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Hong Kong Seafood

The Dos and Don'ts of Dining on Hong Kong Seafood


Hong Kong Seafood dining is some of the best in the world, but the manic restaurants and their bewildering selection of creatures from the deep can be a little daunting for first time visitors. Let these three dos and two don’ts guide you through the world of Hong Kong seafood and enjoy the best food the city has to offer. Once you've digested our tips, take a trip over to our Where to Eat Hong Kong Seafood guide, for a walk through the top spots in town.

1. Do Pick Your Fish

Chinese Fish Dish
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While it may seem unpleasant to get up close and personal with the fish that is about to find itself on your dinner plate, you do need to point out the fish you want from the live tanks. Fish is often served by weight, so if you leave the choice up to your waiter you may end up with a Jaws sized feast.

2. Do Eat Seasonal Seafood

Hong Kong restaurants, especially those serving seafood, pride themselves on their freshness, and some of the best bites on offer are only served at certain times of the year. Ever had Shanghai Hairy Crab? If you feel like something a little different, ask your waiter what’s on special.

3. Do Bring Friends

While not as essential as at a Dim Sum restaurant, all Cantonese cuisine revolves around sharing and you’ll find the swivel tables at many seafood restaurants. If you bring a few friends along, you can enjoy more flavours and tastes.

4. Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover

People are naturally sensitive to the quality and cleanliness of a kitchen, especially when it comes to seafood. Arriving at some of Hong Kong’s best seafood restaurants to a scene of scrambling waiters, tattered tablecloths and garden furniture can leave visitors skipping a heart beat. The truth is these are Hong Kong’s best seafood restaurants for a reason and despite the dishevelled backdrop the food is generally first class. If the place is busy with locals, you have little to worry about.

5. Don’t Eat Endangered Species

Hong Kong has a wretched reputation for over fishing and pillaging endangered fish stocks. The only way to stop these reckless actions is for consumers to be pickier about the food they eat. The WWF produces a useful, free pocket guide to seafood in Hong Kong that lists common endangered species stocked in Hong Kong restaurants.
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