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Mike’s Chicken: Hidden Portuguese Gem in Sai Kung

I’m guilty for being a frequent visitor of Sai Kung but not noticing Mike’s Chicken until only a year after it’s been open! Though that’s partly because it’s hidden among the overwhelming number of seafood restaurants on seafood street (海鮮街) – which many people acknowledge as being overpriced tourist traps and avoid altogether by now. Despite it’s “hidden location”, the genuine food and friendly culture have helped this place garner a loyal customer base and it’s therefore pretty necessary to book in advance. Appetiser Platter *must order* Having tried the bacalhau fritters at Casa Lisboa, I was definitely tempted to order the ones here. With so many appealing choices on the menu, though not too fluent in Portuguese cuisine, we decided to order the standard appetiser platter for four. The highlight for me was the fatty spicy chorizo which went super well with their soft homemade piping hot baguettes, although they were admittedly a tad too salty. But everything else on the plate was just as memorable. Suckling Pig (requires pre-ordering) The suckling pig has to be pre-ordered and I would assume at least a …

Ham Tin: Easy Scenic Walk to Secluded Beaches in Sai Kung

I’m no Oxfam trailwalker or adventurous weekend explorer to start debating hiking routes, but I love food and photos, so let me recommend a scenic value-for-effort “walking” route, which involves food at the end! This route requires minimal levels of fitness and passes through some of the most scenic mountainous views and secluded beaches. It lasts only 1 1/2 hours, starting from Sai Wan Ting and ending up at Ham Tin Wan beach where you can enjoy delicious Hong Kong local-style cafe food (fried noodles, instant noodles, chicken wings, spring rolls etc.). Then proceed to take a bumpy rollercoaster speedboat ride back to civilization of Sai Kung Town. Alternatively, level up for a proper hike, with another 1 1/2 – 2 hours of walking back to Pak Tam Au where you’ll make your way back to the main road to take a cab or bus back to Sai Kung Town. This part is a little more strenuous. From Sai Wan Ting to Sai Wan village Getting there Sai Wan Ting (西灣亭) can be reached by minibus …

Best seafood restaurant in Sai Kung for lobster feast

People usually visit Sai Kung to get away from the city (go on hikes, junk trips, beaches etc.) or often also for the seafood restaurants its famous for. The mainstream seafood restaurants have disappointingly lost their quality with their gain in popularity (why does that always happen anyway?). I have recommended Chuen Kee before, although for their dim sum specifically, while their seafood is quite good too. But Sing Kee is definitely the best seafood restaurant in Sai Kung, having recently been awarded a well deserved one Michelin star. Most of the dishes here are made very well – except the only-mediocre deep fried salt & pepper squid (椒鹽鮮魷). But the lobster is definitely the reason I keep coming back and of course, the reason I’m writing this post! Lobster sashimi *must order* You can choose the size of the lobster you want and then they’ll make it into sashimi. They’ll ask how you want them to cook the rest of the remaining meat on the lobster and I’d highly recommend cheesy lobster noodles (芝士龍蝦伊麵)! At the risk of freaking some people out, the lobster head is …

Puppy date over good dim sum in Sai Kung

If you’re stuck on where to bring your pets, or just want to escape from shopping malls and polluted air, visit Sai Kung this weekend! Most Chinese restaurants in the city that open for yum cha (飲茶) or dim sum are indoors (nothing outrageous about that), but the restaurants by the sea in Sai Kung offer outdoor seating and are happy to lend an extra chair for your pooch. In fact, there’ll be at least 25 other dogs accompanying you al fresco. Recommended by the Michelin guide and also my personal favourite is Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant (全記海鮮茶館). They may be recommended for their seafood dishes, but they also dish out some very decent dim sum! Siu mai is my personal must-order item anywhere and I’m glad they make it good here! All the basic items are done pretty well, barring a bad experience with the cha siu bao. One of their signatures is this runny egg custard bun. It truly lives up to its name of having a “runny centre”, although I have to …