Hong Kong breakfasts offer – like most of the city’s meal times – plenty of selection. From the home grown speciality that is congee to the world famous scrambled eggs at the Australian Dairy Company and bumper sized British fry ups we’ve picked five of the best places to get breakfast in Hong Kong.
1. Australian Dairy CompanyAbsolute legend. Nothing to do with Australia and little to do with dairy the Australian Dairy Company is an unassuming cha chaan teng that serves up what is probably the best scrambled egg in the world. For the uninitiated, cha chaan tengs are basic canteens where Hong Kongers were first introduced to western style food – albeit with a Hong Kong twist – and in recent years they’ve enjoyed a booming retro comeback. At ADC, expect a stark interior of white tiled walls and chipped tables and service that is at best functional and at worst hostile but also expect sublime food; the fluffy, flavoursome scrambled eggs laid over white toast are famous across a city that is discerning about its food and cost little more than a few dollars. An open secret - you may need to queue to grab a seat.
Where: 47 Parkes Street, Jordan.
2. Flying PanWhere they take breakfast seriously. This Hong Kong stalwart has been dishing up late night breakfasts to the clubbing casualties of Wan Chai and the bar flys of Lan Kwai Fong for over a decade. The menu tilts towards Americana and is extensive; you’ll find eggs thrown together with avocado and salsa; chicken and swiss cheese and everything in between, griddle, challa French toast, omelettes and slightly underpar British fry ups complete an encyclopaedic line up. Open twenty four hours, incredibly they also serve beer.
Where: 3F, 81-85 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
3. Delaney'sHungry? Hangover? Get yourself to the Delaneys. There is simply not better breakfast in the world than a greasy British fry up and Delaney’s are Hong Kong’s premium purveyors of sausage, bacon and the other key ingredients needed for a heart attack on a plate. Nearly twenty years in the business this Irish pub in Wan Chai is one of the city’s most popular drinking spots and also the best place in town to get your hands on an oversized breakfast. Not cheap, the price tag on the fry is the same you’ll pay for a main meal but in return you earn a bumper sized breakfast, toast and tea. For those crawling out of bed late Delaney’s is also a top spot to catch football, rugby, cricket and other expat sports.
Where: One Capital Place, 18 Luard Road, Wan Chai
4. 18 GramsForget the food and enjoy your breakfast continental style with a slap in face espresso or mellower flat white from 18 Grams. This tiny hole in the wall coffee stop has quickly established itself as the hottest ticket in Hong Kong for coffee aficionados who know their Arabica from their Robusta. A magnet for coffee connoisseurs, beginners shouldn’t be put off; staff, who can regularly be seen knocking back their own concoctions, are friendly and willing to patiently explain the ins and outs of different beans and different drinks. Recommended.
Where: 15 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay
5. Fuk Kee CongeeHong Kong’s very own breakfast fuel, congee is a white rice porridge either served plain or flavoured with different savoury ingredients, from fish balls to pork belly. It’s an acquired taste but one well worth trying and if the various meat cuts sound unappetising, sample a vegetarian congee or try it plain with side servings of spring onion and ginger. You can find congee shops all over the city – and many will have their own special congee; but one of the more celebrated congee shops is Fuk Kee Congee in Mongkok.
Where: 104 Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok