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Best food in Hong Kong when you're on a budget

After living in Hong Kong for over 7 months and being conscious of our student budget, we've had to scope out some of the best food in Hong Kong that's budget friendly. However, being the foodies that we are, ain't no one compromising on taste!

Best food on HK island


Kam Cheung Spare Ribs Noodle, Sai Ying Pun

Known for their exceptional pork chops, this place specialises in the fried pork chop patties, which can be ordered as as part of a noodle & dumpling soup, served with rice or on their own.

The owners are always friendly and the fried pork chops always come out fresh, juicy and perfectly cooked!

Recommendation & Prices: a bowl of the cabbage wonton fried pork chop noodle = 47 HKD (5,5 EUR)

Address: Water Street, Sai Wan, Sai Ying Pun, HK Island

Dragon State Kitchen Restaurant, Sheung Wan

Our go to local for high-quality delicious barbecue pork on rice, this place has queues every lunch and dinner time. They specialise in roast meats, but our favourite here is definetly the Char Siu (Chinese roast BBQ Pork loin) served on white steamed rice. The pork is accompanied by an exceptional ginger & green onion relish, so definitely say yes to that when they ask you!

Recommendation & Prices: ask for BBQ pork on rice = 43 HKD (5 EUR)

Address: 38 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Sister Wah Beef Brisket, Tin Hau

Karolis' go-to place for cheap eats in Hong Kong, this local eatery is known for their exceptional beef brisket, which you can order as part of noodle soups or on fried noodles. They also offer a variety of sauces, broths to choose from, making it perfect for groups with different tastes!

Recommendation & Prices: get the beef brisket noodles with dan dan sauce (a peanut flavoured spicy sauce) & a bottle of fresh soy milk for ± 78 HKD (8,5 EUR)

Address: Tin Hau MTR station, exit A2, (13 Electric Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong)

Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop, Central

We love this place for it's minimal menu. They specialise in 1 thing - noodles in soup with three toppings: shrimp wontons, handmade fish balls & beef. You can order a bowl of noodles with any 1 of the toppings or get a mix of 2, or even all 3. Each are equally as great! Grab a portion of Choi Sum (steamed Chinese vegetable similar to boy choy) that comes served with oyster sauce and make use of the condiments at each table to complement your bowl of noodles!

Recommendation & Prices: bowl of noodle with 1 topping = 34 HKD (4 EUR)

Address: 98 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong

Best food in Kowloon


Islam food since 1950, Kowloon City

3 pan fried chinese beef buns

Probably the longest line we've ever waited in whilst in Hong Kong, some of the best food Hong Kong on a budget, Islam Food gained traction for being halal friendly, whilst serving Chinese cuisine. Don't get us wrong though, even if you don't always eat halal, this place's signature pan-fried beef buns are worth the treck to Kowloon City, 3 times over. RUN :)

Recommendation & Prices: must try the beef buns = 44 HKD for 2 pcs (5 EUR)

Address: Shun King Building, 33-35 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

One Dim Sum, Prince Edward

hong kong dim sum setting on table with steamers

No Hong Kong visit would be complete without iconic dim sum. But when it comes to budget dumplings, there's a lot that can go wrong. We love this place for its large, clean, venue, so you get comfy tables, pictured menu (for easy ordering) and great service. The dim sum selection is plentiful, cheap and good quality!

Recommendation & Prices: prices per steamer start from just 18 HKD (2,3 EUR) - 50 HKD (5 EUR)

Address: G/F 209A-209B Tung Choi Street Prince Edward (MTR exit A, Hong Kong

8 Pots HK, Tsim Sha Tsui

boy with glasses with individual hot pot

Affordable hot pot! Dipping various items into a boiling pot of broth on your table should be part of every trip to China. But a quick google and you'll soon discover that ordering meat & veggies by gram quickly becomes very expensive. This is why we love 8 Pots HK. Everyone orders 1 individual portion of hot pot (all toppings inclusive) and then you cook & eat at the table. No hidden or complicated costs!

Recommendation & Prices: the cheese milk hot soup is my fav, coming in at 88-118 HKD (9-12EUR) depending on whether you visit for lunch or dinner, the first being cheaper.

Address: Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kimberley Rd

Australia Diary Company, Jordan

Probably our favourite place for HK style breakfast, this place is an icon! Be prepared for a long queue pretty much whatever time of day you go and accordingly fast, no fuss, in & out service once you're seated, but that fluffy bread and buttery sandwich IS LIFE.

Recommendation & Prices: their toast sets start at just 38 HKD (4,5 EUR), so choose by your liking, but the un-toasted ham sandwiches are to die for if you like a cold-cut sandwich!

Address: 47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong

Best non-local food on a budget


For Sushi - Genki, multiple locations

Sushi is just one of those things that comes in such a variety of prices, and the quality varies accordingly.

Now, since you never want to have bad sushi, we often opt for the more expensive places. But this post is about being budget friendly. And Genki offers just that. Good sushi at affordable prices. Operating as a sushi belt (which makes it just that much more fun!) they have multiple locations across the city & usually yield a looong queue, so expect to wait in line.

Recommendation & Prices: serving small plates (1-4 pcs of sushi on each) prices start at just 20 HKD (3EUR).

For Burgers - Boy n Burger, Wanchai

Relatively new on the HK scene, this american style diner offers quality burgers at budget friendly p

Recommendation & Prices: their original beef burger is just 28 HKD! (3,5 EUR)

Address: 206 Johnston Road, Shop 3 G/F 208 Johnston, Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

For Pizza - Paisano's, multiple locations

Serving pizza by the slice, (plate sized slice..) this is a go-to for when you're craving pizza in Hong Kong without any fuss!

Recommendation & Prices: 1 slice is just 40 HKD (4,5 EUR) and is absolutely huge!


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