving (although there are some pauses in between). If things escalate it could get ugly as military from mainland China gets deployed (they are pretty much ready to be on the ground right past the border), along with the riot police with tear gas (and possibly switching to live rounds), and of course the local gangsters emboldened by not being stopped by the police just attacking anyone.

But if you cannot cancel and still have to go, if you head to Causeway Bay, stay alert and avoid paths of protesters (and police), check local news and social media (CNN HK, South China Morning Post) and stay indoors as much as you can. Avoid the areas that have been hit the hardest (Wong Tai Sin, North Point, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Tin Shui Wai, parts of Sham Shui Po) and pay attention over the course of next two months. The protests/movement is fluid, so things are always in flux.

You could always go west, Lantau Island and hit up Disneyland (and Tai O Fishing Village but only go on the weekend). There’s Ocean Park around Aberdeen/Wong Chuk Hang that should be safer, unless the kids are older teenagers and don’t care for these things. (And there’s the option of Macau, lots of undiscovered traditional Cantonese and Macanese gems.)

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Macau is calling…